Project information

Sanctuary for Veterans (S4V)

S4V aims to help ex-Armed Forces personnel settle back into their community after being discharged on medical grounds. They will benefit from respite and rejuvenation at our Sanctuary. A Centre of Excellence will offer a range of services including holistic therapy, training and well-being services.

6 months

Charity information: Sanctuary For Veterans

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  • Need


    Many injured Veterans find it difficult to cope with a range of practical and emotional issues after leaving the structure and security of the military. This can cause them to feel isolated from their community and lead to depression and other psychological illnesses. Alcohol and substance misuse is also prevalent along with crime and homelessness. These issues will adversely affect their relationships and family life, which in turn can have a negative social impact on their community.


    • Updated training will boost CVs and increase job prospects
    • Job leads and placements will lead to full time employment
    • Employment will ease financial worries
    • Maintained link with the military will give security and support from like-minded people
    • Overall reduced feeling of isolation and increased self-esteem and confidence
    • Happier and stable family life
    The community as a whole will benefit as they become more aware of the problems faced by veterans, so will be more supportive

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide education and training from a tried and tested unique programme with proven success.


    » Deliver Workshops for groups or one to one sessions as appropriate. Access to computers in our urban centre. Feedback from questionnaire forms.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from veterans themselves through questionnaire forms. Testimonials from members. Statistics of veterans moving on to employment.Reduction in homeless and crime rates.

    Aim 2

    Provide injured veterans with employment opportunities thus reducing the unemployment rate.


    » Offer unique job opportunities in self employment with existing successful companies and by using their existing qualifications to enhance employment.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from veterans themselves.Veterans successfully completing training courses, securing interviews, work placements and employment.Statistics showing a rise in employment.

    Aim 3

    The urban site provides a place for veterans to come to reconnect.


    » Providing a set up for like minded people to interact. A centre for enhancing skills for jobs etc.Offering woodwork skills at our Saltney site.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from families questionnaire forms.Reduction in divorce statistics among veteran communities.

    Aim 4

    Individual assessment for each veteran and offer services and support to help address their needs


    » Specially trained NLP will meet with veterans and their families on arrival at the Centre and tailor a self development plan

    What success will look like

    Feedback from veterans via questionnaire forms. Take up of services offered. Improvements in health and well-being less visits to GP and A&E departments. Financial needs met.

  • Impact


    Injured veterans regaining their confidence and achieving their true potential in life. Statistics to show increased employment rates,improvement in health, well-being and mind set.Offering continued support, guidance and advice.Changing the way they think positively about their future lives.Providing statistics showing a reduced number of veterans; claiming benefits, serving custodial sentences, unemployed,marriage breakdown , homeless, alcohol and substance misuse and violence.


    There is a risk that S4V cannot secure enough funding to open the Sanctuary in 2015 as planned. We will delay the opening as necessary until funding is secured. We are optimizing our funding by collaborating with other charities fundraising events and securing sponsorship.


    Monthly updates, eNewsletters, social media updates, website updates

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Training Workshops Holding twelve workshops for Veterans at our urban Centre.
      £1,000 Marketing Advertising and costs of printing flyers and banners
  • Background


    Our urban Transformation Centre is in the high street of a busy town centre easily accessible by public transport or walking. lt is in a prime location which cannot be missed.It has been recently refurbished with new carpets and decorated throughout. It offers facilities for a training workshop and interview rooms for confidential talks or quiet time, reading etc.It has a kitchen and disabled toilet. A room for multiple computer use. The Army reservists are nearby.


    Injured veterans and their families, also widows/ers of armed forces personnel, from across the North West of England. 1 in 5 members of the armed forces are recruited from the NW of England.Police, Health care professionals, housing ,local council, tax payers will all benefit from our charities services as the knock on effect from our services will assist in the reduction in the demand of our veterans requiring these organizations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity’s founder Joe O’Connor was himself seriously injured whilst on a Special Forces training exercise, so has first-hand experience of the difficulties and sometimes traumatic challenges of rebuilding a life after service. He is a trained master practitioner in NLP, timeline therapy and hypnosis and is able to train veterans to do this themselves.This will transform their lives for the better not just temporarily but long term.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joe O'Connor - CEO And Founder

    Delivering the workshops and training programme to the veterans. Training veterans in NLP. Securing jobs through established successful companies.

    Tracey O'Connor

    Fundraiser/administrator - responsible for the day to day running of the charity and project, organising fundraising events and applying for funding

    Team Of Volunteers

    A team of 4 regular volunteers support all areas of the project as and when needed. Community groups such as scouts and cadets assist on request