Help for Heroes are providing grant funding to support a specialist mountaineering rehabilitation programme for injured Veterans – Adventure Quest UK.
Grant funding from Help for Heroes has enabled Adventure Quest UK to support 25 wounded, injured and sick veterans per year with the completion in each course resulting in a mountain leaders qualification for each veteran.
The programme is an innovative, unique and the first of its kind rehabilitation programme for ex-Servicemen and women recovering from psychological and physical trauma injuries.
Participants on the programme undertake mountaineering challenges in the four mountainous areas of the UK. These expeditions are spread throughout the year, each lasting roughly three to six days.
Participants will have the opportunity to train for a qualification as a Mountain Leader and also get one-to-one employment support from a leading recruitment service.
Adventure Quest UK provides specialist employment support with a clear route to meaningful employment, helping individuals to develop new skills and providing opportunities for them to effectively deal with their psychological trauma. It will do this by providing direct proactive employment and careers support for all participants. The focus will be developing a broad range of effective leadership and communication skills to assist both in their recovery and in future work related opportunities. The programme will also cover environmental education, including geology, wildlife and conservation learning.
Individuals will engage in a range of mountaineering activities that will bring about psychological and physical benefits in their own right, yet more importantly they will act as an engagement tool for individuals to participate in informal group therapy sessions in the mountainous areas. Highly skilled mental health practitioners will facilitate these sessions and individuals will also receive one to one emotional and psychological support, if required.
The emphasis will be on engaging with individuals from the start of the programme, tailoring a support/employment package to their individual requirements and supporting them into sustainable employment.
Paul Lefever, programme founder and manager believes this programme will bring about substantial improvement in dealing with the trauma many ex- service personnel face and assist participants in readjusting to a healthier way of life.
The project is funded by Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and Norfolk PCT.
Read how the course helped Veteran Jamie Hull in the Help for Heroes Blog