Accessible Support for Veterans

Julie Naylor – Cafe Manager

Julie is the first point of contact for many at the Hub. She oversees all aspects of the Cafe and generally looks after us all! The Cafe welcomes everyone and is open to the public as well as service users.

Scott Henley – New Body Fitness Weymouth

New Body Fitness Weymouth now supports the Hub and runs a free class for the military community on a Tuesday.

Please contact the welfare office for more details.

Tara – Director and Counsellor/Psychotherapist 

Tara is the founder of Got Your Six UK, a Community Interest Company promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our military community in a variety of ways, including the running of events such as their annual military art exhibition.

Got Your Six UK also provides a free, confidential military specific counselling service at the Hub to veterans and their families, supporting with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, bereavement, loss, grief, addictions, trauma, relationship breakdown, service-related issues, difficulties transitioning to civvy street, self-esteem and self-worth, guilt, shame, identifying emotions, and much more.

Trained to a minimum of Advanced Diploma level and BACP registered), the team are knowledgeable in a variety of modalities including Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, as well as some Gestalt and Transpersonal approaches. The team are able to tailor your therapy to best suit your needs, with both male and female therapists available.
In addition, Tara is Suicide Intervention trained, and a Mental Health First Aider specifically for the Armed Forces Community. As a military spouse, Tara has lived experience of some of the challenges forces life can bring and became a director in early 2023 to help take the project forward.
Tara primarily provides long-term, open ended psychotherapy for deeper issues. Brief, short-term therapy of 6-8 weeks for milder issues is available with Tara, or one of our other volunteer counsellors, however, their availability is limited depending on the time they’re able to donate to us.

To start your healing journey, stop by the welfare office, contact us by email with your requirements, or reach out on our closed Facebook group, and a referral can be made for you.  All our therapeutic services are available free of charge and at present we have a small waiting list.

To find out more about Got Your Six UK (CIC), visit their website,

Jimmy  Levene – Paws 4 Thought [COMING SOON]

Jimmy runs this popular drop in session for service users and their dogs. Relax and have a brew with Jimmy for half an hour while the dogs sniff around off lead and enjoy some treats! Appointments can be made via the Hub.

Rachel Gray – Manager and Company Secretary

A veteran’s daughter, with a professional background in management, health & social care; Rachel has the drive and experience to help lead the project forward as it continues to grow, enabling us to offer even greater support to veterans and their families.

Sarah Boyce – Hub Stores Manager

Sarah’s passion and experience comes from her time as a Visual Merchandiser for a well known store chain and she has now brought her expertise to the Hub transforming the Stores into a welcoming and visually attractive area.

Sarah also has links with the military having previously been employed as a Pseudo Pilot with the Royal Navy and all three of her children being in the Armed Forces, two of whom are still serving.

Our project could not run without the kindness and generosity of our amazing volunteers. In July 2023, our team was presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, in recognition of their hard work within this community project. The award was one of the last to be signed off by our late Queen Elizabeth II, making it even more special. To join our incredible team, simply pop in and see us.

Hub Directors

Mick Stacey

A former Paratrooper, Mick first became involved with the Hub as a service user and therefore has a unique understanding of the people we support. In civilian life, Mick has gained a wealth of experience in business management and social care which makes him a real asset to The Hub.

Tim Creed

Brought up in a small town in Wales, I left school at 16yrs old and joined the Metropolitan Police Cadets. In those days a tough regime but just what I needed. Spent the next 32yrs as a front-line Police Officer specialising in counter terrorism search.
I worked alongside the military as well as having family in the services; an uncle who was in the Paras, brothers-in-law, and nephews, in the Navy.
During my time in the Met Police, I saw and dealt with things I’d rather forget but not on the scale that some of the military dealt with. As a volunteer at the Hub, it has me aware how important it is to provide help and support not just to Veterans but to everyone in need of TLC.
Now semi-retired but loves a challenge, Tim C joined James on the Three Peaks Challenge.

Tara Coyles-Gould

With Tara’s father being ex-REME, and her partner once REME now Army Air Corps, it is no surprise to find Tara working with the military community. As a military spouse she has lived experience of the challenges faced by those who serve and their families, as well as extensive knowledge of the psychological impacts that can occur.

With a background in Forensics, Tara now runs Got Your Six UK and provides the Hub with a military specific counselling service, free-of-charge to the military community. Skills from forensic science are surprisingly useful when it comes to piecing together a person’s life, their experiences, and the lasting effects.

Most of the time you’ll find Tara down the garden in the Ellis Room, but when we let her out, she’s usually off to AFVBC (Veteran Breakfast Clubs), Tea and Toast at the Reserve centre, or some other place drinking tea and listening to dits from those who have served.

When not working, you might find her roaming in the motorhome, walking the dogs, or exploring the coast…probably all three at once!

James Brooks

James served 8 years in the Royal Air Force as a Mechanical Transport Driver (MTD).
Operating outside the wire as well as inside, I found myself digging in as well as checking in. After leaving the RAF, I found civvy street a very hard place to be. No structure, no comradery.
The Veterans Hub gave back what I was missing, a sense of belonging.
Upon leaving the RAF, James naturally worked in the Road Transport Industry. Many years later, James found himself working within the world of Structural Steel. Driven by the willingness to Succeed, James now spearheads a specialist production team within the company in which he is employed.
In September 2023, James successfully led a team of Veterans and Hub volunteers through the National Three Peaks Challenge. A team known as ‘Benji’s Bandits’. James proved to be an exceptional leader and in equal measure an organiser.

Sue Neate

Born in Cornwall, both parents were Fleet Air Arm & my dad was PO Neate in charge of the Culdrose Fire School when I came along. My Dad was also the founder of the Aircraft Handlers Association. Could say being involved is in the blood!

I joined the British Army, Corps of Royal Signals from 1988 until medical discharge Feb 2004.

I represented the British Army at Athletics & played hockey around the world representing Hong Kong, British Forces Hong Kong, captain of the Royal Signals Regimental Team, British Army & the Combined Services.

Currently working as a Housing Officer for the Local Authority, embedded at The Veterans Hub, on hand to deal with any housing related issues our military community might be facing. 

Sue also joined Tim and James for the Three Peaks challenge and plays on The Veterans Hub Netball and Volleyball teams. 

Other directors:

Tim Shelton, Danny Lillington, Ian Ferguson, Kath Aldom, Christine James.

External Support Services

Armed Forces Welfare & Well-being Team

ABF The Soldiers Charity

All Call Signs

All Call Signs

Armed Forces Welfare & Well-being Team

Armed Forces Welfare & Well-being Team

Combat Stress

Armed Forces Welfare & Well-being Team

Community Mental Health Team

Help for Heroes

Pilgrim Bandits

PTSD Resolution Charity for UK Forces Veterans Mental Health

Relate Veterans Service

Royal Air Force Association

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Welfar

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Welfare

The Bus Shelter Dorset

The Horse Course

The Lantern Trust

The Royal British Legion

The Samaritans

The Veterans Forge Dorset

Turn to Starboard

Veterans In Action