Formed in 2008, Future for Heroes works with individuals from all ranks of the army, RAF and Royal Navy. Some do not see a future for themselves after the military. All are examples of individual men and women who have made sacrifices and an enormous contribution to their Country.
Once a military career has ended, a minority of our servicemen and women struggle to re-adjust to life as a civilian, the consequence of which can lead to lack of direction and poor choices. For some this might manifest itself as simple anxiety and nervousness about their future. However, for a few it may be the start of a downwards spiral, beginning with a loss of identity and purpose that leads to a way of life that progresses to disillusionment, uncertainty and/or loneliness. Homelessness, self-harming and depression may follow, with dependency and crime thereafter. Prison may then beckon and ultimately – for a small number – suicide might be considered. Our delegates may find themselves anywhere on this spectrum.
We offer a positive approach and work with the individual’s personal circumstances to help shape their future. Our residential courses encourage those attending to reflect and learn from their past, drawing from its strengths. We help individuals to understand their current circumstances and, importantly, we offer motivation and support to plan for a new future. Re-adjustment is not easy and our aim is to create a positive and aspirational approach. We work with individuals to help them recognise, identify and address their post-military needs.
We strive to develop the ability of serving and retired members of the armed forces of all ranks and status – and their spouses/partners – to manage the dramatic change in cultures when resuming civilian life in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate fully in society.
The charity’s official title is Remount t/a Future for Heroes Ltd.