Blind veteran, Paul Watts discovered a new and rather unique passion at his last training week at our Brighton centre.
Paul studied the art of mosaic during his visit, learning how to create pieces such as a mosaic coffee table with the help from art and craft instructor Dave Bryant.
After the training week Paul was so captivated he continued his mosaic table at home and later sent a photograph of the completed table to instructor Dave who was incredibly impressed.
To help Paul create more pieces Dave and Blind Veterans UK provided Paul with equipment such as a magnifier, custom made tools and even helped build a workshop at Paul’s home.
Paul says: “Before Blind Veterans UK I would sit and watch TV all day, but now I spend every day in my workshop”
“With the tools Dave and Blind Veterans UK have supplied me with I can now work independently and always have something to do”
It was not only instructor Dave who was impressed with Paul’s creations, family and friends have also been impressed. Luckily for them Paul plans to continue mosaicking and will be creating special pieces for friends and families birthdays.
Paul has been receiving support from Blind Veterans UK for over four years. He has attended around five courses so far, each teaching different skills.
Previously Paul was an infantry soldier in the Gloucester Regiment. He was stationed in Germany before returning to Tidworth. He now lives in Bristol with his wife who is hugely supportive and his two children.
If you know a veteran like Paul who could benefit from our free support, please visit http://www.noonealone.org.uk/