Project TLS Course

introduction

Welcome to Project TLS(PTLS), this programme has been created specifically for veterans, its been designed to help you gain a better understanding of how your risk taking behaviour(RTB) when mixed with your veteran mentality can become a problem for you during your transition out of the forces. For some this may seem a little late but the programme is designed in such a way that it will also help through shared experiences to restablish that long lost sense of comradary that you will have left behind when you left the forces and through means of restoration help you to rebuild your life helping you to reintergrate back into the community.

HOW IS PROJECT TLS DELIVERED?

Welcome to Project TLS(PTLS), this programme has been created specifically for veterans, its been designed to help you gain a better understanding of how your risk taking behaviour(RTB) when mixed with your veteran mentality can become a problem for you during your transition out of the forces. For some this may seem a little late but the programme is designed in such a way that it will also help through shared experiences to restablish that long lost sense of comradary that you will have left behind when you left the forces and through means of restoration help you to rebuild your life helping you to reintergrate back into the community.

Prevention

Prior to leaving the forces

Intervention

If subject to a community order, or at risk of a custodial sentence

Restoration

Once sentenced and part of your sentence plan

WHAT DOES THE COURSE COVER?

PTLS covers twelve modules, each module is created in such a way that it recreates your journey on leaving the forces and what you may have faced or will face during the transition period.

Mentality and Risk Taking Behaviour (RTB)

This module is the most complex as we discuss your mentality as serving personnel/veterans. We discuss your experiences on joining, serving and leaving the forces, looking into factors such as “Why did you join?” and “Why did you leave?”, this may seem trivial but if you join up or leave for the wrong reasons you can end up dealing with a lot of hidden complications. We look into the problems that you face when no longer part of a structured support network, how your mentality may begin to cause you problems as some people will struggle to identify that you may be having issues. It’s almost as if your mentality will set you up for failure because you won’t want to ask for help as this will have made you feel as if you have failed.

We address your RTB because this is one of the biggest problems you face. As serving personnel when part of a structured and disciplined support network your RTB won’t be considered a problem because you are able to channel this behaviour through your job role or a trip away on things like adventure training. So generally speaking it’s not identified as an issue. It’s only when you leave the forces is when it becomes a problem as your RTB is at such a high level compared to your civilian counterparts,  you will begin to stand out, and not necessarily for the right reasons.

Relationships

This module covers different aspects of all relationships, not just with a partner but with friends and family, we look at how the dynamic of a relationship can change whilst you are serving and how this can change as you transit out of the forces. We discuss how during this period you can be under huge amounts of stress and may begin to struggle with life as a civilian, and its these changes that can have a detrimental effect on your relationships.

Trust

As serving personnel due to the nature of your job trust is something that you will take for granted, this module helps you to understand how to reevaluate the process of how you trust the people that you come into contact with.

Substance Misuse, Lifestyle and Culture

Most of you will have come from a drinking culture but a drug culture is quickly becoming a problem. This module doesn’t just cover the taking of substances but we also cover how a lifestyle in crime can become a new way of life for all the wrong reasons. Whether intentional or not.

Debt and Money Management

This is an important module because most veterans join up at a fairly young age and quickly get used to a military way of life. Money management is rarely a priority as food and accommodation are always covered. Once out of the forces simple things like prioritising bills can become a problem. Debt is a common catalyst in driving people towards crime and veterans are no different.

Mental Health

Your mental health is something you probably take for granted, as most problems can have a habit of creeping up on you. We don’t just cover PTSD but we look into Depression which is a big problem for veterans. We also look into stress management and anxiety, as poor stress management can lead to other Mental Health problems.

Being Realistic with Yourself

As serving personnel you are trained to a very high standard and can achieve great things as part of a professional team. As a veteran this mentality usually leads to disappointment as you will not have the same level of support that you are used to. This module is about setting realistic goals and preparing you for any pitfalls that you may encounter as a civilian.

Charities

The aim for this module is to have charities talk to you and explain what help they can offer you and your family. We try to address the common problem of not asking for help when its most needed.

Employment and Employability

This isn’t just about getting a job it’s about what qualities you may have to offer as a veteran. We discuss different options for employement and what might be best suited for you.

Custody

This module covers the damage that can be caused if you are given a custodial sentence and how going away will have a detrimental affect on your family, and how difficult it can be to rebuild your life once released.

Adapting to a new way of life and looking after yourself

The last part of the course, we discuss the benefits of keeping yourself fit and healthy, as it’s easy to allow life to get in the way of your ability to maintain your basic health care and upkeep.

Prison Visit

For those of you who haven’t yet been to prison this is a chance to visit a civilian prison and see what life is like behind bars. You get a chance to talk to veterans in custody and get their views on what life is like for a veteran inside.

Ongoing Support

Once the programme is complete the support doesn’t stop there. The PTLS Social Media support network will be available to provide realtime support for you whilst in the community. We will continue to mentor you during your transition out of the forces/prison.

The support we can offer

Wherever possible we will provide the following support to anyone who has completed a Project TLS course. 

  • Ongoing support linked to all modules with a PTLS qualified mentor

  • Support with employment opportunities

  • Veteran Chatrooms & Forum

  • Ration Packs (Foodbank)

  • Events and meetings including trips for R&R or short holidays

  • RTB management days (trackdays, adventure training etc)

  • Help with tracking down people you used to serve with

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Donation

All donations towards the book are gratefully received. Donations of £500 or more will include lunch with Rich Jones, a guided tour one of the books locations and a VIP invite to a track day with Rich’s Project TLS Mitsubishi Evo.

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