We are delighted to award a £14,876 grant to Dig In towards its Revolve and Restore – Woodturning project for former soldiers.

The Army Benevolent Fund promotes the mental health and wellbeing of the Army family as a priority. Dig In is a Preston-based charity, staffed by military veterans, that provides a variety of woodworking and horticultural activities in its workshop and garden facility. The charity’s innovative woodturning project – shaping wood on lathes – has been shown to deliver therapeutic mental health benefits, especially for older veterans and those with physical mobility problems.

Claire Grant, Project Manager, Dig In, said:

“The team at Dig In are thrilled to be awarded funding for this project. We continually strive to provide a diverse range of activities and woodturning has attracted a lot of interest from both existing and potential beneficiaries. The funding will not only allow us to get the project off the ground but will provide training for our staff and volunteers to ensure that woodturning can become a permanent, self-sustaining offering at Dig In.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief Operating Officer, Army Benevolent Fund, added:

“In the context of improving mental health and wellbeing, woodworking clearly brings therapeutic benefits to those with physical and mental conditions. We were pleased to fund Dig In’s important work this year.”

Read about Dig In here.

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