New Transition Post
The NFF was delighted when the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) announced it would be funding, along with the Army Families Federation (AFF) and the Royal Air Force Families Federation (RAF-FF), a post to lead a transition project, a topic that is important to us all as members of the Armed Forces.
This focused project will provide an overview of the current support available to families, and highlight where there is need for improvement and change. After a search for a suitable candidate, we are pleased to introduce Lucy Heaver as our new Transition Liaison.
“As the wife of a former Royal Marine, who has recently made a successful transition out of the military, I am fully aware of the transition process and the aspirations that serving personnel have for their own move to ‘Civvy’ street, but also of the hurdles and complications that arise. More importantly, with two young children at home and a career of my own, I am very familiar with the effects that transition can have on families.
“When this role presented itself to me, I felt that I not only had the necessary experience and understanding that was needed to fulfil it, but also that I had the chance to offer other families guidance and support during this sometimes very unnerving process. A role I could not resist.
“During my time, I will be running a research project (alongside the Army and RAF Families Federations) into what effects transition has on families. I will be working closely with different organisations and support services who offer help to families going through transition. I am hugely excited about this and hope that the information we gather, as a collective, will help inform and change future policies regarding transition and ultimately help and better the experience for you and others who are yet to transition.”