Irwin Mitchell | Focus on Military | Future For Heroes

Supporting Leavers And Veterans Who May Find The Transition To Civvy Street A Challenge

Future for Heroes (F4H) offers free support to the minority of veterans and service leavers who may find the transition to civilian life difficult, daunting or distressing.

Some are referred to us from organisations that support the more vulnerable, where offending or destructive behaviour is a risk. Others may simply be anxious about their future and how they might manage. Where appropriate, partners or spouses of delegates may also attend a course. Since our launch 7 years ago, some 600 individuals have attended our courses.

Our personal change programme comprises a residential course running over 4 days held at Brathay in the Lake District. The course is a mixture of classroom-based discussions and gentle outdoors, experience-based activities.

A course maxim is ‘Challenge by Choice’ – every aspect is voluntary – although rarely does an individual not take part in an activity. It is but a step, for many their first, on a journey that sees them advance positively into further training, employment or other post-military interests.

We have full access to qualified and experienced support technicians for those with disabilities, ensuring every delegate, including wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel, can partake in all activities and gain maximum benefit. When serving WIS undertaking their resettlement attend our course we provide MHFA-qualified individuals that are present for the duration of the 4 days.

The course focuses on recognising individual potential through building self-esteem, confidence and resilience in the face of major life changes: we help the delegates to achieve the emotional adjustments required for a successful transformation. Individuals are better able to identify their needs, meet them, and so enhance their ability to plan and take control of their lives to achieve their full potential. The course assists integration into civilian life, encourages delegates to consider their available options, and focuses them on achieving sustainable change.

Where required, delegates are signposted and referred to follow-on life development, social support, training or employment organisations. These referrals begin during the application phase if immediate needs are identified. Mentor support begins from the time the delegate attends our course - our mentors attend the full course alongside their charges.


Autumn 2016 (PDF)

Sign up to Focus on Military.