What We Offer
Battling On has won multiple awards for innovative solutions to complex social problems. Key to this approach is the utilisation of veterans' skills, training them to be mentors, instructors, role models and care support staff.
Battling On have created the Positive Pathways programme to help support you in your transition to employment.
About Turn is a rolling programme requiring attendance 1 day per week with a further additional day of voluntary and community work where relevant in support of the course. At the core of this programme is the aim of providing you with one to one support in overcoming the barriers faced in engaging with employment.
The course is based around our established Environment, Confidence and Outdoor Skills course and utilizes the farm environment to provide a wide range of activities that will build confidence and skills that are transferable into daily life.
It is modular in approach and delivery which allows for you to access the course at any point during the academic year. As a part of the course you will be paired with one of our trained mentor staff who will provide you with the one to one support and guidance you require to maximise your future employability.
You will also undertake work towards developing wider employability and communication skills with the aim of engaging you in work experience at the China Fleet Country Club towards the end of the course. Successful completion will result in the award of a Certificate in Employability.
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Employment Support and Preparing for Interviews
Battling On provides veterans with one to one support in job searching, filling in applications, writing CVs and preparing for interviews. Many of the veterans Battling On works with have barriers to engaging with employment. The advisors help veterans identify these barriers and develop strategies to overcome them.
Building Better Opportunities – Empowering Enterprise
In partnership with Petroc College, Battling On is now offering a programme for young people aged 18-24. Empowering Enterprise is aimed at those young people who are struggling to move on in life due to personal barriers. Our staff will work with you, both in small groups and on a one-to-one basis, to help you overcome those barriers and make the first step into employment, an apprenticeship, education or training. We will also continue to offer support to ensure that your transition is successful.
The programme is based in Plymouth and is now running. It is a rolling programme so can be accessed at any point in the year. If you would like to know more please contact the Programme Manager, Pam Carter on 07340 645246, or phone the office on 01579 384798.
This project is jointly funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.
Battling On can help support veterans to gain a wide range of nationally recognised competency based tickets within the land based or construction sectors.
Battling On can also help veterans to convert qualifications gained in the Armed Forces to qualifications recognised in the civilian world.
Do you know someone who enjoys the countryside and who may be feeling the effects of isolation and loneliness during the current lockdown?
We are all going through a challenging experience right now and many people may be feeling the effects of loneliness and isolation. At Merryhue Farm, home to TST (South West) CIC and Battling On CIC. we are taking some positive steps to support men over 55 and their family carers who are struggling with the lockdown, and the impact this imposed isolation is having on their physical and mental wellbeing.
With support from the national charity Countrymen UK, we are aiming to reach men who already have an affinity with the countryside and outdoor environment and have long-term health or mobility issues. Their interest in the countryside might stem from their previous occupation in farming or horticulture, or perhaps through their leisure activities e.g. gardening, fishing, walking etc. These men will be finding it difficult to be indoors and those living with health conditions such as dementia may not understand the current situation. Their family carers will be facing additional challenges and pressures at this time and may appreciate some additional support.
We are planning to help by offering resources, activities, and information to link them back to the outdoors and help them feel motivated, stimulated and most importantly, connected. This can be anything from a regular telephone call, activities to complete at home such as being sent summer seeds and bulbs with a container, delivering farm fresh eggs or links to videos and photographs about what is going on at our farm. We can also help with providing electronic tablets to access our Countrymen group via smart technology.
How you can help
It is so important to reach out to these men and their family carers in our communities. Perhaps you know or have someone in mind who would appreciate this support, or you are part of an organisation that could help spread the word about what we can offer. If so please contact us at Merryhue Farm so that we can discuss how we may be able to help.
TST (South West) CIC
Telephone: 01579 384798
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Together We Can Succeed Programme
Battling On’s flag ship programme is the “Together We Can Succeed” project, which uses the skills and expertise of ex-service volunteers to work with vulnerable disadvantaged young people, particularly within the youth offending system or those at risk of becoming involved in crime and/or antisocial behaviour. All the young people targeted for this programme come from some of the poorest wards within Devon and Cornwall and are classified as living in poverty. The ‘Together We Can Succeed’ programme has achieved unprecedented levels of success, last year achieving a 91.5 % pass rate.
Veteran volunteers are given comprehensive training as a volunteer and given the opportunity to gain mentoring or instructor qualifications.
Teacher Training Qualification / Apprenticeship Levels 3-5
Battling On has created a new Level 3 teaching qualification that is a hybrid of educational and youth work, blending both disciplines to create a new educational qualification. The rationale is to provide a qualification that properly equips new teachers and instructors to deal with the realities of the challenges of teaching young people.
The qualification is designed so that members of the Armed Forces can utilise their vocational skills and expertise through teaching and instructing.
Mentoring / Coaching Qualification Veterans
Battling On offers a qualification in mentoring/coaching. This qualification aims to standardise the basic principles used within mentoring and coaching to ensure uniformity of quality.
Veterans are taught to support vulnerable disadvantaged young people and act as role models, supporting young people in tackling the barriers that have caused them to dis-engage with education, training and employment.
The mentors support young people to make the changes in their lives to successfully re-engage with education, training or employment.