• The Old Grain Store, Redenham Park, Near Andover, Hampshire, SP11 9AQ
  • 01264 771658
Achieve | Learn | Inspire | Value | Experience

ALIVE

ALIVE

ACHIEVE | LEARN | INSPIRE | VALUE | EXPERIENCE

To become the leading UK veterans, Post Traumatic Growth charity by helping veterans change negatives into positives and creating a ‘safe place’ where veterans can grow harnessing the skills they possess to improve the lives of all involved.

Veterans in Action

ACHIEVE

ACHIEVE: To successfully finish or do something you wanted to do, especially after a lot of effort.

Service personnel are well versed in achieving results and they are encouraged to ACHIEVE things way beyond their expectations. On leaving the services some veterans can lose sight of this.

Being involved with the ALIVE Programme, veterans once again begin to learn that despite what they may be going through, they can still ACHIEVE remarkable things and grow as an individual and as part of a team, just like they once did in the military.
Veterans are encouraged to recognise their achievements, no matter how small they believe they are.

Ask yourself if you could have done it a day, a week, or a year ago? If the answer is no, then recognise you have moved forward

LEARN

LEARN: Experiential learning is a large part of all our lives. When experiencing any project or challenge, no matter how small or large, we need to reflect and plan ahead in order to move forward positively.

Any challenge is a challenge of self confidence and self-esteem on many levels; therefore, a substitute is required, that being passion and intensity.
Experiential learning focuses on the idea that the best ways to learn things is by actually having experiences. Those experiences then stick out in the mind and help you retain information and remember facts.

The ALIVE Programme lends itself to all of that.

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Veterans in Action - Inspire

INSPIRE

INSPIRE: To make someone feel that they want to do something and can do it

Serving in the military we are surrounded by those who INSPIRE us to ACHIEVE more than we believe possible. On leaving the services however, we can sometimes find it hard to find that same inspiration.

The ALIVE Programme provides a setting where veterans can be inspired by anybody who emulates the characteristics they desire for themselves, such as self-awareness, confidence, how to overcome challenges, how to cope under stress, and how to connect with your own strengths.
Inspiring others plays a pivotal role on the ALIVE Programme and through the power of inspiration and the right leadership skills, veterans can provide structure and stimulus to all those around them, effectively leading them to success, even during difficult times.

ALIVE: enables veterans to reawaken their own abilities to INSPIRE those who follow them.

VALUE:

VALUE: is an appreciation of usefulness or worth and helps those within the ALIVE Programme to determine what is important to them.

VALUE also provides a sense of purpose and achievement such as taking part on an expedition or helping those in need during a crisis.

However, VALUE is ultimately about gaining self-worth. It is the means by which individuals VALUE their contribution to the group or project and is a measure of their own personal well-being and growth.

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Veterans in Action - Experience

EXPERIENCE:

EXPERIENCE: Those who have served in the military have experienced more than the average person, good or bad and it is these experiences that have moulded the way we think and act.

For some, these experiences can have a negative impact on how they live their lives.

Veterans have a myriad of skills and EXPERIENCE in many different fields and situations. The ALIVE Programme enables veterans to harness the skills they learned within the military in a positive way by immersing themselves on our long-term projects using their EXPERIENCE to help those they are working with.

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Veterans In Action is a Registered Charity No. 1128026
LOCATION
Veterans in Action
The Old Grain Store
Redenham Park
Near Andover
Hampshire
SP11 9AQ
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  • 01264 771658
  • info@veteransinaction.org.uk
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ALIVE VIRTUAL CHALLENGES are unique compared to those you might find through an internet search. These challenges not only make a difference for yourself but also for military veterans who have experienced the effects of war or who have struggled with transitioning to civilian life.

Unlike traditional challenges where you simply pay a fee and receive a medal, our challenges are all about MAKING A DIFFERENCE by raising funds equivalent to the mileage you complete.

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I needed focus I needed something to fill my time, well maybe not fill my time but something to focus on like a target, a needed to get back my drive.

I started to help VIA ‘Veterans In Action’ and found something that I could do, use the old skills that I learnt in the army and more since I left which I did not register I had.

I had been missing that motivation to do something that I wanted to do and gain that level of self-gratification and achievement.

Everybody has a skill set, but it’s the motivation to use it we can lose, VIA have various projects on the go all the time, hopefully I have found my niche to help them and myself to gain personal gratification by being  a member of a team again and a job well done.

After discussions I realised that it’s this which advances my mental well-being and my ongoing fight against depression and the feeling of worthlessness.

I have woken up, helping hand in hand with fellow soldiers suffering from labelled disorders finding strength from weakness, realising what helps them generally does helps me, the recognition has been an awakening.”

Ian ‘Chalky’ White former 17th/21st Lancers and B Sqn 22 SAS

Veterans In Action have been filming our expeditions for many years for our YouTube Channel, Veterans Expeditions Overland, and through this experience of not only running the expeditions but also capturing footage that enables veterans who have taken part in a place of reference to recapture how they felt by taking part.

The Veterans In Focus project enables veterans to learn new skills and record not only the expeditions we run but also the day-to-day work on all projects connecting them all together so everyone feels involved in all aspects of the work we do.

VIA take a long-term approach to helping veterans who suffer to enable them to grow within a project working alongside their peers. All this can be achieved within this project which can be ongoing and would allow veterans to learn new skills or to pass on skills learned during their time in the services

Some of the outcomes of the project are a sense of purpose, regaining confidence and working in an environment alongside other veterans where they can instantly feel relaxed, chilled-out, secure, and safe.

Veterans can work at their own pace, stop thinking negatively, concentrate, learn new skills, be part of building something, and most importantly where problems are understood this will positively impact mood and stress levels.

For those involved in the project, they can also get involved on an expedition HERE

I became involved with VIA in 2010 after my life took a turn for the worse and was invited along to do some fundraising with them.  This helped me no end and in time my life got back on track.  I completed a Union Flag Walk with them from Cape Wrath to Land’s End which again helped as walking and talking with other veterans with similar stories was a great help in understanding how I was feeling.  I gained control of my life again.

In 2019, I took part in an overland expedition travelling through the Spanish Pyrenees and whilst away my life took a turn for the worse again due to family problems back in the UK.  On my return I had to start again and rebuild and focus on the future and with the help of Veterans In Action I got back on track and took control.

I now own and run my own courier business.

Mark Colman former Royal Engineers

To date, we have travelled 25,000 miles travelling through 30 different countries and some of them several times both on overland expeditions for humanitarian aid through the pandemic and more recently supplying medical humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

It is important to note that to take part in one of our overland expeditions we insist that veterans get involved in the BUILD IT part of the project. The reason for this is part of the Post Traumatic Growth process which is our method for helping veterans so that veterans can grow within a team of their peers, learning new skills and relearning old skill sets that may have been forgotten after service.

Leading up to an expedition involves expedition training which will include off-road driving, navigation, camp setups, camp cooking and daily maintenance, something most veterans will understand from their time in the services.

It would be unfair for any individual to turn up on the day of an expedition who hadn’t previously been involved as everyone else would have been working together over a long period of time so due to the very nature of the mental health problems of those we take out on expedition turning up on day 1 for any individual could become very difficult to find where they fit in no matter how welcoming everyone was.

It is the involvement long-term on building the vehicles that enable veterans to grow that gets them to a place where they fully enjoy all aspects of the expedition experience starting from the minute that an overland expedition sets off.

I became involved with VIA in 2010 after my life took a turn for the worse and was invited along to do some fundraising with them.  This helped me no end and in time my life got back on track.  I completed a Union Flag Walk with them from Cape Wrath to Land’s End which again helped as walking and talking with other veterans with similar stories was a great help in understanding how I was feeling.  I gained control of my life again.

In 2019, I took part in an overland expedition travelling through the Spanish Pyrenees and whilst away my life took a turn for the worse again due to family problems back in the UK.  On my return I had to start again and rebuild and focus on the future and with the help of Veterans In Action I got back on track and took control.

I now own and run my own courier business.

Mark Colman former Royal Engineers

The idea for the Made by Veterans project started as far back as 2011 on one of our long-distance walking expeditions where we were camped next to a river in Scotland and were getting the evening meal over an open fire using a Dutch Oven.

The veterans on the walk were given a carving tool and told to carve themselves a spoon for their meal. We observed the concentration on their faces and the laughs within the group were great to see we knew by focusing on something enabled them to engage with others and produce something they could use.

Fast forward several years and we now teach veterans to design merchandise including printing mugs, pring clothing and also to embroidering clothing.

We have been doing this for many years now and the reality is most veterans initially are a bit reticent to get involved but once they do they become very enthusiastic.

All items made are used on our expeditions and also sold to the public with all funds going back into the project and also to fund other projects that the veterans get involve on

I was suffering badly and never believed I would make anything of my life again as I truly didn’t feel capable!

I discovered VIA in Feb 2020 and got involved in building the vehicles and I was given a true sense of belonging again, I went every day I could manage and pushed myself to go even on those days you feel you just can’t!

In combination with therapy with TILS and being a member of VIA, I have rediscovered myself.

VIA is a post-traumatic growth charity and since being here I’ve certainly done that; I’ve grown and can happily say that I am now back in full-time employment with a family and a future!

It is thanks to VIA that I have grown, and I still go to VIA on my days off continuing in my growth, thank you!

Stephen Reilly former RMP

Many veterans become socially isolated after leaving the Forces and can struggle to adjust to civilian life, this project brings a group of veterans together who support each other, in many different ways and veterans, once more feel a sense of belonging something they often miss once leaving service.

VIA take a long-term approach to helping veterans who suffer to enable them to grow within a project working alongside their peers. All this can be achieved within this project which can be ongoing and allow veterans to to learn new skills or to pass on skills learned during their time in the services

Some of the outcomes of the project are a sense of purpose, regaining confidence and working in an environment alongside other veterans where they can instantly feel relaxed, chilled-out, secure, and safe.

Veterans can work at their own pace, stop thinking negatively, concentrate, learn new skills, be part of building something, and most importantly where problems are understood this will positively impact mood and stress levels.

For those involved in the project they can also get involved in an expedition (USE IT)