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The Forces in Mind Trust awards grant to Stoll and Riverside for research into housing and support provision for the ex-service community

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The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to improve the transition of Service men and women, and their families, into civilian life, has awarded a grant to Stoll (formerly The Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation), a registered charity which provides a range of services and rehabilitative support to vulnerable and disabled ex-Service men and women.  The grant will be used to fund a qualitative and quantitative research programme into housing and support provision for ex-Service personnel.

The aim of the research is to investigate and provide data about the housing and support provisions that are available to ex-Service personnel in England, Scotland and Wales, and will include surveys of providers of housing and interviews with ex-Service personnel.

The research project was conceived by two organisations; Veterans’ charity, Stoll, and social housing provider, Riverside. The research will be conducted by the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York, and will be implemented in two phases:

  • Phase one will map the locations and types of housing that are available to the Veterans community and identify where the need is for further provision.
  • Phase two will compare the experiences of different groups of ex-Service personnel (who have support needs) who currently receive services from either military-specific or generic providers.

Research into the housing opportunities for ex-Service personnel has previously been conducted, but there exists only very limited definitive data portraying what more needs to be done to assist Servicemen and women leaving the Forces with their housing needs.

Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive of Stoll, said: ‘This piece of research is made possible by the generosity of the Forces in Mind Trust and we are delighted to be the recipients of an award from the Trust.  Stoll and our partners Riverside believe this research will be the definitive piece of research in housing for many years to come, and the reference point for anyone wanting to develop housing solutions for the ex-Service personnel community in the future’.

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of FiMT, said: ‘One of the key challenges facing ex-Service personnel during their transition back to civilian life, is to find suitable housing for themselves and their families.  We are delighted to be able to work with Stoll and Riverside, and of course with the University of York, to research the housing needs of ex-Service personnel and so provide the evidence base to allow an independent assessment of where services, and other resources, should best be deployed and developed.  This will make a significant contribution to FiMT’s aim to promote the successful transition of Armed Forces personnel, and their families, into civilian life.’

Other stakeholders in the research project include the Welsh Assembly, Greater London Authority, Scottish Veterans, The Royal British Legion and SSAFA.

If you provide housing and support to ex-Service personnel and would like to participate in this study please contact Samantha Barber onSamantha.barber@stoll.org.uk.

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About The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT)

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. In addition to COBSEO Members, key supporting charities are: The Mental Health Foundation, Centre for Mental Health and Shaw Trust.  For more information visitwww.fim-trust.org/

Stoll

Stoll (formerly Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation) is a registered charity which enables vulnerable and disabled ex-Servicemen and women to live as independently as possible by providing a range of services. For more information visitwww.stoll.org.uk 

Riverside

Riverside is one of the largest housing association groups in the country, owning and managing over 53,000 properties for 85,000 customers across England and Scotland. In addition to providing over 34,000 units of general needs accommodation, providing low cost home ownership, and developing and building homes Riverside delivers supported housing through a sheltered and supported arm of the business, Riverside ECHG (RECHG), which provides services to more than 11,500 clients with a diverse range of housing needs. Amongst the supported services RECHG provides, there are a number of housing related services to support ex-Armed Forces.  For more information visit www.riverside.org.uk.

Forces In Mind Trust Has Given £250,000 To The Endeavour Fund Created By The Royal Foundation Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry To Support A Series Of Projects As Part Of The Partnership

The Royal Foundation

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is supporting The Royal Foundation with a grant of £250,000 as part of their three-year partnership agreement.

This is the latest grant awarded by FiMT, which is currently funding a number of research, and evaluation projects as well as making direct grants to military and civilian partner charities and organisations.  Each initiative provides an evidence base from which to improve the transition process that Service personnel and their families undergo as they to move into civilian life.  The funds come from a £35 million endowment awarded to the Trust by the Big Lottery Fund in January 2012.

The Endeavour Fund, created by The Royal Foundation, provides opportunities for injured Servicemen and women to take part in sporting and adventure challenges as part of their recovery and subsequent transition into civilian life. The Endeavour Fund offers seed funding for new endeavours and help emerging initiatives with advice, hands on support and mentoring. The Royal Foundation and Forces in Mind believe that the Fund will play an important role in ensuring that more wounded Servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit.

The organisations and projects FiMT and The Endeavour Fund partnership are funding are:

  • Toe in the Water (a tri-Service initiative using competitive sailing to re-inspire, re-engage and re-integrate profoundly injured Servicemen and women).
    1. The Round The Island Race: Led by 12 wounded personnel aboard two yachts competing against hundreds of other boats on an equal footing.  The grant funded entry fees, berthing costs, living costs and safety equipment. The teams did very well, out of 475 boats, Toe in the Water Too finished 80th and Toe in the Water finished in 118th place.
    2. Fastnet Race: a grant has been awarded to enter a team into this year’s iconic Fastnet Race.
  • Flying For Freedom (trains wounded Servicemen to fly micro-lights up to solo standard.  They have adapted their vehicles so that people with multiple amputations are able to fly and they offer the kind of freedom that would have otherwise been unattainable).  They are taking part in large air displays this Summer and have been awarded funds to purchase a new aircraft.
  • Walking With The Wounded (supports a number of charities and projects that are entirely focused upon the retraining and reskilling of wounded personnel) will be sending three teams of four on foot to the South Pole in the winter of 2013.
  • Walk On Wales has been given a grant to fund safety equipment, vehicles and administration for an event starting on 25th August 2013. Up to 5,000 people (at intervals) are expected to join 11 teams of veterans walking the entire coastal route of Wales (874miles).  Many of the team members are of the Falklands generation. Money raised will go towards Combat Stress and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

An initial allocation of specific amounts to each project has been agreed by The Royal Foundation and FiMT, although this will be constantly held under review to ensure that funds are most effectively deployed.

Nick Booth, CEO of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, said:

“The diverse array of projects we are funding as part of our partnership with The Forces in Mind Trust is a testament to the imagination and dedication of the Armed Forces community.

“The support for these projects has been overwhelming and has enabled significant fundraising for extremely worthwhile causes”.

The Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock said:

“When we formed our partnership with The Royal Foundation, we recognised the tremendous potential each of us offered the other.  I am delighted that through our mutual determination, we have now found the means whereby we can take forward both missions in the most exciting way.  Working in partnership with The Royal Foundation has given us the unique privilege of enabling smaller projects such as Flying for Freedom literally to get off the ground, whilst also supporting established charities like Toe in the Water to continue their work with injured Service personnel.

“The value of this partnership lies not just in what each project does for the individual participant – although that is significant enough – but in the inspiration it provides across the community, and in the demonstration of the ability of wounded, injured or sick Servicemen and women to make a successful transition to civilian life.  Our ex-Servicemen and women should become defined not by their disability, but by their capability; that is our shared aim.

“As well as providing grants for events and initiatives like this, we also have a number of research and pilot projects currently in progress.  We will use the resulting evidence-base to commission and award grants to further research and programmes in conjunction with partner organisations that support the transition process”.

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About The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

The Royal Foundation was set up by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and is the culmination of their charitable lives so far and will be the principal vehicle for Their Royal Highnesses’ future charitable activities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry aim to make the following their early areas of focus:

  • Veterans and military families
  • Conservation and sustainable development
  • Children and young people

The Endeavour Fund is a restricted fund set up by the Foundation to supported wounded servicemen and women providing physical challenges as part of their recovery and subsequent transition into civilian life. The Endeavour Fund managed by an Advisory Board which reports to the Royal Foundation’s trustees.

For more information on The Royal Foundation and Endeavour Fund please go towww.royalfoundation.com