Work continued this week at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House on the Iron Age Roundhouse project.
The roundhouse, being built entirely by wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and Veterans, will be used for outdoor cooking, relaxation workshops, craft activities, storytelling and other fellowship events.
Roy Taylor served with the Royal Navy in the Falklands and was eventually diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2010. One of our partner charities, Combat Stress, referred him to Help for Heroes as he was struggling with motivation, poor sleep and high levels of anxiety interspersed with low mood. When he heard about the Iron Age Roundhouse project, he signed up immediately.
“This is such a fantastic project,” he said. “It has a nice historical angle to it but more importantly, it offers something which will motivate me and I really look forward to being up in the woodland and spending a few days at a time building the roundhouse.
“Being in the woodland with the other blokes is really therapeutic. There is something about the outdoors that allows your mind to be freed from everything that is troubling you.
“To work on this project is a sort of therapy for me and I know how useful this outdoor space will be once we have completed it. I feel healed whenever I am working on this.”
Giles Woodhouse, Head of Recovery South, said: “This community project will provide skills, boost self-esteem and sense of camaraderie, and there are clear physical and functional benefits for our wounded, injured and sick Heroes to work in a mindful woodland setting.
“We are so fortunate to have the wonderful woodland facility on site and I am pleased with how well it is being utilised for vital recovery activities and the Iron Age Roundhouse project is another example of how our excellent partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is benefitting those injured in the line of duty.”