Prospects works with ExFor+ to support forces veterans with employment opportunities
A former Royal Marine is working with Prospects and Help for Heroes to help wounded veterans returning to civilian life and employment.
Simon Adams, 34, a former Royal Marine Commando from Dorset was medically discharged from service in 2011 and has recently set up ExFor+, a community interest company that will support ex forces personnel who are experiencing difficulties transitioning from service to civilian life and employment.
Simon understands only too well the difficulties facing wounded veterans; having suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal fractures, scarring and muscle damage following a pre-deployment training accident in 2008. This accident eventually led to his medical discharge due to the physical and mental health impacts that the accident caused.
“I struggled with memory, concentration, understanding, comprehension and speech,” explains Simon. “I was also suffering from nightmares and had flashbacks which were impacting my daily life. This continues and still does even today” Simon adds. Simon also stopped engaging with friends and family, could not control his verbal and emotional responses and would end up being verbally aggressive and even physically violent at times because he could not control his feelings.
Following his exit from service, Simon joined Prospects as an adviser for the Work Programme, where he went on to support individuals in his community moving from long-term unemployment to sustainable work.
More recently, Simon set up ExFor+ CIC a not for profit organisation specifically to provide meaningful employment opportunities for service leavers at the point of their medical discharge.
Prospects continues to support Simon through initial funding for the project alongside back office service and future subcontracting opportunities with the aim to jointly make a positive social and economic impact within the community.