A DEDICATED UNITED KINGDOM ARMED FORCES AND BLUE LIGHT SERVICES CHARITY
Who Dares Cares' mission is to support our Armed Forces and Blue Light Services personnel, including their families, who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
REMEMBER THE FALLEN
SUPPORT THE LIVING
Although the majority of the people we help come from some form of military background, we are also here to help anyone from the Blue Light Services, including their families, who suffer signs and symptoms of PTSD. This can be anything from trauma to a bereavement. While we don’t have any full time staff, our volunteers come from a range of military, health and social care backgrounds, with many having completed courses in counselling.
We also recognise the importance of exercise as part of recovery and we work to encourage this and make this accessible for those who are struggling with PTSD and anxiety related issues. We now have monthly Walk Talk and Brew groups set up across the United Kingdom. These are supported by volunteers or people living with PTSD. The idea is to participate in some gentle exercise, spend time with people who have had similar experiences and have some food and a brew at the end. It is not about suffering from PTSD, it is about learning to live with PTSD!
WHAT IS PTSD?
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Commonly affecting members of the Armed Forces and the Emergency Services, those who have PTSD may suffer from flashbacks, nightmares and feelings of guilt or isolation. According to the NHS, 1 in 3 people who have a traumatic experience will go on to experience PTSD as a result. Who Dares Cares is an Armed Forces and Blue Light Services charity here to provide support for you and your family whenever you need us.
WE'RE ALWAYS HERE
You don’t have to have served in the military to be struggling or to have experienced a trauma. Too many people we come across have found it difficult to access help because they experienced their trauma in the wrong place at the wrong time, had delays in accessing help or do not have the right paperwork. Who Dares Cares aims to support our Armed Forces, Emergency Services and Veterans, including their families, experiencing the effects of trauma through practical support, activities and Buddy Buddy systems so that they should never feel alone.
BUDDY BUDDY PEER SUPPORT
This is a secure and private Facebook group with administration provided by volunteers. It’s a safe space to get peer support or to message administration volunteers privately if you want to have an offline chat. It can be a place to say you are having a bad day but can also be a place to celebrate the good days and success that you experience. You should never feel alone with nowhere to turn.
HOW CAN YOU HELP US?
MAKING A DIFFERENCE SINCE 2016
“I would just like to say thanks to Who Dares Cares for all the support they have given to me and my family over the last few weeks. They are a great caring service who have gone out of their way to support my family and made our lives a lot easier. Thanks so much.”
- Jay W
If you’d like to talk to one of our volunteers for friendly, non-judgmental support, call us now on 07341 872805.
Our lines are always open and you can also email us via the form below. We monitor our inbox daily for those in need of support.