David Rutley MP is giving his full support to the Listening Out Loud (LOL) Foundation and its work at Dreamcatcher Farm in Bosley.
LOL is a voluntary organisation, which works to support homeless ex service personnel in Cheshire and the North West. The goal is to help them return to civilian life and paid work through medical support and therapeutic work experience. The charity’s base at Dreamcatcher Farm has been donated by local entrepreneur Dawn Gibbons and currently provides work for nine servicemen. The premises are being developed to become a Lifeskills Centre to bring veterans together with the military, local businesses and the community. There is also twelve acres of land, which will be used to grow food and house animals. David was delighted to formally open Dreamcatcher Farm’s field during his visit.
The Foundation has already forged strong links with the NHS and Cheshire East Council, with the local authority providing three houses in Congleton to house thirty former servicemen going forward.
During his visit, David met with several residents working at Dreamcatcher Farm. He learnt more about the challenges they are facing. Sadly, all have been affected by homelessness and many are battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Through LOL’s programme of counselling and practical support, the veterans are being given the skills needed to help turn their lives around and secure a brighter future.
Following the visit David said, “Listening Out Loud is already making a real difference to veterans, helping them through some of the complex challenges they face. It is critical that this support is provided to help brave people who have given so much for our country while serving in the forces. I am pleased that LOL has secured the support of Cheshire East Council and the NHS to help extend the support it provides. I hope more volunteers will come forward to help LOL in its important work.”