Forces in Mind Trust welcomes today’s announcement by the Ministry of Defence of a new award to to set up a one-stop service to better support the UK’s Armed Forces veterans community, led by The Royal British Legion and other charities.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive, said: “The study Forces in Mind Trust commissioned on integrated support networks, by Manchester Business School two years ago, proposed just such a solution to the difficulty of connecting ex-Service personnel and their families, as they transition into civilian life, with those offering support.  This finding was echoed in Lord Ashcroft’s work on transition, so we are delighted that this new Government funding, via the Covenant Fund, will finally make this a reality.

“We are also pleased to see the clear evidence of collaboration amongst the military charities sector, a theme our reports from the Directory of Social Change have highlighted, underlined by the fact that more than a dozen of the consortium members have either received funding from Forces in Mind Trust, or have collaborated with us on evidence-generating projects, in the few short years of our existence so far.”