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THE FORCES IN MIND TRUST AWARDS A GRANT TO THE CENTRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE TO RESEARCH THE TRANSITION OF MILITARY FAMILIES

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant of £91,385 for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) to research transition to civilian life from the perspective of military families.

The CSJ is an independent think tank which was established in 2004 to seek effective solutions to poverty. As the Armed Forces Covenant states, ‘families play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces’, but are sometimes not thought of as part of the military transition process. This research will help improve and promote understanding of the transition process for families and ensure they do not face disadvantage as a military family.

While there has been significant research into improving the transition of an individual leaving the Armed Forces, such as FiMT’s Transition Mapping Study (2013), little has been done to look at the process from the perspective of the military family.

The CSJ will research how the current system supports families going through the transition process and areas where they have been failed in the past. The findings will enable the CSJ to make recommendations on improving support going to families and to increase the general public’s awareness of the issues.

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said: “The aim of FiMT is to provide independent, evidence-based knowledge that can be used to increase understanding and improve the transition of ex-Service personnel and their families. We are delighted to fund research projects such as this one which will concentrate on the family, and we look forward to working with the CSJ in using their recommendations to improve the process and outcomes for families.”

A spokesman for the CSJ said: “Many people leave the Armed Forces in a state of crisis and face a host of difficult social challenges which means it can be hard to adapt to everyday life.

“There is no doubt that families can play a crucial role in helping veterans transition back into civilian life. But much more research still needs to be done to fully understand the challenges faced by families and the support they need.

“This is why our project is so important and we are delighted to have received support from Forces in Mind to carry out this important work.”
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The Forces in Mind Trust awards a grant to the University of Portsmouth to investigate the effectiveness of support available for Veterans in the area

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant of £130,000 for the University of Portsmouth to evaluate the impact of the Veterans Outreach Support (VOS).

It is estimated that there are close to 17,000 veterans in Portsmouth and there is evidence from clinical practice and academic research that Veterans can experience a number of problems as they transition back to civilian life after being in the Services.

The evaluation of VOS will comprise of two stages:

  • Stage 1: Will concentrate on conducting a retrospective evaluation of current service to explore its effectiveness and to identify the different care pathways experienced by Veterans.
  • Stage 2: Will include a prospective evaluation measuring effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the scheme over a 6 month period.

The VOS (Portsmouth) is a Limited Company and Charitable Trust which operates a monthly drop-in service for Veterans and their families in Portsmouth and the surrounding area, to help them with their transition and any problems that they might be experiencing during this time. The service provides immediate access to a range of Armed Forces charities and organisations as well as civilian agencies who can address the needs of Veterans and their families.

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said: “The aim of FiMT is to increase the understanding of, and improve the military transition, of ex-Service personnel.  We are keen to support research projects such as this and we look forward to seeing the research findings which will undoubtedly have national implications.

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FORCES IN MIND TRUST HAS AWARDED A GRANT TO THE RFEA FOR ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY TO EVALUATE PROJECT NOVA, A PROJECT SUPPORTING VETERANS IN POLICE CUSTODY IN NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant of £91,416 to the RFEA: The Forces Employment Charity for Anglia Ruskin University to measure the effectiveness and outcomes of Project Nova.

Project Nova is a “first of its kind” partnership which involves the RFEA, Walking with the Wounded and Norfolk and Suffolk Police Force working together to support Veterans who have entered Police Custody. The project is an 18-month trial which will provide advice, guidance and support to Veterans in Norfolk and Suffolk using a network of military charities and organisations who can assist Veterans depending on their individual needs. Project Nova will be underpinned by an academic evaluation carried out by Anglia Ruskin University.

Project Nova will be coordinated by the RFEA’s Colin Back, who has already been working closely with the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Custody Suites to support and engage with the vulnerable Veterans they identify. Colin served in the Army for six years, leaving in 1983; he then served with Norfolk and Kent Police until joining the RFEA charity in 2011 as a specialist employment consultant, working with Veterans in Prison. Colin has strong links across both counties and actively supports Veterans in the Criminal Justice System, linking them into the military charity network available to them.

This is FiMT’s second grant award to the RFEA, the first being the Future Horizons Programme, a pilot project based in Catterick Garrison assisting Early Service Leavers in their transition back into civilian life.  Future Horizons is now being funded by the MoD and is offered to Early Service Leavers from all three Services.

Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, Ray Lock, said: “This project will provide an invaluable insight into an extremely vulnerable cohort.

“FiMT is very pleased to provide funding for this type of research, which adds to the strong evidence-base to which we are contributing across the sector. The findings will enable support services to improve the intervention we can offer Veterans entering police custody, ensuring they have the necessary additional help to take their place in society.”

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The Big Lottery Fund (BIG): The Forces in Mind Trust continues BIG’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. Since 2004 the Fund has given more than £88 million to programmes supporting veterans. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/