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New research finds mental health stigma is not a main barrier to ex-Service personnel seeking help

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded research released today, Tuesday 14th November, reveals stigma does not have a significant impact in preventing ex-Service personnel from seeking help for mental health problems. Research by King’s College London shows that the decision to seek help is mainly influenced by the veteran’s perceived need for treatment.

Information was gathered from 62 in-depth telephone interviews with male veterans who had left the Armed Forces in the last five years. Interviews focused on veterans’ perception of their own mental health, of barriers and facilitators to help seeking, and their mental health care experiences.

The report explores the barriers and facilitators to care for the UK veteran population and how these impact on the help seeking behaviour a veteran with mental health problems may experience on their journey to mental well-being. Findings show the journey typically starts with veterans first recognising they have a mental health problem, before deciding whether to seek treatment (which could be influenced by many factors, from fear and stigma, to whether they think they need treatment or believe it could help). To conclude the journey, veterans must continue to be deemed eligible for treatment by the system, as well as retaining a belief that the treatment is working.

Although mental health stigma was a concern highlighted by all veterans in the study, this did not have a significant impact on help seeking, and where it did, it was only on their initial interaction with mental health services. Evidence shows the decision to ask for help was mainly affected by the perceived need for treatment.

Those not in mental health treatment failed to recognise their problems as ‘a mental health disorder’ as they had not yet reached a ‘crisis point’; while those who were in treatment typically had reached this crisis point, and as such, their need for treatment was made known to others either due to a serious event, or to another’s intervention. Once in support, veterans’ positive beliefs about the utility of the treatment had a huge impact on whether they stayed in treatment.

For some veterans who experienced mental health distress more than once, their interaction with mental health support took one of three patterns:

  • Consistent failure to identify a problem and the need for treatment
  • Initial negative experiences with care resulting in negative beliefs about its use and blocking future progression through the support system
  • The most frequently discussed recurrent barrier to care: the provision of mental health support itself. Time and again veterans failed to engage successfully with the mental health support system due to eligibility issues, waiting list issues, and to services being withdrawn by providers

Dr Stevelink, Lecturer in Epidemiology at King’s College London, and Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health said: “This research aimed to identify the most important barriers and facilitators that should be targeted to improve help seeking in veterans with mental health problems. We found a number of novel and important results. Firstly, many veterans with mental health problems fail to seek help because they just cannot define what constitutes a mental health problem. Once they do recognise they probably have a condition that they cannot sort themselves, they feel unworthy of seeking care.

“Secondly, and rather interesting, we identified that stigma is an important barrier to seeking care but only for those who have never sought mental healthcare before. Those who have successfully sought care before are in fact rather likely to do so again if they develop another mental health problem. Thirdly, and of particular relevance to care providers, we found that any initial poor treatment-seeking experience led to a lack of help seeking if a mental health condition persisted or if the individual developed a subsequent disorder. We now hope to develop interventions, based on the key ‘treatment seeking levers’ the research identified, to improve help seeking for mental health within the UK military veteran population.”

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said: “This timely research shows that the barriers to accessing mental health support are far more complex than stigma alone, and that stigma seems to play a far smaller role than previously thought. Issues related to support structure bureaucracy, and poor treatment experiences appear to have a much larger impact on the likelihood of veterans seeking and remaining in mental health support through to a successful outcome.

“We hope that the recommendations from this study are noted and actions taken to help prevent some of the barriers that are within the control of others, and to help educate veterans about mental health and the importance of taking action early.”

You can read a copy of the report here

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Notes 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 hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families 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 King’s College London

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2017/18 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 26,500 students (of whom nearly 10,400 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and nearly 6,900 staff. The university is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £600 million.

King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King’s Health Partners. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world’s leading research-led universities and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

New research centre established to support Armed Forces Community

Forces in Mind Trust provides grant funding to Anglia Ruskin University to develop and operate a UK-based facility for easy access to UK and international research on veterans and their families.

The new centre launches with free to use, state-of-the-art online hub.

Policy makers, professionals and members of the public with an interest in ex-Service personnel and their families will be among those to benefit from a new research centre set up specifically to support the research needs of the Armed Forces Community, which launches this week.

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), a charity whose aim 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 and fulfilled civilian lives, has provided funding to Anglia Ruskin University to run the FiMT Research Centre (the Centre) in support of this aim.

The Centre, which resides within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education as an integrated part of the Veterans and Families Institute at Anglia Ruskin, will provide a UK-based research-enabling and production facility that will help deepen shared understanding and develop links between the academic community, government organisations, statutory and voluntary service providers, the media, and members of the public.  The Centre will do this through several means, including:

  • Providing advice and support to charities and other service providers who are engaged in or have an interest in research relevant to ex-Service personnel and their families;
  • Producing fresh research into key issues facing ex-Service personnel and their families to aid understanding and improve policy and service delivery;
  • Organising an annual conference with an awards ceremony to celebrate recently completed research into issues affecting the Armed Forces Community.

The FiMT Research Centre will also manage the Veterans and Families Research (VFR) Hub, a newly-launched, easily-searchable and free-to-use online resource that will deliver a contemporary and authoritative source of UK and international research-related information on military veterans and their families. This includes a number of factors affecting the transitions to civilian life for serving personnel and their families.  The Hub’s facilities will help enable the widest spectrum of users, from academia, the government and the media to third sector service deliverers and lay users, to find information, collaborate and share information.  Ultimately, the Hub aims to stimulate research and policy development, improve service delivery, and enhance shared understanding and can be accessed at www.vfrhub.com.

Commenting on the launch of the FiMT RC and VFR Hub, Lord Ashcroft, Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, author of the Veterans Transition Review, and Patron of the FiMT RC, said:

“In my work on the transition of service personnel back into civilian life, one theme that has arisen time and again is the problem of finding reliable, easily accessible information that could help policy makers reach decisions, the media report accurately about veterans, and be an invaluable resource for the Armed Forces, veterans and the wider public.

“The Veterans and Families Research Hub, operated by the FiMT Research Centre at Anglia Ruskin University, will become the first port of call for everybody who wants to find good information and the best research. It is welcome and much needed, and I encourage everybody to use it and submit their research and studies to it, so that we quickly establish the world’s centre of excellence in this field.”

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, the funding organisation behind the FiMT RC and VFR Hub said:

“Since its inception, Forces in Mind Trust has worked hard to improve the quality and quantity of the information and data that decision-makers can draw upon when analysing and discussing the varied challenges faced by our serving men and women as they make the transition to civilian life. The launch of the research centre and hub represents a significant step forward toward this vitally important goal, which in turn will result in better understanding of and service provision for ex-Service personnel and their families.”

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Ray Lock is available for interviews.  To arrange an interview please contact Jack Rodway at jrodway@theproffice.com or on 07824 119 171

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Alex Cooper, Director of the FiMT Research Centre, said: “There has been much research carried out into military veterans and their families but it is fragmented, of varying quality and is not always easily accessible.  The FiMT RC and online VFR Hub provide key resources for those seeking a better understanding of issues affecting UK and international military veterans and their families by offering a variety of easily accessible research-related resources and services.  Whether actively searching the VFR Hub for information or collaborative opportunities, to seeking advice and support from the research centre, hopefully this resource will help inform all manner of people who are interested in, or are working within this important field, ultimately to benefit the Armed Forces community”.

Notes to Editors

About 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 Anglia Ruskin

Anglia Ruskin is an innovative global university, brimming with ambition.  Students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents.  Students, academics, businesses and partners all benefit from our outstanding facilities; we’ve invested £100 million over the last five years and plan to invest a further £91 million over the next five years.

Anglia Ruskin’s Research Institutes and five faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields.  We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference, from saving lives to conserving water.  Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research.

We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and in 2016 we featured in a list of the 20 “rising stars” in global Higher Education compiled by strategy consultants Firetail.

Vacancy for Professor of Veterans and Families Studies

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin University are seeking to appoint a Professor of Veterans and Families Studies.

FiMT and Anglia Ruskin University are establishing a new research centre to provide decision makers and opinion formers at all levels with the best available evidence on aspects pertaining to UK ex-Service personnel and their families.

The post holder will lead on developing FiMT’s research portfolio and impact through collaboration, advice, and stakeholder engagement.

You can find more information and details on how to apply here

New Forces in Mind Trust Award: Assessing Public Attitudes towards ex-Service Personnel in Northern Ireland

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded a grant of £31,500 to Ulster University, to produce a report on public attitudes towards ex-Service personnel in Northern Ireland.

Currently there is no evidence base which provides insight into how the general public view ex-Service personnel in the region. While work has been done to assess public attitudes towards policing in the years following the Good Friday Agreement, there is no equivalent for ex-Service personnel.

The report will be based on answers generated from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILTS), the largest public attitudes survey in NI, and covers a range of modules on community relations and attitude towards particular groups in the region. The grant from FiMT will allow the inclusion of 30 new questions, to provide an insight in to public attitudes on serving and ex-serving personnel and principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Cherie Armour, Associate Dean for Research & Impact, Ulster University, said: “This award will ensure that we gain important insights into public attitudes in Northern Ireland around the Armed Forces community & the Armed Forces Covenant. The research team have previously heard anecdotal statements about the percentage of the population in NI that do or do not support the Armed Forces community and there has been extensive discourse around the Armed Forces Covenant. This award will allow us to provide evidence on these topics. The team are delighted that this research is complementary to the ongoing work of the NI Veterans Health and Wellbeing Study”.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive FiMT, said: “We are delighted to be funding this timely and credible piece of research in Northern Ireland, the results of which will provide an important evidence base for policy makers and service deliverers alike.  It will also add considerably to our existing project with Ulster University, the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Study, and will help set the key findings into context.”

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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.

Dr Cherie Armour is available for interview. To arrange please contact Lindsey Beacom, PR & Communications Officer at University of Ulster on  lj.beacom@ulster.ac.uk or on 028 9036 6467

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/

About Ulster University

Ranked in the top 3 per cent of universities worldwide, Ulster University is one of the top 150 global young universities under 50. Ulster University is a modern, forward-looking institution with student experience at the very heart of everything we do. Our high quality teaching, informed by world-leading research across key sectors, boosts the economy and has a positive impact on the lives of people around the world.

For more information please visit www.ulster.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter @ulsteruni

New research shows Armed Forces charities helping tens of thousands access education and employment.

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) today (3 October) release the report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Education and Employment Provision, which reveals that a small number of charities provide a much-needed range of educational and employment services to 35,800 people in the Armed Forces Community.

Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), this report is the second of six Focus On reports from DSC which provide more detailed information on Armed Forces charities’ support for key areas of need.

Figures presented in the report illustrate that a large need is being met by a relatively small number of charities. Armed Forces charities supported at least 22,302 individuals into employment and helped over 3,300 individuals gain qualifications in the past year, most commonly for veterans and their dependants.

The analysis shows that 78 charities provide education support, which represents 6.5% of all UK armed forces charities. Of these charities, 59 also make provision for employment. In total, armed force charities spend around £25.6m on education and employment, serving at least 35,800 beneficiaries from the Armed Forces Community.

Educational and employment services covered in the report include: vocational courses; academic qualifications; work opportunities; and mentoring such as CV writing and job searches. Direct grants to individuals and organisations are explored, along with partnerships and collaborations between charities and businesses. The report highlights specialist primary provider charities and shows depth of provision, which can have a dramatic and positive effect on an individual’s chance of successful transition to civilian life.

Project Manager, Stuart Cole says: ‘The impact that education and employment can have is measured in more than just qualifications or status; increasingly, these areas define our quality of life. We are proud to present an analysis of those charities which support the educational and employment needs of the armed forces community.’

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust says: “FiMT was established to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life. It does this by funding reports, such as this Focus On series which provides independent, evidence-based knowledge that can be used to influence and bring about change where needed, from policy through to service delivery. The clearly detailed evidence in this report offers an important and unique insight into the education and employment support provided by the Armed Forces charity sector across the UK.”

You can read the full report here www.dsc.org.uk/education-employment

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Notes to Editor:

Stuart Cole, is available for comment at scole@dsc.org.uk To arrange an interview please contact DSC on 0151 708 0136

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.

The Project

To download all four DSC reports and to learn more about DSC’s armed forces charities research project, visit www.dsc.org.uk/research. To search DSC’s free to use online database of almost 1,200 charities, visit www.armedforcescharities.org.uk.

DSC

Founded in 1974, the Directory of Social Change (DSC) is a national charity which champions an independent voluntary sector through campaigning, training and publications. DSC is the largest supplier of information and training to the voluntary sector, and its work helps tens of thousands of organisations every year achieve their aims. Learn more at www.dsc.org.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/

 

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/