Models for Heroes began in January 2017 the founder, Malcolm Childs read an advert for ‘Models for Troops‘ – an American charity sending kits overseas and to the Veteran Assistance hospitals across the USA. With nothing like it in the UK and being a modeller himself, seeing a lot of his modelling peers are ex servicemen and veterans he started Models for Heroes.
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.
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 injured veteran came 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.