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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:12

New Research Report

The second of our Focus On series looks at Armed Forces Charities Education & Employment Provision.

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change’s (DSC) report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Education and Employment Provisionreveals that a small number of charities provide a much-needed range of educational and employment services to 35,800 people in the Armed Forces Community.

Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), this report is the second of six Focus On reports from DSC which provide more detailed information on armed forces charities’ support for key areas of need.


Figures presented in the report illustrate that a large need is being met by a relatively small number of charities. Armed forces charities supported at least 22,302 individuals into employment and helped over 3,300 individuals gain qualifications in the past year, most commonly for veterans and their dependants.

The analysis shows that 78 charities provide education support, which represents 6.5% of all UK armed forces charities. Of these charities, 59 also make provision for employment. In total, armed force charities spend around £25.6m on education and employment, serving at least 35,800 beneficiaries from the armed forces community.

Educational and employment services covered in the report include: vocational courses; academic qualifications; work opportunities; and mentoring such as CV writing and job searches. Direct grants to individuals and organisations are explored, along with partnerships and collaborations between charities and businesses. The report highlights specialist primary provider charities and shows depth of provision, which can have a dramatic and positive effect on an individual’s chance of successful transition to civilian life.

Stuart Cole, Project Manager says:

‘The impact that education and employment can have is measured in more than just qualifications or status; increasingly, these areas define our quality of life. We are proud to present an analysis of those charities which support the educational and employment needs of the armed forces community.’

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust says:

‘FiMT was established to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life. It does this by funding reports, such as this Focus On series which provides independent, evidence-based knowledge that can be used to influence and bring about change where needed, from policy through to service delivery. The clearly detailed evidence in this report offers an important and unique insight into the education and employment support provided by the Armed Forces charity sector across the UK.’


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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:23

Armed Forces Charities' Mental Health Provision

Forces In Mind Trust and the Directory of Social Change present Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Mental Health Provision.

This report follows on from DSC’s Sector Insight reports on UK armed forces charities, a series which DSC has been publishing since 2014. Building on these broader studies, the Focus On series exists to provide a more specific analysis of the work of armed forces charities across the UK — in this case, those who are making provision for mental health support.

Illuminating Britain’s armed forces charity sector

This report provides an overview of the mental health provision made by armed forces charities registered across the UK, focusing on:

  • Categorisation of ‘Primary’ and ‘Secondary’ providers
  • Insights into expenditure on mental health provision
  • Collaboration, evaluation and standards of practice
  • Differences in clinical and non-clinical service delivery
  • Insight into charities’ standards of practice
  • Analysis of topics of mental health support
  • Conclusions and recommendations

This is a unique resource for charities, government, policymakers and researchers to understand what armed forces charities deliver in terms of their mental health provision. This subject area has been thoroughly explored to provide a body of evidence and insightful analysis which informs of policy, practice and research.

Key findings

  • 76 charities make provision for mental health which represents 7% of all armed forces charities
  • 91% of charities support veterans, 71% support serving personnel and their spouses/partners respectively
  • 75% of charities provide treatment for PTSD, 57%  for depression and anxiety and 43% for substance misuse
  • Counselling is the most common method of treatment, offered by 45% of charities
  • Charities help an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 beneficiaries per year
  • Charities spend over £28million providing mental health services per year
  • 19% of charities provide clinical services

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive FiMT says:

‘It is only right that we invest in credible, independent evidence, such as this report, so that our efforts and resources are deployed where they are most needed, and where they can have the greatest positive effect.’ 

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

We are very fortunate to have so many brilliant forces charities in the UK, and it is vital that we continue to illuminate and celebrate their work.’

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