Richmondshire District Council

The Healthy Horizons project aims to improve the physical and mental health of older ex-forces personnel living in Richmondshire.

The referral programme has two elements:

  • Step by step, which is a healthy nutrition and exercise programme
  • Pop up shed, which focuses on mental health and wellbeing through creative craft and trade activities such as upcycling furniture, woodwork, creative writing and painting


Veterans can take part in both programmes, but will be directed first to whichever is most needed.

Listen to the BFBS radio interview to find out further information about the programme.


Step by step

What can it do?

Living a healthy lifestyle can:

  • Reduce risk of coronary heart disease
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce cholesterol levels
  • Help to manage pain
  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Increase mobility
  • Reduce risk factors such as falls

Pop up shed

What can it do?

Being part of the pop up shed can:

  • Help with stress and mental health issues
  • Learn new skills
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Try new activities, work with artists and crafts people in a safe environment
  • Form new friendships and networks with other like minded people
  • Reduce social isolation

The pop up shed runs every Wednesday and Thursday. See our events area for more information.


Make a referral

To take part in Healthy Horizons, you must have served in the armed forces, completed National Service conscription, or worked in the Merchant Navy in support of the military at some time. You must also be over 65 and live in North Yorkshire.

You can make a referral for yourself, a relative or friend, for a cared-for person, or for someone you are supporting. Email exforces@richmondshire.gcsx.gov.uk 

Veterans will be able to access as many services as they would like to through the project and choose which activities and opportunities they're interested in.

This new service is funded for three years. It's part of the Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire project, which is providing a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older and former members of the armed forces and enabling them to lead fuller lives.

Our leaflet gives more information about the project and support available. 


Ex Forces Support in North Yorkshire 

Healthy Horizons is part of a wider portfolio of projects under the Ex Forces Support in North Yorkshire programme. For information on each project partner and the support they are offering for veterans living within North Yorkshire then please click on the links below:

You can also find out about the projects in the portfolio in this information pack.


Veterans' Gateway

This new £2 million service promises to revolutionise a military charity sector that currently leaves over half of veterans “confused,” by providing a first point of contact for those seeking support.

Funded by the Ministry of Defence, it will improve access to welfare services and speed-up the time it takes for veterans to receive the support they deserve.

The new 24-hour online chat, phone, and text message service is partly manned by veterans who have been trained to help the growing British Armed Forces community.

Veterans and their dependents will be able to access support services in physical health, financial support, help with independent living, housing, mental wellbeing, and employment. 

Visit the Veterans' Gateway website to find out more. 

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