About the event
The Veterans Games and Conference is a five-day event based around a sports competition between wounded, sick and injured veterans from the UK and Israel.
The sporting element will provide the focus for the event. The activities include swimming, indoor shooting (air powered) and a fully adaptive cross fit competition, but will be complemented by a full and varied social and cultural programme.
A conference comprising of a series of roundtable discussions focused on veterans support will be held in conjunction with the Games.
Who can apply?
Open to any Member and their family.
Sporting prowess is not the main focus but Members must be prepared to have a go. If you have attended previously (2019 or 2022) we will be unable to offer you a place at the time of writing. There are currently no vaccination requirements but this may be subject to change.
- What is the cost to attend the activity?
Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point, which will only ever be in the UK. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO prior to the activity.
- What is the selection Process?
The activities selection process is done on a need's basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity are considered next. We then look at Members preference and how many events attended previously. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.
- How much notice will I be given?
Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months' notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase. If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. Therefore, we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity for us to have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.
- What does it mean to be on the reserve list?
Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. The team currently works on average at a 50 percent dropout rate, meaning almost half of attendees are selected from the reserve list. We encourage Members to remain on the reserve list unless they are unable to be contacted at short notice.
- I have never been on a Blesma Activity?
Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 7094. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.
- Am I deserving of a Blesma Activity? What if others are more in need?
We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy. The selection process is to ensure a fair selection, meaning you never have to worry that you are taking the place of someone in higher need.
- Who will lead the activity?
Blesma sets out to have all our events Member- led, however where this is not possible Blesma will source a qualified third party (instructor) or a Blesma Member of staff. If you would like to lead an event Blesma will endeavour to mentor you through the process – including the gaining of qualifications to do so.
- Can I bring a Carer?
If you require a carer to attend an activity due to your needs and requirements, you can request to bring one. Please note, we ask Members to only request carers when absolutely necessary as the place of a carer will take up a Member place.
- I am wheelchair user; will someone be able to push me during the event?
No, if you require someone to assist you with getting around in your wheelchair during the event then we recommend requesting to bring a Carer. Staff and Member leads are there to run the event and do not have the capacity to assist individuals. Please speak to a member of the team if you have any questions or concerns.
- Are all activities accessible for wheelchair users?
We endeavour to make all our activities accessible, however when this isn’t possible this is made known under the Who Can Apply section. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of the activities team
- Can I apply for more than one activity?
Absolutely, Members can apply for up to ten activities at a time. Just make sure to list them in order of preference so you have a higher chance of being selected for the activity you would most like to attend.
For more information please contact the Activities Team.
Tel: 0208 548 7094