Future for Heroes provides resettlement programmes to returning servicemen and women. While the programme is open to all, it is primarily focused on the vulnerable, those for whom falling into unemployment, offending and destructive behaviour is a real risk.
To date Rugby for Heroes has funded courses helping over 40 individuals.
Rugby for Heroes has supported OCF since 2013 through The Mike Tindall Charity Golf Classic.The money raised supported OCF’s 2013 programme of activities and was used to pay for two one-day familiarisation events and two three-day golf skills and employment training events. As a result, a total of 30 newly injured Service Personnel were be introduced to golf, with 45 injured members receiving intense tuition and employment training. From these events, OCF hope that five individuals will complete work experience placements and that at least one individual will find a career as a result.
Gardening Leave tends to the invisible wounds of conflict by providing Horticultural Therapy for serving and ex-service Armed Forces personnel. Gardening Leave aims to help veterans with mental health issues through professionally conducted, individualised, goal-orientated treatment sessions within a safe garden environment in order to maximise their physical, psychological and social strength. Horticulture Therapy alongside other approaches can help veterans find coping mechanisms as well as ways of completing their transition to civilian life.
Rugby for Heroes has already provided funding for 4 London Veterans at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
We are delighted to announce that we will be supporting this new project by funding the first 18 delegates who have been chosen to pilot the scheme
The aim of the pilot is to enhance evidence based interventions, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy to the service population at risk within the three areas covered by the DsCMH in the South Region. The focus will be on individuals with conditions most suitable for treatment with CBT interventions (Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress, Phobias, etc,) and those who may become early service leavers due to their mental health problems, particularly is service or operationally related.
Funds will be allocated through appropriate service accounts to the three DsCMH at Aldershot, Portsmouth and Brize Norton. Funds will be managed and allocated by the DCMH Managers or delegated individuals.
For 2014 we will also be supporting Hire a Hero (HAH) which has established to support all Service Leavers ‐ Army, Navy and Air Force, past, present and future and their families regardless of situation or background into meaningful civilian employment.
Through a programme of support HAH ensures that the service leaver is appointed a HAH trained mentor and connected to potential employers for work placements/shadowing and ultimately interview.
HAH will be funded through its corporate partnerships and grant awarding bodies. Currently it is principally funded through its active programme of fund raising. This includes the Hire a Hero Rugby team known as the Gorillas. The rugby team is an important way of engaging with individuals and businesses.