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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 Pupil premium section of the  About Our School section of our websie.

 

 

Zoe and the Time Rabbit  from the Naval Children's Charit

https://www.navalchildrenscharity.org.uk/1231/

Their  popular short story, Zoe and the Time Rabbit, helps children while their daddy is away on deployment. You can now download an audiobook version, read by star of screen and stage, Ivan Kaye.

For many children, being separated from a parent can have several negative effects. It can result in low mood or seperation anxiety, and have a knock-on effect on their ability to concentrate in school.

For naval children, this separation is part and parcel of growing up. Deployment is a tough time for the whole family, one that can be a real struggle for many of the young people we support.

The short stories that we have created in collaboration with author and illustrator Sarah McMenemy, Zoe and the Time Rabbit, and Henry and the Time Penguin, are designed to help young children adjust to the absence of a parent, and to remind them that mummy and daddy will be coming home as soon as they can.

File icon: mp3 Zoe-and-the-Time-Rabbit.mp3 [mp3 9MB] Click to download

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.

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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
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Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting all children with one or both parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve. We provide fundamental resources, initiatives and support to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart.

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