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Forces in Mind Trust welcomes AFF Chief Executive to its Grants and Commissioning Committee

Forces in Mind Trust is delighted to welcome Sara Baade as the newest member of its Grants and Commissioning Committee.

The Grants and Commissioning Committee has authority delegated from the Board of Directors to award grants for applications and work commissioned by the Trust. FiMT’s endowment funds evidence generation which the Trust then uses to influence policy makers and service deliverers in its mission of enabling ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life.

Sara is the Chief Executive of the Army Families Federation (AFF), the independent charity improving the quality of life for Army families around the world. Before joining the AFF at the end of 2015, she focused on management and strategic policy, specialising in vocational skills growth and development having worked as a senior civil servant for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and as a Director at charity UK Skills. She also previously worked in investment banking for Goldman Sachs.

Sara has five-year-old twins and lives in London. Her late husband, Matthew Wall, served with the 9/12th Royal Lancers.

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, says: “We are delighted to welcome Sara to the FiMT Grants and Commissioning Committee as a lay adviser.  This Committee is the engine room of our work, funding and monitoring projects to improve the lives and outcomes of ex-Service personnel and their families.  We look to augment the skills and experience of our Directors with that of lay advisers.  Sara’s experience both within military charities and skills development will provide an important voice on the Committee, where her position at the robustly networked Army Families Federation will also offer insights from across the Armed Forces Community.”

Sara Baade, Chief Executive of the Army Families Federation, says: “I am thrilled to be joining the FiMT’s Grants and Commissioning Committee and am eager to bring my first-hand knowledge and experience of Army family life to the committee. I am passionate about ensuring that Army families, whether they be Regular, Reserve or families who are transitioning out of the Army, have a voice and this role will further improve my understanding of the issues soldiers and their families face.”

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Media contact:
Kate Turner at The PR Office kturner@theproffice.com / 020 7284 6944.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

  • FiMT 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.  http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
  • The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
  • FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships.
  • All work is published in open access and hosted on the Veterans’ Research Hub.  A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

  • Website: www.fim-trust.org
  • About the Mental Health Research Programme: http://www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/
  • Reports: fim-trust.org/reports
  • How to apply for funding: http://www.fim-trust.org/apply/
  • Those FiMT have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped
  • Twitter: @FiMTrust

 About Army Families Federation (AFF):

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world – on any aspect that is affected by Army life.

AFF is independent of the Army and is often pivotal in achieving improvements for Army families such as changes to Government and military policy and changes to how things are provided for families. For more information visit aff.org.uk

AFF’s operates by four core values which are pivotal to our work. These are:

  • AFF always puts families first
  • AFF can be trusted
  • AFF is bold and determined
  • AFF is inclusive

For more information about AFF, contact AFF Director of Communications and Marketing, Sarah Bowie, commsmarketingdirector@aff.org.uk

 

Multi-million pound Veterans Mental Health Research Programme – sign up for the biannual newsletter

Researchers, service deliverers, members of the Armed Forces community and all those with an interest in the mental health of veterans and their families can sign up to receive a biannual update on Forces in Mind Trust’s Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP), which launched in October 2015 with an annual disbursement of £1 million for up to five years.

The MHRP, established by Forces in Mind Trust in collaboration with the Centre for Mental Health and the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, part of King’s College London, aims to deliver high-quality research into the mental health of UK ex-Service personnel and their families to help support a more successful transition into civilian life by building a sound evidence base from which policy makers and service deliverers can make informed decisions.

The newsletter will keep you up to date with latest funding opportunities, new and ongoing projects awarded through the Programme, report launches for completed projects, related events, and other interesting items.

To sign up to receive these updates, visit: http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/pages/category/veterans

In the inaugural newsletter, read about the first ‘Highlight Notice’ to be issued under the MHRP, or apply to take part in the Programme’s first Focus Group. The Highlight Notice, which closes on Friday 26th August, seeks to encourage applications that propose innovative ways to understand and address substance misuse and addiction, including alcohol, legal and illegal drug use, and its impact on former UK Armed Forces personnel and their families.  The Focus Group, to be held on 27th September in central London, aims to understand the views of UK veteran service users with lived experience of mental health issues, in order to help inform the MHRP’s research priorities which are reviewed annually.  Apply by Friday 19th August if you wish to participate (note that numbers are limited).  Successful applicants will be notified on Friday 26th August.

Read the inaugural newsletter here: http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=60c1b1ba2c1557649e61daa9a&id=d868a873be&e=[UNIQID]

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About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

  • FiMT 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.  http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
  • The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
  • FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships.
  • All work is published in open access and hosted on the Veterans’ Research Hub.  A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

Cobseo seeks a new Executive Chair

Executive Chair, Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities – £40k (Pro rata) + Expenses

Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities, is seeking a new Executive Chair from 1 Jan 2017 to replace Lt Gen Sir Andrew Ridgway KBE CB who steps down at the end of his tenure.

Cobseo are seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to this critical role, who will bring vision, influence and best practice, leading on the development and delivery of an ongoing strategy. You will proactively promote effective practice and standards, whilst providing support and advice to all key stakeholders. You will work towards the delivery of a robust communications plan, raising the awareness of the Armed Forces community and its associated charity sector and will play a key ambassadorial role for Cobseo externally.

You will have a proven track record of developing and implementing strategies which have driven positive outcomes. You will have the influence and interpersonal skills to develop and maintain complex stakeholder relationships, promoting the values of Cobseo across our organisation and beyond.

This is a part time appointment, with a basic requirement of 2/3 days per week. However, circumstances may require a flexible approach to this.

Applications including CV and covering statement; demonstrating how you would be particularly suited to this appointment, in no more than 500 words, with an indication of availability to take up the position should be sent to:

Cdr Debbie Whittingham, Director of Operations, Cobseo, Mountbarrow House, 6-20 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9RB or email d.whittingham@cobseo.org.uk

For a full job description, follow this link. Closing date for applications is Friday 19 August 2016

The Forces in Mind Trust showcases its achievements and signposts the future in its latest activity report

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful and fulfilled civilian lives, marks the end of its fourth year as a grant-awarding, evidence-generating Trust with the release of its 2015 Activity Report.

The Report, launched at a highly successful South West regional briefing in Plymouth on 22nd July, describes how in 2015, Forces in Mind Trust made awards of over £2½ million, launched a ground-breaking Mental Health Research Programme, and published numerous reports that continue to influence and inform policy makers and service deliverers.

The 2015 Activity Report also marks the first formal publication of Forces in Mind Trust’s change model, which has allowed the Trust to adopt a proactive approach to identifying gaps in evidence and support, based around the six outcomes of transition: housing; health and wellbeing; finance; employment; the criminal justice system; and relationships.  The 2015 Activity Report can be downloaded here.

Some of the key activities described in the highly readable Report are:

  • Reports launched: a trial of the Warrior Progamme, undertaken by Southampton University; a study into information sharing around veterans and families in the North East; a Demos report on the needs of working age veterans in residential care; and a major study with NHS England into the mental health needs of the Armed Forces Community.
  • Briefings delivered to politicians at Westminster (both Houses), Cardiff and Edinburgh, and a variety of other events across the United Kingdom.
  • Grants awarded to a diverse range of organizations such as the Probation Institute, Ulster University, RAND Europe, Clore Social Leadership Programme, The Royal Foundation and Venture Trust, and covering topics from spousal employment support, to mental health services in Northern Ireland, to the landscape of military charities in Scotland, to the understanding of local authority service delivers of the needs of Service leavers.

Over the course of 2015, Forces in Mind Trust awarded 18 grants, totaling £2.56 million and bringing the total amount awarded since the Trust was founded to around £7 million.  Full details of all awards and finances are published in the Trustees’ Annual Report at:

http://www.fim-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/20160628-FiMT-annual-report-and-financial-statements-2015-FINAL-v3.pdf

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said: “2015 was an extremely busy and influential year for the Forces in Mind Trust.  We have worked across the UK with events held and grant awards made in all four countries.  By better understanding the challenges and obstacles facing ex-Service personnel and their families in transition, we are influencing the policies and service delivery that will help to overcome these challenges.  Our properly conceived change model has now given us the knowledge and the confidence to make an even greater contribution towards our vision that all ex-Service personnel and their families enjoy successful and fulfilled civilian lives.”

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About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

  • FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organizations.  FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012.  http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
  • The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
  • FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships.
  • All work is published in open access and hosted on the Veterans’ Research Hub.  A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

  • Website: www.fim-trust.org
  • About the Mental Health Research Programme: http://www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/
  • Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports
  • Those FiMT have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped
  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/FIMtrust

Treatment of PTSD: new research into effectiveness of ‘tele-therapy’

Telephone and ‘video-telephone’ services such as Skype could be used to improve access to therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for UK veterans, and increase the numbers of individuals who are able to get support.

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £78,546 to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading  mental health charity for veterans,  to explore whether remote access tele-therapy could improve accessibility to such therapy and to assess the impact of the treatment.  The 15-month study will be conducted by Dr Dominic Murphy, Senior Clinical Lecturer at Combat Stress.

Whilst there is some evidence showing that tele-therapy is acceptable for US veterans with PTSD, there is a paucity of such research with UK veterans.  This study seeks to address the research gap by exploring the views of UK veterans about whether they find this type of therapy acceptable to them, and to analyse the effectiveness of this therapy in reducing the severity of symptoms of mental health problems.

Research of UK veterans suggests that only a small minority (around a fifth) of veterans who experience mental health problems are able to access services for support.  Reasons suggested for this include stigma about experiencing mental health problems and also practical issues around not being able to access services.  Tele-based treatments, a term that normally refers to treatments delivered via telephone or online video-conferencing services such as Skype, have the potential to reach and support people living with PTSD in remote or otherwise hard-to-reach locations.  This study seeks to determine both the effectiveness of these treatments, and their suitability for more widespread use in treating mild-to-moderate PTSD in geographically dispersed populations.

The findings from the research will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and be presented at relevant conferences including the annual European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  The findings will also help shape the services Combat Stress delivers to veterans.

The grant has been awarded under FiMT’s Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP), which is run in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health and the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, part of King’s College London.  This study will add to the evidence base relating to two of the MHRP’s six research priorities: the usefulness of services aimed specifically at veterans; and the efficacy of military and veteran charities to provide effective mental health support.

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, says: “Since the inception of Forces in Mind Trust, one of our founding priorities has been to work with partners to develop a better understanding of the mental health environment, including effective treatments, for UK ex-Service personnel.  Resources though are finite, which makes it vital that a sound evidence base exists from which to inform policy makers, commissioners and service deliverers.  This promising study could suggest a new way forward in how we manage and treat people with PTSD, particularly when they are hard to reach or may struggle to access appropriate services.  We look forward to seeing and learning from the results.”

Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said: “We are delighted that Forces in Mind Trust has awarded us the grant to run a unique pilot study assessing the effectiveness of delivering tele-medicine to veterans living in remote regions.

“This study is the first in the UK to be done with veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We know those living in remote areas can be difficult to engage with because they are more comfortable staying at home.  Through tele-medicine, we can deliver treatment and give veterans homework to do in their own time to help them rebuild their life.

“We will then be able to compare treatment outcomes of tele-medicine against the outcomes of conventional treatment such as face to face therapy to determine effectiveness.”

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Media contact:

Alex Goldup at The PR Office on agoldup@theproffice.com / mobile:  07791 765 915/ direct dial: 020 7284 6941.

 About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

  • FiMT 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.  http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
  • The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
  • FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships.
  • All work is published in open access and hosted on the Veterans’ Research Hub.  A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

 Useful links

About Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, providing free specialist clinical treatment and practical support to ex-servicemen and women across the UK.

The charity treats conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety, and delivers a range of free services including short-stay clinical treatment, a specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, Occupational Therapy, community support and a free 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619).

For more information please visit www.combatstress.org.uk.

Search begins for third FiMT specialist Fellow for the Clore Social Leadership Programme

The application process to find the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Specialist Fellow for the Clore Social Leadership Programme in 2017 has now opened.

Following two FiMT Specialist Fellowship awards to date on the programme (one for each of 2015 and 2016), aspiring social leaders are being invited to apply from today, 12 July 2016,  for the next one-year programme, which will start January 2017.

This one-year programme identifies, connects and develops individuals who have ambition to lead social change in their communities, organisations and the world around them, through a combination of activities, such as residential learning courses, executive coaching, a provocative writing piece and a secondment.  FiMT is delighted to be sponsoring four Fellows on Clore Social Leadership’s programme, one per year starting from 2015, to help encourage deeper connections and shared learning between military charities and the wider social sector, which in turn should enable more innovative and collaborative service delivery.

The first FiMT Specialist Fellow, Dr Jane Rowley, completed a piece of research at the end of 2015 entitled ‘What more can we do to support ex-Services personnel? An investigation into Post Traumatic Growth and the Role of Expert Companions’.  Jane went on to implement this learning over a three-month secondment with the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

FiMT’s second Specialist Fellow, Marie-Louise Sharp, is halfway through her Fellowship and plans to write a provocation piece on why research needs to be conducted into the treatment of Gulf War illness(es) to support UK veterans who may have been affected. She has shared her reflections on the progress of her Fellowship so far in a blog, which you can read here.

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, says: “This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to make a significant and lasting contribution to the work of the Armed Forces charity sector.  Our first two Specialist Fellowships attracted high-calibre and experienced individuals and have already led to the production of some insightful and thoughtful work that is valuable to both the military charity and wider social sectors.”

Shaks Ghosh, Chief Executive of Clore Social Leadership said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with FiMT where together we aim to serve Armed Forces charities with their leadership needs.  Working collaboratively with the sector is imperative to identify and develop future leaders who will guide their organisations for the benefit the wider community.”

Applications to Clore Social Leadership’s Fellowship 2017 programme are now open.  Visit Clore Social Leadership’s website at http://www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk/Apply-now-for-2017 for further information or to make an application.

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Media contact:

Alex Goldup at The PR Office on agoldup@theproffice.com / mobile:  07791 765 915/ direct dial: 020 7284 6941.

 

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

  • FiMT 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.  http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
  • The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
  • FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships.
  • All work is published in open access and hosted on the Veterans’ Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

About Clore Social Leadership Programme

 The Clore Social Leadership Programme develops leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them.

The organisation helps make social change happen by supporting and investing in people – people who can become leaders with the resilience, self-awareness and capabilities to tackle the social challenges of the 21st century.

It was initiated by the Clore Duffield Foundation in 2007 with the aim of strengthening leadership across the third sector, and officially launched in 2009 later becoming a separate charity in 2010.

www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk

Help shape FiMT’s mental health research priorities: workshop event in London

A new mental health consultative focus group for UK ex-Service personnel and their families with lived experience of mental health issues is planned for Tuesday 27th September 2016 in a central London location.

Participant views will help inform the Research Priorities of Forces in Mind Trust’s Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP), a multi-million pound research programme with an annual disbursement of £1 million for up to 5 years.  The research programme was launched in October 2015 and is run in collaboration with the Centre for Mental Health and the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), part of King’s College London.

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established in 2012 to help ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful transition back to civilian life, has as one of its founding priorities the aim ‘to promote better mental health and well-being’ and ‘to build organisations’ capacity to deliver evidence-based prevention and rehabilitation’.  Since 2012, FiMT has worked hard to develop an understanding of the mental health environment, and to identify where the Trust can best deploy its finite resources to maximum effect, ultimately to help inform and influence policy makers and service deliverers in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families lead more successful and fulfilling civilian lives.

For more information on the MHRP, please visit http://www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme , or if you or your family have served in the UK Armed Forces, have lived experience of mental health issues, and would like to participate in the workshop, please apply by 19th August through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MHRPWorkshop.  Successful applications to participate will be informed by 26th August as numbers are limited.

Research study praises project to support ex-Service personnel and their families

More than 80 people gathered at Finchale today (Tuesday 5th July) to hear the results of a two-year project supporting wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel and their families.

In May 2014, the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) awarded a £325,000 grant to Finchale for its Joint Transition Support Service (JTSS) project, to support the successful transition into civilian life of wounded, injured or sick Armed Forces personnel experiencing related mental health and wellbeing issues, and their families.

Launched in August 2014, the JTSS project worked with 84 service leavers and their families who were returning to the North East region following discharge on medical grounds over a two year period. The service leavers were referred to Finchale by the Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU) and Phoenix House Personnel Recovery Centre (PRC) at Catterick Garrison, as well as another 12 military and non-military organisations.

It was Finchale’s aim through this project to fully support the families of those going through transition as well as the Service leavers themselves. An integral part of the project was the allocation of a personal case worker, providing an individual, end-to-end case-managed programme from the point of referral through to fulfilling personal goals. We know that transition into civilian life can be very challenging for some, particularly for those suffering with mental health and wellbeing issues. It is hoped the model used by this project can be replicated in other parts of the UK for Service leavers from other PRUs, and provide an evidence base for mental health requirements and support for families going forward.

At the launch today, the project partners were joined by representatives from local authorities, the NHS, major military charities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and MPs at Finchale’s premises in Pity Me, Durham, to hear the results of the two year study, which was undertaken by the North of England Mental Health Development Unit (NEMDHU).

Each year around 17,000 UK Armed Forces personnel begin the transition back to civilian life – and while most transitions are successful, the cost of poor transition to the UK economy is estimated to be around £100million in direct costs alone. This is due to the financial burden created by issues such as alcohol misuse, mental ill health and other health and wellbeing issues, unemployment, family breakdown, homelessness and criminal offending.

The JTSS evaluation study looked at the socio-demographic of Service personnel, together with ex-Service personnel and their families’ experience of the interventions offered by the project, as well as the health, wellbeing and wider outcomes for those who took part. Methodology included a combination of scoping review, data capture, interviews and questionnaire.

The evaluation study report concludes: “This Service evaluation has yielded quantitative and qualitative evidence of the value of JTSS programme for supporting a positive transition for ex-Service personnel with mental health problems.

“Powerful narratives around personal transition journeys of clients provided particularly strong evidence that engagement with JTSS impacted positively on their psychosocial wellbeing; family functioning; self-esteem, motivation and confidence for seeking employment and training.”

The report makes a number of recommendations including additional resources to provide additional capacity. It states: “Building on the reputation of the JTTS programme and the reputation of Finchale more broadly, consideration of the recommendations suggested would improve future service provision to veterans in need of timely and effective support to make a successful transition to civilian life.”

Andy Wildish, Veterans Services Team Leader at Finchale, presented the findings of the study to delegates at the event today. He said: “We are absolutely committed to helping our ex-Service Personnel. This has been a significant and exciting project for us, and we are grateful to the Forces in Mind Trust for enabling us to support Service leavers and their families.

“It can be a significant challenge for those leaving the Armed Forces to adapt to the pressures and demands of everyday life, but it can also be a demanding and difficult process for their families, especially when the individuals involved are suffering from multiple and complex problems.

“It’s with great pride that we’ve been able to help so many Service leavers and families. We’re delighted that the evaluation study has found that the programme has been a great success – it really has made a difference to people’s lives.

“However, we’re also concerned that more resources are needed to be able to help even more ex-Service personnel and their families, as the challenges of transition remain as necessary as ever.”

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, FiMT Chief Executive, said: “When you leave the Armed Forces, it can be a significant challenge to adapt to the pressures and demands of everyday civilian life, especially for those who may be suffering with the added burden of mental health problems or a long-term injury. The findings of this report provide us with an invaluable evidence-base for how wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel and their families can be best supported going forward.  I now challenge service providers across the UK, and those who set the policies, to act upon these recommendations and provide the support this particularly vulnerable cohort deserve.”

To find out more about Finchale, the JTSS programme and its work with veterans, please visit www.finchale.org. To access the report, please visit www.finchale.org or via Twitter @Finchale_Org

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Notes to editor

The report

A PDF is available. Please see contact details below.

About Finchale

Finchale, based in Pity Me in County Durham, was founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for service personnel returning from active service, and it has retained strong links with the Armed Forces ever since.

The independent registered charity has supported disabled people and those with health inequalities for 73 years by offering specialist support for people with multiple and complex barriers to employment. It works with individuals and families from the Scottish Borders in the north to the East Riding of Yorkshire in the south, and across from Teesside to Cumbria. Finchale works with a wide range of employers and partners of all sizes from across the public, private and third sectors.

From April 2014 to March 2015, Finchale helped 270 people with its services. As a result 55% found full time employment, 85% helped remained in work for at least 13 weeks, and 90% completed their programme at Finchale.

About Forces in Mind Trust:

  • FiMT 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/.
  • The aim of the FiMT is to provide an evidence base which will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.
  • FiMT awards grants (both reactive and proactive) and commissions research along three key themes: Evidence, Innovation and Collaboration.  All work is published to a high standard of reportage to add to the evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

About NEMHDU

The North of England Mental Health Development Unit is a social enterprise providing strategic leadership in mental health; upholding the values of service user and carer involvement; and reinvesting into the mental health community in the North of England. Website: www.nemhdu.org.uk.

For further information please contact:

Forces in Mind Trust

Alex Goldup
The PR Office

Tel 020 7284 6941

Mob: 07791 765 915

Email: agoldup@theproffice.com