Safe Zones – The concept of a safe zone for Veterans and others
WHAT IS A SAFE ZONE?
A Safe Zone is a place where you can meet people who do not judge you and who meet you at eye level, so that in the long run you can build a social network in our Safe Zone. A Safe Zone is a place where participants can train their social skills as well as the physical. The fact that a Safe Zone is only for veterans means that the participants usually lower the parades, as they feel understood and because they are not stigmatized.
But Safe zones are not only a solution for veterans. Any target group, often with mental difficulty, can benefit from this kind of offer.
In Denmark the Danish sport federation has a special focus on this target group.
A Safe Zone is a continuous sports offer reserved for injured veterans and in some cases relatives. The offer is held on set days of the week and prior registration may be required.
In order for a Safe Zone to feel like a safe place to be, there should be as few other people present as possible, especially during start-up, as foreign relationships are often the most difficult for veterans with PTSD to deal with.
See video from DIF Soldater project in Canoe, cycling and other sports in the youtube channel
See video: VETERAN In CANOE