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Veterans’ Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support.

There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.

Veterans’ Gateway now makes it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.

They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible.

 

Who is part of Veterans’ Gateway?

Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Their connection with additional key referral organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector – means they can get you to the right organisation who can help.

Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community.

 

Get in touch

You can speak to one of the team by phone or email.

They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to put you in touch with the help you need, or direct you to the information you are looking for.

You can use their Self Help service to find information yourself.

This includes advice from a range of organisations covering issues from employment, finances and housing, to independent living, mental wellbeing, physical health, and families and communities.

 

Further information

Along with the Army and RAF Families Federation, the Naval Families Federation ran a 2-year project to gain a better understanding of the transition process and the challenges that surround it. If you’re leaving the Royal Navy or Royal Marines soon, please read the full report here, or visit this page for more information.

 

Posted on: 20th June, 2017
Last updated on: 3rd January, 2019

The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) 2019 has now been published.

 

Statistics from AFCAS are used by both internal Ministry of Defence (MOD) teams and external bodies to inform the development of policy and measure the impact of decisions affecting personnel, including major programmes such as the Armed Forces Covenant and New Employment Model.

 

Please click here to see the results (2019) in full. Previous results are also accessible here: 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015.

 

If you have any feedback regarding these results, please contact us on 023 9265 4374 or email contactus@nff.org.uk.

 

Posted on: 25th May, 2017
Updated on: 28th May, 2019

Are your dependent children declared on JPA? Declaring dependent Service Children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of service housing and potential assignments.

In order to complete the registration process, Service Personnel should provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to unit HR who will complete the JPA process in accordance with BPG IN914005.

Contact: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk

 

Posted on: 27th March, 2017

Bringing up children can be a great joy, but also has its challenges, particularly during periods of separation. Sometimes undertaking a parenting course can help parents or carers to feel more confident in their approach. There are various courses available through local Children and Family Hubs (sometimes called Sure Start Centres or Children’s Centres). Evidence based courses such as the Incredible Years and Triple P – Positive Parenting Program can be a good starting place.

 

Families often talk to us about their experiences of parental absence, whether through deployment, weekending, or other causes. In response to their feedback, and in consultation with YoungMinds, we have produced a resource to help to support parents, carers and schools. You can download a copy here.

 

Family Lives is a charity that supports parents and others raising children in having the best relationship possible with the children they care for. They offer a telephone support helpline and online forums. Find out more here.

 

Family Fund

Family Fund provides grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. They provide grants for a wide range of items. Please visit their website here.

 

Online Safety

For helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe online visit the NSPCC’s Online Safety Guide.

How to decide if your child is ready to be home alone –

Deciding if your child is ready to be left home alone can be a tricky decision. The NSPCC’s very helpful guide explains what you need to consider.

Little Troopers support children with parents in the Armed Forces, Regular or Reserve. You can buy separation packs and other resources from their online shop. You can visit their website here.

HMS Heroes is a national support group for children of serving people. They provide a tri-Service network of after-school clubs. Please read more here.

When your family is mobile, or you are living away from your support network, it can really help to develop relationships with other parents in your area. One way to do this is through National Childbirth Trust’s ante and post-natal groups.  You can search their website to find a ‘Bumps and Babies’ event near you. They also offer UK wide online e-groups for Dads, women planning a home birth, caesarean section support and pre-term birth support.

 

 

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They have a free helpline and email support service, and have a range of useful resources on their website here.

 

Posted on: 17th November, 2016
Updated on: 12th February, 2019

Many thanks to all those who took part in our ‘Wearing of Unearned Medals’ survey.

 

We shared our findings with the House of Commons Defence Select Committee who will use this evidence when The Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill has its Second Reading in the House of Commons later this month.

 

The bill is intended to ‘prohibit the wearing or public display, by a person not entitled to do so, of medals or insignia awarded for valour, with the intent to deceive’.

 

If you would like to read the results of the survey in full, please click here

 

If you would like to read the comments in Annexes A and B which are referred to in the report, please email info@nff.org.uk.

 

Thank you once again for taking the time to share your views on this important matter.

 

Posted on: 11th November, 2016

We are so grateful to everyone who responded to our Childcare survey. About half of respondents were serving people and half were civilian partners. We were also delighted to hear from a number of lone parents and many dual serving couples.

 

The whole report can be downloaded here. 

 

Last week we took our findings to the Royal Navy’s Continuous Improvement event on Childcare. It was clear from your responses that cost and flexibility are key issues. You also told us about other considerations, such as being able to keep SWDC status after a child’s 11th birthday, which we are raising with the Chain of Command on your behalf.

 

Many, many thanks to you all – we could not do our job without you.

 

Posted on: 5th October, 2016

CPD resources for schools

A review of all current CPD resources for schools can be found here.

 

Thriving Lives Toolkit 

Underpinned by rigorous research and thoroughly tested in school, the Thriving Lives Toolkit provides schools with a framework of 7 principles through which to reflect on their practice and a 3 tier set of CPD resources. The resources in this toolkit have been developed in collaboration with a range of partners across the UK, and consist of:

  • an introductory animation;
  • a detailed resource introducing the evidence base, what schools can do to support their Service children and who can help and;
  • school case studies.

 

The Experience of Parental Absence in Royal Navy and Royal Marines Families

Our guide to supporting children and families, as endorsed in the Living in Our Shoes report, can be downloaded free here.

 

Supporting Children and Young People From Royal Navy and Royal Marines Families

Children and young people with parents in the Armed Forces face challenges that may go beyond the experience of the majority of families and children living in the UK. This booklet is a handy overview of the unique challenges faced by Naval Service children and the funding, information and resources available to schools.

 

Armed Forces Day

Learning resources for schools wishing to show their support for Armed Forces Day, including assembly plans and teachers’ notes for both primary and secondary schools. Find out more here.

 

The British Armed Forces Learning Resource

A resource developed for History, English and Citizenship for Key Stages 1-4, as well as older students. Designed to help teachers introduce students to the work of the Armed Forces in Britain and abroad, exploring their role, history, current operations and what it is like to work as part of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. Find out more here.

 

MOD Service Children Education

Video guidance produced by the MOD’s Service Children Education about a range of topics, including deployment, mobility and behaviour management. Find out more here.

 

Supporting Service Children Moving Schools

The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) have put together a downloadable resource to support Service pupils moving between schools which you can download here.

 

Posted on: 9 April 2021

On Friday 20 May 2016, we formally launched our new strategy and website at Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth.

 

More than 500 Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel came to show their support for Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ families. The Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Penny Mordaunt MP, came along to add her good wishes.

 

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Mark Lancaster, sent his own message of support:

“Operating successfully both at home and at sea requires incredible teamwork – a key characteristic of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines; and whilst everybody must play their part, we are particularly conscious of the support provided by families. The Naval Families Federation helps ensure that families are fully part of that team; offering support and trusted advice, not only to sailors, marines and their families, but also to the chain of command and policy makers. They give a voice to the wider ‘Naval Service family’ and I am delighted that we have such an organisation, led by Anna Wright, that provides clear benefit to both the Naval community and Defence.”

 

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC spoke on the day:

“My door is always open to the Naval Families Federation. They have a huge amount to contribute, and I want everyone here in NCHQ to make use of their insight too. Families must continue to have a voice as we move forward. We want them to believe in the Royal Navy’s future and to believe that their place in this future is equally bright. And with the help of the Naval Families Federation, we can ensure life in the Navy is as a good as it can be for everyone.”

 

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

 

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY Pictured: Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, visitng NCHQ The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on: 24th May, 2016

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