Each year, Step Together helps over 300 wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans across the UK to rebuild their lives. Our Rehabilitation through Volunteering programme supports WIS service personnel, veterans and their families across the UK to make significant change in their lives, through one-to-one support and active engagement in the local community as a part of their recovery and resettlement.
In partnership with the Ministry of Defence and Help for Heroes, Step Together provides volunteering support to all eleven of the Personnel Recovery Units across the UK. In addition, we work with major agencies such as the Royal British Legion to provide support to wounded veterans in England and Scotland.
Supporting recovery and rehabilitation
As well as physical trauma, many of those referred to us suffer severe anxiety, insomnia and a lack of confidence. Struggling to adjust to their new circumstances they may feel isolated and purposeless. Many struggle to leave the security of their home.
Volunteering provides a focus for the day, a positive outlet for energy, an opportunity to increase social networks and to interact with others in similar situations.
The outcome is a significant boost in confidence and powerful change in self-perception. Our clients and their families report rediscovered self-confidence, self-esteem and independence – essential for the transition to new jobs and careers outside of The Forces.
Take a look at this short video of John sharing his story and the life-changing impact volunteering has had for him:
“I feel Step Together have given me my life back. Volunteering has improved my self esteem, confidence, communication and outlook on life. It is helping to keep my recovery on track. I can honestly say I cannot remember ever feeling as useful to society as I do now, and this feeling is improving daily. Having the opportunity to help others too is working wonders for my own self worth. I really can't express my gratitude enough for what Step Together have done for me.”
Tony, Step Together client
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