“We keep each other company, we enjoy each other’s company – it’s about socialising, community spirit and art,”
THE VC GALLERY & WHAT THEY DO
The VC Gallery is a charity that connects veterans to veterans and ART (Access, Re-engage, Thrive). We empower people and enrich the wider community through art and creativity.
By running projects and workshops for the community we aim to engage people of all ages and enhance their personal, social and educational development. Our work is not only limited to veterans, we are open to people with mental or physical disabilities, to both the young and elderly, and to anyone who feels alone, disadvantaged or isolated.
Our projects run all year round and provide the ability to build self-confidence and new skills. We frequently collaborate with schools, community centres, care homes and youth clubs. Individuals who feel detached from society are catered for by our comforting volunteers, assisting them with everything from mental health to issues with finance and housing.
The majority of our veterans fair well after leaving the armed forces, suffering no ill effects, entering full time employment and leading meaningful and fulfilling lives. However, some veterans need support to readjust back into civilian life. The VC Gallery is a 'single point of access' welfare and support hub for veterans. In addition, we are a signposting and referral service; community social hub; a charity working in partnership with public and third-sector agencies as well as specialised national charities.
ART ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOPS
At the VC Gallery, art is used as a creative medium for reducing social exclusion and increasing confidence amongst a wide range of people in the local community. Our studio and gallery space offers the opportunity for people from all works of life to express themselves through art. Community members are able to exhibit their works for members of the public to see and purchase.
Our aims in terms of socialising are simple, community is everything to us. So, to have a safe creative environment for serving, ex services and the community, is what we give to Pembrokeshire.
For veterans who may not wish to get involved with the creative process we aim to have both a hub to use, but also just a safe place to visit and have a coffee.