New skills brought to book!
Wendy Lagden, an ex-aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy who was discharged with MS in 2005, is the first person to gain a City & Guilds level 3 Bookbinding qualification set up by Bound by Veterans and funded by The Printing Charity. Wendy earned a distinction and was presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens, at a special event recently.
Bound by Veterans (BBV), formerly known as the Wiltshire Barn Project, offers bookbinding tuition to Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) veterans to aid their recovery through its therapeutic benefits and to help them transition from military to civilian life by gaining qualifications.
The Printing Charity supports Bound by Veterans by funding its provision of the internationally recognised City & Guilds level 3 Bookbinding qualification.
Says Wendy, ‘When I first saw the course advertised it appealed to me because I had been wanting to repair an old book of my gran’s for some time. What I didn’t expect was from that moment I would be completely hooked. Learning this fascinating trade and, in particular, achieving the City & Guilds level 3, has inspired me to continue bookbinding and given me a new purpose in life.
‘Adjusting from a busy, active, and rewarding job in the military to civilian life can be challenging. Coming to terms with what I can now no longer do is a battle I face each day. With bookbinding I can be creative, work with my hands and at a pace to suit me. Without bookbinding in my life, this battle would be so much harder.’
About The Printing Charity
The Printing Charity is proud of its heritage and since 1827 has been supporting people of all ages working in printing, paper, packaging and publishing. Its charitable aims include promoting independence, protecting dignity and furthering education. It meets the needs of those it helps through financial assistance, signposting to specialist services, two sheltered home schemes for people who have retired from the sector, and initiatives supporting sector-specific training.
About Bound by Veterans
Bound by Veterans (BBV), formerly known as the Wiltshire Barn Project, supports Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) ex-Service personnel from all three Services. It uses the restorative powers of manual bookbinding to assist rehabilitation, improve health and well-being, and to develop employment skills.
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Main image: Wendy Lagden (left) is presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens
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