Military Veterans


The Bold Moves Approach:


There are a growing number of Military Veterans in the Justice System and specialist support interventions are required to support their resettlement needs.

Bold Moves works with Veterans of the Armed Forces in prison and on Community Orders with the Probation Service or who are leaving custody and living in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire or Hertfordshire. We define a veteran as having completed basic or phase two training, as part of his/her Regular or Reserve military service.



Bold Moves Support:


Bold Moves provides support with 1-1 or group mentoring, support with appointments, accessing counselling, help with identifying employment options, support with engaging with mental health professionals and exploring why those accessing the service have entered the Justice System in Prison or on Probation. We recognise that the prevalence of PTSD is at a similar level to the general population however, while the rate of occurrence is similar, the complexity of the disorder tends to be much greater in Military Veterans. Furthermore, it often occurs alongside other medical problems such as pain, disability and substance misuse, particularly alcohol misuse. This may in turn impact on family relationships and the need to talk through and secure some help with navigating the complex system of local authority housing, getting benefits and building a new vision for the future.

Staff delivering the Veterans Support project are all Military Veterans and have a thorough understanding of the Criminal Justice System to ensure individuals can adjust and make a more stable and successful future.


The Grey Man Programme

The Bold Moves Grey Man Programme is a 10-session programme for Military Veterans who have entered the criminal justice system, the programme aims to use the skills and competencies that men have learnt during their time in the Armed Forces to support them during their resettlement period or whilst serving probation community orders and licenses. The programme focuses on problem solving, making functional decisions, managing emotions and building and rebuilding relationships with family members and rebuilding positive social networks.

The ten, 2-hour long group work sessions cover emotional control and anger management, personal experiences of serving in The Armed Forces and what personal skills and attributes could be harnessed and targeted towards supporting a successful resettlement

Our group work programme also covers masculinity and relationships, mental and physical health, stress and self-management and dealing with anxiety and problem solving. The programme is delivered in an engaging manner that encourages all participants to take part and to achieve the programme goals. Custodial and community 1 to 1 mentoring support is also provided as part of the programme to assist with individual events as well as helping with navigation of the Criminal Justice Process, Local Authority services, the NHS and Children’s Social Care services. Bold Moves has contacts in many of the community agencies that provide support to Veterans and can assist veterans to access specialist areas of support and funding appropriate.

We understand that the most vulnerable time for anyone leaving custody is the time immediately after release. Bold Moves will support Veterans on release and into the community license period. As we work closely with community support services including:


  • Housing advisers
  • Employers
  • Debt and finance support providers
  • Mental health services
  • Substance misuse services 


We can support referrals made in custody and follow up prior to release.

The Grey Man intervention requires 10 RAR hours and may require mentoring and one to one work.

The programme is delivered in custody in the following locations:


  • HMP Woodhill
  • HMP Peterborough,
  • HMP Bedford
  • HMP The Mount


Community Probation Venues include Northamptonshire, Bedford, Luton, Stevenage, Watford and Peterborough.

Mentoring Support

Peer and voluntary mentoring sessions are available to support programme attendance. Participation and post programme attendance is also available to support participants practise and embed new skills and translate programme concepts into real-life situations.


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