Veteran support and mentoring service Change Step has reached out to the Nepalese community as it continues efforts to improve the fortunes of ex-servicepeople throughout Wales.
More than two dozen people attended a special presentation at Brecon Guildhall, delivered by Change Step peer mentors Steve Jones and Phil Johnson in partnership with the Brecon Wales Nepalese Welfare Society.
The event featured real-time translation and Nepalese literature designed to engage with former Gurkha soldiers.
Change Step’s unique service sees armed forces veterans act as mentors to former comrades who have struggled on their return to civilian life – and also provides support for families and loved ones through the dedicated Listen In programme.
Our peer mentors offer comradeship, camaraderie and an enhanced understanding of the issues faced by service users – enabling us to deliver more effective interventions.
Problems experienced by former members of the forces can include post-traumatic stress disorder, isolation and loneliness, amongst a wide range of psychosocial issues.
Phil said the Brecon presentation had been very well received despite the linguistic and cultural barriers.
“Our aim is to spread the word to the large Nepalese community all over Wales,” he said.
Change Step is delivered throughout Wales by members of DACW, with the support of funding from the Armed Forces Covenant, and in collaboration with a wide range of partners.
The programme is the preferred mentoring option for agencies working with veterans in the criminal justice, health, housing and third sectors – and provides crucial support to help bridge the gaps between other services.