Cardiff City FC Foundation have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to create a social isolation project, designed to use the power of Cardiff City FC to engage with retired and ex-armed forces personnel or those at risk of becoming lonely in and around Cardiff.
We want to help veteran's re-build old connections, develop new relationships and help them to become more mentally and physically active.
Our project seeks to focus on these key issues and provide structure and support that allows them to come together, have fun and take part in a range of new activities led by their interests that target physical and mental activity.
Working closely with the Sporting Memories Foundation, we are also developing sporting and military reminiscence materials that will be used to support those suffering from dementia, as well as working with the team at the Sporting Memories Foundation to up-skill and train members of the group and wider community to deliver reminiscence activities.
Wales has one of the largest proportions of veterans in the U.K with 7% of all veterans currently living here. Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has a veterans’ population of around 27,320 and 8% suffer with mental health issues including depression and anxiety.
We've adapted our Sporting Memories project to support people who may be socially isolated during the lockdown period...