The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has announced a grant  to sponsor Soldiering on Through Life Trust’s ‘Working Together’ award.

The award will recognise an individual, team or organisation, which has demonstrated an enduring commitment and innovative approach to collaboration within the Armed Forces Community (AFC).

The award will be presented as part of the annual Soldiering On Awards beginning in 2016.  Nominations for the ‘Working Together’ award for 2016 will be invited from late April 2015. Soldiering On supports injured Service personnel and their families throughout their lives by giving recognition of the outstanding achievements of teams or individuals from within the AFC through the annual awards ceremony.

Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, Ray Lock, said: “By sponsoring this new award, we are continuing our investment in social innovation.  We are looking to identify and highlight really good examples of collaboration, and so spread the lessons across the sector.  Soldiering On will provide us with an effective platform from which to do this, and we are honoured to be working with this highly regarded charity.”


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  • About the Forces in Mind Trust: The Forces in Mind Trust came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery 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.

o   During its first two years, FiMT has commissioned seminal research reports such as the Transition Mapping Study (TMS) which reviewed how the entire transition process from military to civilian life currently works and how it is viewed by stakeholders and recent Service leavers.  The economic model developed for the report calculated the total cost of poor transition to the UK as a whole to be £113 million in 2012, whilst the report itself has been discussed across Whitehall and debated in the House of Lords.

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  • About the Soldiering On Through Life Trust: Soldiering On Through Life Trust was established as a not-for-profit organisation to support injured Service personnel and their families throughout their lives by giving recognition of the inspirational and outstanding achievements of teams or individuals through an annual awards ceremony:  The Soldiering On Awards: One Awards Ceremony for the Whole of the Armed Forces Community.

o    For highlights of the 2014 Soldiering On Awards visit: