The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) held a briefing event in Birmingham on Friday 8th April which was attended by around 30 people from a wide range of sectors including representatives from the public sector, Armed Forces charities and other organisations which work to support Service and ex-Service personnel, and their families.

The event, which was the latest in a series of briefings, was led by Chief Executive FiMT, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, and supported by his executive team. The presentation given at the event covered FiMT’s work to provide an evidence base which aims to influence policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

The briefing event included an update on FiMT’s strategy, current work and priorities, and the Mental Health Research Programme. There was a chance for those attending to ask FiMT’s executive team questions before an opportunity for further discussion and networking over lunch. FiMT would like to thank everyone who attended and made the event so interesting and enjoyable.

A further FiMT sector briefing event will take place in Plymouth on 22nd July 2016 (please contact for more details or to register).


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 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.  Since 2004 the Fund has given more than £88 million to programmes supporting veterans.
  • Our Vision is that all ex-Service personnel and their families lead successful and fulfilled civilian lives. Our Mission is to enable them to make a successful and sustainable transition. Our Strategy is to use our spend-out endowment to fund targeted, conceptually sound, evidence generation and influence activities that will cause policy makers and service deliverers to support our Mission.
  • FiMT awards grants (both reactive and proactive) and commissions research along three key themes: Evidence, Innovation and Collaboration.  All work is published to a high standard of reportage to add to the evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.
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