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New Forces in Mind Trust Award: Galahad Substance Misuse Solutions Limited to study impact of compulsory drug discharge on soldiers’ transition

Forces in Mind Trust has awarded a grant of £175,800 to Galahad SMS Ltd (Galahad), to conduct a study exploring the experiences of those who have been discharged from the British Army for drug use.

This is the first piece of research that looks specifically at the effect that a discharge, due to a failed drug test, has on the Service leaver and on their family. The 18-month study will address the current lack of data relating to ex-Service personnel’s misuse of drugs and the impact on all areas of transition.

Galahad has worked with the MOD since 1997, conducting numerous studies on drug, alcohol and steroid misuse. Due to its ongoing work with the MOD, Galahad has unique access to soldiers, including those who test positive on a compulsory drug test (CDT) before they leave the Army. This study will, for the first time, track a cohort of CDT positive soldiers for up to one year.

The aim of this research is to assess the impact of a CDT discharge on subsequent substance misuse, mental health and overall readjustment to civilian life.   To do so, this study will, for the first time, track a cohort of CDT positive soldiers for up to one year.  Among other issues, the study will explore pathways into and out of substance misuse, and reasons underlying the misuse.

Dr Anne Fox at Galahad said: “We are delighted to be working with the Forces in Mind Trust and the King’s Centre for Military Health Research on this unique research project and grateful to them and to the Big Lottery Fund for this exciting opportunity. Although several studies have focussed on substance misuse among serving soldiers and among all veterans, no study has investigated the impact of a CDT discharge on subsequent substance misuse, mental health and overall readjustment to civilian life. An increased understanding of how, when and why soldiers use illegal substances (and misuse alcohol) will also assist the Armed Forces with prevention, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts. ”

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said: “There’s a clear lack of evidence on the challenges faced by Service leavers who have been discharged after failing a compulsory drugs test. This group may not attract much sympathy for their circumstances; but many will have served their country selflessly and in any case we owe it to society to ensure that they and their family’s transition to civilian life is as successful as possible. This study offers the opportunity to better understand why soldiers may start taking drugs in Service in the first place, and what may be done to dissuade others from doing so in the future.  It will also give important insights as to the impact of discharge due to substance misuse, from which we will identify how to improve the chances of successful and sustainable transition.”

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 Note to Editor: Ray Lock is available for interviews. To arrange please contact Tina McKay on 07956 101 132 or 020 7901 8916. Email co@fim-trust.org

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

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

About Galahad Substance Misuse Solutions Limited

Galahad SMS Ltd was founded in 1997 by Dr Anne Fox, originally for researching drug and alcohol misuse in the Armed Forces and creating bespoke educational programs.

Between 1995 and 1997, Dr Fox and Simon Bradley were involved in the MCM Research studies into Drugs and Alcohol in the British Army in the late 1990’s. In 1996, the research was widened to underpin the CDT (Compulsory Drug Testing) program and to identify and develop approaches to drug education that would work in the Army.

For more information please visit www.galahad.co.uk

Work with FiMT: Operations Manager

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is currently recruiting a full time Operations Manager (OM).  Based in Victoria, London, the OM is responsible for the delivery of effective and efficient operations of the Trust and all associated supporting functions. The OM line manages the Executive Assistant and acts on behalf of the CE when required.

FiMT was established in 2011 with a £35 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to spend over a 20-year period on providing UK-wide support and advocacy for ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful transition back to civilian life.  The Trust awards grants and commissions research to generate an evidence base to influence and underpin policy makers and service deliverers.  Our grant funding programme is a key component of achieving this aim, and is currently set at around £3m per year. Follow this link for a job description

To apply, please email a CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) and a covering letter for the attention of Ray Lock to ea@fim-trust.org

The deadline for applications is 29th September 2017. Interviews will be held on 12th October in Central London.

New Forces in Mind Trust Award: Army Families Federation research symposium

A grant of £3,000 has been awarded to the Army Families Federation (AFF) by the Forces in Mind Trust, to hold a research symposium in partnership with King’s Centre for Military Research this November, at the Victory Services Club, London.

Following the success of the event in 2015, AFF had planned to hold a second symposium in June this year. However, due to the terrorist attack that took place around London Bridge the weekend before the symposium, the event was postponed.  Without additional funding, it would not have been possible to re-schedule the symposium for the foreseeable future.

The aim of the symposium remains to enable those researching the impact of service on Armed Forces families to ensure that they provide evidence that will be relevant and helpful, and can be used to influence changes in policy and service delivery.

Sara Baade, Chief Executive of AFF, said: “We are delighted that the AFF research conference can now go ahead, thanks to the support from FiMT. We’re an evidence-based charity that relies on the very latest unerring research to help support us, as we campaign for new policy directions and changes to better support Army families. The research conference is therefore a very important event on our annual calendar and we are very grateful for FiMT’s support in this.”

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of FiMT, said: “We know from our Families Engagement Programme, and the report we published in March 2015, that Service families can feel overlooked. Families form an integral component of successful transition for Service leavers moving back to civilian life. This symposium will give AFF the opportunity to provide a clear and credible voice for this particular group of the Armed Forces Community, which can be unheard.  We are delighted our modest award will now allow the symposium to take place following the terrible events of 3rd June.”

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Notes to Editor

Ray Lock is available for interviews. To arrange an interview please contact Tina McKay at co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101 132 or 020 7901 891

 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 will be hosted on the Veterans Research Hub at Anglia Ruskin University, which is going live in Autumn 2017. 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

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

About the Mental Health Research Programme: www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/

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 www.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, Donna Bernard, commsmarketingdirector@aff.org.uk

Work with FiMT: Evaluation and Exploitation Officer

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is currently recruiting a full time Evaluation and Exploitation Officer.  Based in Victoria, London. Reporting to the Head of Policy, the EEO will work as part of the Policy, Influence and Evaluation Team to support the delivery of FiMT’s research and evaluation objectives.

FiMT was established in 2011 with a £35 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to spend over a 20-year period on providing UK-wide support and advocacy for ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful transition back to civilian life.  The Trust awards grants and commissions research to generate an evidence base to influence and underpin policy makers and service deliverers.  Our grant funding programme is a key component of achieving this aim, and is currently set at around £3m per year.

Follow this link for a job description

To apply, please email a CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) and a covering letter for the attention of Meri Mayhew to ea@fim-trust.org The deadline for applications is: 22nd September 2017. Interviews will be held on 5th October in central London.