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 illness, which has increased since 2015.


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

SWV sit ski experience

Sports Habilitation

Sport is a proven, potent medium for building confidence. 


Adaptive sport and access to new challenges enables veterans with disabilities to participate with those without

Woman in a wheelchair talking on video call

Pain Management

We funded the UK's first veteran Pain Management Programme and continue to deliver pain management courses.


We have found that successfully managing pain can reduce the barriers to employment for many veterans

Veterans meet up


Veterans who have participated in Sports Habilitation or Pain Management Programmes are offered individual mentoring support.

Mentors may offer help with retraining, career change, setting up a business, or returning to employment. 

A veteran working in catering and hospitality

Occupation, Training & Employment

Since we started our employment programme we have successfully found meaningful employment and training for over 90% of veterans engaged with SWV programmes

man in an example EFT session with therapist

Mental Health support

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

2018 Ocean Challenge veteran teams

Veteran Support Network

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