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Venture Trust making a difference for ex-service personnel – Strategic survey launch

Positive Futures is Venture Trust's three phase programme for ex-service men and women struggling with the transition to civilian life.

The programme’s effectiveness for veterans who are struggling is being independently evaluated over three years.

A strategic survey has been launched to obtain the wider views of those who are driving support for veterans at a strategic level. People like heads of social work and employability; Scottish Government; senior armed forces personnel; people with special responsibility for veterans in Scotland and the UK, charities in the wider Veterans’ Scotland Network including armed forces charities; funders and the NHS.

Amelia Morgan, CEO of Venture Trust said, “The Interim Report showed that Positive Futures was making a difference in the wider landscape of support. It gives referral agencies an option for veterans who might not normally engage in a personal development programme. It gives veterans a chance for change and an opportunity to re-connect through time spent in the wilderness.”

“Now the research team are moving to study the strategic level impacts and this is where this survey comes in. Information from strategic level colleagues, partners and supporters will help present a rounded picture of the impacts of Positive Futures on the wider veterans support landscape.”

Jo Lloyd, who is the Lead Researcher, said, “If you work, at a senior or strategic level, for an organisation that has the welfare of veterans at its heart or comes across veterans in need in its daily work, then we would like to hear your views on Positive Futures and its place in veterans' support.”

Amelia added, “The more people we reach, the better the research outcomes for veterans so, if you have colleagues who might like to give their views, or who might be interested in the Positive Futures programme, please feel free to copy the survey link and viral it on.”

Have your say to help achieve better outcomes for UK veterans

If you are a senior or strategic stakeholder in an organisation which supports or has an interest in the welfare of veterans in the transition to civilian life, please take part in the survey below and forward to all other relevant stakeholders.

Background

Positive Futures is Venture Trust's three phase programme for ex-service men and women struggling with the transition to civilian life. Working in partnership with other agencies and services, it aims to help participants make positive changes to their life through negotiating barriers, gaining control of their life situation, and working towards achieving personal goals. These could be re-deploying skills learnt within the military; living independently; rebuilding broken relationships; moving towards jobs, training or volunteering; and generally working towards living a healthy, safe and stable life.

The programme’s effectiveness for veterans is being independently evaluated over 3 years, and the research is also intended to identify and share insights into the veterans’ community and approaches to supporting veterans effectively. When the evaluation is complete, we will be sharing the outcomes widely.

This survey

As part of this evaluation work, the research team are seeking the views of senior and strategic stakeholders with an interest in the support available to veterans. The researchers are already engaging with veterans themselves, their families/households and direct service delivery staff referring or supporting veterans on the ground, but we would like the views of managers, senior staff, Directors and CEOs to gain yours strategic insights.

You are part of an organisation that has the welfare of veterans at its heart or comes across veterans in need in its daily work. That means the research team would like to hear your views on Positive Futures and its place in veterans' support.

To that end, would you complete a short survey? It’s been tested, depending on your answers, it takes about 7-10 minutes to complete. The survey link is:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SIFGO17

If you have colleagues who might like to give their views, or who might be interested in the Positive Futures programme and its outcomes, we would be extremely grateful if you could send the survey link on to them and encourage relevant staff to take part.

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