Veterans who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses were visited by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.
The Princess Royal visited Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, this week in her role as President of City & Guilds, a global leader in skills development. Help for Heroes, the frontrunner in Career Recovery, is working with City & Guilds to help veterans to forge new lives outside of the Armed Forces. Through this partnership, H4H is offering our veterans the opportunity to embrace different careers after they leave the Armed Forces.
For those recovering from physical and psychological injuries, training in manual skills, such as Motor Mechanics, are a critical part of their recovery and veterans are now able to achieve nationally recognised qualifications on-site in art, horticulture and land-based skills.
The Princess Royal was shown around the facilities – which include a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suite, woodland and gardening area and art studio – where she met members of the wounded community and their families and heard first-hand about the life-long challenges they face.
Speaking after presenting qualifications, The Princess Royal said wounded veterans are in the best place possible to build a better future.
“When you leave the Services, you do not have the same structure. But City & Guilds, with its partnership with Help for Heroes, can offer that for the future. You will be able to look forward and plan for your next career.”
Bryn Parry, Co-Founder of Help for Heroes said it was a privilege to host HRH Princess Anne so she could see the difference H4H is making.
“Through our career recovery services, we empower, motivate and inspire our wounded heroes to find a new, purposeful role that meets their own individual needs, and assists them in moving on with their lives, whatever their injury or illness,” he said. “Once we find that light in people, we fan the flames which will hopefully launch them to a successful career.
“The opportunities we secure help give our heroes invaluable experience and this new partnership with City & Gilds will enable them to progress in their own recovery journey with confidence”
Band of Brother Josh Campbell recently completed the Employability Skills course. Josh, serving with 23 Pioneer Regiment, was injured in Afghanistan in September 2009 when his vehicle drove over an IED. He was medically discharged from the Army and said the career recovery programme at Help for Heroes has given him hope for the future and he now wishes to use his woodwork skills to become self-employed.
“The course was so helpful in giving me the skills, the knowledge and the motivation to do it. When you become injured and your future is taken away from you, you lose confidence in yourself. However, this course and my time spent at Tedworth House and with Help for Heroes has given me a huge amount of belief and now I have a really positive outlook,” he said.
Chairman of City & Guilds, Sir John Armitt said he was proud of the partnership with H4H.
He said: “Achieving a nationally recognised qualification not only builds self-esteem and confidence as part of a recovery programme but also shows that there are opportunities open to them outside the Armed Forces.”
Help for Heroes runs four Recovery Centres around the country which form part of the Defence Recovery Capability to provide ongoing support for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans. The career recovery programme helps develop skills and experience for future employment, as well as offer training and work experience to injured veterans.
To find out how to access our career recovery support, go to www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support/access-welfare-support. If you are a corporate company that can offer our wounded, injured and sick veterans work placements, advice, jobs, taster days or training courses, go to www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-involved/get-your-company-involved.