Veterans take to Snowdonia with Change Step

 

VETERANS FROM Change Step took to the water and the hillsides on a special outdoors weekend.

A group of 13 participants from across Wales gathered to enjoy the restorative fresh air, great weather and camaraderie in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

They were joined by the team from Heroes on the Water, who provide therapeutic kayaking and angling sessions for wounded veterans.

Brecon-based peer mentor Phil Johnson said the benefits of the trip – which was funded by donations from a wide range of businesses and supporters – were clear.

“The military has known for years the benefits of outdoor exercise, with obvious positives including improved mental wellbeing, enhanced energy and engagement, and enjoyment and self-satisfaction.

“The comradeship which comes from a group of veterans working together is also very important.

“I have already seen considerable benefit from this weekend, and team members are still exchanging e-mails and messages about it.

“I saw a number of examples of guys helping one other with their issues – giving advice and encouragement to each other.  This included tips on getting work, and dealing with personal problems.  It’s great that these conversations are still going on.

“The whole weekend was cathartic, and the great weather conditions just put the icing on the cake.”

Phil Johnson

Peer Mentor, Change Step

 

The weekend was backed by a number of kind supporters, including Heroes on the Water, Jesse James Bunkhouse, The Padarn Hotel in Llanberis, Morrisons Brecon, Waitrose Abergavenny, Coop Brecon and Hay on Wye, Lidl Pontypridd, Tesco Port Talbot and B&M Aberavon.  Our thanks to all.

 

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