May 2023 Newsletter: Latest News from Veterans Outdoors
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Following repeated requests from our veterans and other beneficiaries for courses offering ‘coping strategies for everyday life’ we’re pleased to be able to announce the first in our series of emotional resilience courses. The half-day course (1000-1430) will take place in Modbury on Friday 19th May and we’re delighted to welcome, as our course leader, Liz Abram - Military Performance Coach and a regular member of Channel 4’s ‘Who Dares Wins’ team.  
Key areas covered will include:
Spotting the signs of our own emotional distress.
Boundaries and how to express them.
Building relationships / How we change how others view us.
Handling difficult conversations.
Life hacks - practical do's and don'ts for mental wellbeing.
The course is open to all members of the Armed Forces Community including spouses.  There are 10 places available. To register interest in attending, contact [email protected]

Special thanks to St James’s Place Wealth Management Partnership
for funding this series of courses.

Veterans Outdoors’ Head of Operations, Si Richardson, is going the extra mile (actually a bit more than that) for us by running the Plymouth Half Marathon to raise money for the charity.  The event is on Sunday May 14th – look out for Si and his better half, Jane, if you’re watching the race. (Si reckons Jane will be a long way ahead of him!)
And please donate generously to support Si and the charity. Every little helps and it’s easy to do – just follow the link here….


Veterans Outdoors will be back on Plymouth Hoe for this years Armed Forces’ Day, Saturday June 24th.  Please come and find us, meet the team, say hello to some of our beneficiaries and grab a free pen. For those that have never been, this is one of the best events in the South West Calendar. There are always lots of things to see and do, plenty of food and drink, live music, old friends to bump into and new ones to be made.


Great for improving confidence, team work and building core strength, our Chalk Effect Climbing course is proving a real hit with Veterans Outdoors' Artemis (women only) contingent. The 7 week course at The Plymouth Life Centre has proved to be one of our most popular activities with some of our team discovering muscles in places they didn’t even know they had muscles! There’ll be a second course later in the year – keep your eye on our social media pages and newsletters for details.


Our beneficiaries discover all sorts of things when we’re working on our various community projects around the South West but we think a recent find at the William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust at Buckfastleigh is probably the oldest. We recently cleared the ivy to reveal this coral limestone wall which is an estimated 460 millions years old. It’s one of 22 sites across Devon and Cornwall that proves that we were once part of Brittany. It’s the first time in about 25 years that it’s been exposed and we look forward to tidying up the rest of the site when we go back in May.      

Operation FORTITUDE is a new, UK wide referral pathway that will support homeless veterans, or veterans at risk of homelessness, into housing. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and the Office for Veterans Affairs are working together in partnership with charities such as Veterans Outdoors, veteran supported housing providers, local authorities and other organisations to support veterans and manage referrals. The pathway will be accessible to veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness; and the organisations that support them. If you need help – or you know anyone that does - please get in touch.

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
[email protected]

Bernard Coleman - Admin/Events Assistant
Monday - Wednesday 9 - 4
[email protected]

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

Catherine Poate - Welfare Officer
Wednesdays & Fridays
[email protected]

Contact telephone number - 07760 729080
Copyright © Veterans Outdoors 2021, charity number 1175204. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
c/o 4, Stonesclose, 
Galpin Street,
PL21 0RZ

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