A group of 21 veterans, who are living with blindness and other disabilities, made wildlife homes and bird boxes as part of a wildlife project called ‘Wild at Heart’ helping reduce isolation amongst older residents in Sheffield.

The session was one a series of different sessions for a number of local groups and individuals, with other activities including ‘woodland crocheting’ and gardening workshops. 

The event, which was organised by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, took place at their headquarters at Victoria Hall and involved staff supporting veterans to construct the boxes and later installing the finished items outside the veterans’ homes. 

‘Wild at Heart’ is a project aimed at reducing isolation and improving health through organised activities for older people and there has been huge demand for the sessions.

Feedback from the Blind Veterans Group and others in the community has shown that there is a great need for projects like this in and around Sheffield. One attendee said: “This is what I want to do, get out with nature and learn new things. I find the meetings very good. And the staff have been understanding of disabilities and accommodated me and made it possible to be able to get to places.”