Made by Veterans started as a project as far back as 2011 whilst on a long distance walk from Cape Wrath to Land’s
End where the veterans taking part were given a piece of wood and a carving crook and asked to carve a spork whilst
waiting for dinner to be cooked.
The concentration of each veterans who were suffering from PTSD was fantastic to watch as they laughed with each
other, come mealtime some were left with a club and some a matchstick, but all ate their meal with the end result.
From that point on we saw the value of veterans sitting together and making things.
We started working with veterans making paracord wristbands, then printing mugs, printed garments and now
embroidery.
This has gone on to become a project where veterans who may not want to get involved in other projects can still
come to the centre and get involved making items that when sold go directly into funding the work we do to help
veterans and their families.
Made by Veterans has gone from strength to strength and now has had three separate rooms built at the ALIVE
Centre which comprise of a shop, print room and embroidery room. These new rooms were also built by veterans
working alongside VIA Team Members with the relevant trade skills.
Veterans can get involved in designing and either printing or embroidering garments that are used to sell in the
shop. Mugs and other items can also be made and ALL profits from items made go directly into either growing Made
by Veterans to involve more veterans or into the other projects we run within ALIVE.
Another exciting new element is a new brand that veterans have designed called Jack Schitt Quality Apparel which
will be launched in 2021.

Link to Made by Veterans website