1 September 2014

Vets website

FACT's Veterans in Practice (VIP) launched a new website liverpoolveterans.co.uk at a creative showcase event on 17 July 2014. The website itself is designed to assist ex-forces personnel, their friends and family, and people from a professional background who provide a service to veterans. The main areas of support on the website are Money, Housing, Employment Skills and Training, and Health and Wellbeing. The site also offers a space for veterans to share their creative projects.FACT's Veterans in Practice (VIP) launched a new website liverpoolveterans.co.uk at a creative showcase event on 17 July 2014. The website itself is designed to assist ex-forces personnel, their friends and family, and people from a professional background who provide a service to veterans. The main areas of support on the website are Money, Housing, Employment Skills and Training, and Health and Wellbeing. The site also offers a space for veterans to share their creative projects.

On the day of the launch there were about one hundred guests in attendance and about fifteen nervous veterans who had taken part in creating the website material including an A-Z of veterans services, animations about the transition from the military to civilian life and digital stories where veterans talk about time before, during and after service.

The animation project, which was led by professional animator Babis Alexiadis, took about three months and brought a lot of creativity out of some of the veterans. Each animation told the story of transition but in very different ways. The animations are now available online.

The digital stories are short interviews with local veterans. They were filmed at various locations and involved all three services. Some of the stories were sad, some funny and some were eye opening as to how much the transition effects some veterans.

VIP also premiered their latest documentary, Alternative Sceptics, which the group produced with filmmaker Jackie Passmore. The film follows the group as they road test different holistic therapies all in the name of research.

All in all, the event was a success and I think the veterans can hold their heads up high and feel proud of what they have created. Also the VIP group would like to say a massive thank you to Angy and Emily for their hard work and for having the patience of saints.