Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

Veterans In Action (VIA) help veterans who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult. VIA also work to enable people to understand more about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and veteran's mental health issues.
VIA use the outdoors, centre based projects, adventurous activities and expeditions to help veterans rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and self-belief. VIA' approach is holistic and non-therapy based but we can be a referral point for those in need of specialist support to access veterans mental health charities and other available help.
VIA's ethos is to encourage veterans to become active and thinking in a more positive manner about how they can move forward in their lives.

The aim of V-EX OVERLAND is to prepare 3 Land Rover vehicles plus a trailer to expedition standard which will then be used on an overland expedition to coincide with the centenary of the end of World War 1.
Veterans In Action already own two of the vehicles that will be used on the project with other vehicles being purchased to be used as donor vehicles. All the work will be carried out by veterans who have suffered the effects of war who will be taught skills throughout the project from qualified mechanics.
The work on the vehicles and trailer will be the opportunity for teamwork, use of skills, peer mentoring in skills and building networks of mutual support. The veterans will be working together to find out what needs to be fixed, adapted or added to the vehicles and looking at how to source the necessary items bringing in many valuable skills to the project.
Teamwork will enable each veteran to use their strengths with problem solving and solutions. The funding will be used to purchase the necessary spare parts and expedition specific equipment with veterans undertaking all the labour.
At the end of the build phase the vehicles will set off on an Overland Expedition from the UK to Greece and back travelling off road where possible for a duration of approximately 6 weeks.

Veterans who are struggling to transition to civilian life or struggling with mental health issues due to their service benefit from being with others who understand what they are going through.
Veterans can often become isolated and may feel alone among civilians who they feel don't have the same life experience. However by bringing them together with others who have had the same the same experiences and same struggles , for once they don't feel alone.
Veterans can share experiences, troubles and the strategies they have used to move forward. They can evaluate what worked for them and how it may help others. Those further ahead on their own personal journey can help those just starting to move forward, these veterans will benefit from having clear, obtainable objectives.
Being part of the project will give them a sense of purpose and help them develop new friendships and build support networks. Achieving a huge goal such as finishing, fixing, refitting and equipping vehicles to expedition standard will contribute to a sense of self-esteem, this is always important to those who struggle with mental health issues.
Once complete, the vehicles will remain a resource for other veterans and those involved in the build can feel pride in having contributed to creating a lasting asset the will be used to help others.
Veterans unable to work on the vehicles will be tasked with other important tasks such as logistics, project management, and many other tasks. Serving personnel and civilians may also join in enabling veterans to connect to the local population breaking down many perceived barriers.

Veterans In Action

Over the last 7 years VIA have run many long distance walking expeditions covering a distance of 13,000 miles with over 500 veterans taking part. We have also started a centre with over 100 people attending each week. This project is a natural progression which will offer more help to those in need

Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom