About Battling - On
“Of the very many initiatives I have seen recently, I would contend this is one of the most innovative, inspiring and tangible... To me, the real test is whether or not I would recommend ex-service personnel the answer is very definitely yes”
Lieutenant Colonel N R Holmes MBE. Commander of the 6th Rifles
Who are we
At the heart of Battling-on is the provision of a safe space at Merryhue Farm, where on-site veteran led activities such as horticulture, beekeeping, arts and crafts are undertaken. Opportunities are also available for off-site vocational training through conservation projects in collaboration with partner organisations delivered through community projects. Battling On uses the best practices of green space intervention coupled with the camaraderie of like-minded veterans to help tackle issues from low self-esteem and confidence to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
What we do
Battling On Community Interest Company was established in 2012 to help support members of the Armed Forces who were struggling to make the transition from military to civilian life. Since its inception Battling On has become a multi award winning organisation that supports not only veterans, but also some of the West Country’s most vulnerable young people, through innovative programmes and approaches to solving complex social problems.
Of the very many initiatives I have seen recently, I would contend this is one of the most innovative, inspiring and tangible. To me, the real test is whether or not I would recommend ex-service personnel ....the answer is very definitely yes.
Lieutenant Colonel N R Holmes MBE of the 6th Rifles
Veterans have a unique skill set that can be deployed to support young people overcome complex barriers to education and training. Battling On’s veterans help young people learn vocational skills and become work ready, helping them gain the skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty.
Battling On has developed a comprehensive training programme that supports veterans to gain teaching qualifications
Battling On is situated on a 124 acre Care Farm called Merryhue on the Cornwall-Devon border, sixteen miles from
Merryhue Farm is home to a wide variety of livestock and animals including alpacas, pigs, goats, horses, geese, ducks, chickens, dogs and cats many of whom have been rescued or rehomed.
As a training centre Battling On has the use of dedicated workshops and teaching spaces situated across the farm which is a mixture of grassland, meadows, semi ancient bluebell woodland and has the river Lynher running through it providing a tranquil environment to learn, relax and heal.