In December 2020 the Defence Committee launched an inquiry on Women in the Armed Forces: From Recruitment to Civilian Life. Based on feedback and issues raised by Service personnel and their loved ones, the NFF submitted our observations on behalf of our community. Read more about this here.
On 8th February 21, the Armed Forces Bill 19-21 received Second Reading and was committed to the Armed Forces Bill Select Committee for consideration. Read more about this here.
The NFF are launching our 2021 Childcare report. Our report aims to ensure that your voices, experiences and concerns that you have about childcare in the Royal Navy have been accurately represented. In addition to families’ feedback we have included lots of relevant research.
Introducing v2 of Families transition too! A Transition Guide – for the families of Royal Navy and Royal Marines Service Leavers. We hope that this updated version helps you and your family to prepare and plan for your transition out of the RN/RM.
The 2020 Covenant Annual Report is now available. The NFF was delighted to have the opportunity again this year to set out our Formal Observations on the report (p.13 onwards).
As 2020 draws to a welcome close and we keep our fingers crossed for 2021, we’ve revamped our shopping list in order to offer you a warm, welcoming Winter Glow. Click here for more details.
Why not Christmas shop this year (2020) through UK military families who run their own businesses?
The NFF meets annually with the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB) to present feedback from Service People and their families. Please help us to speak up on your behalf by answering this short survey.
The NFF, supported by RN FPS, are delighted to offer non-serving family members (RN/RM/RFA) free access to the Headspace App for a 12-month pilot, starting on 4th November 2020.
We are launching an exciting art project, titled 'Time, On My Watch'. Click here to find out more.
The NHS has launched a questionnaire and series of virtual events to explore how it can improve health and wellbeing support for the Armed Forces community in England.
A new section has been added to our website offering advice and guidance to Royal Navy and Royal Marines families through the complex rules and regulations on UK visas and citizenship.
‘Strengthening Families – By Your Side’, a new offer of support for all Royal Navy and Royal Marines families has launched. This programme aims to provide you with the right support, at the right time.
In 2019, the then Prime Minister commissioned Mark Francois MP and his research team to produce an independent report on improving Retention within the Armed Forces. The report is now available.
The government has announced £200-million new government funding for the UK Armed Forces' housing and accommodation. Find out more about this here.
The Government has announced a public consultation seeking views on how to remove the discrimination caused by the transitional rules which meant older Service Personnel (SP) remained in their legacy schemes when other, younger, SP were transferred to the reformed scheme in 2015. Find out more about this consultation here.
An announcement has been made of a new offer of free 'wraparound' childcare for the Armed Forces, to be piloted from September. Read to find out more.
You may recall that there was a call for evidence last year (2019) for an independent report to see what more support can be offered to Service families. The report is now available.
The Naval Families Federation are now regulated by the OISC to give qualified and timely immigration advice to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their family members, the Chain of Command and NS FPS caseworkers.
We recognise that the current pandemic adds a layer of extra pressure on current serving RN & RM families and hope to brighten their day through this project.
For the past 2 years, the NFF has been providing serving people and their families with book resources to help them during periods of separation and deployment. Thanks to your feedback and ongoing demand, RNRMC has kindly agreed to fund a continuation of the project.
If you are living away from your family, here are some tried and tested tips from the experience of Royal Navy and Royal Marines families which may help you to navigate this time of separation.
As new measures and guidelines develop around COVID-19, we have put together a list of fun activities and useful resources to help our Royal Navy and Royal Marines families through this difficult time.
Please click here to read announcements on COVID-19 from the NFF, DIO & Amey, DCYP, MOD and NS FPS.
We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Strengthening Families – By Your Side’, a new offer of support for all Royal Navy and Royal Marines families.
Calling all ‘super mums and dads’ in the serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines community! Childcare policies are now being reviewed. If you have 10 minutes your feedback can make all the difference.
SSAFA has announced the release of a new survey report written by the FANDF committee, which shares the voices of this sometimes-overlooked Additional Needs and Disability community within the Armed Forces.
Find out more about applying for surplus Service Family Accommdation (SFA) under the new long-term relationship policy here.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a new, open consultation to discover how those within, and working with, the Armed Forces community feel funding could be best used to support them.
The 2019 Covenant Annual Report was published today (20th December 2019). The NFF was delighted to have the opportunity again this year to set out our Formal Observations on the report.
Armed Forces personnel and their families are to receive enhanced support from the MOD as they re-join civilian life. The expanded support includes the launch a new organisation, the Defence Transition Services (DTS), which will provide comprehensive support to service leavers.
Forces Help to Buy initiative will remain open to new applications until 2022. Find out more about this here.
Earlier this year, NFF CEO Anna Wright was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee (DSC) to talk about the Armed Forces Covenant – its delivery, and any concerns that may affect Royal Navy and Royal Marines families
A brand new ‘one-stop-shop’ website, Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) goes live on 17th September, providing free access to employment or training opportunities to families in the UK’s Armed Forces.
To collect evidence for ‘Stick or Twist’, an independent report on retention, Mark Francois MP and his research team joined us and over a dozen dual-serving couples, Service spouses and partners to listen to their ‘lived experience’.
Regain is an initiative masterminded by a serving Royal Marines Captain that offers a simpler way to help Royal Marines access mental health treatment.
Mark Francois MP and his research team have been asked to produce an independent report on improving Retention within the Armed Forces.
In a joint letter dated 18th April 2019, Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, and Chris Skidmore, Universities Minister called on institutions to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant.
We were delighted to host Andrew Selous MP, Prof Jan Walker and more than a dozen of serving personnel and Service spouses and partners today (4th April 19) at our offices in HMS Excellent.
The National States of the United Kingdom have produced the following welcome guides to help Service families to settle in when they move across the UK or return from overseas.
There has been an update of FAM on 1st April 2019. Please click here for more information.
FAMCAS provides spouses/civil partners with an opportunity to share their views on what life is like being with a member of the Armed Forces.
Pioneering research into the effects of ‘weekending’ - non-operational separations - on Naval Service families has been unveiled by the NFF at Admiralty House in London.
The Secretary of State for Defence has asked Andrew Selous MP to produce an independent report to Government to see what more support can be offered to Service families.
Department of Health and the Department for Education released a Green Paper to consult on mental health provision for children and young people in December 2017. The implementation began in early 2019 - 25 trailblazer areas across England to provide expert mental health support to almost half a million children and young people every year.
*Update: This scheme has been extended. Please visit the news section for more information* A government scheme to help military families buy their own homes has been extended until the end of 2019, announced by Defence Secretary.