Community notice Category: Notice
Battling On CIC is a finalist in the Soldiering On 2020 Animal Partnership Award, in recognition of the outstanding work they do with veterans and young people using a variety of animals. The award is a public vote from March 4 – 18 and they need everyone’s support in order to win.
You can find out more about the awards, and vote for Battling On, on the Soldiering On website, but the Battling On nomination says:
Battling On is a Community Interest Company that offers wraparound care and support to Veterans in need, and then trains Veterans to become instructors, mentors, tutors and community facilitators to support the most vulnerable within our communities.
This work takes place through a range of innovative projects offered at their Care Farm, using a wide range of rare breeds and pets for animal-based intervention and therapy. This includes reindeer, alpacas, Swiss Valais sheep, Poitou donkeys, wallabies, seven rescue dogs trained as therapy dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs.
The animals bring joy and comfort to those in need.The impact of the partnership between the animals and Veterans cannot be overestimated. Hundreds of vulnerable people have been supported through projects such as the following.
• Developing Confidence Through Animals, aimed at young people who have experienced trauma or hardships.
• Animal Intervention, targeting people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop communication and problem-solving skills.
• Dementia Adventure, using the animals to promote calmness and mental stimulation.
• Animals Care, helping adults with severe mental health issues.
• Pets Rule, connecting primary school children living in deprivation with animals.One of the most remarkable things about this project is the sheer joy the animals bring, not only to those participating on the different projects, but to the Veterans, volunteers, Battling On staff and the wider community.
“Each animal offers beneficiaries a different experience and I have heard on many occasions “the animals just know when I’m sad” and “animals don’t judge me.”
Battling On has won multiple awards for its innovative approach to supporting vulnerable individuals; however, these results pale into insignificance compared to the results achieved with the beneficiaries. For example, a young man with autism developed the confidence to talk to the Veterans; the first time he has ever spoken to anyone but his father. And a Veteran who had planned to end her life became so convinced of the positive impact animals have on mental health she decided to undertake a Foundation Degree in Zoology so that she could specialise in this area.
“This demonstrates the incredible power these animals have to help heal emotional wounds and offer comfort.”
Thank you for your support!
Battling On was established to support members of the British Armed Forces who struggle to readjust to civilian life.
The courage and devotion of our forces is recognised without doubt, however, it has also been recognised that some service personnel find it difficult to settle back into civilian life after leaving the forces.