Stoll works with partners including the Forces in Mind Trust, the University of York, Riverside and the Cobseo Housing Cluster to research the issues Veterans face during life after Service, and how best to support them both during and after their transition to civilian life.
Accommodation for Single Veterans: Developing Housing and Support Pathways
Research from the University of York published in 2018 shows how some vulnerable former Servicemen and women slip through the net and end up homeless after leaving the Armed Forces. The report addresses how the Veteran sector could better respond to the housing and support needs of single Veterans.
The Veterans who took part in the study experienced a varied quality of advice on transitioning from the Armed Forces and inconsistent support from Local Housing Authorities in the years after leaving Service, many of whom didn’t identify the specialist support available to Veterans.
Alongside the research, Stoll and social housing provider Riverside, in collaboration with Cobseo (the Confederation of Service Charities), published a Call to Action with three simple recommendations:
- Government to work with the sector to improve the transition process to prevent any serving personnel becoming homeless after service.
- Local Authorities to consistently check if someone seeking housing support is a Veteran and, if they are, to have a clear plan to respond to the Veterans they identify.
- Government to ensure supported housing for Veterans is properly resourced.
Meeting the Housing and Support Needs of Single Veterans in Great Britain
The Accommodation for Single Veterans report formed the second part of a two-stage research study commissioned by Stoll and Riverside, with funding provided by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) from the Big Lottery Fund.
The first stage of the study looked at the nature of housing and support needs among Veterans. The report was published in 2014 and highlighted areas of the country with the greatest shortfall of affordable homes to rent for Veterans.
As a result of these findings Stoll commissioned and built Centenary Lodge, our first housing development outside of London, providing 34 purpose-built homes for vulnerable and disabled Veterans.
Evaluation Report: Stoll London Outreach Service
In 2017 Stoll published an independent assessment of its Outreach Transition Service. The report examined the benefits of the service as well as how to evolve it; for instance by making sure more Service Leavers are aware of the help we can provide.
Alongside the report, Stoll and Forces in Mind Trust published a call to action highlighting the importance of identifying vulnerable Service Leavers, making sure that they have the right information at the right time and offering them appropriate, tailored support.
“We are pleased that the evidence shows our service is helping those in the London area; we must now ensure there is effective transition support available for Service Leavers in other parts of the country, notably those in the South and South East where the shortfall in appropriate accommodation for Veterans is most acute.” Ed Tytherleigh, Stoll Chief Executive