BoB BoS West Update

Tuesday 2 October 2018

National updates
Updates from the North
Updates from the South
Updates from the East

Shirley's Update: South West

September seems to have flown by! Here in the South West we have been enjoying all the events and activities around the region and we look forward to seeing you during the coming month.

Veterans from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset have been showing off their artistic skills with the Help for Heroes Creative Force exhibition in Plymouth. 14 artists, supported by the Plymouth Recovery Centre, had their work shown at the Ocean Studios art gallery in Royal William Yard. Creative Force showcases how important art has been on our Veteran’s recovery journey, and was a chance for members of the public to see how their support has made a difference to their lives.

Royal Navy veteran Paul Goodall lost both his legs in a training accident. He says his photography gets him out of the house and takes his mind off his injuries: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve got absorbed in taking and editing the photographs, it detracts from the constant pain that I’m in. It seems to go the back of my mind."


Barnstaple CFP Drop In

Wellsprings Leisure Centre, TA2 7QP

Wednesday 3rd October 

10am - 2pm

Ladies only afternoon tea for BoB and BoS

The Treasury Plymouth, PL1 2AD

Saturday 13th October


Carn Brea Redruth CFP Drop In

Carn Brea Leisure Centre, TR15 3QS

Wednesday 17th October, 10am-2pm

Exmouth CFP Drop In

Cranford Leisure Centre, EX8 2EQ

 Tuesday 23rd October

10am - 2pm

Breakfast for male only Band of Sisters

Sound Bites St Anne's Battery


Thursday 25th October

Time TBC

Halloween fun in the park Saltram House Plympton

 Wednesday 31st October


Ruth's Update: Wales

Helo bawb a chroeso
Hello everyone and welcome to this month’s newsletter from Wales.

It has been an exciting time in the new Recovery Office. Since moving in, we have seen membership numbers increasing, been able to run courses and get out into the community and forge new friendships and reach even more people than ever before! You can read the positive effects we are having on our members here. 

This month we also attended another educational and interactive adventure at Swansea Archery and Falconry Centre. This was Wales’ first joint event between Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters and Help for Heroes Sports Recovery.

Everyone who attended made new friends, the children were able to have a go at learning a new skill and mums and dads returned to their childhoods and felt a little like Robin Hood. The adventure didn’t stop there! Everyone got up close and personal with some really exquisite birds of prey, hold and even pet them.

Through new friendships forged through the fellowship, we now also have members attending sporting sessions held by the Ospreys doing wheelchair rugby through our day out. Phew, we really are a manic bunch!

There’s plenty coming up for you lovely lot in October. Highlights promise to be the Virtual Reality Golf with our Sports Coordinator Nick and Our Spooky Halloween event, where we will all take a journey on a Ghost Train to Devils Bridge. There will be a party on board with prizes for best fancy dress. Then onto another party with a barbecue before getting back on the train to play some really ghoulish games on our journey home.

Next month we have the following monthly hubs. If you would like to attend any of these please do get in touch. It will be lovely to see as many of you as possible!

Newport Sports Village Coffee and Drop In Hub


 9th October

Coffee and Drop In Hub at the VC Gallery

Haverford West

By appointment

Coffee and Drop In at Nuffield Health


 17th October

Coffee and Drop In Hub at the Help for Heroes Office


 25th October


Bulldog Drop In Hub in Swansea


 26th October

Also, our Sports Recovery sessions are continuing every week in October. We would like to see as many of you as possible at the sports village in Newport and Nuffield Health Club in Bridgend. Finally, there will be lots of fun and interesting things to do over the following months. If you like what you have read so far, why not come and join in!

If you need to get in touch, please do email me.