The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has held two briefing events, the first in York on Thursday 16th and the second in Nottingham on Friday 17th November, which were attended by over 80 people. Attendees came from a wide range of sectors including the Armed Forces Community and Armed Forces charities as well as other key stakeholders and interested parties who work to support ex-Service personnel and their families.
The events, which were the last in a series of regional briefings in the existing format, were led by Chief Executive of FiMT, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, and supported by his executive team. The briefings highlighted FiMT’s work to provide an evidence base which aims to influence policy making and service delivery, in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.
There was also an update on FiMT’s strategy, current work and priorities, the Mental Health Research Programme and the newly established Veterans’ Research Centre. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with FiMT’s executive team and network over lunch.
Air Vice-Marshal Lock said: “We would like to thank everyone who attended these two events and made them so stimulating and enjoyable. This now concludes 4 years of sector briefings across the United Kingdom. In 2018 we will be developing a new engagement programme that will allow us to take forward our key strategic imperatives to become more targeted and proactive with our grant awards, and to improve the exploitation and impact of our work by increasing our influence.”