New Director appointment

We are all very pleased to welcome Harry Borovick to the Executive Committee of Models for Heroes. Harry works as a solicitor and has experience as a trustee for other charities. Harry will be joining us to advise on legal issues, assist with policy and governance.

Libraries week at Berkshire Hospital

We put on a demonstration modelling session for Occupational Therapists and Psychotherapists working at the Berkshire Hospital Prospect Park.   As part of Libraries Week we had a setup in the main entrance of the library. We had several staff come and join us excited to get stuck in.  Following the session the remarks were 100% positive and all agreed that model making was a hobby that could provide a wellbeing by encouraging mindfulness.  We also established links with the Berkshire NHS trust Veterans Complex Treatment Service while building model airplanes!

Keep On Track - Wellbeing at The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset are holding a wellbeing event over two days. The event is programmed to provide information of day-to-day techniques and useful contacts for individuals to help build their own mental resilience and for supporting those around them. 

With different talks and workshops each day, the Friday programme will have a more military focus. Both the military and general public are welcome on both days.
Models for Heroes will be displaying on both days and running n open table for any modellers to come and try out the hobby with an easy to make kit, tools and supplies. Our volunteers will be on hand to provide advice and encouragement and to answer any questions about the work we do. 

New Ambassador - Matt Harding

The Models for Heroes committee are pleased to announce a new charity ambassador, former Lead Nurse for Inpatient Military Mental Healthcare at Southern Health NHS, Matt Harding. Matt holds over 20 years experience in mental health care and has been brought on board by Models for Heroes to work with them in a variety of capacities including clinical guidance for policy.

We met Matt when Models for Heroes began providing therapeutic model making activities for the MOD Acute Mental Health ward in Basingstoke. Matt understood very quickly the power of model making in relation to mental health and became a firm advocate for the hobby.

Matt is passionate about his new role, "One of my favourite things about Models for Heroes is that as a concept it's beautifully simple but I've seen first hand how beneficial it is. Not only does give people an enjoyable activity to help them get some time out from their troubles, but it puts them in touch with like minded people they can spend time with to enjoy the hobby and each other's company"

Peace by Piece Documentary selected by Lift-Off Film festival

Models for Heroes volunteer Peter Cosgrove have been followed around by the film cameras of production company Kopfkino.  As a modeller himself the director Tom Williams planned to tell the tale of Peter's injury and recovery using model making and the recovery that assisted him to be the family man he is today. 

The Peace by Piece documentary has been causing a storm of interest with many anticipating its release. Before a trailer release the short documentary has received notoriety by being selected by the Lift Off Film Festival for upcoming talent. This will take place in Pinewood Studios. Follow Peace by Piece on its own facebook page for updates