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This week sees the launch of the Future Horizons Programme. This important initiative, which will run for the next 12 months, will help around 600 early service leavers transition out of the Army and back into civilian life. The programme will be delivered by a partnership of ex Service charities and private organisations that have pooled their expertise and experience to develop it.
Early service leavers are individuals who, for a range of reasons. complete less than 4 years of their Armed Forces career. They are therefore not entitled to the full suite of transitional support available. Often their career with the Armed Forces is cut short unexpectedly and they find themselves experiencing real problems with transition, resulting in increased vulnerability to issues such as crime and alcohol abuse. The initial pilot project will be delivered from the Army base in Catterick, engaging early service leavers before they leave to help them better adjust during transition. RBLI is one of a number of organisations partnering up to deliver Future Horizons and was instrumental in developing the assessment tool that will be used to identify support requirements on leaving. We will also deliver support to those who choose to settle in the South East of England with RBLI Advisers providing pre employment advice and linking individuals with mainstream programmes such as Work Programme.
“The initial pilot project will be delivered from the Army base in Catterick, engaging early service leavers before they leave to help them better adjust during transition”
The Future Horizons Programme will be funded by the Forces in Mind Trust. The launch of the Trust was announced this week at the premiere of ‘War Horse’, the new Steven Spielberg film. The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry has pledged partnership support and will back Trust funded projects with its own grants.
RBLI is proud to be a partner in this important initiative which will demonstrate how ex Service charities and private organisations can effectively use their combined expertise to provide an holistic approach to supporting Armed Force personnel.