To enable ex-servicemen and women overcoming homelessness or mental trauma to be regarded as positively as those overcoming physical trauma, both in the workplace and in the wider community.
”You only have to chat to these guys for five minutes to appreciate what they can still contribute … how valuable they are within society.”
We are providing platforms on which veterans can be employed to tell their story and demonstrate their capability. They have a unique contribution to make in creating a more receptive, understanding and helpful environment for anyone overcoming homelessness or mental trauma. Part of their work is to counter the fear and stigma which cast doubt on their usefulness or desirability.
We are a small, tightly-run operation intent on delivering a powerful, strategic impetus to public perceptions. We recognise we are a tiny part of the broad spectrum of charities, both military and civilian, working with mental trauma overcomers and the homeless. Whenever possible, we will work with or alongside existing charities.
Hats Off for Bootsie will be staging a run of The Terminus. Its central character is a homeless war veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will be employing combat veteran actors, many of whom have personal experience of mental trauma, homelessness or both. The Terminus will run in tandem with a number of publicity ventures to generate national interest in the issues it raises.
” …an exceptional play … a wonderful piece of writing … the only play yet to attract us beyond our Shakespeare remit.”
Founder of UK & US Combat Veteran Players
Bootsie, Albert Lines, was a World War II veteran who lived rough on the streets of Kingston Upon Thames in the 60s and 70s.
He is the inspiration for this charity and its flagship event The Terminus.