The Pioneering Footprints of Hope Project

The Footprints of Hope project is a fully immersive and ongoing programme combining mentoring, TRiM (Traumatic Incident Management), stress management, Yoga Nidra (YN) and, crucially, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Participating veterans will be taught targeted approaches to cope with negative emotions and their consequences for the individual.

The two-week residential retreat in South Africa will include sessions on understanding and coping with trauma as well as coping with stress in everyday life, adjustment and self-care.  The Animal Assisted Activities will include theory and application of the Human-Animal Connection and Animal Assisted Interaction and Activities in the treatment of trauma. The daily tasks will include experiential sessions – working side by side with the rhinos to create a catharsis and start a healing therapeutic process.

TARGETED APPROACH

Participants will learn key skills and confidence, increasing their ability to explore and maintain new hobbies, training, educational / employment opportunities and social interactions.
Aldo Kane feeding a orphaned baby rhino.
Veteran volunteer shaking hands with a anti-poaching ranger he trained.

EMPOWERMENT

Participants will experience improved psychological and physical wellbeing that will help to maintain their independence.

SENSE OF BEING

Participants are more accepting and comfortable about expressing their feelings and problems.

Jovika is a registered Clinical Psychologist at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), and guest lecturer at the University of Johannesburg for their Master’s Psychology class on Psychopathology, Trauma Management and Ethics. She also has a keen interest in the topic of human/animal connection and Animal-Assisted Interventions. Apart from facilitating the wellness program, Jovika will also be available for one-on-one sessions with the volunteers on a consent-giving basis.

Jovika Wiese

Lead Clinical Psychologist

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Supporting Veterans in Crisis using Animal-Assisted Therapy

The two-week residential retreat in South Africa will include sessions on understanding and coping with trauma as well as coping with stress in everyday life, adjustment and self-care.

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THE TEAM BEHIND FOOTPRINTS OF HOPE

Sara is a former RAF Reservist and ISAF Accredited War Artist. She now works full-time as a therapeutic artist, primarily with people suffering from Dementia, which naturally includes a significant proportion of veterans within this cohort. During her time in Afghanistan, Sara spent time observing first-hand the therapeutic benefits of art for those in stressful situations and as a response to trauma. Sara is also a Yoga Nidra teacher. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that has profound and diverse positive physical and emotional impacts for the practitioner. Yoga Nidra is also a tried and tested intervention for PTSD support with the results of its use within the US military and veteran population positively and extensively documented. Sara trained as a TRiM practitioner with the Royal Marines Association in 2014, so she is qualified to work specifically with the veteran community to address their needs through a process of risk assessment and re-education. Sara will combine her threefold experience to deliver upon our schedule of activities during all three phases of the Footprints of Hope programme.

Sara Waymont

Therapeutic Artist, Yoga Nidra Teacher, and TRiM Practitioner 

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Veterans for Wildlife is a registered charity in England and Wales (1167815), as well as a registered Public Benefit Organisation in South Africa as Veterans for Wildlife South Africa (930058096)
Veteran volunteer shaking hands with a anti-poaching ranger he trained.