You can speak to representatives from the following agencies at our monthly Drop-in:
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)
AA is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women who desire to stop drinking. AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individuals who turn to the Fellowship for help. Drop-in is attended by the Armed Forces Liaison Officer.
The Chaplain’s role in VOS is as a listener and non-judgemental friend to those who visit the Drop-In. Canon Roger Devonshire is an ex-naval chaplain with twenty-four years’ service giving him familiarity with the pressures of the military environment.
Canon Roger says that he is continually aware of the great privilege it is to meet people who wish to share their story with him. He believes that his role must be based on a trust similar to that demanded by his years of ministry within the Royal Navy. “Sailors expected the Chaplain to live as close as possible to his beliefs while being ready to accept his frailty as a human being. Acceptance is the key word at VOS; acceptance of people as they are with what they have to say”.
COMPANY OF MAKERS
We help Veterans and their immediate families in and around Hampshire.
Currently funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund to deliver a programme of free workshops and Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group to conduct our Veterans’ Healthcare Survey.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST)
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a complementary therapy that concentrates on the body’s response to the environment, be that emotional or physical. It is a light touch therapy, during which people usually lie fully clothed on a couch. In partnership with VOS, CST is provided in hourly sessions to help improve quality of life, concentrating on supporting the processes in the body that aid relaxation and can help with sleep, anxiety, pain, anger and stress.
SHORE LEAVE HASLAR
Shore Leave Haslar offers horticultural therapy in the Haslar walled memorial garden, in Gosport. An opportunity to enjoy the sheer delight of working with nature in the great outdoors, the enjoyment of exercise, the camaraderie of working within a team and developing a sense of purpose, achievement and personal accomplishment, in the relaxed, friendly environment of the memorial garden. A focus on the direct support of the individual and the development of wide ranging, practical and creative gardening skills.
THE GOOD MENTAL HEALTH CO-OPERATIVE
The Good Mental Health Cooperative supports community groups and social enterprises which contribute to good mental health, wellbeing and recovery. They promote awareness of how to value our mental and emotional health, and aim to challenge stigma and exclusion. The offer courses and workshops, creative activities in the community and volunteering opportunities. The Good Mental Health Cooperative also run ongoing projects such as the Hampshire Human Library and Mental Health Trialogues.