Research and Reports

Since 2014 DSC’s Armed Forces Charities Project has led the way in researching those charities which serve the armed forces community.

DSC's two Sector Insight reports provide and overview and analysis of the sector. DSC's Focus On reports provide a thematic look at key topical areas of provision from charities. 

Click on the links below to download the reports and supporting materials. 

Sector Insight Reports

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive FiMT:

‘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 DSC:

‘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.’   

Stuart Cole, Project Manager DSC:

‘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 commun

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive FiMT:

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.’

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive, FiMT:

The purpose of FiMT is to enable all ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition back into civilian life.This detailed report provides an important insight into the physical health support a relatively small number of charities provide to the armed forces community across the UK.’

Tom Traynor, Head of Research, DSC:

‘The aim of the Focus On series is not only to highlight the vital work our armed forces charities do for their respective beneficiaries, but also to create a better knowledge base for policymakers and these charities to continue to act in the best interests of our armed forces community.


Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust 

'This latest in the series of Focus On reports provides an independent and thorough analysis of Armed Forces charities providing housing support.  It is a highly credible piece of research, and a ‘must read’ for anyone setting policy or delivering services around housing, or indeed anyone with an interest in the positive transition of ex-Service personnel into civilian life.'


James Richardson and Ed Tytherleigh, Co-Chairs, Cobseo Housing Cluster

On behalf of the Cluster, we are delighted to endorse and commend this report for anyone who wants to help homeless veterans. We are very happy to support the recommendations made by the report and we take pride in leading on ever-deeper collaboration between Veterans’ housing providers.’ 

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust 

‘This latest report in the Focus On series is a must read for those making decisions about resources, how they can be generated and where they are best deployed, as well as for those who commentate responsibly about the sector. The UK’s Veterans Strategy draws heavily on DSC’s work, and rightly so. It is authoritative and illuminating: rare, but invaluable, qualities.’

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO, CBE, Chief of Defence People, Ministry of Defence

‘The need for policy makers and service providers to consider the armed forces community from an evidence-based position and with a proper understanding, features as one of the five cross-cutting factors in our veterans strategy. This report makes a helpful and significant contribution to this evidence base by increasing our understanding of the armed forces charity sector.