Who We Help
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We help Armed Forces personnel and their family members.

Many servicemen and women face their greatest fight for survival during the process of integrating back into civilian life. The charity aims to address some of the issues and challenges former service personnel may face, such as depression, anger, anxiety, stress and social exclusion. Participants are able to realise their own value and unique significance – this is often the key that unlocks the potential to successful transition into civilian life.

Dare to Live actively works according to the criteria of the Armed Forces Covenant in terms of supporting the reintegration of ex-service personnel to civilian life by advocating and signposting employment opportunities and community resources.

Case Studies

Teresa Mallia - Lance Corporal

Teresa Mallia

Lance Corporal

Teresa struggled to deal with stress and explains how Dare to Live has helped.

“The military can be a harsh environment and is not the place to show weakness. So I manned up and coped by hiding my lack of confidence. This lack of confidence has held me back and comes out in all its glory when I’m placed under too much stress as I just tend to fall apart”

“Dare to Live was a truly humbling experience and has given me some great life coping skills”

Adam - Ex-Soldier

Adam

Ex-Soldier

Adam left the Army soon after he finished his deployment in Iraq but was haunted by his experiences and has suffered severe PTSD that is easier to manage since interacting with the horses.

“The signs began at work, at the job I was doing after I left the Army – aggression, depression and non-concentration. You get flashbacks. You do your day’s graft at work, and at night you go to bed and you’re exhausted by the morning because all night you’ve just done a patrol or whatever. It’s draining”

“I have never been a horse person, but this brings you out of that depression and loss, and shows you that all is not lost”

Andy - Former Army Air Corps helicopter pilot

Andy

Former Army Air Corps helicopter pilot

“I know of no cure for PTSD, therefore I must rely upon developing coping mechanisms to help me through. That is exactly what Dare To Live does, and has done for me. It is a helping hand that has enabled me to be better placed to cope when I need to most”