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Coronavirus Support Forces Friends

 The team at MKC Heroes have been sending support materials for forces families. We will share these on this page when we receive them.

 

Updated 25th June

 

Naval Families Federation Project

wording  taken from their website- https://nff.org.uk/brighten-your-day/

During the coronavirus pandemic, we recognise that there is additional pressure on those Royal Navy and Royal Marines families whose serving loved one(s) are currently deployed or away from home as a result of COVID-19. The NFF has received funding from the Annington Trust to provide these currently serving families with resources to support their resilience, to enhance coping strategies and to brighten their day whilst apart.

Eligibility

  • This project is for serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines families (Regular & Reserve) who are serving away from home or deployed on operations.
  • You will need to provide us with your serving loved one’s Service number for eligibility purposes.
  • The provision of resources is limited to one item per Service person. The provision of resources is subject to funding and availability. Should your item be unavailable, a suitable alternative will be sourced where possible.
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Naval Children's Charity

External Link Icon Naval Children's Charity
Previously the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children's Fund,

Reading Force

Their FREE initiative is available to those serving, reservist, veteran, injured – as well as the divorced/separated partners and children of Forces personnel. As they deliver books and scrapbooks directly to the homes of families who request them, they have been able to give military families a constructive activity throughout lockdown. As restrictions ease, you can still use their materials to keep in touch with a deployed parent and wider family.

The majority of families taking part in Reading Force are those with younger children, although older children, from babies to age 10, although older children have joined in a family activity that includes everyone, or to help encourage their siblings’ literacy.

f you would like to see images of families’ scrapbooks you can look at the Reading Force Instagram page, and there are also updates of family input on their Facebook page (all offered with permission). An RAF family has made a video for Sky Children’s programme which will be aired soon.

Never Such Innocence Update forwarded by MKC Heroes 

https://www.neversuchinnocence.com/

 Voices of Armed Forces Children

With the support of the Armed Forces Covenant, NSI has launched a new project: Voices of Armed Forces Children. We are inviting young people of currently serving Armed Forces members and veterans to utilise the creative arts to have their voices heard! NSI is calling on 6-18 year olds to share their experience of being an Armed Forces child through Poetry, Art, Speech, Song and Video. Here are some ideas on how they can respond:

  • Tell us what it is like to be the child of a member of the Armed Forces - currently serving or a veteran.
  • Create a piece of work that shows your mum, dad or guardian’s role in the Armed Forces.
  • Think about what honour, courage, and commitment look like.
  • Reflect on what the Armed Forces means to you.

All pieces of work will be featured online, on the Voices of Armed Forces Children NSI page – and there may be some surprise opportunities!

Covid 19 

The collective fight against the Covid-19 is not the type of conflict we normally invite young people to reflect on, but its impact is familiar - the closure of borders, threats to safety and well-being, disruptions to education and the fear of the unknown, to name just a few. 

We are calling on young people globally to use this period of uncertainty to reflect on their feelings, and in doing so, empathise with those affected by historical or contemporary conflicts. Here are some thinking points to help get started:

  • During both a conflict and a health crisis, key workers such as doctors and nurses often risk their lives to save others. As a young person, how might or does it feel to have your parents / guardians serving on the front line? 

  • How does the emergence of Covid-19 affect communities already directly facing conflict? 

  • Covid-19 has affected lots of different people around the world, regardless of race, gender, faith or ethnicity. Conflict can be discriminatory, but it can also be unexpected and affect anyone. How might people adjust to changes in their lives? 

 

Wall of Remembrance

Our friends at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) have launched an online “Wall of Remembrance” to pay tribute to those who served in both the First and Second World Wars. We invite you to participate alongside us.
 
Whether it is a simple thank you, a picture, or a few lines of text, they want to collect as many tributes as possible. The CWGC would love it if you could submit a tribute to ensure that these men and women are remembered in perpetuity.
 
You can submit a  tribute using #ShareYourTribute on social media, or upload on the CWGC website 
https://www.cwgc.org/share-your-tribute

Help for Heroes Wellbeing Link 

Below link is for Help for Heroes  guide to wellbeing that has been sent to us by MKC Heroes.  They have said that it is suitable for adults rather than children.

https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support/mental-health-and-wellbeing/a-field-guide-to-self-care/

Walking with the Wounded Wellbeing Link 

The link below is for the Walking with the Wounded website  guide to Covid-19 support.  It  is suitable for adults rather than children.

https://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/Home/About/184