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THE FORCES IN MIND TRUST AND THE INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE PUBLISH STUDY INTO KNOWLEDGE SHARING AMONGST ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTING THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, and the Institute for Local Governance, working on behalf of a public sector and voluntary body partnership, have published a report which has considered the knowledge sharing processes and practices of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community in the Northeast of England.

The research was carried out by Professor Rob Wilson and his team at the Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE) at Newcastle University and included a review of the current procedures and practices of organisations providing advice, guidance and support to the ex-Service community.  Within this research, the barriers and drivers of information sharing were considered, and examples of good practice were identified.

Recommendations in the Report centre on reviewing existing practices to understand where improvements can be made and to identify which practices deliver the most effective support.  The Report also concluded that it is important to create a landscape in which offers of support from all kinds of providers are accessible to ex-Service personnel and their families in the right place at the right time.

The development of better information sharing and associated working practices between those organisations supporting the Armed Forces Community will lead to both a better use of increasingly limited public and charitable sector funds and, more importantly, more effective and targeted support services for the beneficiaries themselves.

Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, Ray Lock, said:  “The findings of this research further build on our evidence base and will enable the many statutory and  voluntary organisations providing support to the Armed Forces Community to share and refine the flow of information and so better shape future planning.  Working with the Institute for Local Governance on this regional project complements our other projects across the UK, such as the Directory of Social Change’s online Guide to the Military Charity Sector released late last year, and Manchester Business School’s study of Integrated Support Networks.”

Professor Rob Wilson commented: “This project has brought together two programmes of work at Newcastle: one in the area of information sharing, the other in military studies. The research conducted for Forces in Mind Trust demonstrates the potential role that improvements in capacity around information sharing could play in the complex environment for the diverse needs of the range of ex-service personnel and their families. The key recommendation is the need to make strategic local investments in improving the infrastructure for co-ordination.  Such investments would achieve more effective joining-up of the joining up between those who provide help with those who need support thereby harnessing the resources and goodwill already available through existing programmes and in the wider local communities.”

Phillip Edwards – Strategy and Implementation Director, Institute for Local Governance said “There is a great deal of useful information and advice in this report. The next steps will be to mobilise the collaboration that has developed between partners to improve information sharing to the ultimate benefit of ex-service users and their families.”

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Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact:

Talia Cohen at The PR Office on tcohen@theproffice.com / direct dial: 0207 284 6957

  • About the Forces in Mind Trust: The Forces in Mind Trust came about  from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues BIG’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. Since 2004 BIG has given more than £88 million to programmes supporting veterans. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.During its first two years, FiMT has commissioned seminal research reports such as the Transition Mapping Study (TMS), which reviewed how the entire transition process from military to civilian life currently works and how it is viewed by stakeholders and recent Service leavers.  The economic model developed for the report calculated the total cost of poor transition to the UK as a whole to be £113 million in 2012, whilst the report itself has been discussed across Whitehall and debated in the House of Lords.
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  • The Institute for Local Governance, hosted by Durham University, is a research and knowledge exchange partnership comprising North East England’s five universities, local authorities, police and fire and rescue services and other key public sector agencies. Further information on the work of the Institute can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/ilg/
  • About Newcastle University: The work was led by Professor Rob Wilson from the Centre for Knowledge Innovation Technology and Enterprise(KITE)  in collaboration with Newcastle University staff (including Dr Neil Jenkings from the Military Research group) and visiting researchers.  KITE is a University Research Centre primarily located in Newcastle University Business School with links across the University. It is comprise of over twenty staff members from within the School, together with associates from across the University and many visiting staff from a range of national and international organisations as well as the PhD community. Members comprise the main focus of academic expertise within the institution in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, information systems and collaboration/partnership. KITE provides a focus for the University’s relationships with the worlds of policy and practice in these areas, with members making significant contributions to academic debates and influencing thinking in business, government and third sector bodies at local, national and international scales working across the three institutional societal challenges: Ageing, Sustainability and Social Renewal.The Military Research group is a network of researchers based at Newcastle University, UK, who all research and teach on military and related themes and work primarily in social science discipline areas. The research that we do includes studies of military land use and military geographies, of military landscapes, of the sociology of armed forces and of the ways that military organisations and activities are represented in cultural and social life. For more information see http://research.ncl.ac.uk/military-research/

THE FORCES IN MIND TRUST CONTINUES ITS SOCIAL INNOVATION PROGRAMME BY SPONSORING SOLDIERING ON THROUGH LIFE TRUST’S ‘WORKING TOGETHER’ AWARD

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has announced a grant  to sponsor Soldiering on Through Life Trust’s ‘Working Together’ award.

The award will recognise an individual, team or organisation, which has demonstrated an enduring commitment and innovative approach to collaboration within the Armed Forces Community (AFC).

The award will be presented as part of the annual Soldiering On Awards beginning in 2016.  Nominations for the ‘Working Together’ award for 2016 will be invited from late April 2015. Soldiering On supports injured Service personnel and their families throughout their lives by giving recognition of the outstanding achievements of teams or individuals from within the AFC through the annual awards ceremony.

Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, Ray Lock, said: “By sponsoring this new award, we are continuing our investment in social innovation.  We are looking to identify and highlight really good examples of collaboration, and so spread the lessons across the sector.  Soldiering On will provide us with an effective platform from which to do this, and we are honoured to be working with this highly regarded charity.”

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Notes to Editors: For interview requests, photos or more information, please contact:

Talia Cohen at The PR Office on tcohen@theproffice.com / direct dial: 0207 284 6957

  • About the Forces in Mind Trust: The Forces in Mind Trust came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’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/.

o   During its first two years, FiMT has commissioned seminal research reports such as the Transition Mapping Study (TMS) which reviewed how the entire transition process from military to civilian life currently works and how it is viewed by stakeholders and recent Service leavers.  The economic model developed for the report calculated the total cost of poor transition to the UK as a whole to be £113 million in 2012, whilst the report itself has been discussed across Whitehall and debated in the House of Lords.

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o   Twitter: www.twitter.com/FIMtrust

o   Website: www.fim-trust.org

o   Latest news: www.fim-trust.org/news

o   FiMT has signed up to the Corporate Covenant: https://www.gov.uk/the-corporate-covenant

 

  • About the Soldiering On Through Life Trust: Soldiering On Through Life Trust was established as a not-for-profit organisation to support injured Service personnel and their families throughout their lives by giving recognition of the inspirational and outstanding achievements of teams or individuals through an annual awards ceremony:  The Soldiering On Awards: One Awards Ceremony for the Whole of the Armed Forces Community.

o    For highlights of the 2014 Soldiering On Awards visit: http://soldieringon.org/awards-2014/

THE FORCES IN MIND TRUST AWARDS GRANT OF £93,000 TO THE PROBATION INSTITUTE

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 £93,400 to the Probation Institute to fund a project aimed at meeting the needs and providing effective services for veterans serving criminal sentences in the community.

A core role of the probation service is to manage the transition of those serving criminal sentences in confinement, back in to society. This is done through working with the offender and partner agencies in a supervised environment, to meet their needs in order to reduce the chance of them reoffending.

There is currently no national mechanism to share knowledge on effective practice and information from locally run probation projects. There is also limited research and evaluation available into how the probation services are working to meet the needs of ex-Service personnel serving community sentences.

The project, which will be carried out in three stages over three years, will examine in detail the impact of the probation services provided to offending ex-Service personnel as well as establish a network between service deliverers in order to promote knowledge-sharing and improvements in service delivery. The project aims to:

  • Build and disseminate an evidence base for the needs of those offending ex-Service personnel who are currently under probation supervision and the effectiveness of probation services currently in place for them;
  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practise across different organisations who that work with ex-Service personnel serving sentences;
  • Involve the ex-service personnel and practitioners in evaluating the effectiveness of community justice work with the veteran cohort, and encourage professional development and enhancement of services in this area

The implementation of this project comes just a few months after extensive changes to the probation service were announced by the government in October 2014; with 35 trusts replaced by 21 private companies competing for contracts.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust said: “Funding a project of this type adds to the growing evidence-base in this sector and complements other research we have funded in this field;  Project Nova which works with Veterans in Police Custody, and the Victor Project which works ex-Service ex-offenders, aiming to break the cycle of offending and enabling successful transition.”

Dr Savas Hadjipavlou, interim Chief Executive of the Probation Institute said: “We are delighted to lead this important project. Ex service personnel being supervised in the community need more specific support in some areas and this project will help ensure that probation professionals and probation service providers are able better to tailor their interventions, improving the chances of successful rehabilitation.”

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Notes to Editors
For more information, please contact:

Talia Cohen at The PR Office on tcohen@theproffice.com / direct dial: 0207 284 6957

  • About the Forces in Mind Trust: The Forces in Mind Trust came about  from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues BIG’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. Since 2004 BIG has given more than £88 million to programmes supporting veterans. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
    • During its first two years, FiMT has commissioned seminal research reports such as the Transition Mapping Study (TMS), which reviewed how the entire transition process from military to civilian life currently works and how it is viewed by stakeholders and recent Service leavers.  The economic model developed for the report calculated the total cost of poor transition to the UK as a whole to be £113 million in 2012, whilst the report itself has been discussed across Whitehall and debated in the House of Lords.
    • Project Nova is a partnership which involves the Regular Forces Employment Association, Walking with the Wounded, and Norfolk and Suffolk Police Forces 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.
    • The Victor Project is a partnership between two charities; Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), Blue Sky and Medway Council with funding from the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Rank Foundation. The project has been operating for almost 3 years and has helped many veterans with training and work placements.
  • About the Probation Institute: The Probation Institute is an independent centre of excellence and a professional home for all those involved in probation work across the public, voluntary and private sectors, and was launched by Lord Neuberger in March 2014. We support effective services, promote evidence-based policy and practice and the professional development of our members and explain the work of probation to the media, parliamentarians and the public.
    • All members are required to sign up to the Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.  http://probation-institute.org/code-ethics/
    • The Institute is currently developing a professional register, which will enable probation practitioners to have their qualifications, knowledge and skills recognised and will act as a framework for continuing professional development.

COLLABORATION AND COFUNDING BY THE FORCES IN MIND TRUST AND THE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION ENHANCE COBSEO’S ONLINE PRESENCE AND FUNCTIONALITY

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, and the Officers’ Association, providing lifetime support for Officers and their families, have co-funded an extensive upgrade to the Cobseo (the Confederation of Service Charities) website.

The upgraded website (www.cobseo.org.uk) will enable Cobseo to further develop its key role within the Armed Forces charity sector. As well as being optimised for mobile devices, there are now dedicated areas for Cobseo members, the Cobseo Executive, and Cobseo Cluster Groups. Enhanced functionality includes: resource libraries, key contact information, and forums, all promoting information sharing and collaboration within the Armed Forces charity sector and beyond.

Cobseo Director of Operations, Commander Debbie Whittingham said: “The funding from FiMT and the OA has enabled Cobseo to further enhance its capabilities and promote collaboration and networking inside and outside our sector.”

Chief Executive of the OA, Lee Holloway commented: “The OA is very pleased to have collaborated with FiMT and be involved with this interesting project. The new website reflects the core function of Cobseo’s drive for collaboration within the sector and I look forward to using the Executive and Cluster areas.”

Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, Ray Lock, said: “FiMT’s work with Cobseo resonates with our core values and our strategic aim to enhance the effectiveness of the Armed Forces charity sector.  The funding partnership with the OA has worked extremely well, the website has a fantastic feel, and we look forward to using the interactive elements, particularly in our work leading the Research and Integrated Support Network clusters.”

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Notes to Editors: For interview requests, photos or more information, please contact:

Alice Farrow at The PR Office on afarrow@theproffice.com  / mobile:  07788 540 924 / direct dial: 0207 284 6955.

 

  • About the Forces in Mind Trust: The Forces in Mind Trust came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (the Fund), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’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/.During its first two years, FiMT commissioned seminal research reports such as the Transition Mapping Study (TMS) which reviews how the entire transition process from military to civilian life works and how it is viewed by stakeholders and recent Service leavers.  The economic model developed for the report calculated the total cost of poor transition to the UK as a whole to be £113 million in 2012, whilst the report itself has been discussed across Whitehall and debated in the House of Lords.

 

 

  • About Cobseo The Confederation of Service Charities
    Cobseo consists of some 240 charities and organisations; it is a membership organisation representing, promoting and furthering the interests of the Armed Forces Community.  Charitable support is maximizedto this Community through co-operation, co-ordination, cohesion and where appropriate co-location of organisations working in the sector.The Cobseo Executive is made up of 18 organisations which meet to identify issues and concerns affecting the Armed Forces CommunityCobseo Cluster groups are working groups within Cobseo (including Housing, Research etc.) where organisations specialising in areas can raise issues, identify solutions and make recommendations for improvements and actions

    For further information, please visit:

    Website: www.cobseo.org.uk
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/COBSEO
    Email: enquiries@cobseo.org.uk

The new Cobseo website has been developed and built by Run Digital http://rundigital.co.uk/ ; hello@rundigital.co.uk

The website is linked to Cobseo’ s new CRM System, built and managed by Icaris,  http://www.icaris.co.uk/   ; support@icaris.co.uk