Community self-build schemes enabling holistic solutions for ex-servicemen

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It is worth looking at the impact of community self-build schemes, especially as many have helped ex-service personnel rehabilitate whilst gaining new skills. Promotion of this type of scheme can encourage and inform future projects and to gain political and financial support. Schemes often involve ex-service personnel encountering difficulties in adapting to civilian life, plus participants may be unemployed or in temporary part-time employment – many have encountered problems with drink or drugs leading to a breakdown in family relationships. It is anticipated that their involvement in the self-build project followed by stable accommodation alongside other participants will lead to observable improvements in their quality of life and potential future prospects. Research and dissemination of how such projects can transform the lives of ex-service personnel will encourage a more supportive policy context and stimulate further programmes into the future.