Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Cornish Veterans Scheme Rolled Out Across Southwest

news_army.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

7:01am 14th August 2013

Cornish veterans battling back from post traumatic stress and injuries praise a project that is helping turn their lives around.

Active Plus sees ex-military personnel lead courses for over fifties in the Duchy.

It includes everything from helping older people back into work, to boosting confidence and fitness levels as well as tackling isolation and loneliness.

Ed Farndon from Truro left the RAF because of a severe knee injury. He said without Active he would still be unemployed:

"Still angry, still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Not coming to terms with the way that my life had changed. It is very unnerving. Everything that you think wouldn't be an issue, all of a sudden becomes an issue, because you haven't experienced it before.

Pete Botheras from Redruth suffered a back and leg injury in Afghanistanan in 2008. He then struggled with PTSD after his 21 year RAF career ended two years later.

Pete said: "When I left the military, I felt absolutely useless, worthless. I wasn't getting any employment aspects and as soon as you say, PTSD, physical injury, people don't want to know you.

"All of a sudden you start feeling more worthwhile. You feel better about yourself, everything that you're lugging around that people can't see. But in a way, we're helping people."

Tim Cocks, Director of Active Plus said: "I believe older people are the biggest wasted resource in Cornwall. By utilising the skills, knowledge and experience of injured veterans, to inspire older people to use their lifetime of skills and knowledge to help younger people, to help families.

"People were on the ships that got attacked in the Falklands, and indeed Afghanistan. The fact that people accept them for what they are. At the moment, a lot of them struggle for their family and their friends to relate to what they've been through."

Active Plus is now being rolled out across the South West, with sessions being run through job centres in Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

7:01am 14th August 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
bowel cancer 1

WATCH: Cornish widow backs bowel cancer tool

Martyn Matthews wasn't diagnosed for over a year

sugar

WATCH: Cornish families urged to tackle child obesity

Almost a third of primary kids here are overweight or obese

Most read
newbridge crash

Woman has 'life-changing injuries' after crash

18-year-old was airlifted near Penzance

missing john hurst 4

Body found on popular Cornish beach identified

Missing John Hurst discovered at Watergate Bay

Top articles

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Marine A: Alexander Blackman could be out of jail within weeks

National News: A Royal Marine who shot and killed an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan could be free from prison within weeks.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Donald Trump moves to wipe out Barack Obama's climate change record

World News: Donald Trump will move to rip up Barack Obama's record on climate change with a series of orders undermining America's commitment to tackling global warming.

Scottish Muay Thai boxer Jordan Coe found dead in Thailand

Sports News: A Scottish boxer has died in Thailand of suspected heatstroke.

Newer article

Official Plans to Fix A30 Misery Handed In

Cornwall News: Government inspectors set to scrutinise plans to turn A30 at Temple into dual carriageway

Older article

Fisherman's Friends Turn Down US Tour

Cornwall News: Port Isaac sea shanty group say they are too busy with their day jobs to try to crack America

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.