On September 1st 2017, the Movember Foundation announced Soldier On’s Vet Connect as one of 13 projects to receive pilot funding as part of the Social Innovators Challenge. The goal of the initiative was to increase understanding about what works for helping men form strong, lasting and meaningful relationships. Since then, Soldier On has been able to expand this program to offer female, male, and mixed-gender Vet Connect’s to veterans nation-wide.
The program aims to disrupt isolation by providing a series of free residential weekends for veterans to come together in a comfortable and inclusive environment, providing opportunities for social connection, developing new skills and working toward goals for the future.
Vet Connect is open to all veterans. Each Vet Connect can be slightly different in that it may be female only, male only, mixed gender, or a specific age group.
All Soldier On registered participants receive the relevant invitation to upcoming Vet Connect programs.
Register online today and when a program becomes available, you’ll receive an expression of interest form to your inbox.
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A Vet Connect weekend consists of activities such as shared meal times, outdoor adventure activities, group sessions, learning opportunities, creative classes, relaxation, and plenty of time to connect with other veterans in a safe and supportive environment.
There is no cost to accepted participants.
The Vet Connect program offers veterans the opportunity to increase their overall wellbeing through social connection, developing new skills and working towards future goals.
Our programs are hosted across Australia. If there isn’t a program close to you, you may be offered to take part in a program that is hosted in another area.
All veterans are required to go through an intake process to ensure our program is suited to your current situation and needs.
You may also be asked to seek clearance from your medical professional.
A Vet Connect program runs for two to three nights and is usually held over a weekend.
Some programs are a one-off, while others can be held over two to three weekends within a six month period. Programs that are hosted over multiple weekends require participants to commit their availability to the designated weekends.