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Author: NFF

A two-year tri-Federation project comes to fruition today (Thursday 1st November) with the publication of a report into transition. This report, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), has revealed that more awareness about the demands of transition is needed for families of Service leavers.

 

The report contains a list of recommendations including the need for:

  • A shift in culture (for policy makers, service providers, Service leavers and families themselves), which better appreciates the breadth of transition and the need to engage with it from an earlier point in a Service leaver’s career.
  • Raising awareness of the importance of advance planning.
  • An education piece to cover transition entitlement and processes.
  • Tailoring support to families’ specific needs.

 

The report, the first to specifically look at the lived experience of Service families, reveals the complex nature of transition and affirms the six ‘elements’ of transition: housing, health, education and children, employment, finances and wellbeing.

 

It also highlights the need for further research to better understand specific cohorts of families such as Foreign & Commonwealth, those whose Service leaver is being medically discharged and the challenges faced by Service children.

 

Anna Wright, CEO Naval Families Federation, said:

“The unique nature of Naval Service life is reflected by the ‘can do’ attitude of our families. However, it doesn’t automatically follow that all Naval Service families find the transition process to be without challenge. This report provides those in decision making roles with an insightful and honest bank of information to help support their thinking and consider the needs of Naval Service families when reviewing or updating appropriate policies.

“We are hugely grateful to all the families who took part in the research, offering their time and

sharing their ‘lived experience’ to inform this report.”

 

Sara Baade, Chief Executive, Army Families Federation said:

“The Army Families Federation is very grateful to FiMT for the opportunity to conduct much-needed research showing more needs to be done to support those going through transition out of the military. This work strengthens existing evidence in this area and the report’s recommendations are invaluable in supporting the case for improved resources and services that families can use to ensure their transition is successful, whatever their make-up. This key evidence also supports the Veterans’ Strategy announced by the Defence Secretary earlier this year; those transitioning out of the Forces are the veterans of tomorrow, and ensuring families overcome the many challenges transition can pose goes some way to ensuring a successful civilian life.”

 

Graeme Spark, Acting Director, RAF FF said:

“We have been delighted to have been part of this project – understanding completely the need for a holistic approach to transition to best support RAF families now and in the future. We now look forward to helping deliver where we can some of its recommendations.”

 

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said:

“The process of transition is not solely about the Service personnel, it affects the entire family unit. What has become clear, from the library of research funded by FiMT, is that the earlier planning for leaving the Armed Forces starts, the more successful and sustainable is the transition.

“The recommendations within this report highlight the need to do more to ensure that the families of Service personnel are given the support required to successfully navigate the transition pathway.”

 

You can read the full report here. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a hard copy.

 

If you have an experience of transition that you’d like to share or have any questions or concerns, contact: transition@nff.org.uk.

 

Posted on: 1st November, 2018
Updated on: 14th November, 2018

Update: Please note that the information on this page is for 2018 and has now expired. Please check back around November for 2019 posting dates. 

 

BFPO has announced the latest recommended posting deadlines for this Christmas. There is also a list of overseas locations and operations that are entitled to the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which runs from 26th October 18 – 23rd November 18.

 

If you wish to send your loved ones a letter or parcel this Christmas, please kindly visit this link and follow the advised dates to ensure they arrive on time.

 

Posted on: 16th October, 2018
Updated on: 24th October, 2018

*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