January 2023 Newsletter: Latest News from Veterans Outdoors
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Local volunteers have just put the finishing touches to what’s turned out to be our biggest ever community project, the creation of a new woodland at Kitley, just outside Plymouth. Our veterans worked alongside local volunteers, members of the YEM (Yealm Estuary to Moor) Conservation Group and volunteers from Babcock International Group Engineering to plant no less than 2,600 trees on Lodge Gate Field, alongside the A379.

The weather wasn’t very kind to us but top-quality banter and some serious inter-service wheelbarrow rivalry kept everyone’s spirits up and the work was completed in less than a week. Eventually the site will be community woodland with an outdoor classroom and space for nursery projects tended by local schools. This work is supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Force for Change and Veterans In Communities projects which have been helping our veterans to work in communities.


Meanwhile children from the Holy Cross Primary School in Plymouth will soon be onsite at  another of our community projects, the creation of a wildlife education area in Beaumont Park in Plymouth. The area has now been safely fenced in and we’ll soon be working with the school to build bug houses, bird boxes and hedgehog shelters. As well as the AFC Force for Change and Veterans in Communities projects, this work has also been enabled by Nash & Co. Solicitors who continue to provide valuable support to Veterans Outdoors.     


We’re delighted to welcome a new member of our team, Sam Mahon, who takes over from Mandy Heard as our Fundraising Manager. Sam lives in Taunton and was previously part of the fundraising team at St Margaret’s Hospice. When she’s not busy writing funding applications for us, Sam is a member of her local amateur dramatics society. We wish her all the very best in this important role with us.

We’re also pleased to welcome a new face to our Board of Trustees. Charles Weston Baker spent 11 years as an officer in the Queens Royal Irish Hussars where his appointments included establishing a tank force for the Sultan of Oman. He subsequently held senior management roles with Bovis, P&O and Savills. He has over 30 years of development, consultancy and sales and marketing experience with residential and leisure projects.  

A special thankyou, this month, to our friends at Mole Valley Farmers. When we relaunched at the end of 2020 they kindly gave us a credit account which has enabled us to acquire countless tools as well as boots, gloves and other protective clothing for our beneficiaries. Their generosity has enabled many veterans to take part in our activities over the past two years. To all at Mole Valley from all at Veterans Outdoors, a huge, heartfelt thank you. 

Since our last newsletter, we’re proud to have received support from a number of key funders including The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund. Support from these charities helps us to support veterans from those services throughout the year. We’ve also received funding from The Veterans Foundation (funded by the Veterans Lottery) The Clare Milne Trust, The Edgar Lawley Foundation, St James’ Place, The Souter Trust and Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust. Thanks to all these funders who make our work possible. See for yourself the great range of events that we put on every month.....

And there are still a few places left on our next Soil to Supper course which will take place, as before, in the beautiful walled garden at Dartington. Contact Bernard now if you'd like to take part....

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
Wednesdays & 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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