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THE WARRIOR PROGRAMME PRESENTS THE FINDINGS OF THE FIMT-FUNDED RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL

Academic research by the University of Southampton has investigated the effect of the Warrior Programme in reducing functional difficulties associated with emotional distress and stressful events in ex-Service personnel.  The findings of this research will be presented at an event on 29th June at HMS President, London.

A Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) by Southampton University, involving 52 participants, researched and validated the techniques the Warrior Programme uses to change individual attitudes and behaviour. These findings were then peer-reviewed by Professors Fear and Greenberg of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London.

The results of the RCT show that those participants who received the Warrior Programme reported improvements in their functioning and emotional well-being at the end of the three day course. However, during the three-month follow up period, improvement, although still statistically significant on most measures, was reduced. It is possible that the initial improvements made during the Warrior Programme could be strengthened by suitable ‘top up’ sessions; whether this approach would work would need to be examined in a further trial.

When activity was reviewed one year after beneficiaries took part in the Warrior Programme, 52% of those who were originally unemployed and not looking for work were now in employment or training.  Those who took part in the study found that their improved situations enhanced their ability to function, including the capacity to engage with statutory services.

The Warrior Programme teaches veterans tools and strategies to manage their emotions, to reduce anxiety and fear, and to improve their confidence in order to acquire focus and clarity for the future. The training begins to instil confidence and resilience, enabling participants to engage more effectively with other agencies to meet transition needs relating to housing, welfare and employment, and ultimately leading to independence.

The results of the RCT have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Warrior Programme and provide evidence-based research from which other services can benefit.

Charlotte Cole, Warrior’s Founder Trustee, said: “This is a low-cost intervention which can prevent problems escalating, with huge emotional and financial costs for individuals, government and society at large.  Our work potentially has far wider applications, as part of mainstream veteran support, and even beyond.  This country is very generous in helping its obvious heroes.  Here we have a way which is now proven to help the less obvious casualties of war, too.”

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust says:  “The Warrior Programme should be congratulated for electing to bring Southampton University in to provide an independent evaluation, and also for subjecting their findings to peer review by King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London.  As a Trust whose aim is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery, deciding whether to fund this research was not difficult for us.

“We are therefore delighted that the bold step the Warrior Programme took has been repaid by a positive outcome – ex-Service personnel do indeed benefit from this intervention.  The challenge I would now place before the Warrior Programme is not just to build upon these findings and ensure a sustainably funded throughput of candidates, but also to continue the search for evidence of long-term benefit.”

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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, 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 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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  • About The Warrior Programme
    The Warrior Programme was established in 2007. To date, over 900 people have benefited from the programme including around 700 veterans. The Warrior Programme is designed to help veterans who are experiencing such problems adjusting to civilian life which can include: anxiety and depression, isolation, loss of independent living skills, shattered confidence and resilience, domestic crisis and homelessness, anti-social and criminal behaviour, unemployment and poor health. http://www.warriorprogramme.org.uk/

June 2015 Grants Manager – Forces in Mind Trust

Forces in Mind Trust is currently recruiting an experienced full time Grants Manager.  Based in Victoria, London, the Grants Manager works as part of a small team with responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day development and delivery of the Trust’s grant funding programme.

The aim of Forces in Mind Trust is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.  Our grant funding programme is a key component of achieving this aim, and is currently set at around £2.5m per year.

To apply please email a CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) and a cover letter for the attention of Meri Mayhew enquiries@fim-trust.org

Follow this link for a job descriptionDeadline for applications: 29 June 2015.  Interviews will be held on 15th and 16th July in London.

FORCES IN MIND TRUST ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD OF POLICY

The Forces in Mind Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Meri Mayhew into the newly created role, Head of Policy.

Meri’s new role as Head of Policy involves responsibility for policy development, building influence capability and evaluation across all activities. She will ensure programmes have maximum impact.

Following fourteen years in the RAF, Meri worked and volunteered in the charitable sector, with interests in welfare, education, disability and health. Meri has been FiMT’s Development Manager for the last three years, joining the team shortly after the Trust was established in 2012.

Meri said “After three years with the Forces in Mind Trust, I am really excited about moving into this new role.  We are currently funding 25 projects and I’m looking forward to working with all our funded projects to achieve as much as possible with the evidence and outcomes they generate.”

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust commented: “With three successful but developing years behind us, we now understand far better how to take forward our strategy of greater proactive funding.  Making major positive change requires an understanding of the relationship between input and outcome, and the power of influence to match.  With the creation of this new post, the Trust will become more effective, more targeted and ultimately more transformational.

“I am delighted that Meri was selected as Head of Policy.  Being the longest serving member of the executive team, she brings to her new post a wealth of experience, and an innate understanding of the environment.  The challenge now is to provide the greater coherence and focus our ever-growing grants and commissioning plan requires.  Exciting times ahead.”

FiMT is currently recruiting a Grants Manager; follow this link for a job description. Deadline for applications: 29 June 2015.

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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, 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 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.

THE FORCES IN MIND TRUST TAKES ITS SECTOR BRIEFING PROGRAMME TO THE NORTH EAST

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the North East Veterans Network, held a joint event at Finchale Training College in Durham, last Friday (29th May).

The FiMT-sponsored event, which was attended by 60 people, was the seventh in the series of briefings and the best attended to date.  There was a wide range of attendees including representatives from the public sector, Armed Forces charities and other organisations which work to support Service personnel, veterans, and their families.

The briefing was led by Chief Executive FiMT, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, and supported by his executive team.   The presentation covered FiMT’s work to provide an evidence base which aims to influence policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

It also included an update on a couple of FiMT’s currently funded projects in the North East (including the Joint Transition Support Service at Finchale College), an overview of FiMT’s grant application process, and future plans in areas such as families, and the Veterans’ Research Hub. There was a chance for those attending to ask FiMT’s executive team questions before an opportunity for further discussion and networking over lunch. FiMT were extremely grateful for the help and support offered by their hosts at Finchale, and would also like to thank everyone who attended and made the event so interesting and enjoyable.

A further FiMT sector briefing event will take place in Manchester on 18th September with more details available shortly.

To view the presentation given at the briefing, follow this link.

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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, 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 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.