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 help our beneficiaries to work out what their own success will look like. For some it’s simply about helping them to sleep peacefully at night, for others it’s about rebuilding confidence and being able to reconnect with friends and family. And then there are those who want to learn new skills with a view to fresh employment or even setting up their own business.
We encourage all our veterans to monitor their own progress so they can keep track of their ‘distance travelled’ while they’re with us. Beneficiaries register with us for an initial period of six months during which time we keep in contact with them and offer them opportunities we think they’ll like. At the end of that period, those who wish to can stay with us. Our beneficiaries are welcome to be part of our family for as long as they like.
Meanwhile we’re working with other charities and partners, farmers and landowners to offer experiences and short courses to aid recovery, or longer courses for those wanting to retrain.
And we’ll help in other ways too, with links to organisations that can help with health, money or debt problems, housing or legal issues. And we can offer advice for those setting up businesses or looking for employment.