The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) event summary

A trio of reports offering unique insights into the Armed Forces Community in Scotland were showcased at an event hosted by Forces In Mind Trust in Edinburgh this week.

Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson attended the event amongst many others including members of the Scottish Parliament - MSPs Keith Brown and Maurice Corry. The aim of the event was to learn about the findings of two new FiMT funded reports, Call to Mind Scotland and Sector Insight:  Armed Forces Charities in Scotland. The findings from another comprehensive publication, Our Community – Our Covenant report were also presented at the event.

On Thursday, Veterans Scotland had their Annual General Meeting which was opened by Martin Gibson, chairman of Veterans Scotland. FiMT formally launched the Sector Insight: Armed Forces Charities in Scotland report and Andrew spoke about SaluteMyJob Scotland and our collaborative approach, working with Service charities, organisations and employers to help veterans into work in Scotland. During the AGM, there were a number of presentations, including Maurice Corry’s presentation on the work of the ‘Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on the Armed Forces Community’, Major Gen David Shaw’s presentation on ‘An insight into the work of launchpad’ and finally Stuart Cole, director of Social Change, delivered his presentation on ‘Armed Forces charities in Scotland’.

The overall aim of the Call to Mind Scotland report was to review the mental health and related health needs of veterans and their families in Scotland, and to consider opportunities for further development. The Sector Insight: Armed Forces Charities in Scotland report, by the FiMT and the Directory of Social Change (DSC), is the first report to focus specifically on Armed Forces charities registered in Scotland - and will help to inform Scotland’s policy direction and those working within the charity sector. The Our Community – Our Covenant report suggests areas where the delivery of local Covenant pledges could be made.  

SaluteMyJob will be looking at these reports in depth and will share with you our findings. You can read the three reports here: