Veteran Pathways

From injury to independence

Last year, 1,578 UK regular armed forces personnel were medically discharged, representing approximately four per day. For Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force personnel one of the most common causes of medical discharge was Mental and Behavioural Disorders, which has increased since 2015.

 

For some veterans, the path to independence and employment can be a struggle which is greatly improved by managing and developing their physical and mental health.

 

Since being founded as Skiing with Heroes in 2012, we have developed needs-based, veteran-led, programmes to assist those who are the most vulnerable.

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Sport is a proven, potent medium for confidence building. Adaptive sport and access to new challenges enables those with disabilities to participate with those without.  

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Veterans are offered individual mentoring support. Your mentor, may offer help with retraining, career change, setting up a business, or returning to employment. 

We offer sessions in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression and pain. This increases veterans' ability to find meaningful work, achieve their goals and connect with family and their community.

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We funded the UK's first veteran-centred Pain Management Programme. Pain management is one of the biggest barriers to employment for many veterans.

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Since we started our Employment Programme we have successfully found meaningful employment and training for over 90% of the veterans that requested it.

Peer support from those who have been through a SWV pathway for veterans and activities for their families.