Grant Updates

Podcast Project Prevents Pandemic Isolation

July 26 2022

An innovative podcast project funded by the Veterans’ Foundation has provided British Armed Forces veterans with relief from social isolation during the COVID pandemic.

Tameside organisation Made By Mortals and a group of ex-servicemen and women banded together to produce an episode of the award-winning podcast, Armchair Adventures, aimed at Primary School-age children.

Working closely with professional musicians, a scriptwriter, actor and podcast engineer over the course of nine weeks, the veterans produced ‘A Royal Garden Party Adventure’, reflecting on their own experiences of service, the Armed Forces, bravery and courage.

Made By Mortals’ Director, Paul Hine, said “It's amazing hearing the veterans sharing their experiences and imaginations and using them to create a fun, and educational audio story for children.”

“We’d like to thank the Veterans Foundation and the Tameside Armed Forces Community for funding and supporting this piece of work.”

One of the veterans taking part in the project was thrilled to be given an opportunity to express her ideas in an imaginative way: “I really enjoyed being creative,” said Deborah.

“This helped build my confidence by discovering new ways of thinking.”

“I also loved the social aspect of working with fellow Veterans,” she added.

“I laughed, cried and cherished the moments we spent together.”

You can listen to “A Royal Garden Party Adventure” here:

Find out more about Made by Mortals here:

The Veterans’ Foundation has funded hundreds of amazing projects just like these all around the UK since its inception in 2016, giving £11.5 million in grants to British Armed Forces charities to date.

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