13 August 2013

FACT received funds from Paul Hamlyn Foundation (£90,000) and the Community Covenant (£30,000) to support the project, which is the only one of its kind in Europe. Support has also come from Liverpool PCT and Liverpool FC Foundation

Veterans in Practice has been developed in partnership with Liverpool Veterans Project.

The new funding will help develop and strengthen the programme and reach out to new members. The programme features regular events including the First Tuesday Film Club, a regular free film screening where the group curates its own programme, giving an opportunity to meet and socialise while learning about the history of film.

Earlier in the year the VIP group worked with photographer Stephen King and filmmaker Carl Davies to interview and photograph 13 local Atlantic Star veterans, and exhibited the resulting documentary and photographs at FACT and Merseyside Maritime Museum in June.  The group are currently filming a documentary about therapeutic techniques with artist Jacqueline Passmore. There are also plans to develop a social networking site for ex-servicemen and women to showcase their creative projects.

Tom Hornby, a PTSD sufferer who was in the Royal Signals said:
“Before I found it difficult to mix with anyone other than military orientated people. The programme has given me the confidence to go out again and meet new people.”

Angharad Williams, FACT Project Manager, explains:
“Many individuals feel incredibly isolated when they leave the Armed Forces and yet there is a huge lack of support available to both them and their families. We’ve been amazed the impact the project has had on individuals, not only in terms of new skills and confidence but also in helping them discover a new creative talent and even find employment. This new funding means we can reach out to even more people and give them the support and inspiration they might be looking for.”

FACT is recruiting new members to join the group. If you are an ex-Armed Forces and want to find out more, contact: healthyspaces@fact.co.uk / 0151 707 4416 or visit the website to find out more www.veteransinpractice.com