Barriers to Veterans Accessing Services


A study of the benefits of using an Occupational Therapy approach to enhance participation

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Veteran Programme

Our programme of courses and activities are ideally suited to veterans. Courses in coppicing, coppice crafts and horticulture, for example, are designed to give you skills and help you ‘Move on’ to new opportunities.

Therapeutic support is also available to help you and/or your partner develop a range of practical skills to enable you to manage issues you may be facing.

Courses run on weekdays, 10am to 3pm at our woodland sites.

Objectives for individuals might include:

  • Overcoming issues relating to transition into the civilian community.
    • Opportunities to learn new skills, gain qualifications, progression towards volunteering and employment.
  • Health issues, particularly mental health issues as a result of trauma.
    • Support from The Cart Shed team offering a safe supportive environment to address issues.
  • Support for partners struggling to integrate.
    • A programme of enjoyable activities, opportunities to meet new people and try something new.
  • Support for young people finding issues relating to being the child of a serving member of the armed forces.
    • A programme of enjoyable activities, opportunities to meet new people and try something new.

If you are interested you are welcome to refer yourself directly to The Cart Shed by completing our self referral form. It is equally possible to be referred by your GP, should you wish.

“The Cart Shed is an amazing place to be. It immediately helps you to relax which I think is due to the environment and the caring nature of the people who run it. I’m sure having Veterans on the site has been a learning experience for all concerned but the course tutors and volunteers have all been amazing and have certainly made a difference to both our lives. I too cannot wait for the days my partner attends as it gives me some time off from PTSD and I know he is going to be enjoying whatever it is he’s doing that day”!

This project has been made possible by funding from the The Royal British Legion External Grants Fund. 

Commissioned by Herefordshire Mental Health Services – this outstanding video highlights the mental health challenges facing veterans after they leave their military careers.  Together with professional mental health practitioners and first-hand accounts from two fantastic veterans this insightful film gives the viewer a new sense of awareness and understanding through their stories.

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Covid 19 – Expectations when returning to the woods

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