Basha Retreat

Remembering the past, helping with the future

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The Basha Project. Veterans Retreat.

Entrance to the Basha Retreat Camping area at Fort Cumberland.

The Basha Project, is a Veteran's residential Retreat located at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth & Southsea.

The retreat is intended as a place for Veterans to spend some time to reflect on any issues that they may have, spend time with other Veterans who may have similar issues and also get access to Mental Health Professionals and services that they may not otherwise have access to.

It is also a place where they can get advice on housing, benefits and healthcare, job searching and CV's amongst other things.

There is also the chance to learn new skills with work on the Fort. There will be a number of skills courses that will be run as part of a Veterans stay there. This could be learning new skills, or brushing up on old existing skills.

The retreat is not just for Veterans, we understand that families of Veterans are also massively impacted by service in the armed forces, whether you are serving still or have been out for a while, the Basha Retreat is there for you.

We are working in partnership with some other Veteran Charities. Namely Veterans Outreach Support UK and Building Heroes.

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If you are a Veteran or family member, and feel that the Basha retreat could benefit you. Get in touch with us today. Click on the Register button and give us a few details. We endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours or sooner.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire gave us the honour of opening the Basha Retreat in November 2018.

Early days with the project.

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Click here to Register your Interest in attending the Basha Retreat. We will send you more information by reply.

Brief History: Fort Cumberland

FORT CUMBERLAND, Eastney, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Aerial view.

Fort Cumberland, as it appears today, was built between 1785 and 1810 in the far East of Portsmouth at Eastney Point on the site of an earlier fort. It was designed to defend the entrance to Langstone Harbour and was built in a star plan bastioned style (it was the last of this type of fort to be built in the UK). The fort was originally armed with 64 guns on the terreplein (the embrasures for which can still be seen in the parapet), but in the late 19th Century these were replaced by Rifled Muzzle Loaders and Breech Loaders. The 41 casemates surrounding the parade ground provided barrack accommodation for over 700 troops. Surrounding the fort is a dry ditch with many embrasures in the thick walls to allow gun fire into the ditch.
Reference: http://www.subterraneanhistory.co.uk/2010/10/fort-cumberland-portsmouth.html
So, as you can see this is a truly Historic location with which to run our Veterans Retreat project. It has all the facilities that we need, and during our tenure we will be making good some of the more run down areas, and what better way to engage the Veterans that come and stay, by learning some new skills or putting to use skills they already have. Our Partner charity Building Heroes will also be helping out with this work.