Veterans Beach Project
To bring together veterans and members of the community to conduct a beach clean up at Yellowcraig Beach, East Lothian utilising the combined skills of all involved. Activities include scrub clearance, litter clearance, fencing, stabilising the boundary wall and wildlife monitoring.
Charity information: BackOutThere
Veterans returning to live in their communities are often left isolated and with no goals often resulting in mental health problems and family breakdown. Research suggests that the unemployment rate of veterans is twice that of the general population and as much as 4% of the prison population are veterans, the result of leaving the services with little support to resettle back into civilian life.
There is a gap in veteran provision for projects that are forward facing, inspiring, and that build confidence and skills.
At the same time many community projects lack a work-force of skilled volunteers. Our aim with the beach project is to bridge the gap between military and civilian life, offer training and accreditation where required and to provide goal-based tasks for each team of volunteers.
Beach Clean up - different activities to suit all abilities and skills, whether able-bodied or not.
Activities» Stabilise the boundary wall by training group in lime & mortar mixing and wall building.
» Scrub Clearance on the edge of the beach
» Litter Clearance
» Wildlife monitoring.
What success will look like
That the group wishes to continue to work together on other beach clean-up or community projects.
We anticipate that the Beach Clean-up will help to combat isolation, provides training and confidence building. We would hope that the skills learned through these tasks can contribute to finding longer term employment or involvement in community projects. It will also help to bridge the gap between civilians and veterans, which we would hope would bring about inclusion of veterans in civilian activities.
• Low risk project, civilian and veteran volunteers already exist and only require coordination and leadership.
• Low cost high community impact - simple affordable therefore financially low risk.
• Minor risk associated with working outdoors but, will be mitigated through training and proper monitoring/leadership.
We have a website and an active Facebook page where we update all of our latest activities and blogs for our veterans. We also have an email marketing programme and will invite donors to our donor mailing list for updates.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,000 training training and accreditation for lime and mortar mixing £2,000 volunteer expenses subsistence costs for 10 volunteers for 1 month £1,000 project co-ordination volunteer co-ordinator to oversee training and project development
Yellowcraig Beach, East Lothian
Veterans who will learn new skills and meet civilians and networks in their community. Civilian volunteers who will learn and be inspired by the veterans. The local community whose beach will be well tended and cleared up. The ranger service who is always looking for more volunteers to help them keep the beach and conservation areas cleared.
Back Out There has been set up by serving personnel to help veterans back into the community to live healthy, normal lives and thus have a great understanding of the challenges that veterans face. It also has civilian team members who have strong links with community groups and projects throughout Scotland.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Ray Howie - Volunteer Co-Ordinator
A veteran, he has a deep understanding of mentoring, team building and co-ordination.
Kirsty Burnham - Volunteer
Project Development, reporting to donors, liaison with East Lothian Rangers service.