About The

Veterans & Families Research Hub

The VFR Hub was created by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), Lord Ashcroft and Anglia Ruskin University (a.r.u.) to:

“Provide an accessible, contemporary and authoritative repository of UK and international research-related resources and literature on military veterans and their families, including transitions to civilian lives, that informs and stimulates research, policy development, improved service delivery and journalistic enquiry.”

Our Purpose

The Hub exists to support the field of veterans research and to be a comprehensive and growing resource for researchers, veterans and their families, and the wider community alike.

Our main purpose is to enable a broad range of users to share in the creation, discovery and understanding of evidence-based information about the military veteran family.

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Empowering people and organisations to make considered decisions

By providing a free-to-use and easily searchable online bank of resources, we aim to empower better and more informed decisions about policies and service provision.

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Research simplified and available for all

All of our resources feature a straightforward summary of the research material, in language that is clear and easy to understand.

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A community hub to facilitate discussion and research

The Hub aims to engage researchers, policymakers and service providers, and the wider community as a whole, so that they can communicate and collaborate more efficiently.

Affiliations & Funding

The Hub is managed by the FiMT Research Centre at a.r.u. The Centre is funded by FiMT, with National Lottery Community Funding, and provides advice, support and research into key issues facing ex-Service personnel and their families, with the aim of increasing understanding, and improving policy and service delivery. The Centre also convenes an annual conference and awards event, which provides an excellent opportunity to hear from and network with those working to support veterans and their families.

Get Involved

There are many ways that you can interact with the VFR Hub. Head over to the Get Involved page to find out all about joining the community of users, starting or joining a conversation, or sharing research.

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Explore Research by Theme, Group or Topic

Search for research by theme (education and training, employment, housing and accommodation, finance, physical health, mental health, wellbeing, law and legal matters, and relationships and communication), group or topic.

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Find out about the latest research related events

Take a look through our curated calendar of current and future events on research topics related to the Forces community.

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