About us

Models for Heroes began in January 2017 after our current Chairman, Malcolm saw a Reddit post asking for kit donations for 'Models for Troops' - an American charity sending kits overseas and to the Veteran Assistance hospitals across the USA.  Being a modeller himself and seeing a lot of his modelling peers are ex servicemen and veterans he started Models for Troops.
   
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Models delivered to American troops in Afghanistan

Quickly Malcolm learnt that model making is used as part of occupational therapy and compliments clinical treatment for PTSD, anxiety, depression and also brain and spinal injuries.  The act of following instructions and relaxing quietly can produce a meditative state.  It encourages focus, patience, coping mechanisms and delicate motor skills.  The model itself may evoke positive past memories or the hobby may have been practiced in childhood.  Strategies for recognising memories and the feelings related to them become an important skill in managing PTSD.

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Tedworth and Chavasse House modelling sessions


Not only that, the hobby has a strong, well organised social aspect with many model clubs, online forums, Facebook groups and model shows all open to anyone with an interest in scale modelling.  One injurred veterancame to us to tell of how he feared walking into Asda to do shopping but a packed Model Show doesn't bother him as he knows everyone there is like-minded. 

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The Salisbury Model Show


Models for Heroes currently supports Help For Heroes , Combat Stress and Scotty's Little Soldiers, Mind, Links, Trafford Veterans and several other charities and organisations.   Malcolm, along with some precious enthusiastic volunteers, teach basic model making at the Tedworth and Chavasse House Recovery Centres.   Donations we receive will go partly to providing the best materials required for this course and partly to sending kits and materials out to centres that run their own modelling sessions.

Since the idea of starting a charity came in January we have recieved over 900 kits sent out 600 kits and have introduced 90 wounded heroes to scale modelling at the modelling sessions.