New Military Community Hub & Therapy, Somerset

by Got Your Six UK CIC in Wincanton, Somerset, United Kingdom

New Military Community Hub & Therapy, Somerset

Total raised £65

£5,000 target 6 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 2nd June 2024 at 10:42am

A new military community hub is being opened in Wincanton, providing military specific therapy, bookshop, wellbeing garden & peer support.

by Got Your Six UK CIC in Wincanton, Somerset, United Kingdom

Who are we?

Got Your Six UK is a not-for-profit community interest company, supporting the military community in and around Somerset and Dorset. 

Directors

Tara - Somerset based, GYSUK Founder, Military Spouse, BACP registered therapist, Director and Safeguarding Lead at The Veterans Hub Weymouth and Portland CIC. 

Andy - Dorset based, GYSUK Director, Armed Forces Veteran, Founder and Project Manager of The Veterans Hub Weymouth and Portland CIC

Gareth - Wiltshire based, Armed Forces Veteran of 22 years, now a Senior Project Manager in Civvy Street

Our Story 

Got Your Six UK CIC have been providing a trauma-informed military specific counselling and psychotherapy service for almost two years based out of The Veterans Hub in Weymouth, with referrals coming in weekly from statutory and charitable organisations, such as Always A Rifleman Programme, Dorset Council, SSAFA, DMWS, local GPs and more. 

Currently, we make contact within 48hrs of a referral coming in and assess clients within two weeks, with those who disclose suicidal ideation being seen almost immediately, meaning we are bridging a gap locally in military mental health.
1712480405_img_20230725_181337_164.jpgIn the previous 18 months, our therapists have seen 52 clients.
These clients comprise 36 male, 16 female, 34 veterans, 5 spouses, 3 emergency service workers, 5 relatives of military personnel (predominately adult children), and 7 civilians.
42 of the 50 clients presented with a mental health condition, 22 presented with suicidal ideation, 22 with previous attempts on their life, and 16 had problems with addictions.
During this period, suicide intervention skills have been deployed 7 times to prevent immediate risk of harm to a client.

WIth a lack of support for the military community identified in south Somerset and north Dorset, and an increase in demand for our services, a decision was made to expand the support available to our military community into a wider area and so Got Your Six UK became a registered CIC in Aug 2023.

Got Your Six UK also now has a team of serving and veteran Peer Support Mentors who provide informal buddy-to-buddy style support for those in need of a chat and assistance with signposting to the appropriate services. 

Expansion

A suitable premises was secured on a five-year lease in Wincanton, Somerset, although it was in need of extensive refurbishment, having been a former Natwest bank and left empty for some time. 

Walls came down, walls went up, and everything from new ceilings to new floors are going in!
The landlord is, of course, carrying out the major works with help from our veterans, however, we have 1400sqft to decorate and furnish ourselves! 1712423156_main_hall.jpg

The premises once completed will be home to a military community wellbeing hub and therapeutic centre.

We have added another therapy room to expand the low-cost therapy available; an informal drop-in social space with regular drop-in clinics provided by local services and advice organisations; a communal wellbeing garden, a pre-loved bookshop, and opportunities for group classes, trips and get togethers.

Why do we need funding?

Being a CIC means we fund most of the project ourselves through our therapy, bookshop, workshops, merchandise, and goods for sale, however, the demand for our services means we require some funding to assist us to fulfil our cause, for the first year, at least. 

Therapy can only be provided at low cost by subsidising sessions through various avenues. For example, Always A Rifleman Programme fully fund the first six sessions for Riflemen making therapy more accessible, whilst allowing us to still pay our therapists a fair rate. 

Other organisations part fund sessions, say £45, meaning clients only pay £15 per session. 

Some clients, due to their unfortunate circumstances cannot afford to contribute at all to their sessions, yet are in desperate need of support. We will do all we can to offer that therapy at no cost but we cannot do that without support. 

How will your donations help?

As little as £5 will help us to offer free tea, coffee and biscuits to those who stop by, perhaps just in need of a chat, friendship, or just to get out of the cold! 

Something more, for example, £40, would allow us to offer a therapy session with experienced military specific therapists for just £20 per session! 

Other contributions could assist with the refurb of the building, for example donating towards the cost of furnishing it, or perhaps even the purchasing of some plants for our wellbeing garden. The possibilities are endless! 1712480330_garden1.jpg

Aside from the 'in-house' stuff, we also aim to provide external activities, for example organising trips to a museum, or a coastal day out to support veteran's mental health and decrease isolation. 

The more we receive, the more we can offer to our military community. 

If you're able to help get this project established, in any way, even by way of donating time or materials for the refurb, we would be most grateful! 

For more information, please email 📧 [email protected] 

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