The VC Gallery started by Barry John MBE an Army veteran of 24years has been running for seven years supporting the Armed Forces Community and the wider community through various activities such as art, craft and photography. We operate two Drop in centres and run weekly Breakfast Clubs open to all who may be economically disadvantaged or socially isolated.
We work very hard to provide meaningful opportunities for all and this outdoor project is a new direction for us. After consultation our veterans told us that they wanted to be able to get outdoors as many of them did not have their own gardens. We also wanted to be part of a group growing produce and gaining a sense of achievement. As a group we love to get out and about and have a laugh volunteering in the community.
We were inspired by one veterans garden and know that our ex Forces volunteers have a massive skill set and this could be extremely beneficial for their mental and physical health. Getting outdoors is something we always enjoy and we have often tidied up local veterans gardens for them which has been really appreciated. We really enjoy helping others and would love to have our own space where we can recreate that team spirit.