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FiMT awards funds to Directory of Social Change for Focus On reports and continued running of

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded the Directory of Social Change (DSC) a grant of £125,825 over one year for the continuation of the Armed Forces Charities project.

Since 2014, DSC has partnered with FiMT, Cobseo and wider stakeholders to deliver research on those charities which serve the Armed Forces community.  From the website, to a series of published reports, this partnership’s work continues to be the premier source of information on the UK’s Armed Forces charities.

The award will support the continued development of the Armed Forces Charities website, and the production of two Focus On reports on finance and families, to provide a comprehensive picture of the key topics of charitable support for the Armed Forces community.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive at FiMT says:

“Generating an evidence base through which policymakers can more effectively direct legislation towards improving the lives of the ex-Service community and their families lies at the heart of what FiMT does.  To this end, we always welcome the opportunity to work with partners who produce as high a level of research as the Directory of Social Change.  We have undertaken significant amounts of work with them since 2014, producing independent and impactful research on the challenges faced by members of the ex-Service community.

We are also pleased to continue supporting the excellent resource that is, and all that it offers by way of information on the military charity sector.”

Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive at the Directory of Social Change says:

So many charities in the UK do absolutely critical work for those who serve us all – the men and women in our forces, those who have returned to civilian life, and critically, their families too. This project helps to understand what those charities do, so we can ultimately make better policy decisions for the people they help. We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to continue working with our colleagues at FiMT to extend our evidence base on Armed Forces charities.”



Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Daniel J. Levy at / 0207 811 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.

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.

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Twitter: @FiMTrust

About the Directory of Social Change (DSC):

DSC has a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change, and believe that the activities of independent charities, voluntary organisations and community groups are fundamental to achieve social change. DSC exists to help these organisations and the people who support them to achieve their goals.

With over 40 years of research experience in the charity sector, DSC understand the importance of insightful analysis and evidence-based knowledge to help direct social change. Since 2014, DSC has worked with the Forces in Mind Trust to provide research and analysis on armed forces charities, becoming the foremost provider of information in this field.

DSC is also the leading provider of training and information for the wider voluntary sector and publishes an extensive range of guides covering subjects such as fundraising, management, communication, finance and law.

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Twitter: @DSC_Charity

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Project Twitter: @ForcesCharities


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