Who we have helped

Anglia Ruskin University: a two-year evaluation of a Ministry of Defence-led programme to support the spouses of serving personnel looking for work. 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.

Barnardo’s: an 18-month study to assess the needs of ex-Service personnel and their families who are serving, or have served, a custodial prison sentence. Read the press release.

Blesma: a grant to carry out a major two-year study into the impact of traumatic limb loss on the families of those who have been injured. Read the press release.

Cardiff University: sponsored a 2-year Randomised Control Trial of modular motion-assisted memory desensitisation and reconsolidation (3MDR) for treatment-resistant PTSD (new treatment).  Early findings released at launch event in Cardiff’s All Nations Centre, October 2019.  Final Report and Executive Summary will be released February 2020 with a final press release. Read the initial project award press release.

Clore Social: ‘Clore6: Cobseo’ is a six-month programme, designed by Clore Social Leadership, in partnership with Cobseo, and FiMT, who are providing the programme’s core funding. Aimed at emerging leaders in the Service charities sector, Clore Social seeks to develop a cadre of leaders to provide robust and effective leadership for their organisations and sector. Read the press release here

Cranfield School of Management: a commissioned project to explore the transition that female Service leavers make from the Armed Forces to civilian employment. Read the press release.

Directory of Social Change A grant 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 reports launched to date: Armed Forces Charities’ Mental Health Provision (June 2017); Armed Forces Charities’ Education & Employment Provision (October 2017); Armed Forces Charities’ Physical Health Provision (January 2018); Armed Forces Charities’ Sector Trends (March 2019)

Edinburgh Napier University: a 12-month innovative research project, to be carried out by Professor Thanos Karatzias, that will test the prevalence of a new type of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) known as Complex PTSD, in ex-Service personnel in order to provide more appropriate treatment. Read the press release.

FiMT Research Centre (FiMT RC) and Veterans’ and Families Research Hub (VFR Hub): in partnership with Lord Ashcroft and Anglia Ruskin University, FiMT funded a Veterans’ Research Hub (VFR Hub) 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. As of September 2017, the new FiMT Research Centre was launched, together with a re-brand of the VFR Hub to incorporate families, so becoming the Veterans and Families Research Hub (VFR Hub). Read the FiMT RC launch press release, and visit the FiMT RC and VFR Hub websites.

Galahad SMS Ltd: was awarded a grant of £175,800 to conduct an 18 month study to conduct a study exploring the experiences of those who have been discharged from the British Army for drug use. Read the press release.

Invictus Games Foundation: was awarded a grant of £183,500 to assess the long-term impact of competing in the Invictus Games. The four-year project will compare wellbeing of competitors with non-competitors. Read the press release.

King’s College London: 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 £45,000.  KCMHR, part of King’s College London, has hosted successful ‘Veterans’ Mental Health’ one-day conferences since the inaugural conference in 2015, 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.  Additional year funded for March 2020 Conference.  Read the press release.

King’s College London: research to be carried out by Professor Edgar Jones and his team about the transition into civilian life following military service. 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’. 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 and how this compares to the general population who access the same service. The 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 and report. A 7-month follow on study was approved in 2018 to trial the design of a Veteran Detection Tool, a method based on NLP and using machine learning, to substantially reduce the manual method of identifying veterans in electronic health records.  Accuracy of design being tested further January 2020 -Dec 2020 before project completion.

King’s College London: a 15-month study to be carried out by Dr Victoria Williamson entitled ‘Experiences and impact of moral injury in UK veterans’ to conduct the first scoping study to explore the experiences of moral injury in UK ex-Service personnel. Read the press release.

King’s College London: A 2-year project to expand on current research by examining positive and negative employment and economic trajectories across the transition process, with a particular focus on the role of mental health, pre-enlistment factors, service history and the experience of at risk groups (women, ESLs and reserves). Read the press release.

King’s College London: a 2-year project to develop a toolkit (Mindfit) to help ex-Service personnel overcome the barriers to seeking mental health support as identified in the earlier KCL (Stevelink; Rafferty) Stigma and Barriers to Help Seeking project. Read the press release.

King’s College London: a 15-month study led by Dr Sharon Stevelink to investigate the increase in PTSD among ex-Service personnel who deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and why the highest level is found in regular personnel who deployed in a combat role and have subsequently left Service. Read the press release.

King’s college London: a 28-month study led by Professor Sturt to undertake a small-scale randomised trial comparing two treatments: ‘Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM)’ against ‘Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)’ for ex-Service personnel with PTSD. 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.

NatCen: a 9-month commissioned piece of research conduct a systematic review of all relevant quality literature on the current scientific evidence, and changes and gaps in evidence, concerning the mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel and their families since 2012, including the perspectives of key stakeholders. Read the press release.

Officers’ Association: a year-long project investigating the transitional barriers for Service leavers aged 50 plus who are entering civilian employment. The study includes all three Services and all ranks. 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 the final reportAn additional grant was awarded to enable the delivery of an e learning product aimed at those working with ex-Service personnel. Read the press release.

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.

seAp: a three-year evaluation of their Military Advocacy Service. The evaluation will be undertaken by SERIO, the research and intelligence division of Plymouth University. Read the press release.

Soldiering On Through Life Trust Award: 3 year sponsorship of an award to recognise and celebrate people and organisations that work collaboratively and effectively with other military organisations or charities.  The FiMT ‘Working Together’ award not only presents an opportunity to reward successful teamwork but also demonstrate best practise in the sector, highlighting goals for others to aspire to.

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. Read the final report.

Swansea University: a two-and-a-half year study to identify how ex-Service personnel may be more vulnerable to developing issues with gambling that the wider population, and estimate any resultant healthcare costs by exploring the relationship between financial management and mental health problems. Read the press release.

Tros Gynnal Plant: A 3-year trial of a new service that utilises Restorative Engagement to help ex-Service personnel and their families to improve relationships, communication and family functioning. Read the press release.

University of Glasgow: a 3-year follow-on piece of work to the original Scottish Veterans’ Health Study (2012-2015), to be carried out by Dr Beverly Bergman.  The original study provided the first insight into the long-term health of 57,000 veterans and compared their health profile to non-veterans. In this follow-on work, a further 10 years of birth cohort data will be incorporated to examine important mental health outcomes in younger veterans, and will include additional health outcomes such as post-Service amputations and joint replacement surgery. Read the press release.

University of Sunderland: a year long project, to be carried out by Dr Ian Whyte, that will identify the prevalence, motivations and mental health status of users of Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs and Supplements (PIEDS) amongst ex-Service personnel. Read the press release.

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.  This study, and the other FiMT-funded Ulster University study entitled, ‘Understanding, supporting and serving the NI veterans’ community’ below, were joined in January 2017 due to overlap of study design, to form what is now known as ‘The Northern Ireland Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Study (NIVHWS)’, and extended to June 2020.  Read more about the NIVHWS here.

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 (note: this study, and the other FiMT-funded Ulster University study, which is on the mental health needs of ex-Serving in Northern Ireland and the associated services delivered, were joined in January 2017 due to overlap of study design, to form what is now known as ‘The Northern Ireland Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Study (NIVHWS)’.  Read more about the NIVHWS here. 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 reports launched to date: Supporting & Serving Military Veterans in Northern Ireland (June 2017); Current and Future Needs of Veterans in Northern Ireland (December 2017); Public Attitudes to the UK Armed Forces in Northern Ireland (June 2018); Exploring the Need for a Veterans’ Centre in Northern Ireland (June 2018).

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 Liverpool: a 15-month study into understanding which ex-Service personnel are more likely to recognise they have an alcohol problem, and then who goes on to seek help for it. Read the press release.

University of Stirlinga 24-month project to assess how service providers can work together more effectively to improve access to housing for ex-Service personnel. Read the press release.

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 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.

Walking With The Wounded (WWTW): WWTW and the King’s Centre for Military Research are undertaking a 3-year evaluation of a number of the interventions WWTW provide for ex-Service personnel. This work has been fully funded by WWTW, and FiMT are providing a grant towards engaging participants in the research.

Windsor Leadership Trust: Funding placements on the Developing Leaders course and Experienced Leaders programme.

York: a 15-month project to support families of veterans who have substance use problems by developing a specific model of peer support. 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.

Anglia Ruskin University: a grant to conduct an audit of current service provision specifically for Commonwealth personnel and their families. Read the press release and the final report.

Army Families Federation: a grant to enable the AFF to hold a research symposium in partnership with King’s Centre for Military Research. Read the Press Release here

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.

Bath Spa Universitya 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.

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: A 12-month feasibility study piloting and evaluating a new model for supporting the Armed Forces community through the creation of a ‘healthcare navigator’ role in Birmingham.  Read the Read the press release and report.

Centre for Social Justice: research into the role of families in transition. Read the full report here.

Clore Experienced Leader. Sponsored a series of Specialist FiMT Fellows on Clore Social Leadership’s Experienced Leader Programme between 2015 and 2019 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, 2018).  2019 fellows graduated 5 March 2020 (press release available soon).  See the Clore Applications website for applications intake information.

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 launched September 2018 you can read it here. Read the press release.

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 Call to Mind: UK report was launched on 5th July 2017; read the report and press release.

Cobseoa small grant that enabled Cobseo to upgrade its existing website allowing greater functionality. Read the press release.

CSBA: A grant to support the organisation as they develop their internal governance and fundraising capacity. It follows from an evaluation of their work, which we funded (read the report here) which made several recommendations CSBA are keen to take forward through this new grant. Read the press release.

Deloitte: Research to understand the commercial benefits that ex-Service personnel can bring to a business.  The report was published in November 2016. Read the press release and the report.

Demosresearch into residential care needs and provision for working age veterans. The report was published in November 2015 . Read the press release and the report.

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. You can see current projects in the ongoing projects section above.

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 Servicea 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.

Future Horizons Programme: a pilot intervention to help early service leavers which has now been rolled out across all 3 Services. Read the press release and the report.

Futures 4 Forces: a short study of the employment of ex-Service personnel and the perceptions of employers. Read the press release and the report.

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 full report, the lay version and the see virtual workbook here.

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.

King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR): An 18-month study into the internal and external barriers to help seeking experienced by ex-Service personnel with mental health problems.  The final report completed in Autumn 2017. Read the Executive Summary and full report.

King’s College LondonA 15-month study linking King’s College of Mental Health Research 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 Executive Summary, final report and the report press release.

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.

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.

Officers’ Association: Demographic research into the future size, shape and needs of the Serving and ex-Officer community within the UK. Read the press release and the 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.

RAND Europe: a grant was awarded to RAND Europe to review the relevant literature available concerning several aspects of the transition process for military families. Read the full report here.

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 Novathe 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.

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.

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. The 2nd edition ‘Our Community, Our Covenant’ was published in 2017, read the report.

Shared Intelligence: a research project (in partnership with NatCen) to explore how organizations, excluding Local Authorities and Government departments, are delivering pledges under the Armed Forces Covenant in Great Britain. Read the press release.

SkillForce: a small grant to produce a short film on the subject of transition.

SSAFA Mentoring triala mentoring pilot scheme to help Wounded, Injured and Sick personnel during their transition to civilian life.

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.

Stoll: a qualitative and quantitative piece of research in to the housing needs of veterans, current need, and provision. This was carried out by the University of York and launched in March 2018. Read the press release and the report.

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.

The Royal British Legion (TRBL): a grant to help fund an independent evaluation of the RBL’s pilot online mentoring platform. The project trialled an innovative method of delivering networking and guidance to members of the ex-Service community who were actively seeking employment. Read the full evaluation here. 

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.

The Royal Foundation: a one-year project to strengthen the capacity of knowledge of businesses to recruit Service leavers and support them during transition.

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.

University of Portsmouthresearch into the efficacy of the type of support offered by Veterans Outreach Support in  Portsmouth. Read the press release and report.

University of Salford: a two-year project, working in partnership with the University of York, to examine the impact of the benefits system on veterans and their families. Read the press release, briefing paper and the interim report.

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.

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.

Wiltshire Mind: a pilot project in Wiltshire delivering online support for carers in the Armed Forces Community caring for those with mental health problems. Read the press release.