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We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the people who are working as part of the national response to Covid-19.

 

Many key workers in the NHS, the Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) and other vital services are working away from home at the moment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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.

 

You can download our resource free here.

 

 

Posted on: 30th April, 2020

 

Service children’s sporting activities – Kings Camp Portsmouth is back for an 8th year

 

Two weeks of sports and activity programmes have been organised by The Kings Foundation and discounted by Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity funding.

 

Kings Camp is the leading provider of holiday sports and activity day camps for children and works closely with the many Naval Service communities across the UK. As a charitable organisation, Kings Camp focuses on the experience of each child attending camp. With inspiring coaches, children experience a wide range of sports and activities whilst making new friends and developing a love for an active, healthy lifestyle.

 

With 25 years’ experience, more than half a million children already have happy Kings Camp memories; activities include a wide range of sports, socialising, interacting and learning new skills from their experiences. With full use of sports facilities including swimming pool, indoor and outdoor facilities, the inspiring Kings Camps coaches ensure all children are fully involved in the activities.

 

The camps are for children aged 5 -17 years old and will run from 0815 – 1645 each day (1600 on Friday) from:

 

Week 1    HMS Temeraire and HMS Collingwood              Monday 22 – Friday 26 July

Week 2    HMS Temeraire and HMS Collingwood              Monday 29 Jul – Friday 2 August

 

Drop off for all camps is between 0815 – 0845 and pick up is between 1615 – 1700 (1600 on Friday). Please do not drop off or collect after these times.

 

Each camp can take up to a maximum of 100 children so please book early to avoid disappointment. The normal cost for each week is £187, however each place has been heavily subsidised by both the Kings Foundation (£77) and the RNRMC (£60), so the cost per child is only £60 for the week. If you wish to book a place during the first week and your child(ren) do not break up until the Mon or Tue please speak directly to Kings who will provide a reduced price for week 1. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to mix and enjoy each other’s company whilst enjoying a week of fun and entertainment during the summer holidays.

 

Payment is required at the time of booking and can be made by credit or debit card. You can also pay by child care vouchers you will just pay £1 to secure your place and then send Kings the vouchers. You will also need to provide your Service Number, rank and place of work.

 

To book your child(ren) onto the camp, call Molly and the team on 0114 263 2160. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact WO1 PT Tiny Nash on 9380 22828 / 02392 722828 or e mail paul.nash256@mod.gov.uk 

 

EDIT

An extended funding partnership between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and Kings Camps is about to enable more children and young people from Naval Service families to access sports and activity camps right across the UK and at a significantly subsidised rate of £60 per week. In addition to operating Kings Camps for 1,800 children at 8 Royal Navy bases, Naval Service families can now access Kings Camps at 55 locations across the UK, from Aberdeen to Cornwall. Read more about this here.

 

Posted on: 23rd March 2018
Updated on: 17th June, 2019

X-Forces has set up a scheme to help Service Leavers, Reservists, and Spouses/ Partners to start their own business.

 

This scheme offers low interest start-up loans to individuals over 18 who have a viable business idea but no access to traditional finance.

 

Successful candidates will receive a 12-month free monitoring service, free training events and more.

 

Please see this page for more information and to apply for your Start Up Loan.

 

Posted on: 16th 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

*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

*Event Expired*

 

Little Troopers Annual calendar competition launches today. The charity wants to find 13 new stars for their 2019 Military moments calendar. This competition helps the charity find pictures of those special moments between our serving personnel and their families. The popular calendar helps to raise funds for the charity to continue its work in supporting military families.

 

Louise Fetigan, founder and operations manager of the charity, said: “Mums and Dads who serve our country as part of the British Armed Forces can spend up to nine months a year away from their children. The time they have together with their children and family is precious. Capturing those moments when they are reunited at a homecoming, sharing a military occasion or staying connected while apart provide some of the best memories for our families. We are privileged that so many choose to share them with us.”

 

Everyone who enters an image will have the chance to win one of three great prizes. There are also nine runner-up places:

 

1st Prize –£75 cinema voucher, Little Trooper hoodie, and a featured month in the calendar
2nd Prize – £50 cinema voucher, Little Trooper hoodie, and a featured month in the calendar
3rd Prize – £25 cinema voucher, Little Trooper hoodie, and a featured month in the calendar
10 runner-ups will all get their pictures featured as a month in the calendar

 

Louise encourages any family who has a parent serving in the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force or the Reserves to enter.

 

The charity behind the calendar Little Troopers aims to help maintain the family bond through events, online resources and initiatives. The Little Troopers: ‘Military moments’ calendar shows a side of forces life very rarely shared. The seventh calendar (2019) will be on sale for £9.99 and can be pre-ordered at www.LittleTroopers.net.

 

Photos should be emailed to competition@LittleTroopers.net alternatively you can post them to Little Troopers, 4b 80 High Street Egham Surrey TW20 9HE. All entries should be marked ‘Calendar Competition’ and include your name, address, contact email, phone number and your Little Troopers name and age. Closing date is the 5th September 2018 and all Terms and Conditions (which must be read prior to entry) can be found here.

 

If you have any further enquiries or would like to set up an interview please call Cheryl Randeria on 078 1069 7957.

 

Posted on: 14th August, 2018

Update: The survey results are here. Please read on to find out more. 

 

We need your help to find out how Royal Navy and Royal Marines families are finding the provision of mental health care. We know that your time is precious, and so we have tried to keep this survey as short as possible, whilst giving an opportunity to you to comment on the key questions. You can skip any parts that are not relevant to you. The survey is here.

 

To find out more about why we are carrying out this survey, keep reading below.

 

Why are we asking you these questions?

The House of Commons Defence Committee is carrying out an inquiry about the Mental Health of the Armed Forces. It 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. We now have details of the next phase of the inquiry and want to make sure that we accurately represent your views and experiences.

 

The Committee accepted our view that mental health should be considered in a more holistic way, rather than focussing 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. 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.

 

The report 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 the full report here and our evidence here.

 

Update

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.

 

Posted on: 27th July, 2018
Updated on: 5th September, 2018