Transition support for Forces Families
We are celebrating the news that we have been successful along with the RAF Families Federation and the Army Families Federation, in a joint grant application to the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).
The substantial grant will allow funding for each Families Federation to employ and train a Transition Liaison team member. They will be the expert on all issues associated with transition and will research the current support available and identify gaps. They will support families in transition from military to civilian life, acting as their advocate and champion, and highlight where there is a need for improvement and change.
The joint application to the FiMT originated when we along with the RAF Families Federation and the Army Families Federation identified that families have difficulty accessing the plethora of events and services on offer for those about to transition, as they are generally directed at serving personnel rather than at their families.
Our Director, Anna Wright says:
“We acknowledge that serving personnel receive robust transition advice and support, which is good. However, the evidence from all three Services points towards the fact that families do not engage with support and advice on transition, either because it isn’t accessible or because it simply isn’t there.
“Service families play an incredibly important role in supporting their Service person and this continues as they transition into civilian life. Alongside our colleagues in the other Families Federations, we decided to approach the FiMT for funding to allow us to begin to address this gap.”
Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust says:
“We know from our Families Engagement Programme, and our wider work, that the families of Service personnel play a hugely important role in helping to achieve a successful, sustainable transition. It is vital that they are supported during the transition period and that their particular needs and circumstances are adequately addressed. The posts funded by this grant will be a valuable source of support and make a valuable contribution to this key component of transition.”