The Erskine Activity Center in Bishopton has received support of £18,150 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
Two grants were awarded through the Force for Change program to fund the Centre’s popular computer and pottery classes for a 12-month period. Classes give veterans the opportunity to learn new skills and meet other veterans.
Building social networks and dealing with isolation and loneliness have proven more difficult since the start of the pandemic. However, the Activity Center’s computer classes are making it easier for veterans as more services move online and digital devices become the norm for staying in touch with loved ones.
With funding from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, during computer classes, veterans can work on a variety of topics, from getting familiar with their own devices to online Microsoft training and literacy classes. . As with all classes, each session is member-led, to give maximum benefit to all participants.
In pottery classes, veterans have the chance to explore their artistic talents in new and different ways. Camaraderie and famous military banter are still thriving in the art room, where social interactions and friendships stem from shared experiences.
The activity center works hard to combat social isolation, improve well-being and develop skills through meaningful activity. Funding such as the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust grants makes a meaningful difference in the lives of the incredible men and women we are proud to support.
ERMAC Director Debs Dickson said: “Erskine veterans are absolutely delighted with the continued support of the Armed Forces Covenant Trust. Both classes have a loyal following that provides structure, routine, and therapeutic benefits for everyone involved.”
Erskine Reid Macewen Center membership and classes are offered free of charge to any veteran, spouse, or caregiver living in the area. If you would like to find out more about Erskine Activities Center membership, please visit www.erskine.org.uk/get-support/reid-macewen-activities-centre.
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