Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgway, Executive Chair, Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities.
“The Military Charity Sector and the membership of Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities is a diverse, vibrant and collaborative sector which has one central priority; our beneficiaries. The Libor funding has made a huge difference to charities and organisations both inside and outside the sector to develop and further assist the way beneficiaries are supported. We, the Confederation, have worked very closely with the Covenant (Libor) Fund to ensure that a well governed and structured process exists today.”
“Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) delivers general welfare, wellbeing and brings in NHS expertise to provide mental health support to ex-service personnel from all three services and the Merchant Navy. The Warrior Programme has been at the forefront of insisting on independent analysis of what it does; the Forces in Mind Trust funded Randomised Control Trial being a key example of best practice. Both of these organisations are Cobseo members and have signed up to our Guiding Principles for the delivery of Veterans’ and Service Families’ Mental Health Care which was put together by Professor Neil Greenberg of King’s College London, thus ensuring that each beneficiary receives the most appropriate intervention.”
The Warrior Programme statement is here: http://www.warriorprogramme.org.uk/Statement_18092016
The VOS Statement is here:
Chief Executive Brigadier (Retired) Jon Watson stated that: “Veterans Outreach Support is committed to delivering proven evidence-based mental health therapies to ex-service personnel that need it most. In 2014 VOS funded a pilot study into Craniosacral Therapy, an alternative approach with a sound theoretical background that was proving highly popular among service users. Although promising, the results were inconclusive and the study ended in April last year. VOS spent just over £9000 on this study, less than 2.5% of its total LIBOR grant of £414,000.