Residential accommodation for up to 40 beneficiaries, for veterans and their families, who have left the services and wish to make a successful return to civilian life but have not yet done this or decided how to achieve it. Some of our newly refurbished properties will be fully DDA accessible to aid people with reduced mobility. Through charitable donations and investment, our intent is to re-model existing farmhouses, buildings and cottages that will be let on “Almshouse” licences, for periods of 6 to 18 months. They will be in clusters around the estate in order to create a sense of community where veterans can support or learn from each other.
Working Recovery Farm
We seek a partner charity to set up and run a residential farm with a small mix of livestock, vegetables and horticulture that will be grown and cared for by the veterans. Other training and skills may also be taught.
The tenanted livestock and arable farms give the character to the estate. Work is being carried out gradually to improve the buildings and increase the biodiversity of the land. Some of our tenants offer work experience to veterans.
The opportunity to learn employment skills through on and off-estate courses, for rural and construction sectors that will help veterans gain future employment or higher earnings. It may also give them the confidence to establish their own businesses, possibly in a workshop or office unit on the estate.
Develop workshops and/or offices for veterans to start up their own businesses.
The Trust has excellent links with many local farms, estates and horticultural businesses who are happy to give work experience and possibly follow that with employment for the right people. This allows veterans the chance to try a number of different aspects of rural work to find areas that they enjoy and can see a career.