A new report by the charity Waterloo Uncovered reveals how the charity supported Veterans and Serving Military Personnel (VSMP) through the pandemic with a programme of archaeology, education and wellbeing support.
This comprehensive report covering the charity’s activities in 2020 reveals how the charity managed to adapt their traditional programme of veteran support into a virtual one, to continue using the study of the past to support the servicemen and women of today despite the Coronavirus crisis.
Alongside the Virtual VSMP Support Programme, 2020 saw Waterloo Uncovered receive widespread recognition for their work and embark on a number of successful public engagement ventures, which are outlined in the report.
“Social isolation can be a challenge for an important proportion of veterans to overcome at the best of times, and the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have compounded this difficulty for some. Initial results from WU’s Virtual Programme appear to show a timely intervention that provided participants with an online community, a chance to immerse themselves in activity and learning, and professional support, with modest and useful improvements in wellbeing evident at the end of the programme which were sustained at follow up around three months later.”– Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King’s College London
“Having the WU programme in 2020 was fantastic because you felt like you had your family around in the house. They were there if you did feel down and you felt like you did need somebody to talk to - they were there for you.” – Maria Pikulski, Veteran, Women’s Royal Army Corps and Territorial Army