September 2023 Newsletter: Latest News from Veterans Outdoors
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With Spring just a few weeks away the Veterans Outdoors team are already planning a rich programme of events for 2024, for our mixed groups as well as our Artemis (women-only) activities. There are new initiatives like our Emotional Resilience for Families course, Veterans Art Exhibitions and our Expressive Arts courses with Theatre Royal Plymouth alongside old favourites like Pentillie Wednesdays and our Fortnightly Moorland Walks. 
“Last year we delivered more than 200 different event days” says Veterans Outdoors’ Head of Operations, Si Richardson, “and, coincidentally, we supported more than 200 individual forces’ veterans. We’re building on that, not just on the numbers but on the types of activities that veterans tell us they want.”
Join our mailing list ([email protected]) or keep an eye on our website for up to date lists of forthcoming events. 
The next in our ground-breaking series of emotional resilience courses is aimed specifically at families of veterans, helping spouses and partners to understand some of the emotional frustrations that can affect the lives of those who’ve been in service. It’ll be at Pentillie Castle, Saltash, on Friday 22nd March – details below.


Our first ever Veterans' Art Exhibition is scheduled to take place at The Theatre Royal Plymouth later this year. We’ll be working with TRP’s Our Space Programme to stage the event and we want to hear, now, from painters, potters, photographers, metalworkers, woodworkers or glassblowers who’d like to have their work displayed as part of this prestigious exhibition.   
Please send photographs of your work (with dimensions) to Bernard: [email protected]


Veterans Outdoors CEO Jeremy Hibbard was the guest speaker at this years RBL (Devon) Conference in Axminster in January. As well as talking about how the charity has grown significantly over the past 3 years, Jeremy called for better and more consistent funding for those organisations, like Veterans Outdoors, which now work closely with the NHS and other Government Bodies to play such a vital role in the support of veterans.  


As one of the leading Veterans Support organisations in the region, we’re often asked if we can help with surveys looking at different aspects of the Veterans’ community. To protect the confidentiality of those registered with us we don’t engage directly with those running the surveys, however we are content, sometimes, to pass on the details of the survey and let individual veterans decide whether they wish to take part. This month we have been approached by Kings College London. Details of their project below:

And, already this year, we've agreed two way referral partnerships with two more key veterans' organisations:
Blind Veterans UK who offer lifelong support for all sight-impaired veterans:


Fighting with Pride who are a national charity supporting the LGBTQ+ community within the armed forces family, in particular those most impacted by the ban on LGBT+ personnel serving in the Armed Forces prior to January 2000'. [email protected]


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

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