Tanya-Lee Holmes

Tanya-Lee Holmes

Tanya-Lee Holmes runs Imperfectly Perfect Sugar Cookies. I am an affiliate member of the Bathurst RSL SubBranch. I currently volunteer my time listening to and helping 21 Young and Older Veterans.

A lot of the time this is answering their calls at 2am when they’ve had a panic attack or feel suicidal. I help them with DVA claims and talk them out of suicidal thoughts. Essentially provide them with a safe space where they don’t feel judged. I also help older veterans by going to Drs appts, help them remember medications, I recently went to surgery with one as he had no one else I provide friendship and meet them for a cuppa when they are lonely.

I donate cookie hampers and money from sales of cookies to help Young Veterans run programs for family and mental health programs. I am their unofficial mental health and well-being support when they contact me they feel safe, cared for and don’t feel like they are just another number on a helpline. I got involved because my son is in the Army and I wanted to know that he would be supported in the same way if he ever needed help.