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 www.groundwork.org.uk/msstt 

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