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Support for Armed Forces Families

this page is used to signpost families to general support. 

 

If your family needs specific support from school please do not hesitate to contact the school office. The named member of staff for armed forces support is Mrs Lock but you can also  talk with any member of the school team.

 

Further information about what we do in school to support children from Armed Forces families can be found in the about our school menu.

 

Updated 18th December 

 

Armed Forces Families 

We have recived notification of a new project launched recently at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) that  might be of interest to you 

‘Real Stories’ is a new online gallery of images submitted by military-connected families to reflect family life today. They’re inviting members of the UK Armed Forces Community (anybody who is related or in a partnership with somebody who is serving or has served in the Armed Forces) to submit an image and take part in the virtual exhibition.

Details can be found here:  https://kcmhr.org/real-stories/

They hope this virtual gallery will be educational and informative, to help raise awareness and understanding within the public perception of the Armed Forces community.  There’s also an opportunity to include a written contribution to go alongside your submission about what the image represents or means to you, which will be presented in our Reflections booklet (these comments can remain anonymous if you wish).

Contributors need to be 18 years old or over, Please do feel free to share far and wide with friends and family in the military community!

 

 

 

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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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.

The Naval Children's Charity

The Naval Children’s Charity offers help to children up to the age of 25, of parents or those in the guardianship of serving or ex-serving members of any part of the Royal Navy including the Reserves and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Working closely with the other Naval charities offering financial support we give grants to help in times of need. Families can come to us directly for help either through our website www.navalchildrenscharity.org.uk or by emailing caseworkers@navalchildrenscharity.org.uk or phone 023 9263 9534. They can also go through NS FPS, SSAFA or other agencies who will refer on to us.

A large part of our support falls into our Emergency Essentials Grants scheme. For some children and young people their need is immediate, and we respond quickly and directly. The scheme helps those children where their families are struggling financially, often facing times of crisis such as stresses caused by COVID-19, unemployment or redundancy, illness, bereavement, injury, or disability. Our caseworkers work with families to identify more longer-term issues and challenges and help prevent more serious problems such as debt and relationship issues and help with their stress and anxiety. We can help with funding for therapies, specialist equipment for illness and disability, expenses for hospital visits or separated families.

We also have some books which we send out free of charge to help families and younger children with separation and long absences. Further information about these books can be found on our website. If you would like a copy please email book@navalchildrenscharity.org.uk

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Rob Talbot and Kerry-ann Keiller - Family and People Support Information Officers Working alongside both Community and Specialist Welfare colleagues Rob and Kerry are part of the NS FPS West Team. Mob:07779970178 Mob:07970220850

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