A Century of Expanding Horizons: Steven's Story

Posted: 14/04/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Steven served in the Royal Scots for 10 years successfully completing two tours of Iraq. In preparation for a tour of Afghanistan, Steven experienced a training accident in Kenya in 2008 which eventually led to the loss of his right eye. Steven was discharged from the Army in December 2011 and referred to Scottish War Blinded by an Army Welfare Officer.

Scottish War Blinded member Steven WilliamsUpon meeting his Outreach Worker, Steven expressed a wish to investigate a career in support work and was encouraged to begin a voluntary role at Lothian Veterans Centre. During that time, he developed his support provision skills, planned a range of activities for fellow veterans, and set up social media channels for the charity supported at all times by his Outreach Worker.

Steven said:

“Life changed so quickly and I couldn't quite get my head around everything happening at once.  Due to losing my eye I didn't feel ready or able to complete the normal transition from Army to civilian life and found myself unable to complete any resettlement courses as, at the time, I was mentally and physically drained.

“Scottish War Blinded’s Outreach Service helped with building my confidence through involvement with group activities and support and guidance. From the first meeting, my Outreach Worker was genuine, down to earth, caring and very motivated.”

Steven now works full-time at the Lothian Veterans Centre as an Employment Co-Ordinator providing support and employability training to former members of the Armed Forces.

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