Project information

Veterans IT

New I.T equipment would enable ex service personnel to offer leaflets, labels, newsletter design and website management to food business "forces flavour it"

May 2011 - May 2016

Charity information

Gamelea Countryside Training Trust.

Gamelea Countryside Training Trust. logo
  • Need


    A marginalised group of people – Ex Service Personnel who have found the transition from the Forces to Civvy street very challenging – many are homeless, have been in prison, have a problem of substance abuse – mainly alcohol. – (could be a sign of self medication because of mental illness.) and family break down.


    practical activities - conservation, dry stone walling, animal care, horticulture, agricultural engineering, woodwork, equine therapy, healthy eating, I.T. and digital music, together with CBT, Hypnotherapy, EFT and Family Therapy. Help looking for permanent employment and housing. On going support. Leaflet, label and newsletter design and website management for ‘Forces Flavour – It’ of chutneys, jams, Ice Cream, etc. all produced on the farm, funds, accommodation and therapy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    New I.T skills


    » Digital Music
    » Computer/technology familiarisation
    » Design leaflets/labels/newsletters
    » Website Management

    Success will be...gain recognised qualifications and produce attractive marketing/promotional material.

    Aim 2

    Business skills.


    » Understand requirements of skills for business management through link to "forces flavour IT"
    » gain knowledge of a internet based business.
    » Learn marketing skills, through the design and development of labels, leaflets and newsletters.
    » Learn to transfer knowledge of teamwork from the forces into team working within a business.

    Success will be...efficient and successful management of the internet business.

    Aim 3

    Coping strategies for civilian life.


    » The I.T department is part of a wider program occupational and psychological therapies I.E EFT,CBT hypnotherapy.
    » Help looking for permanent employment and housing.
    » Ongoing support after leaving the program.
    » Family therapy to help rebuild broken relationships with ex and current partners, children and parents.

    Success will be...less dependancy on alcohol. Own permanent home, better family relationships. Employment and education.

    Aim 4

    Confidence building.


    » Help to realise that existing skills are transferable to civilian life.

    Success will be...Recognised qualifications, employment, own home, amicable access to own children. Less reliant on prescription sleep and mood enhancing drugs.

  • Impact


    • From homeless to own home.
    • From prison to playing a successful role in society.
    • Better family relationships – less drain on social services/NHS resources.
    • From unemployment to employment.
    • From self medication to coping strategies using skills such as EFT and self hypnosis EFT e.t.c.
    • From isolation to on going organisation and peer support


    • The business that’s supports the program could fail – on going fundraising strategy through charity.

    • Lack of veterans interest – good links with prison/probation service, homeless charity’s and other veterans specific organisations.


    Through regular monthly newsletters, invitations to visit project, and open days.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,736

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,080 I.T Purchase of 4x Apple Imac computers.
      £506 software Cubase 6 music sequencer.
      £800 software Quark express/design.
      £2,500 printer High quality Epson.
      £600 music USB audio cards x3
      £1,250 Design tutor 5 days professional design tuition.
  • Background


    Gamelea Countryside Training Trust delivers therapeutic and vocational training, to people in need, on a two hundred acre farm in the Derbyshire Peak District.


    Founded twelve years ago GCTT has enabled people with Learning disabilities, Mental Health Problems, young people excluded and in danger of exclusion and more recently ex service personnel to access therapeutic and vocational training in a rural location.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    12 years of experience working with people with mental health problems, and young offenders. Documented research by academics has found care farming to be very effective in the treatment of mental health problems. Links to other veterans organisations highlights the gap in provision for veterans who have been out of the forces for over 10 years and have been in custody.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Max Hall

    responsible for all IT support on site.

    Elizabeth Hill

    Founder of the project.

    Graeme Bins

    Ex serviceman suffering from PTSD - link between organisation, veterans and other forces organisations.

    Mark Goodwin

    Design/art professional.