What we are supporting
Forces in Mind Trust will concentrate on transition, a term used to describe the process where Service men and women, as well as their families and dependants, make their individual preparations to leave the Armed Forces and return back to civilian life.
For the majority of those who leave each year this is a successful process but there is a significant number who have to face a difficult transition and it is on this group that the Trust will focus over the next three years. We are particularly interested in the following areas but this is not exclusive:
- Finding a job, training, education and transition services
- Early Service Leavers
- Finding a home
- Impact on families
- Support for spouses, dependants and partners
- Improving the well-being of the Armed Forces Community
- Ex-Service personnel in the Criminal Justice sector
- Access to information, help and guidance
We are also keen to help existing service organisations evaluate the impact of their existing work within these areas of activity if it adds to the general body of knowledge. It is evidence that should be used to determine need, develop policy, influence cooperation and help to ensure that funds donated by the public are best used to deliver a sustainable outcome.
The Trust will be undertaking a range of research activities to improve the understanding of transition and the welfare support provided to Service men, women, veterans and their families, such as:
- Transition process
- Welfare database
- Welfare architecture
- Help & Support networks
- Medically-based research into serving personnel, veterans & their families in accordance with the research strategy of the Trust – coordinated through the Mental Health Foundation
- Mental health projects aligned with FiMT’s Mental Health Research Programme
The products of this initial research will build up knowledge, evidence and information that will directly contribute towards improving support to Service men, women, veterans and their dependants.
There are various forms that research can take. Pages 4 and 5 of this document offer an overview of the types of research and review that you may wish to consider using. If you decide to make an initial application to the Forces in Mind Trust, you should cite your proposed research methods (if appropriate) within your submission. Please see the How to Apply page for more information on the application process.
Applicants for research into medical, epidemiological and socio-medical aspects of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families will be reviewed and assessed by a specialist research committee, to ensure that peer review and ethical approval for the work is obtained. It is anticipated that this research will, initially, be through a bi-annual cycle. The research requirements will be announced separately although, initially, the Trust will most likely commission a number of projects after consultation with recognised experts in this field.
Sustainable or long-term change for the better
The Trust has an aim that all grants should provide evidence-based, sustained change that improves the lives of those members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families as described earlier in the charitable objects of the Trust; this does allow for research and trials designed to investigate the effectiveness of a scheme or project, by recognising that it is as important to know what does not work, so that precious funds are not wasted.
The Trust will initially focus on projects and research that will have a national effect. Therefore, small locally based projects should be aligned to potential expansion across the UK and the Trust will therefore be looking at linkages with national schemes or networks.