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 will provide platforms on which veterans can tell their story and demonstrate their capability. Whether active in the arts, running workshops for schools or encouraging folk struggling with addiction, ex-servicemen and women have a unique contribution to make. Part of this contribution is to counter the stigma and taboos which cast doubt on their usefulness.
We intend to be a small, tightly-run operation which will deliver a powerful, strategic impetus to public perceptions. We have no staff or overheads and our target is to spend less than five percent of donations on administration. We are most grateful to our volunteers for making this possible.
WORKING WITH OTHERS
In all our plans, we recognise the enormous contribution of many other charities, both military and civilian, working with mental trauma overcomers and the homeless. Some of these charities have been helping and housing our service veterans for over a century.
Our main focus is a one or two week run of The Terminus, a play whose central character is a homeless war veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will be working in partnership with the Combat Veteran Players, all ex-service actors with 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 Combat Veteran Players
Please join us in paying tribute to Bootsie, a homeless war veteran who lived 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.