Guest Blog – Terry Morley, Groundwork

My name is Terry Morley and I am the Veterans Employment Programme Manager for Groundwork in Greater Manchester. My role is to support Veterans through a project, which will create ‘transitional and sustainable employment’ opportunities for priority veterans. I am an ex-soldier having served for 8 years with the 1st Battalion Kings Regiment before being involved in a RTA whilst serving in Northern Ireland in 1991. Since leaving the Army, I competed for Great Britain with the British Ex-Services Wheelchair Sports Association in powerlifting before moving into Further Education, where for 18 years I taught and directed one of the largest Sports and Uniformed Public Services Departments in the UK. I also worked with Veterans In Communities in Haslingden as the Transformational Coach.

After being transferred from the Military Hospital in Woolwich to Sheffield Spinal Unit (Lodge Moore), I spent 4 months in the acute ward and a further 4 months in rehab. I do not have a single bad word to say about the unit I found ALL staff very approachable, understanding, supporting and encouraging and even to this day, I have made friends for life and without them, I do not believe I would be here where I am today.

As well as my role, supporting veterans I also lead on and deliver a programme called “Roots to Wellbeing” where I support people from all backgrounds with both physical and mental issues and I try to support them to get them back in to employment, training, education and/or just supporting them back in to society.

I am based at Trafford Ecology Park, Groundwork’s website is 

Terry will be supporting at the next meeting on the 3rd October 2019, at 11.30 at The Sheldon Arms, Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton Under Lyne