Who we have helped
Arkenford: FiMT commissioned an evaluation the Transition Mapping Studies 2013, to understand the extent and manner in which they have influenced and impacted on policy development and service delivery. Read the report. Arkenford will also evaluate the Transition Mapping Study 2017. Read the press release.
Army Families Federation, Naval Families Federation, RAF Families Federation. A grant to fund the employment of three transition liaison officers. They will support families in transition from military to civilian life, acting as their advocate and champion, and highlighting where there is a need for improvement and change. They will jointly design and implement an accessible ‘transition toolkit’ for families to use in future. Read the press release.
Clore: sponsoring a series of Specialist FiMT Fellows on Clore Social Leadership’s Fellowship programmes between 2015 and 2018 as part of the Trust’s aim to deepen connections and shared learning between military charities and the wider social sector. See the press releases for each of FiMT’s Specialist Fellows to date (2015, 2016, 2017) and meet them here (2015 Fellow, 2016 Fellow, 2017 Fellow (1), 2017 Fellow (2), 2017 Fellow (3)), and read our 2015 Fellow’s report entitled ‘What more can we do to support ex-Services personnel? An investigation into Post Traumatic Growth and the Role of Expert Companions’; and the provocative writing piece and supporting blog by our 2016 candidate here. See the Clore Applications website to see when applications for each intake open.
Combat Stress: a 15 month study to explore whether remote access tele-therapy (ie telephone and ‘video-telephone’ services such as Skype) could be used to improve access to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder therapy for UK veterans, and to assess the impact of the treatment. The report is due to be complete in early 2018. Read the press release.
Glyndŵr University: was awarded a grant of over £210,000 to help ex-servicemen and women make a successful transition back to civilian life. The Project will identify gaps in the cultural differences between military and civilian life. Read the press release
Joint Health Needs Assessment (Devolved Nations):
Joint Health Needs Assessment (Devolved Nations): building on the well-received Joint Health Needs Assessment (England) review of 2015 (known as ‘Call to Mind: England), this is a one-year follow on study, tailored to the unique circumstances of each of the devolved nations, to review whether the mental and related health needs of veterans and their family members are being assessed appropriately (read the press release). The ‘Call to Mind: Wales’ review completed in March 2016; the report (which is available in either Welsh or English) was launched at Cardiff University on 2nd June 2016 (read the press release). The ‘Call to Mind: Scotland’ review completed in June 2016 (read the report here) and was launched at a Forces in Mind Trust Scottish Showcase event which was held in Edinburgh, on 26th October 2016 (read the press release). The final review, ‘Call to Mind: Northern Ireland’, completed in May 2017 and was launched on 23rd June 2017 at a joint launch event which was held in Belfast, together with another major FiMT-funded Northern Ireland project, Ulster University’s ‘Military Veterans’ Services: Northern Ireland Part of the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Study’ (read the press release and the ‘Call to Mind: Northern Ireland’ report). To pull together the four Call to Mind series reviews, a UK-wide report will be produced in July 2017.
King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR): one of the first awards to be made through the Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP) after its launch in October 2015. FiMT is funding KCMHR to conduct an 18 month study into the internal and external barriers experienced by ex-Service personnel accessing mental health services. Read the announcement which formed part of the MHRP launch press release.
King’s College London: 3-year’s sole sponsorship of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research’s (KCMHR) annual ‘Veterans’ Mental Health Conference from 2017 to 2019 in an award worth £15,000. KCMHR, part of King’s College London, has hosted two 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. Read the press release.
King’s College London: research to be carried out by Dr Deidre MacManus into offending behaviour, mental health and the welfare needs of ex-Service personnel entering the criminal justice system. Read the press release.
King’s College London: an 18-month study to be carried out by Dr MacManus entitled ‘Domestic violence and abuse among military spouses and partners: impact of military life and culture, perceptions of support available and barriers to seeking help’.
King’s College London: A 15-month study linking King’s College of Mental Health Research (part of King’s College London) data with Department of Work and Pensions records of benefit claims and work programmes to assess the pattern of welfare benefits among UK veterans and examine associations between pre-, in- and post-Service factors, veteran unemployment, and disability benefit claims, as well as the effects of work-related training courses. Read the press release.
King’s College London: an 18-month feasibility study to explore the type of mental health problems UK veterans who actively seek medical help present with, their pathway through treatment, the treatment they receive, their socio-demographic profile, and how this compares to the general population who access the same service, and veterans who access veteran-specific mental health care services, such as Combat Stress. The proposed study is unique in that it includes veterans who access secondary care and so have more complex mental health needs than those remaining in primary care. Read the press release.
King’s College London and University of Liverpool: an 18-month project awarded to King’s College London (KCL), in partnership with the University of Liverpool, to evaluate whether the mental health and treatment needs of UK veterans, and their treatment outcomes, differ from those of the general population, using data from generic NHS treatments (in this case using ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) services). Read the press release.
Newcastle University: a grant was awarded to carry out a systematic review of alcohol screening and brief interventions (SBIs) for Service personnel prior to their transition to civilian life. Read the press release.
Probation Institute: a grant over 3 years to fund a project aimed at meeting the needs and providing effective services for veterans serving criminal sentences in the community. Read the press release and read the report.
Queen’s University Belfast: a grant was awarded to the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, based at Queen’s University to research how counter-insurgency warfare experiences impact on the transition of land-based personnel. Read the press release.
The Royal Foundation: a one-year project to strengthen the capacity of knowledge of businesses to recruit Service leavers and support them during transition.
Shared Intelligence: a research project (in partnership with the Local Government Association) which aims to improve the delivery of local covenant pledges. Read the press release here, the full report here and see the emerging findings from this report being presented at the LGA Conference on 7th July 2016 here.
Soldiering On Through Life Trust Award: FiMT is sponsoring an award for the next 3 years. Further details to follow.
Stoll: a qualitative and quantitative piece of research in to the housing needs of veterans, current need, and provision. This is being carried out by the University of York. A first stage report was published in November 2014. The second stage report is due in 2017. Read the press release and latest report.
Stonham HomeGroup: a 3-year pilot/employment project for veterans in Birmingham and Wolverhampton starting in September 2013. In September 2014 Roland Elcock House was completed in Wolverhampton. This pilot project will shortly have concluded, and the findings from the evaluation will be published.
The Royal British Legion (TRBL): a grant award by FiMT enabled TRBL to double the survey size of a piece of its recently published Household Survey which was launched in November 2014. Read the press release and the report.
TimeBank: a pilot project, in partnership with Erskine, to run Shoulder to Shoulder, a mentoring programme in Scotland for veterans recovering from mental health issues and their immediate family members. Read the press release and the report.
Transition Mapping Study 2017: This work has been commissioned by FiMT to consider how the recommendations made in the 2013 Transition Mapping Study have been implemented, with a particular focus on employment and the transferability of skills and qualifications. Read the press release here.
Ulster University (Mental Health): one of the first awards to be made through the Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP) which launched in October 2015. A grant was awarded to conduct a 3 year study into the mental health needs of ex-Service personnel living in Northern Ireland and the associated services delivered. Read the announcement which formed part of the MHRP launch press release.
University of Bristol: a 15-month project investigating domestic violence and abuse (DVA) within military families in the UK by talking to people who currently provide, use, and refer to specialist DVA services, in order to determine what constitutes ‘specialist DVA provision’ for military families, and then sharing these findings with UK Refuges Online who will add services meeting these criteria to their online system specialism to enable workers to better support military families suffering DVA. Read the press release.
University of the West of England: research in to the efficacy of self-build, self-help projects for veterans who have experienced difficulties in transition. Read the press release and read the report.
Venture Trust: A development and employability programme, plus evaluation, tailored to the needs of a specific cohort who require additional, specialist assistance transition to civilian life. Read the press release to find out more.
Veterans Research Hub (VRH): in partnership with Lord Ashcroft and Anglia Ruskin University, FiMT are funding a VRH Project Director post for a 2-year period to manage the construction of a new online knowledge repository of military, veterans and families research, resources and literature. Read the press release.
Veterans Scotland: a 3-year project to engage with decision makers in statutory and third sector organisations across Scotland and to inform them about the ex-Service community and those in transition. Read the press release.
University of Warwick (in partnership with QinetiQ and X-Forces): a piece of research commissioned by FiMT to understand more about self-employment and the Armed Forces Community. Read the press release.
Addaction: a grant to enable Addaction to develop the scope of their ‘Right Turn’ programme to cover the South and South West of England. ‘Right Turn’ is a veterans-friendly programme aiming to reduce drug and alcohol consumption by veterans through awareness-raising, treatment, support and education. Read the press release and the report.
Bath Spa University: a piece of research entitled ‘Access to Higher Education’ identifying barriers that ex-Service personnel and their families can face in their knowledge of, and engagement with, ‘Access to Higher Education’ diplomas. Read the press release and the report.
Big White Wall (BWW): to produce an iOS app for beneficiaries to access the full functionality of the BWW website. The app is complete and was launched at the end of April 2014. Read the press release.
Directory of Social Change: to create (and keep updated for a further two years) an online resource for the UK Military Charities sector. The searchable online database was launched in November 2014. Read the press release and the report, and visit the searchable database. In 2016, a report looking at the sector in Scotland was released. Read the press release and the report. In 2017, a further grant was awarded for a 3-year project to develop the online database and produce a series of themed research reports on the sector. Read the press release and the report.
Endeavour Fund: a series of challenges to assist Wounded, Injured and Sick veterans in transition including sailing, mountain biking, flying, Walk on Wales and a trek to the South Pole. Read the press release.
Finchale Training College – Joint Transition Support Service: a pilot project offering support for those veterans settling in Northeast England with mental health issues following transition. Read the launch press release. The pilot project concluded in 2016 with an independent evaluation. Read the press release and the evaluation report.
Institute for Local Governance: a piece of research in to data sharing and usage among those organisations involved with the Armed Forces community (including public and third sectors). This research was carried out in the North East of England by the University of Newcastle and is due to be complete early in 2015. Read the report and the press release.
Joint Health Needs Assessment (England): a national review of Health Needs Assessments in collaboration with NHS England and Community Innovations Enterprise Ltd to ascertain what is known about Veterans’ mental health and related health needs within those assessments. Read the press release for the launch of the Report at the House of Lords on 22nd October 2015, view the presentation slides.
Manchester Business School: a FiMT commission to research and build a detailed picture of the information, advice and guidance networks available to the serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces Community. Read the award press release and the final report.
Pain concern: a grant towards a Radio programme, and an evaluation of this, for Service and ex-Service personnel living with chronic pain. Three broadcasts were produced and can be accessed via the Pain Concern website. Read the evaluation report.
Poppy Factory: a piece of research (being undertaken by the Centre for Mental Health) and the production of an employer toolkit aimed at the successful employment of veterans with mental health problems. Access the Employers Toolkit here, read the press release and the report.
Randomised Control Trial of the Warrior Programme: an evaluation of the type of intervention offered by the Warrior Programme to those who need extra support during transition. This is being carried out by the University of Southampton and a report is due to be published early in 2015. Read the press release and the report.
RBLI Victor Project: a pilot project supporting ex-Service ex-offenders being run in Kent by RBLI in partnership with BlueSky.
Regular Forces Employment Association – Project Nova: the evaluation of an early intervention programme helping veterans who are arrested in Norfolk and Suffolk. The evaluation – which was carried out by Anglia Ruskin University – also included study of this cohort. Read the press release and read the report.
SSAFA Mentoring trial: a mentoring pilot scheme to help Wounded, Injured and Sick personnel during their transition to civilian life.
Saint George’s House (SGH): a 24 hour consultation entitled “Back to Civvy Street: How can we better support individuals to lead more successful civilian lives after a career in the UK Armed Forces?”. Senior participants from the MOD and Government to Military Charity, Employment, and Training sectors, analysed 3 transition-related areas: employment and housing as a route to economic stability; social networks as a form of resilience; and altering public perception that service leavers are damaged individuals. Read the report.
Saint George’s House (SGH): In November 2016, FiMT partnered with St George’s House to deliver a consultation to explore how transition is approached and managed in different settings and sectors. These transitions were examined from three different perspectives: of the individual experiencing the change; the network of family and friends around the individual; and wider societal stakeholders. Read the report.
SkillForce: a small grant to produce a short film on the subject of transition.
Stoll: a pilot project to provide additional support through transition for those veterans settling in the London area, the evaluation of which was carried out by Cordis Bright. Read the report and the press release.
Swansea University: a 6-month study to investigate gambling behaviour among post national service veterans using the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey to assess any relationships between length of active service and extent of gambling problems (if any), and to explore associations between gambling related problems and comorbidities such as alcohol and family issues. Read the press release, and the final report, entitled ‘Gambling in Armed Forces Veterans: Results from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey of England’, which was launched at the Excessive Gambling Wales 2017 conference in Cardiff on 21st June 2017.
Ulster University (Understanding, supporting and serving the NI veterans’ community): a grant awarded by FiMT in partnership with the Northern Ireland Veterans Support Committee for a three year project in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the project is to generate a comprehensive understanding of support available to the Northern Ireland veterans’ community (comprising ex-Service personnel and their families) that will be used by policy makers and service deliverers across the sector. Read the press release and the report.