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
Submit this page to redditDelicious

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

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
nova 1

WATCH: Can you give this Cornish puppy a home?

She lost her brothers and sisters to a virus

mikey the cat

Appeal to help Cornish cat 'shot with pellet gun'

Can you help to pay for Mikey's amputation?

Most read
storm waves 2

UPDATE: Wind warning for the whole of Cornwall

Attraction shut and major event postponed

enys road camborne robbery

Woman 'attacked by gang' in Camborne

She was grabbed from behind and robbed

Top articles

Woman 'attacked by gang' in Camborne

Cornwall News: She was grabbed from behind and robbed

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.

German men arrested after violent brawl in Liverpool city centre

National News: More than 20 German men have been arrested over a violent brawl which broke out in Liverpool in which one man was critically injured.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

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

East 17 singer Brian Harvey arrested over 'malicious tweet'

Showbiz News: Former East 17 band member Brian Harvey has been arrested over claims he sent malicious tweets.

Sweden warns UK not to emulate Norway border post-Brexit

World News: Sweden's Europe minister has poured cold water on the idea of the UK enjoying "frictionless trade" after Brexit.

LA Chargers beat Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day

Sports News: The red-hot Los Angeles Chargers continued their recent winning ways as they dominated the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium - a result that moves both teams to 5-6, but it's clear the Chargers are the team on the way up.

Dozens of polar bears pictured eating whale carcass on Russian island

Strange News: Experts are "gobsmacked" after dozens of polar bears were photographed eating the carcass of a bowhead whale which washed ashore on a Russian island in the Arctic.

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

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall