Improving Veteran Physical And Mental Health

Much of the work that we do with all of our service users including veterans who live in our homes surrounds improved physical and mental health.  Opportunities include:

  • Advice and support with key workers to develop personal support plans which are tailored to the individual needs of each veteran
  • Each veteran can engage with free gym membership which helps to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Veterans are assessed and supported to ensure that they can engage with appropriate health services which may include support services through GP, Combat Stress, TILS (Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service) and other appropriate pathways that develop positive emotional, physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Veterans can access services that may support them as they reduce, cease or combat drug and or alcohol misuse
  • We encourage our veterans to engage in meaningful activity that supports their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing which may include support back into employment, volunteering or training so that they gain skills to enable additional training and employment. Much of this work is done with Employability Coaches who together work on possible barriers to employment or training in order to develop skill sets to engage with the labour market
  • Veterans can also access our enhanced veteran support through our social enterprises' Boots on the Ground and Field Kitchen which provide positive pathways to outdoor activities, social networks and employability skills. is one way we do this. We are working hard to extend these services in the months ahead.

Many veterans struggle to adapt to civvy street after leaving the structure of any of the tri-services. Many may have physical or mental scars that may reduce their confidence, or they may be coming to terms with family issues. Overall our support aims to build confidence and esteem and identify aspirations.

 

Without statutory funding, all of these services have to be provided through fundraising activities or through successful funding applications. Funders who have supported us are many and include The Gloucestershire Community Foundation the ABF Soldiers Charity, the Simon Gibson Charitable Trust, the Waterloo Foundation and the National Lottery Awards for All.  

We are enormously grateful to all of the trusts, grants and fundraisers who make this service provision a possibility and we look forward to working with you in the years to come. 

 

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