Project information

Buy a Brick

To raise the remaining funds required to purchase the farm outright and construct purpose built accommodation centres to house former HM Forces Veterans who for whatever reason have found themselves homeless dramatically increasing the numbers of veterans we can assist each year.

November 2013 - April 2014

Charity information: Exmod "Forget-Me-Not"

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  • Need

    Need

    There are currently thousands of homeless HM Forces veterans living on the streets of the UK. Many are unable to re-adjust back into civilian life; others have mental health issues while some need the discipline and institutionalisation that the Forces provides.
    Most veterans who are homeless are male, and as such fail to qualifiy for most housing schemes with preferences given to families or single parents despite the fact they have served their country. A problem which needs to be addressed.

    Solution

    We are currently able to provide accommodation for a small number of homeless veterans at any one time.
    By raising the remaining balance due on the care farm and constructing a purpose built accommodation centre we will be able to offer between fifiteen and twenty five veterans medium term accommodation, until a permanent residence if found.
    Whilst in our care clients welfare needs are addressed and they have the opportunity to gain new skills and regain their self esteem

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise the remaining capital required to purchase the care farm.

    Activities

    » Donate all profits from the existing businesses towards the purchase cost of the farm then use same as a regular income for the charity.
    » Arrange fishing competitions, dinner nights and other events to increase public awareness and in turn raise funds. Rent out existing facilities.
    » Seek corporate and private sponsors to make one off or regular donations. Arrange regular fund raising campaigns with local media etc
    » Sell excess produce grown on the care farm at local farmers markets or restuarants. Ensure that niche markets are researched when selecting crops.

    Success will be providing the charity with permanent site to accommodate veterans. The property also has two businesses on site which will contribute to the charity running costs


    Aim 2

    Adapt existing property & construct eco friendly accommodation centre to house in total 25 clients

    Activities

    » Continue with all fund raising activities and encourage the community to become involved in the work. Utilise all forms of media for maximum coverage
    » Contact local builders merchants, home decor stores etc asking for donations of goods and materials and plant. Draw on HM Forces network for help.
    » Encourage clients to help where possible. Organise shows, fishing events etc maintain all fund raising activities. Use fund raising volunteers.

    Increasing the number of veterans that the charity can accommodate at any one time from one or two to fifteen plus.
    We believe that we could assist over 100 clients per year.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Reducing the number of veterans currently living on the streets of the UK or due to be released from prison. Offering medium term accommodation in a safe environment where the men and women are surrounded by other veterans.
    Clients are given the opportunity to gain vocational skills, address welfare issues and interact with all activities on site including the maintenance of the care farm, interaction with the animals and other therapies. They are given a sense of worth and regain self esteem

    Risk

    There is a risk that sufficient funding targets could not be met in time to construct the accommodation facilities.
    We have addressed this by approaching local regiments, suppliers and other organisations to provisionally gain their support.
    We have also started to increase the public awareness by contacting the prison services, hospitals etc to ensure that potential clients are signposted to us.
    We cannot advertise openly at present as we only have very limited accommodation

    Reporting

    Regular news letters will be sent to donors via email and website updates.
    We hope to organise open days where donors will be invited to visit the property and see for themselves the progress and the work that we do.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £300,000 Remaining purchase cost The property has a value in excess of £3 million excluding the two businesses on site.
      £200,000 Accommodation Ensuring that the accommodation facilites are available within six months
  • Background

    Location

    Although the care farm is based in Somerset clients will be accepted from across the UK with travel to the property arranged on their behalf.

    The farm is close to several military establishments and we are confident that these connections will benefit the charity through offers of support and fund raising events.

    Beneficiaries

    Any veteran who has found themselves homeless, or leaving the prison system will be eligible to stay on the farm. Whilst being close to main road and train links the farm is rural enough to make clients feel safe.

    Families of former and current servicemen and woman will also be able to benefit from a respite holiday in a static caravan on a small holding.

    Schools, charities and other groups will benefit from the use of the facilities for educational and recreational purposes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Exmod were established in 2006 running as a pilot scheme for several years before applying for charity status, we know what we do works & works well.

    We are a totally unique non political, non religious organisation which was founded for veterans by veterans. We need to expand to ensure we assist those men and women who have served their country.

    The property already had two long established businesses on site which will ensure that the charity is in receipt of a regular income.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Anthony Finlay

    Co-founder of the charity Mr Finlay served in the British Army for over 20 years, he has been homeless and knows how difficult is it to ask for help

    Lord Edward Iveagh

    Offering his expertise in regards to crop production and marketing for the care farm & introducing us to valuable contacts such as the RAC.

    Professor John Alliston Royal Agricultural College

    Liaising with the College with an aim of working with us on a mutually beneficial basis for both the RAC and ourselves.

    Mark Underwood

    Project manager and financial advisor. Mark has helped secure funding for the farm and advises on all financial matters.

The voice of experience

£20

Will buy clothing for our clients

We are all guilty of taking such items for granted , to a point where if we are disturbed at 03.00hrs whilst snug , we feel angry and mistreated.

Tony McNally Author