A road accident while cycling one evening in July 2020 prematurely ended the career of Royal Marine Commando Paul ‘Charlie’ Charles. A broken neck, fractured skull and traumatic brain injury were among the injuries that forced him to give up the only job he’d ever...
What we do
Veterans Outdoors works with veterans and those still serving, harnessing the proven therapeutic benefits of outdoor activity to improve wellbeing. Each personalised programme leads directly to the NHS 5 Steps to Wellbeing: connecting with people, being physically active, learning new skills, giving to others and taking notice of the world around you.
What we offer
Some of our beneficiaries come directly to us, others are referred by GP surgeries, NHS Mental Health services or by some of the dedicated veterans and armed forces health organisations. Everyone we see is assessed when they arrive to determine their personal needs and interests so we can put together a personalised programme for each individual.
We’re an independent charity, working closely with the NHS and other referral bodies. Our team includes veterans and health professionals and many of us have seen, at first hand, both the devastating impact of trauma and the wellbeing, healing effect of outdoor activity. We put our beneficiaries first and are united in our passion for the work we do.
Rich was referred to Veterans Outdoors by Op Courage in March 2023. Nine years previously he’d been discharged from the RAF after a motorbike accident which left him in constant pain with knee, rib and shoulder damage as well as a brain injury. Since the accident his...
We met Al at an Equine Therapy course to which he’d been referred by another organisation. He’d served as a gunner for 2 years but had left the forces with PTSD, following experiences in training, and then found that the global pandemic was forcing him to withdraw...
We’re a charity, relying on goodwill from landowners and estate managers who host our experiences and from volunteers and fundraisers who make it possible for us to do our important work.