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*Edit: This competition is now closed* 

 

The Trafalgar Way, which runs from Falmouth in Cornwall to the Admiralty in central London, was created in 2005 to commemorate the journey over land made by Lt John Richards Lapenotiere who carried the momentous news of victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and of the death of Admiral Lord Nelson.

 

They have now launched a short story competition, themed ‘An Urgent Message’, to help put the Trafalgar Way on the map and into the national consciousness. Entries should be an original story about an urgent message – a great event or something that matters to only one person, or animal. There is no restriction on the tone of the story, whether it is funny or serious, happy or sad.

 

This competition is only open to:

– Individuals (aged between 7 – 21) and schools from the counties along the Trafalgar Way (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and South-West London); OR

– Sea Cadets and serving Royal Naval personnel under the age of 22 resident anywhere.

 

This competition is divided into three age categories with specific length requirements:

  • 7-11 (500 words maximum)
  • 12-16 (1000 words maximum)
  • 17-21 (2500 words maximum)

 

The closing date for this competition is at 1am on the 6th November, 2018, which falls on the same day and time as Vice-Admiral Collingwood’s dispatches from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Entries will be judged by a panel of writers and journalists.

 

You can read a specially commissioned story here for inspiration.

 

All winners will have their story published in print and have their prizes presented on Nelson’s Flagship in a special ceremony. First place prizes for each age group will include a trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a presentation with family and friends; second and third place prizes will include book tokens. There is also a cash prize for the first places in each age group.

 

Please visit this link for more information and to submit your entry.

 

Posted on: 16th October, 2018
Updated on: 8th November, 2018

*Event Expired*

 

An ‘Insight into Financial Service Operations’ programme hosted by BarclaysAFTER (Armed Forces Transition Employment Resettlement) takes place in Glasgow this October.

 

This one week (22nd to 26th) work placement will give Naval Service spouses and partners valuable insight into the Financial Services sector. Successful candidates will:

  • Discover how a financial institution operates;
  • Have the opportunity to network with individuals across the businesses and functional areas;
  • Develop tangible career skills, including CV enhancement and interview techniques.

 

There will also be a rotation between key businesses and functional area. This is aim to cover:

  • Introduction to Barclays;
  • Interview and CV skills;
  • Human resources/ Learning & Development;
  • Change and Lean;
  • Technology;
  • Compliance and Risk; and more.

 

There is also an additional day available for you to deep dive into a department of your choice to explore the sector. This placement is set for entry-level to middle management level candidates.

 

Should you be interested, please send a covering letter to outline your motivations, along with your CV, to Chris.cadman@barclays.com and sarahlouise.x.flood@barclays.com.

 

Posted on: 4th October, 2018

On 30th September 2018, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced a new package to help Armed Forces personnel and their family members throughout their careers and their transitions into civilian life.

 

He said:

‘’The bravery and dedication of our people is second to none. Whether they are in service, have served, or support the service of a loved one, we owe them a great debt of gratitude for their work in keeping this country safe. It is only right that we give our Armed Forces every opportunity to develop their skills to reach their potential, while ensuring that their spouses and civil partners are just as valued for the part they play.

The vast majority of those who have served in our Armed Forces go on to lead successful and rewarding lives, but it’s important we recognise that the transition is not always smooth. We are dedicated to upholding the support they receive while in uniform as they take this next step, and I’m delighted to be adding an extra helping hand to those most in need.‘’

 

The new package will include the following schemes:

  • Launching a new transition programme and ID cards for Service leavers. A new Defence Transition Service will deliver specialist support for Service personnel to adjust to civilian life, including help with housing and employment. New ID cards will be available to Service leavers shortly, and those who have already made the transition will be able to apply for an ID card in 2019. These cards will allow easy access to the range of support available from the public and charitable sectors, including registering with your local authority for priority healthcare and housing;

 

  • A new fund will be dedicated to support the careers of Service spouses and partners, following the success of the MOD’s Spouse Employment Support trial. This will facilitate access to vocational training and development opportunities to entering new sectors or self-employment;

 

  • By the end of 2020, all serving personnel will have access to their own Professional and Personal Development Plan, a scheme that will enable them to hone the skills they need to succeed throughout their service, and to equip them for the next stage of their careers. It can also help create a support network for those living with significant illness, caring for others.

 

We will share further details as they become available. The Naval Families Federation welcomes your feedback on these and other issues. Please do contact us via our website with any comments you make have.

 

Posted on: 1st October, 2018

Following the collapse of Wonga, the payday lender who went into administration, Service personnel with Wonga loans are being offered a “payday payoff” loan facility from Plane Saver Credit Union.

This facility is offered to support serving personnel who are affected by Wonga’s collapse. Please visit this site to read their full terms and conditions.

 

Posted on: 1st October, 2018

The Ministry of Defence has produced a guide to expenses and allowances for Serving personnel and the support families could receive.

 

This booklet, accessible here, holds a wealth of information to help both regular and reserve members of all three Services to better understand some of the most common expenses, allowances and other provisions that are available.

 

Introducing the categories of entitlements, explaining the common terminologies, and the claiming process, it can also signpost you to the correct departments and appropriate chapters in JSP 752 (primary authority). You can also find a FAQ in form of scenarios that are most commonly experienced by our Serving people.

 

Please note that this document is for guidance only, do always refer to JSP 752 and contact your Unit HRs.

 

Posted on: 19th September, 2018

*Event Expired*

 

KPMG, with support from the NFF, will be hosting an Armed Forces Spouses Insight Event in Glasgow on Wednesday 26th September.

 

Having signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant as well as being Gold MOD Employer Recognition Award winner (2016), KPMG are committed to support our serving personnel and their family members. They understand and respect the contribution made within the Armed Forces community. As part of KPMG’s signed Covenant, they endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and parents before, during, and after their other half’s deployment.

 

This event will start at noon for two hours, with networking afterwards. Participants will learn more about this company, which offers job opportunities in different fields, from administration to chartered accountant.

 

Please contact Alice Andrews at Alice.Andrews@KPMG.co.uk for more details, and to sign up for your place.

 

Posted on: 12th September, 2018

Please be aware that there is an ongoing, isolated issue affecting certain mailbags destined for Brunei.

 

The mailbags were originally seized in April due to liquid being identified inside a parcel, which resulted in Thai Customs withholding the entire shipment. Previous attempts in negotiation with the Thai authorities to release the mail have been unsuccessful, and BFPO is now seeking assistance of the Defence Attaché in Bangkok.

 

There is an official statement issued by HQ BFPO to clarify this incident and to update those who have been affected. You can read the statement and find their contact information here.

 

Posted on: 10th September, 2018

Reading Force is a shared reading initiative for Service families. The charity provides free books and scrapbooks to Service children of all ages, in order to support and encourage Armed Forces families with shared reading both at home or when separated.

 

Through this programme, participating families experience the following benefits:
• Maintaining good contact with a parent when they are away from home;
• Increased contact with extended family, especially grandparents;
• Improved communication within the whole family;
• More fathers get involved with their children’s reading;
• A sense of community and affirmed identity.

 

Please see this brochure to find out more about their causes, and use this link to sign up for your copy.

 

Posted on: 6th September, 2018
Updated on: 21st June, 2019

 

Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent survey about mental health for Royal Navy and Royal Marines families. Your feedback is extremely valuable and helps us to represent accurately your views and experiences. The results of the survey are here.

 

This survey was carried out to assist the House of Commons Defence Committee (HCDC) with its current inquiry into the Mental Health of the Armed Forces. The Committee makes recommendations for change. On 25 July 2018 it published Part 1 of its report into the Mental Health of the Armed Forces, which considers the scale of mental health issues. The Naval Families Federation provided evidence for this report. The Committee accepted our view that mental health should be considered in a holistic way, rather than focusing solely on the serving person. We want to find out more about the impact of military service and lifestyles on the mental health of family members, to make sure you are properly supported. Part 1 of the Committee’s report acknowledges that families’ mental health can be affected by the stresses of Service life and by traumatic events experienced by their military partners. It makes a number of recommendations, including that the Ministry of Defence, in conjunction with the health departments of the four nations, places a greater focus on Service and veterans’ families as part of its mental health care provision. This should include supporting further research into the mental health of current and former Service families to determine what provision is needed. The Ministry of Defence should also monitor how this provision is applied across the UK as part of its annual report on the Armed Forces Covenant.

 

You can read Part 1 of the HCDC report here and our evidence here. We will keep you up to date with any further developments as they happen.

 

Posted on: 5th September, 2018

 

On Wendesday 29th August 2018 it was announced that CarillionAmey is rebranding, and will be known as ‘Amey’ from now on.

 

There are sereval changes that you may wish to take note of:

 

  1. Their new website will be https://www.ameydefenceservices.co.uk/
  2. You can find out more about their services (including a SFA guide, advice and support etc.) here.
  3. There is a change to their email address domain (@ameydefenceservices.co.uk). Please refer to this page here for more information.
  4. Their phone numbers will remain unchanged.

 

You can read their official statement here.

 

Posted on: 30th August, 2018