It’s great to see that more is being done by volunteer Agencies to assist families when a loved one joins the team. I spoke at a “Well being” event at Stirling University a few months ago. It was great to see that a lot more emphasis was on the effect in families when a family member joins the team or an Agency. At times they deal with traumatic incidents and in the past many families, partners and supporters had little clue how to help.
It’s great to see how things have changed and in my mind so long overdue. Over the years many who volunteered missed birthdays, family events and special days with the kids. We did even in the 80’s and 90’s have family days even weekends. This was to thank all our families and friends for their support. It’s been a long slow process but I am proud of what teams and other Agencies are doing.
It took me years to understand that on every Callout my mother and family would worry as many do for me. I was oblivious to this also to my partners and friends over the years. It was in my early days of thinking I was invincible on the mountains despite that not being the case. That took a toll on many.
I was so pleased that many volunteer Agencies have taken this on now and Mountain Rescue is doing there bit. A wee booklet is a great addition but so is spreading and educating folk about looking after families and their well being. Scottish Mountain Rescue has now access to support if needed by all.
Thank you again to Assynt Mountain Rescue for sending me a copy of the booklet.
As always comments welcome.