The Military Human
The Military Human Impact Report
In 2017, a partnership between Sheffield City Council, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council's, Sheffield Hallam University and York St John University bid successfully for a Covenant Fund grant.
The South Yorkshire Armed Forces Covenant project was designed to:
- Raise the awareness of Covenant initiatives and dedicated services availability
- Produce local authority Covenant Action Plans and a regional Action Plan
- Enhance ownership of the process and improve connections across the region
- Commission military awareness training for front-line staff in South Yorkshire
- Produce the South Yorkshire model for strengthening the regional delivery of Covenant pledges, ensuring a lasting and replicable project legacy
Raising the regional awareness of dedicated services available
- Training attendance resulted in a significant increase in the awareness of dedicated support services, rising from 43% to 89%
Informing the work of regional front-line staff through military awareness training
- Staff reporting feeling extremely to relatively well equipped to work with this community nearly doubled from 48% to 95% after attending training
- The 56% of staff feeling confident about working with members of the Armed Forces community increased to 96% on attending the training
- 72% of staff reported having cascaded their learning from the training via a full staff briefing, meeting, training day or memo - thereby increasing the numbers of front line agency staff with an awareness of Armed Forces community related issues
Key learning impacting on future practice
Staff who had attended the training were asked to identify the most useful or key piece of learning from attending the Military Human training. 50% identified the learning around transitionally-link issues and challenges for the community that would inform their future practice as the being the most useful. 27% acknowledged the identification of dedicated support services availability as having the most impact on their future practice. 17% reported that the significance of ensuring protocols is in place to identify members of the Armed Forces community as the key learning they gained.
The South Yorkshire Armed Forces Covenant Project is led by Sheffield Council in partnership with Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley Local Authorities, and in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam and York St John Universities. The York St John University element is to deliver 96 MoD Armed Forces Covenant funded CPD study days across the 4 local authority regions over a 2 year period. Around 1052 staff from a wide range of statutory and community support services from across South Yorkshire have access to the Military Human: Understanding Military Culture and Transition CPD study day. To date around 500 staff have attended the CPD study day since its launch in June 2017.
The report evidences the positive impact that attendance of the CPD study day has on service delivery to members of the Armed Forces Community, and importantly highlights issues around Social Isolation identified and reported by service providers when engaging with the Armed Forces Community.
The purpose of this report is to assess the level of service delivery impact from October 2015 - June 2016 following attendance of the previously titled Veterans (Military Culture) Awareness CPD study day provided by York St John University. The CPD has now evolved and become the concept known as ‘The Military Human: Understanding Military Culture and Transition’.
If you have any queries about these impact reports, please contact:
Education & Development Lead (Military Culture & Interventions)