Belisama’s Retreat CIC

Reg number: 11427261

Woodland and riverside retreat for Veteran’s mental well-being

Many Veterans struggle adjusting to civilian life. At Belisama’s we re-engage with wild places and get back to basics.

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View across the river Ribble at Belisama's RetreatBelisama’s Retreat spans four acres of secluded woodland on the banks of the river Ribble near Preston, Lancashire.

From a top meadow the woodland of beech, ash, hawthorn, horse chestnut, hazel and birch descends to the river’s edge via a series of re-entrants and ridges interspersed with small plateaus.

The woodland is home for diverse fauna including deer, otter & badger, game birds, wildfowl & birds of prey whilst the adjacent river Ribble sustains healthy levels of Chub, Barbel, Dace, Grayling & Salmon.

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Some Veterans never come home…

For many Veterans, the experience of war makes the return to civilian life challenging:

  • Veterans are 11% more likely to suffer from a long-term illness that limits activity;
  • are 4% more likely to suffer from depression;
  • those suffering from PTSD are 4% more likely to be convicted of a violent offence;
  • are 13% more likely to be unemployed;
  • are twice as likely to misuse alcohol;
  • have been found to be over-represented in the most severe and enduring types of homelessness.

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1412, 2019

Volunteer Day 14th December 2019

Come down and help build the Retreat. The work can be physically demanding but makes for good fat burning or, cardio exercise and you can learn new skills, refine existing ones and meet some like-minded people.

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