Soldiers in Mind June

June has seen SiM undertake a review of the 25 bereaved families with whom we are currently working to ensure that they continue to get the best level of care both from us and the organisations with whom we have formed links over the past few months, such as the British Legion Inquest Advisory Service and FAB. 

We also visited Horseback UK with one of our family members.  This was an extremely therapeutic and inspirational trip, especially for Nikki, who had not gone near a horse before. Our thanks go to Horseback UK for their generous hospitality and for making the trip so enjoyable.

Funding

Soldiers in Mind has been in operation for 18 months now and we would like to express our sincere thanks to the DDMT for confirming their continued support and funding.  Over the course of the next few months we will be looking to approach other organisations for funding contributions. 

We have recently received a significant donation from one of the Battalions with whom we work in recognition of the support we are providing to their bereaved families. This really is much appreciated as it means we can continue to provide a solid variety of forms of therapeutic activities and items. 

Bereavement work

The number of bereaved families with whom we work continues to grow as Battalions become increasingly familiar with what we provide and witness the impact that our work has on families.  We have found we are having families referred who were bereaved some time ago but who are in need now of the unique level of support we can provide.

Training

We continue to provide training to therapists throughout the UK, as well as providing loss and bereavement training to Unit Welfare Officers on a monthly basis. The latter is being accompanied by comprehensive information about SiM so that Unit Welfare Officers can seek guidance from us if and when they need it.

Planning Ahead

Almost all of the families we support have inquests to go through over the next few months and we are endeavouring to make sure that they receive as much practical and emotional support as possible. 

Towards the end of July and August some of our families will be going on their FAB breaks and we look forward to hearing all about these!

 Summary

SiM's focus continues to be on supporting our bereaved families and ensuring that newly bereaved families in the future receive support in accordance with SiM principles as a result of the unit welfare officer training and the training we provide to therapists.