Summary: Through the Drive Project, Ambassador Jawad met three UK Armed Forces Veterans who were injured while serving in Afghanistan.
On the 18th of October Ambassador Jawad visited The Drive Project, an award-winning creative social enterprise working alongside charities and businesses to inspire and empower people with art projects, training and talks. Among the attendants were a group of veterans from Blesma, a charity supporting limbless veterans to continue to lead independent and fulfilling lives. The event provided a valuable insight into the programme ‘Making Generation R’, a joint venture between The Drive Project and Blesma that aims to support injured veterans by encouraging their resilience against feelings of anxiety and poor self-esteem. A central part of the programme is thus to connect them with others who have overcome similar difficulties in life.
“It requires courage to relive your experiences from Afghanistan but in doing so, you’re making a difference. You’re using the power of storytelling to make a better world” – Ambassador Said T. Jawad
During the visit, a number of veterans who had previously served in Afghanistan shared their inspiring stories of resilience and highlighted how they, through ‘Making Generation R’, have used art and theatre to spread awareness about mental health and well-being post injury.
The veterans were thanked by the Ambassador for their courage and openness, having provided a valuable insight into both the programme and their livelihoods post-injury.