Thanks to Poppyscotland funding, a confidential support network will be introduced in Scotland to help family members of physically or emotionally injured Service people and veterans.
The Ripple Pond runs peer-led, self-help groups across the UK and a recent grant from Poppyscotland will enable three groups to be set up in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness respectively.
The groups will provide a safe and welcoming space for people to express feelings in a non-judgemental environment, where they can share their stories with others who have similar experiences. The groups are available to any adult family member who needs support, including mums, dads, spouses, partners and siblings.
The Ripple Pond was set up by two women who recognised that there was no other support service purely for adult family members. Co-founder Julia Molony’s son was physically injured in Afghanistan. She said: “I felt very isolated from the regimental and welfare system and there were few people with whom I could freely talk about how I felt. The Ripple Pond has enabled me to talk about the pain and difficulties since my son’s accident, which has enabled me to move on and deal with the impact on our lives that his injury has had.”
Speaking of the grant from Poppyscotland, Julia Molony said: “We are delighted that The Ripple Pond will soon be active in Scotland thanks to the grant from Poppyscotland. Those wishing to join the groups can be assured they will receive a warm, personal welcome and an opportunity to share their experiences with others who understand what they are going through.”
Gary Gray, Head of Welfare Services at Poppyscotland, said: “The wellbeing of the Armed Forces community, which includes family members of those who have served, is of utmost importance to Poppyscotland. We are therefore very pleased help The Ripple Pond with its move into Scotland. We hope that by providing access to a safe and supportive environment, family members of those who have been injured can share their experiences and move forward in their lives.”
In addition to support groups, The Ripple Pond offers its members a buddy system, email and phone support, as well as access to a private Facebook page.