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FORCES IN MIND TRUST SPONSORS VETERANS’ MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE 2018 – DATE FOR THE DIARY!

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is delighted to be sole sponsor of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research’s (KCMHR) annual ‘Veterans’ Mental Health Conference 2018, as part of a three-year award spanning each of 2017 to 2019 worth £15,000 per year.

The event will take place on 15th March 2018 at King’s College London. FiMT is again running a concessionary rate scheme which offers a limited number of half-price tickets on a first come first served basis, to encourage Cobseo Full and Associate members working within this sector to attend, particularly smaller charities who might not otherwise have been able to.

KCMHR, part of King’s College London, has hosted three successful ‘Veterans’ Mental Health’ one-day conferences to date, bringing together academics, charities and policy makers with an interest in the field to network and to hear the latest research from speakers of world-class reputation from across leading UK and international institutions.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), said: “Forces in Mind Trust is very proud to be sponsoring once again this King’s Centre for Military Health Research event and we hope it will spark new ideas and collaborative relationships that will ultimately enable policy makers and service deliverers to further enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.”

Further information about the conference will be released later, including a link to King’s College London’s online booking system through which Cobseo members can purchase full and concessionary rate tickets.

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

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/

Invitation to tender for Strategic Communications Services

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has released an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for Strategic Communications Services today, 18 September 2017.

The contract, starting in January 2018, will be awarded for an initial period of up to three years.  The assessment criteria, in no particular order, are:

·       A track record and experience in the charity (not-for-profit) sector;

·       Empathy with the charitable objectives of the Trust and the ability to provide value added services;

·       Experience in strategic communications, in particular around employment, and physical and mental health and wellbeing matters; and

·       Ability to work across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

You can find the full ITT here http://www.fim-trust.org/oGJCp 

The closing date for receipt of tenders is 9th November 2017.

For more information contact Meri Mayhew, Head of Policy, on hp@fim-trust.org or 0207 811 3227.

Search begins for the fourth year of FiMT’s Specialist Fellows on Clore’s Experienced Leader Programme

The 2018 Clore Experienced Leaders Programme (ELP) is now open for applications. The one-year programme, starting in January, is open to individuals with six to ten years’ experience as a social sector leader and once again Forces in Mind Trust is offering to fund Specialist Fellowships.

The ELP is designed to further develop leaders who have ambition to drive social change in their communities and organisations. Clore Social has recently updated the Programme in response to in-depth sector research and consultation which showed participants would benefit from schemes tailored to specific levels of experience, with Clore 6 Cobseo designed for the Emerging leaders in the sector.

This new scheme identifies, connects and develops individuals who have ambition to lead social change in their communities, organisations and the world around them. The development comprises executive coaching, peer coaching, action learning, a leadership thought piece, residential learning from world class leadership experts, a ‘real world challenge’ and a secondment.

FiMT’s sponsorship encourages Fellows with interests in the Armed Forces Community to develop deeper connections and shared learning between the military charities and wider social sectors.

Shaks Ghosh, Chief Executive of Clore Social Leadership said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with FiMT. Together we aim to serve Armed Forces charities enabling them to develop their future leaders and build upon collaborative working.”

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, says: “This is a bold development and an opportunity that entirely complements our inaugural Clore6: Cobseo programme.  In previous years, these Specialist Fellowships have attracted high-calibre and experienced individuals who have already brought innovation and collaboration to the heart of our sector.

“Clore Social’s development of the Experienced Leader Programme will make our Specialist Fellowships more accessible, and more available. These are exciting times for leadership in the Service charities sector.”

Visit Clore Social Leadership’s website at http://www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk/ for further information or to make an application.

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916

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/

 

Clore Social Leadership

For press enquiries please contact Felix Mussell on felix@cloresocialleadership.or.uk or call 0207 812 3773.

Clore Social Leadership is committed to social change. We find and develop leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them. We offer a range of leadership development programmes, short courses and leadership innovations.

For more information, please visit www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk and join the

conversation on Twitter @CloreSocial

 

New Forces in Mind Trust Award: King’s College London to explore Domestic Violence and Abuse among military spouses and partners

New Forces in Mind Trust Award: King’s College London to explore Domestic Violence and Abuse among military spouses and partner

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is delighted to award a grant of £153,272 to King’s College London (KCL), to conduct a study to explore the impact of life in the Armed Forces on relationships from the perspective of civilian spouses and partners, who have been victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) by their military counterparts.

The 18-month study aims to address the lack of evidence from the perspective of the spouse, and identify their attitudes to help-seeking and their perceptions of support available. This research is part of a larger study, seeking to establish prevalence and risk factors for DVA within the Armed Forces environment.

The research will consist of telephone interviews with spouses who have reported being victims of DVA. Participants will be sourced through military and civilian welfare support organisations, specific organisations for victims of domestic abuse, and through support groups for military spouses.

The prevalence of DVA perpetration and victimisation among UK military personnel is unknown.  The proposed study seeks to build on previous work and provide a more comprehensive account of the experiences of spouses and partners.

Dr Deirdre MacManus said: “We are delighted to be able to add this study to our portfolio of studies at King’s College London into Domestic Abuse among military populations. The funding from Forces in Mind Trust has allowed us to explore the experience of Domestic Abuse among spouses and partners of military personnel, which we would otherwise not have been able to do, and will inform the development of better support services for partners and families of military personnel.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive FiMT said: “There is a clear lack of evidence from the perspective of the those who experience Domestic Abuse by their military partners. We know that often victims of abuse, for a number of reasons, find it difficult to access support. This research will contribute to one of our top priority outcomes – health and wellbeing.

“The findings and recommendations of this study will help produce better intervention methods for the civilian spouses, as well as provide a more informed understanding of the challenges they face in seeking help. Input from the spouse is vital, and will help build a stronger evidence base from which service deliverers and policy makers could better support this particularly vulnerable group in the future.”

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916

To arrange an interview with Dr Deirdre MacManus, please contact Jack Stonebridge at jack.Stonebridge@kcl.ac.uk

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/

 

 

New Armed Forces charities sector leadership programme awards 22 fellowships

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful transition back to civilian life, Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities and Clore Social Leadership are delighted to announce details of the 22 successful emerging leaders who will take part in ‘Clore6: Cobseo’, a new leadership development programme for the Service charities sector.

The participants come from a wide variety of charities and include:  Glen Art, Housing Options Scotland, the Naval Families Federation, Stoll and the Royal British Legion. All participants will have the opportunity to utilise their applied learnings in team challenges to immediately transfer the skills they gain from the programme back into their organisations.

‘Clore6: Cobseo’ is a six-month programme, designed by Clore Social Leadership, in partnership with Cobseo, and Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), who are providing the programme’s core funding. Sector organisations were invited to nominate their future leaders, working to promote the welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces Community.

Aimed at emerging leaders in the Service charities sector, ‘Clore6: Cobseo’ seeks to develop a cadre of leaders to provide robust and effective leadership for their organisations and sector. The programme is built around Clore Social Leadership’s Social Leaders’ Capabilities Framework, which illustrates the attributes, behaviours and skills for successful leadership.

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust and Executive Committee member of Cobseo said: “The 22 participants of this exciting new programme have a fantastic opportunity to develop their leadership potential. By funding the core costs of the project, Forces in Mind Trust has made the programme affordable for all sizes of Service charities, demonstrating our commitment to investing in innovative approaches that will enhance the effectiveness of the sector.

“The quality of the applications received was exceptionally high, and I look forward to seeing how the participants develop during the programme.”

Shaks Ghosh, CEO of Clore Social Leadership commented: “This investment in leadership means that Service charities will have fantastic future leaders who will ensure their organisations thrive in times of rapid change within the social sector, and beyond.”

This is the third Clore6 programme following a successful pilot programme for emerging leaders from the Youth Sector which completed in March 2017, and a Clore6 Open programme for leaders from the wider social sector which is currently running.  Upon successful completion of the Clore6 programmes, participants will join Clore Social Leadership’s network of Fellows.

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Notes to editors:

The 22 participants are:

Abby Dryden, Head Of Operations, Defence Medical Welfare Service

Alice Farrow, Head of Communications, Cobseo

Andrew Smith, Regional Operations Manager, Combat Stress

Andrew Stickels, Volunteer Manager, Royal British Legion Industries Ltd

Bridget Nicholson, Director of Evidence and Strategy, Naval Families Federation

Clare Scherer, Assistant Director, Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund

Deborah Layde, Grants Director, Seafarers UK

Fiona MacDonald, Director, Glen Art

Fraser Gilmore, Engagement & Development Manager, Housing Options Scotland

Gordon Craig, Director of Fundraising & Marketing, The Royal Star & Garter Homes

Jane Williams, Director of Operations and Families Engagement NFF

Julian Coates, Veterans’ Nomination Scheme Project Manager, Stoll

Kirsty Scullion, Trust and Major Grant Fundraising Manager, Alabaré

Nigel Shattock, Director of Fundraising & Communications, Seafarers UK

Rebecca Warren, Head of Public Relations, The Royal British Legion

Richard Hanson, External Grants Manager, The Royal British Legion

Robert Thorburn, Grants Officer, FiMT

Samantha Cherrill, Housing Manager, SSAFA

Sharon Somerville, Head of Health Care Quality, SSAFA

Tim Willis-Crowley, Senior Veterans’ Outreach Officer, Stoll

Tony Wright, CEO Founder, Forward Assist

Umesh Parekh, Head of Information Services, Blind Veterans UK

For press enquiries please contact Léann Lavery on leann@cloresocialleadership.org.uk or call 020 7812 3771.

About Clore Social Leadership

Clore Social Leadership is committed to social change. We find and develop leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them. We offer a range of leadership development programmes, short courses and leadership innovations.

For more information, please visit www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk and join the conversation on Twitter @CloreSocial.

For press enquiries please contact Kate Turner at kturner@theproffice.com or on 07919 887 036 or 0207 284 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

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

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

Twitter: @FIMTrust

About Cobseo:

For further information about Cobseo, contact Alice Farrow, Head of Communications (a.farrow@cobseo.org.uk or 07966 886180)

Cobseo exists to represent the needs of its membership comprising 279 Full and Associate Members, including Service and civilian charities and organisations, which support Serving and ex-Serving personnel and their families.  It uses its collective strength to inform, guide and influence those who engage with the Armed Forces community in order to provide the best possible level of support to beneficiaries, and does so through the facilitation and encouragement of cooperation and collaboration.

www.cobseo.org.uk or www.twitter.com/Cobseo