Help for Heroes Plymouth Recovery Centre

The pioneering collaboration between the University of Plymouth's Help for Heroes Plymouth Recovery Centre aims to bring additional therapeutic benefit and value to H4H beneficiaries (wounded, injured and sick serving and veteran personnel, their families and dependents) through educational and research engagement. 

The Plymouth Recovery Centre already provides student social work placements with emerging opportunities for our students and world-class researchers in disciplines such as marketing, business, podiatry, dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, mental health and wellbeing, and the conduct of social geography research.

Help for Heroes has been involved with sports recovery since 2008 and offers around 300 events each year across 50 different sports at a grass roots and performance level to help rebuild lives. 

Sport plays an important part of someone’s recovery, helping with self-confidence and providing psychological empowerment. These significant mental health benefits can be translated outside of sport and into everyday life.

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Endeavour Hawks

The Endeavour Hawks were formed by a group of veterans who met at the Help for Heroes Endeavour Recovery Centre in Plymouth, who were keen to play wheelchair rugby. They got in touch with the West Country Hawks and together their aim is to build a team to play in the new variant game of wheelchair rugby fives.

This game is aimed at people with physical impairments/disabilities who wish to compete but do not qualify for the Para wheelchair rugby classification. The Endeavour Hawks team is made up from one able-bodied player and four physically impaired players and is supported by the Endeavour Centre as part of their road to recovery. Often their training will be alongside West Country Hawks players which include students from the University of Plymouth.

The game is open to all, so anyone wishing to get involved and try something new should contact

<p>Endeavour Hawks, Wheelchair rugby, Part of the West Country Hawks</p>

Social work placement with Help For Heroes Plymouth Recovery Centre

My placement was just fantastic! I had the privilege of meeting some incredible service users and staff, and I was able to gain a huge amount of experience.

Read more about Melissa Carter
<p>Melissa Carter - Help For Heroes Placement&nbsp;</p>

Showcasing Project Nevada handcycle at Plymouth Armed Forces Day

University of Plymouth mechanical engineering students joined Help for Heroes during Plymouth Armed Forces Day in June 2016 to showcase their innovative handcycle. This was designed and developed by our students with the aim of attempting the women's world land speed record in Nevada in September 2016 which they successfully achieved. 

The University of Plymouth joins forces with Help for Heroes Recovery Centre

Outstanding learning opportunities will be available to students and wounded serving and veteran forces personnel.

Read more about the launch of the partnership
Naval Service Recovery Centre