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Coronavirus Support for Armed Forces Families

 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 22nd October 

 

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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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

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.

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