Military veterans are being called up to take a part in a new mission – learning how to adapt to ‘Civvy Street’ and thrive after service.
The first course of its kind in the North of England, called ‘Veterans Moving Forward’ is being launched at the 5 Towns Veterans Support Hub in Featherstone by Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College.
The face-to-face course has been developed by Help for Heroes and was co-designed by veterans, for veterans.
Sessions include understanding the military mindset and how veterans are shaped by their experiences, reviewing health and wellbeing choices, learning to prioritise, plan and make good decisions and overcoming obstacles.
It is open to any veteran, aged over 18, no matter when or where they have served or where they live. Veterans who are not originally from the UK are welcome to enrol, as are those who have been through the criminal justice system.
Lindsey Taylor Crossley, Recovery College Principal and Carers Lead for Wakefield, said: “It is a real accolade for us to be the first in the North of England able to offer this.
“We know we have an Armed Forces community across West Yorkshire, and we want to give them the opportunity to positively move on with their lives through a unique programme that understands what they have been through.
“The aim is to give veterans a sense of purpose and a sense of community as well as introducing them to all the other recovery college courses they could do to improve their wellbeing and mental health.”
She added: “Isolation and loneliness is an issue we hear from students of all ages so that’s why this face-to-face course is being held in a supportive veterans hub.
“The aim is to provide veterans with the opportunity to gain clarity about their direction in life, develop tools and strategies to help them commit to action and make progress towards their brighter future.”
The first course starts on October 9 at the 5 Towns Veterans Support Hub in Featherstone and runs every Monday from 10am to 2pm for six weeks.
For more information and details about how to enrol, visit: Veterans Moving Forward or call 01924-316946.