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Forces in Mind Trust – Briefing Morning

On Tuesday 18th June, the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) will be holding a briefing morning at Stoll in West London.  The aim of the session is to help the Armed Forces Community, and in particular the Service Charities sector, understand how FiMT can support ex-Service personnel, and their families, during their transition to civilian life.  It is aimed primarily at Directors/Heads of welfare, research, grant-making and fund-raising, although all are welcome to attend, and it will be hosted by Chief Executive FiMT, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE.

The event will commence at 10.30 am with coffee.  From 11 am to midday, the FiMT Executive Team will brief delegates on the aims of the Trust, its grant-making strategy and the mechanism by which grants are considered.  We will also cover our awards to date, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to enter into discussion, which will continue during the subsequent networking buffet lunch.

The venue is Stoll, 446 Fulham Road, London SW6 1DT.  We would ask that anyone wishing to attend informs us by e-mailing events@fim-trust.org for catering and seating purposes.  FiMT would like to thank Stoll for kindly agreeing to host the event.

The Forces In Mind Trust Awards Grant To Futures 4 Forces To Research

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The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant to Futures 4 Forces, a not-for-profit research organisation, to conduct a qualitative research programme into the employability of ex-Service personnel.

The programme will explore the recruitment needs of both large businesses and SMEs throughout the UK and their requirements from ex-Service Personnel. For the first time this type of research will involve interviewing Senior HR Directors, who will be asked about their experiences and perceptions of the ex-Service personnel’s employability.

Extensive research has been conducted into the long-term unemployed and injured ex-Service personnel but so far only limited research has been done into employers’ needs in recruiting Service leavers.

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) was established in 2012 with a £35m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund in order to improve the success of Service men and women, and their families, returning to civilian life, a process known as transition.

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust says: “The current economic climate means that the job market is extremely competitive. This type of research into the perceptions of potential employers of ex-Service Personnel has never been done before. This is exactly what FiMT was established to do and we look forward to seeing the research findings, which we will promote widely across the sector”.

Futures 4 Forces (F4F) was set up by Andrew Tillard with the aim to support Service leavers and the wider community of ex-Service personnel get into employment.  The research team will conduct in-depth interviews with a representative sample across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Research findings will be available later this year.

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About The Forces in Mind Trust

The concept of the Forces in Mind Trust arose from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), COBSEO (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations.

In addition to COBSEO Members, key supporting charities are: The Mental Health Foundation, Centre for Mental Health and Shaw Trust.

http://fim-trust.org/

Other projects FiMT is currently funding:

  • About The Warrior Programme

The Warrior Programme, a non-clinical training and education programme for veterans who are experiencing serious problems adjusting to civilian living, has embarked on a partnership with Southampton University to undertake a Randomised Control Trial (RCT), funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, to evaluate the programme’s impact on the transition of Service personnel into civilian life.http://www.warriorprogramme.org.uk/

  • Future Horizons

The Future Horizons Programme was set up in 2012 to offer resettlement support, information and guidance to soldiers leaving the Army who are classed as Early Service Leavers (ESLs). The programme, which is focussed in and around the Catterick Garrison area, the largest British Army garrison in the world, aims to ensure that ESLs make a successful transition back into civilian life and find full time employment.

  • SSAFA FH Mentoring

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help provides practical help and assistance to anyone who is serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. Their network of volunteers and staff give experienced, non-judgmental advice. They also provide practical services that cover a range of social, family and financial issues.

FiMT’s Research Projects:

In order to help improve the understanding of transition and the welfare support available to members of the Armed forces, veterans and their families, FiMT is currently funding two major research projects:

  • Transition mapping: mapping the whole transition process and identifying any gaps in understanding the mental health of veterans.
  • Mental Health Review: a report to review the research evidence to date surrounding the mental health of serving and ex-Service military personnel in the UK

The findings of these projects will be published in mid-2013.

The information gathered from the research projects will shape the potential for further study, by building up knowledge, evidence and information. The research will make a direct contribution towards improving support provided to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG)

The Forces in Mind Trust continues BIG’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK. Since 2004 the Fund has given more than £88 million to programmes supporting veterans.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

Transition support for early service leavers is a resounding success

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The Future Horizons Programme (FHP), a pilot project based at Catterick Garrison supporting Early Service Leavers (ESLs), had an incredible 99% take-up in its first year.

An evaluation report of the programme urges the MoD to consider the viability of adopting the FHP model across all three branches of the Armed Forces; continuation and analysis including research into the needs and vulnerabilities of this cohort and explore ways of the use of different technologies and interfaces to communicate with ESLs should be explored further.

ESLs are servicemen and women who have been discharged from the Armed Forces, either compulsorily or at their own request, before completing an initial four years of service.  They are not currently automatically entitled to resettlement support. During the year-long period of evaluation, FHP has engaged with 777 ESLs from the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.

After the initial six months over 60% of the ESLs were in employment or training and 90% of ESLs engaged in the programme said they would recommend it to others. This figure compares very favourably to other government funded employment schemes.

“It gave me a push in the right direction; I would have literally nothing if it wasn’t for Future Horizons.” Said Scott Carniegie, an ESL who was medically discharged after two years in the Army. “I have a way to go but I know the support is there and I can ask for help and advice anytime.”

FHP’s primary aim is to help ESLs into sustainable employment and the programme offers a range of training support and opportunities. Much of this support was delivered by Specialist Employment Consultants, with a diverse mixture of partner organisations, both military and civilian, providing bespoke services to ESLs requiring additional input.

James, whose name has been changed, explains: “I wish I could turn back time, it has been a really difficult life change leaving the Army as it was my whole life.  However, I have started to pick myself up with the amazing support of Future Horizons and I couldn’t have got to where I am without them”.

“The programme organised for me to attend a residential course at college, picking me up from home on the Monday and dropping me back every Wednesday.  They then helped me to get an apprenticeship and out into the workforce.  I really believe that every ESL should have access to the Future Horizons Programme.” James now has a full time job in a warehouse and credits Future Horizons for his achievement.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust commented: “The aim of the Forces in Mind Trust is to support successful, sustainable transition into civilian life. We know the ESL cohort is particularly vulnerable to unsuccessful transition, and we now have an excellent piece of evidence that supports the case for ESLs’ transitional support and points the way towards how it can best be delivered”.

Darren Bickerstaffe, the FHP’s Programme Manager, said: “We always knew there was a need, and the Future Horizons pilot at Catterick has enabled data and experiences to be collected to build the case for rolling this method of ESL resettlement help out further”.

To read the Future Horizons Programme report please click this link.

 

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For further information please contact Talia Cohen on 020 7284 6957 or tcohen@theproffice.com or visit www.futurehorizons.org

About FHP
The Future Horizons Programme is backed by the MoD and is run by a consortium of ex-service charities, and welfare, and back to work organisations. The consortium members encompass market leaders from the commercial, public and wider third sector organisations, with a proven ability to deliver for young people who are vulnerable or within the welfare to work sector.

Consortium members
RFEA The Forces Employment Charity, The Royal British Legion,  Royal British Legion Industries, Groundwork, The Prince’s Trust, Poppy Scotland, The Officers’ Association, Officers’ Association Scotland, Right Management, The Poppy Factory, The Shaw Trust, Reed, Tomorrow’s People, AF&V, Manpower, Niace, The Warrior Programme

Remount, Remploy, Skillforce, Skill, Forces in Mind, The Big Lottery Fund, The Foundation for Prince William and Prince Harry

About The Forces in Mind Trust

The concept of the Forces in Mind Trust arose from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), COBSEO (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations.

In addition to COBSEO Members, key supporting charities are: The Mental Health Foundation, Centre for Mental Health and Shaw Trust.

http://fim-trust.org/

As well as Future Horizons, FiMT is also funding:

SSAFA FH Mentoring
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help provides practical help and assistance to anyone who is serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. Their network of volunteers and staff give experienced, non-judgmental advice. They also provide practical services that cover a range of social, family and financial issues.

FiMT’s Research Projects:
In order to help improve the understanding of transition and the welfare support available to members of the Armed forces, veterans and their families, FiMT is currently funding two major research projects:

  • Transition mapping: mapping the whole transition process and identifying any gaps in understanding the mental health of veterans.
  • Mental Health Review: a report to review the research evidence to date surrounding the mental health of serving and ex-Service military personnel in the UK

The findings of these projects will be published in  2013.
The information gathered from the research projects will shape the potential for further study, by building up knowledge, evidence and information. The research will make a direct contribution towards improving support provided to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.