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 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.

Click here to see our upcoming events. 

Weekly Sessions

Every week, sometimes twice a week, we run a day-long session on a farm or estate somewhere in the South West. Join the gang for a day of digging, planting, growing, harvesting. Learn about the countryside and horticulture, make friends, have a laugh and drink tea around the fire in a safe, therapeutic environment. Everyone's welcome.

Short courses

Throughout the year we run short courses, usually 6-10 weeks (one day a week) for those that want a bit more in- depth learning or a more focussed recovery. Courses include Soil-to-Supper Horticulture or Equine Therapy with our partners HUGS in Bodmin.

Experience Days

Why not try......? Our experience days are some of our most popular activities, offering a taste of a whole range of interesting activities from wildlife photography, metal detecting and marine conservation to blacksmithing or dry stone walling. Keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming experiences.

Case studies

MB’s story

MB’s story

MB had served in the forces during the IRA’s mainland bombing campaign and had witnessed the aftermath of some horrific incidents.  On leaving the service she suffered terrible nightmares, with repeated flashbacks to her time in service. She was unable to sleep,...

PS’s story

PS’s story

PS had a 10 year career in the Navy and then 24 years in the Metropolitan Police where he found himself dealing with the aftermaths of lots of deaths and suicides. A couple of years after leaving the police he had a sudden meltdown. “The ground fell away from under...

CN’s story

CN’s story

CN was only three-and-a-half years into his army career when he was seriously injured in a vehicle accident during a training exercise. It left him with both physical and mental scars that, between them, ended his service career. He suffered PTSD and long-term pain...