Cardiff City FC Foundation have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to create a Veteran's Project, designed to use the power of Cardiff City FC to engage with socially isolated veterans in and around Cardiff who would not normally make themselves known to veteran support services.
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.
We are also developing sporting and military reminiscence materials that will be used to support those suffering from dementia.
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.
Social isolation was the most commonly reported health issue by those aged 75 and over. Challenges to accessing local services need to be addressed, this new project will work to improve the challenges faced by isolated veterans by connecting them with services together and serving as a hub facility.