Shoulder to Shoulder

Our Shoulder to Shoulder volunteer mentoring programme in Scotland supports ex-service men and women who are recovering from mental health issues or having difficulty adjusting to civilian life. We also support veterans’ families, recognising that there is often little acknowledgement of the unique challenges they face.

Last year 22,530 personnel left the regular Armed Forces. Over 27% will have a mental health disorder. The Ashcroft Review (The Veterans Transition Review, February 2014) found that for Early Service Leavers the struggle after service life can be even more difficult – only 50% were in employment after six months. For some this can lead to offending, dependence on alcohol and drugs, homelessness and mental health problems.

TimeBank recruits and trains volunteer mentors to befriend and support veterans and their families.

We know that volunteer mentoring can be a powerful tool. It can help veterans lead independent lives, with the confidence to identify goals, lead on their own recovery plans and take control of their lives.

And it can help family members tackle isolation, signpost them to services to help and help them build supportive social networks.