Scotland

Veterans Group Goes 'Virtual' After Coronavirus Lockdown

An ex-military community in Scotland is using the internet to support each through the coronavirus pandemic.

A veterans group in Scotland has gone virtual as social distancing measures put in place over the coronavirus pandemic mean they can no longer meet up in person.

The friends from North Ayrshire usually meet at breakfast clubs but through the internet, the group are continuing to get together, chat, share jokes and make sure the vulnerable are supported. 

Suzanne Fernando, creator of Virtual Veterans Hang Out, said it has been "absolutely wonderful".

"We need to have the support available for all our veterans, not just those that are vulnerable...we all need the camaraderie," she told Forces News.

The group gets together online every evening to chat and former soldier Isabel Jackson said it is helping to keep "each other's spirits up" during this difficult time.

"There is always somebody there ready to chat to you or ready to listen," she said.