Above and Beyond Bournemouth
Above and Beyond is a charity set up to assist serving and former serving members of the armed forces to resettle and rehabilitate into civilian life by the provision of support services, and also offers relief to those in need due to ill-health, disability, financial hardship, unemployment or other disadvantage
- PRIORITY 1
- Priority 2
With 1 in 10 of the prison population being ex-servicemen, Above and Beyond offer a specialist H2O Training Course to those clients deemed at highest risk , aimed at improving life and education skills, and assistance into employment opportunities.
Midway through the project six clients had been assisted:
1) One client was charged with GBH and had to attend Magistrates Court, who were going to send it to
the Crown Court, but after reading the character reference that the charity had provided he was
given community service and allowed the charity to address his anxiety issues by offering mentoring and
conflict resolution. Since then he has not re-offended.
2) One client was charged with assault and drug-dealing, but due to brain injuries suffered while
serving, and diminished responsibilities, he had become a ward of court. The charity directly intervened
with his Attorneys who were his wards and undertook a work skills & cognitive ability test with an
occupational therapist – this report formed part of his defence at Crown Court where it was recognised
that the client had severe diminished responsibilities and was sectioned as oppose to being put in
3) Three clients were referred from the YMCA, all of whom had convictions for drug related
offences. Of the three, two participated in the work placement programme and one also did the
water-sports therapy. One went back to sleeping rough and continuing with his addiction, the
second left the area and the third stayed on the programme and went through a drugs rehab
programme twice. He has since moved to London to stay with his family.
4) One client is serving a long sentence in prison and the charity are working with his family in order to secure his future when he eventually is released.
The charity are also in the process of setting up a project at HMP Guys marsh, working with approximately 20 ex servicemen.
For more information click here www.bournemouthaboveandbeyondtrust.co.uk