June 2022 Newsletter: Latest News from Veterans Outdoors
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The most amazing 3 days of my life…. 
It’s the difference between having a full life or having none at all.  
 Mind-blowingly good…this is changing lives.
Just some of the feedback from our recent 3-day equine therapy course run in conjunction with the amazing team at Warrior Equine. For the 9 beneficiaries that attended, this was clearly a life-changing experience that has taught survival skills for life and created some new friendships too. Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant’s Afghan Fund, which supports veterans affected by the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan and other recent military conflicts, the course helps veterans to overcome anxieties, confidence issues and other mental health issues that can impact daily lives.
“You don’t have to like or understand horses”, says Warrior Equine CEO, Ele Milwright, “the horse is just a mirror that reflects the veteran’s state of mind and shows how the world can change if you change how you see it.”
A second course is planned for the autumn – if you’d like to register your interest in attending please contact Bernard on 
It was great to meet so many people at our stand at this year’s Armed Forces Day. An estimated 10,000 people dodged the showers to be on Plymouth Hoe for this heartwarming celebration of our military achievements and personnel. It was good to catch up with so many of those we’ve supported over the last couple of years along with their families and friends. And we hope we’ve made some new friends too – we met lots of veterans interested in our ever-expanding range of activities and we linked up with other support organisations that we look forward to working with.
It's high summer – and a perfect opportunity to show off some of our wonderful projects and locations at their very best. We’re blessed with some great rivers in the South West and our trips up and down the River Dart, whether by raft, kayak or paddleboard, are among our most popular. Both our mixed cohorts and women-veterans only Artemis teams have been out on (or in!) the river in the past few weeks.
Meanwhile our weekly visits to Pentillie Castle are yielding some great produce and a recent harvest included lots of fruit and beans – there was even a broad-bean topped pizza which might not be to everyone’s taste but Charlie, who made it, assures us it was delicious.
And we’ve got some new members of the Pentillie team – 5 new Pea-chicks which are very cute but which will need to be kept away from our growing areas in months to come. If they’re anything like mum, they’ll eat EVERYTHING!
SOIL TO SUPPER 2.....and 3

The second of our popular 10-week, therapeutic soil-to-supper courses in the iconic walled garden at Dartington has produced yet another cohort of enthusiastic, knowledgeable gardeners and growers. The course has also been proven to reduce anxiety while improving confidence and problem-solving skills. We're taking bookings now for the September Course - register your interest now at 


We’re looking for a new Head of Finance & Admin to join our senior management team. We need someone to look after our budgeting, cost/project allocation and banking as well as some basic HR and other admin. Reporting directly to the CEO, the role will offer flexible hours and the opportunity to do work with a small friendly team doing some great work for our military veterans. If you’d like to find out more please make initial contact via Bernard on  

Should you require any out of hours support you may like to use one of the following agencies listed below.
The Samaritans 116123 (24hr helpline)
Combat Stress 0800 138 1619
Hopeline 0800 0684141
Devon First Response 0808 1968708 (24 hr Urgent Mental Health Helpline)


If you're a veteran, or you're about to transition from the forces, and you feel you could benefit from a bit of outdoor wellbeing with a friendly, supportive team working in some of the South West's most beautiful locations, why not get in touch? Or if you know a veteran you think would benefit, please send them our way. Or come and be a mentor for us - everyone's welcome! 

Finally, a huge thank you to all our funders who make what we do possible. We are grateful to.....

The 29th May 1969 Charitable Foundation, The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, The Army Benevolent Fund Soldiers' Charity, The Robert Clutterbuck Trust, The Country Landowners Association, The De Laszlo Foundation, Devon Community Foundation, Devon County Council, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Elmgrant Trust, Finnis Scott Trust, The Fore Trust Fund, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Roger and Jean Jefcoate, The Clare Milne Charitable Trust, Mole Valley Farmers National Lottery Awards for All, Newton Abbot Town Council, The RAF Benevolent Fund, The Schreier Foundation, St James' Place, The Swire Trust, Torbay Community Foundation, The Veterans Foundation.  


Si Richardson - Operations Manager
Monday - Thursday 8 - 4

Bernard Coleman - Admin/Events Assistant
Monday - Wednesday 9 - 4

Jodi Johnson - Women's Lead / Head of Welfare
Mondays to Fridays 9 - 5

Catherine Poate - Welfare Officer
Mondays & Fridays

Contact telephone number - 07760 729080
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Our mailing address is:
c/o 4, Stonesclose, 
Galpin Street,
PL21 0RZ

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