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NFF News: World Mental Health Day (10th October, 2020)

 

Update: 31st August 2021 – Thank you for your interest in the pilot project. The project is now closed. Your feedback is really important to us and will help inform future provisions – please do contact us and let us know your thoughts on how Headspace worked for you.

Introducing Headspace – a new project specially for you

Dealing with challenges is part and parcel of Naval family life, but in these strange times, some members of our serving Naval families might benefit from some extra support.

Covid-19 has brought many additional new challenges. What if there was something you could carry in your pocket to help you navigate through whatever you are facing?

We believe that the Headspace App can help, by giving you the skills you need to be able to focus on your own health and wellbeing.

That’s why NFF, supported by RN FPS and the RN Wellbeing Team, are delighted to offer serving and non-serving family members free access to the Headspace App as part of a pilot project.

We hope Headspace can help you find a little joy in your everyday.

 

What is Headspace?

Headspace is a platform for mindful living, meaning you can take it with you on a walk, a run or you can even do a workout with one of the Headspace trainers. You can use it to help you get to sleep with guided sleepcasts and music, as well as all the mindfulness courses on any topic you can think of. There are even topics and courses for children. Headspace also partners with many sports institutions to support developing a performance mindset for athletes. It’s really a gym membership for your mind. Click here to read an information leaflet. More information can be found on their website.

 

 

What you need to do

Please read the note below before you click the button to sign up for your free Headspace account. There is also a FAQ section at the bottom of this page to guide you through the application process.

 

Important note
  • Up to 3,000 serving RN/RM/RFA (regular and reserve) personnel and their loved ones will have free access to Headspace; our priority is for those families who will be most receptive to this support and most likely to make full use of it.
  • Application deadline: Noon on 31st August 2021
  • The licence gives registered family members free access to the Headspace app until 12th October 2021 so please make the most of the Headspace App while you can. 
  • You will be asked for a Service Number on the registration form so that your eligibility can be confirmed by the RN.
  • We are now able to allocate two licences per Service Number. Please ensure that you use two different email addresses when applying though, as this is a requirement of the Headspace programme. Once you have registered, and your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be contacted within 2 weeks with a link to create your account.
  • Only your name and email address will be shared with the Headspace team so that your account can be created. More details about our privacy policy can be found here.
  • If you would like to know more about the support services that are available for families,  please visit our Mental Health pages.
FAQ

We are aware that a small number of people have encountered some issues with their access to the Headspace App. If you do have any problems, please check the list below as hopefully the answer is here:

I’ve submitted my application but I’ve not received the link yet.

Q: I’ve submitted my application but I’ve not received the link yet.

 

A: If you have submitted an application for the App and haven’t heard from the NFF within two weeks, please check your junk/spam mailbox – once we have confirmed your eligibility, we are sending out the special enrolment link in an email which comes from noreply@nff.org.uk

I’ve received the email with the link, what do I do now?

Q: I’ve received the email with the link, what do I do now?

 

A: When you receive the email, please make sure that you click on the link and activate your account so that you can start to benefit from all of the great support that Headspace can offer.

How do I set up my account?

Q: How do I set up my account?

 

A: Please follow the below steps –

  1. Click on the enrolment link that we sent you in an email – please check your spam/junk box if you haven’t received it yet
  2. When you get to the NFF page on the Headspace website, click on Create a New Account
  3. Enter your Headspace login details – remember to use the same information that you provided when you completed your online application form on our website
  4. Follow each of the steps to create your account
  5. You will then receive an email asking you to verify the account – you need to follow the steps right up until completion
  6. Log out of the app and then log back in again.
  7. Now you should be able to access the full range of courses.

 

If you are still having problems once you’ve tried this, please contact the NFF team at contactus@nff.org.uk and we will get in touch with you to resolve it as soon as we can.

UPDATE

As 2020 draws to a welcome close and we keep our fingers crossed for 2021, we’ve revamped the project in order to offer you a warm, welcoming Winter Glow. Please click here for more information.

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Naval Families Federation (NFF) is proud to announce the ‘Brighten Your Day’ project, funded by the Annington Trust.

 

We are grateful for our Armed Forces’ sacrifice to protect our nation and its interests. As we celebrate the end of conflict in Europe 75 years ago today, we are also proud to be in the corner of currently serving members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their families.

 

Our community is resourceful and resilient. Families and partners juggle work, childcare, finances, home responsibilities and everything else during periods when serving people are working away or deployed.

 

During the coronavirus pandemic, we recognise that there is additional pressure on currently serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families. The NFF has received funding from the Annington Trust to provide them with resources to support their resilience, to enhance coping strategies and to brighten a family’s day during COVID-19.

 

UPDATE

This project has been replaced by ‘Winter Glow’. Please click here for more information.

Gallery

Thank you for your positive feedback and on-going demand – here are some of the pictures featuring you! Please contact us with your photos as we would love to see them!

Posted on: 8th May, 2020
Updated on: 7th December, 2020

 

As new measures and guidelines develop around COVID-19, we have put together a list of fun activities and useful resources specifically designed for the serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines families community.

 

Please also visit this page for updates from the NFF, Chain of Command and other stakeholders.

 


Activities

 

  • ‘Brighten Your Day’ project

 

    • During the coronavirus pandemic, we recognise that there is additional pressure on our Royal Navy and Royal Marines families. The NFF has received funding from the Annington Trust to provide our families with resources to brighten their day.

 

  • NFF & Headspace

NFF, Headspace and RN FPS are delighted to offer RN/RM families free access to the Headspace app

 

    • The NFF, supported by Royal Navy Family and People Support, is delighted to launch our Headspace for Families project on National Stress Awareness Day (4th November 2020). The project is open to non-serving family members (RN/RM/RFA – regular and reserves). Headspace is a platform for mindful living which you can take with you wherever you go – watch this video to find out more. You can find out more, and sign up for 12 months free access to Headspace here.

 

  • Time, On My Watch

Time, on my watch promotional poster with quote and logos.

 

    • The new NFF project is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. It’s an opportunity for you to show that your time is valuable and that you matter too. You can say what you like, in whatever medium you like. Send a photograph of the completed piece to us and Artist Tim Mann will use your images to create a final piece of artwork, which will be anonymous.

 

  • Downloadable content

 

    • Visit Little Troopers’ website to download their free activity sheets for your young person.

 

  • Reading books

 

    • For the past 2 years, the NFF has been providing serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families with book resources to help them during periods of separation and deployment. Thanks to your positive feedback and ongoing demand, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has kindly agreed to fund a continuation of the project, which has been further enhanced with additional resources relevant to the current Covid-19 lockdown. The project includes resources to assist with times of parental absence, relationships, parenting, anxiety, bereavement and more. Click here for more information.

 

    • The name Clare Shaw may perhaps ring a bell? The ”My Daddy’s/ Mommy’s Gone Away to Work” author from our book list has written an online book about COVID – 19 for children and it is available to download for free here.

 

    • A free book explaining the virus to children has been created by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Click here to download a free copy or to watch it with your children by video.

 

    • Click here to access Staying Home, a book by Sally Nicholls and Viviane Schwarz. This storybook help explain the current situation to children.

 

    • 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.

 

  • Staying active

 

    • Visit our guide here to access top tips to staying active and healthy.

 


Useful resources

 

  • Arriving Home Safely

 

    • Thank you to our NHS and key-workers. We have produced the above infographic to help you arrive home safely.

 

  • Bereavement support

 

    • Please click here for a leaflet produced by the government that shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and explains the next steps, answers some of your questions, and guides you to the extra help and support that is available.

 

    • During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. Cruse have put together these resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic.

 

    • Winston’s Wish provide support for bereaved children, young people and their families with a military connection.

 

    • Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
    • Relate have extended their counselling offer to Naval Service families to include bereavement and loss.

 

  • Child Safety

 

    • With children at home, you may worry about their safety. The Child Accident Prevention Trust have produced a guide to preventing accidents at home.

 

    • The RoSPA have produced this list of ideas to keep under-5s safe.

 

  • Domestic abuse

 

    • Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle COVID-19 are essential to beat the virus and to protect our NHS. Staying at home is particularly challenging for people who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under. Find out more about how you can access help here. If you need urgent support, dial 999.

 

    • During the coronavirus crisis, Hestia’s UK SAYS NO MORE campaign has been working to ensure victims of domestic abuse across the UK can access vital support in a safe space. All Boots UK stores will facilitate their consultation rooms as Safe Spaces, enabling people facing domestic abuse to access specialist domestic abuse support services.

 

    • Please click here to access a safety planning guide for domestic abuse survivors.

 

    •  Click here to access a safety planning guide for children in isolation.

 

  • Homeschooling/ adult-learners

 

    • The Learning and Development Organisation have produced this PDF containing hyperlinks to resources for parents now home schooling, and adult learners.
    • BFBS TV will broadcast eight hours of BBC Bitesize educational programmes to help Armed Forces families overseas with home schooling by giving them access to the new ‘lockdown service’ available on the BBC in the UK. Click here for more information on the schedule.

 

  • Mental health support 

 

    • How is it going? Challenging times like so can affect our mental health. Help is available.
    • Combat Stress have released a series of videos and resources with helpful advice, information and strategies to help get you through.

 

  • Relationship support

 

    • Relationships may face extra pressure during this difficult time. Relate offers Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families free access to their counselling service.
    • ‘Building Stronger Families’ portal is a self-directed online learning programme supporting naval couple and family relationships, which may also be able to assist.

 

  • Service charities

 

    • Here is a list of other Service charities you may wish to take note of.

 

  • Strengthening Families

 

    • While this is not a covid-19 relief project, ‘Strengthening Families – By Your Side’,  is a new offer of support for all Royal Navy and Royal Marines families. Find out more about how the programme partners can support you and your family here.

 

  • Working Away from Home

 

    • Are you 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.

 


Posted on: 26th March, 2020
Updated on: 5th November, 2020

The following sections contain information and communications from the NFF and Armed Forces partners to cover a range of topics concerning serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines families during this difficult time. The page is updated regularly.
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Message from the NFF

Our phone line and emails continue to operate as usual. Please watch a video below for a message from our CEO. We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.

 

 

Resources:
    • We have put together a page with activities and free online services to help you and your family through this challenging time. 

 

    • Our Family Resource Project has been further enhanced with additional resources relevant to the current pandemic. The project provides currently serving RN & RM families with book resources to assist with times of parental absence, relationships, parenting, anxiety, bereavement and more.

 

    • If you are currently separated from your family due to the coronavirus, our ‘Working Away from Home’ booklet includes tried and tested tips from RN & RM families and suggested activities to help you to navigate this time of separation.

 

    • The NFF, supported by Royal Navy Family and People Support, is delighted to launch our Headspace for Families project on National Stress Awareness Day (4th November 2020). The project is open to serving personnel and their family members (RN/RM/RFA – regular and reserves). Headspace is a platform for mindful living which you can take with you wherever you go – watch the video below to find out more. You can find out more, and sign up for 12 months free access to Headspace here.

 

 

 


Messages from the government/ Chain of Command
Ministry of Defence

 

  • Please click here to read a letter from the Chief of Defence People for Service Families (November 2020).
  • Click here to read a MOD Letter to Service Partners on employment (June 2020).
  • Click here for updates from the the MOD Remuneration Allowances Team on allowance and expenses (JSP 752).
  • Did you receive your vaccinations via your ship/unit? Click here to find out how to get your vaccination certificate. Note: Your NHS number can be obtained via the My Navy app.
Chain of Command

 

  • Click here to watch a video recorded by the First Sea Lord on the Royal Navy’s response to for all sailors, marines and RFA personnel (April 2020).
  • The Second Sea Lord and Fleet Commander have personally addressed Naval Service Families and you can read the message in full here (March 2020).
  • Families are encouraged to sign up to the Royal Navy Forum to receive the latest updates from the Chain of Command.
  • The Royal Navy Family & People Support (RN FPS) have extended their open hours to support Service families in this challenging time. Please click here for their contact details.
  • All Royal Navy personnel are requested to log in and register their status on the My Navy App.
Other information
Accommodation

      

 

  • DIO and Amey understand that families may have concerns about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) on the management and maintenance of their SFA and the impact on any upcoming moves.  They have therefore put together a business continuity plan with the aim of minimising the spread of the virus and keeping both families and their staff as safe as possible:

 

    • Please click here to visit gov.uk to receive the latest updates on Service Family Accommodation (SFA). This page includes a FAQ regarding COVID-19 for the MOD housing community and an address from Air Commodore Wendy Rothery, Head of Accommodation DIO.
    • Please click here to visit Amey’s COVID-19 guidance for SFA, including information on maintenance, moves, and more.
    • Future Accommodation Model: Please click here to read a service update.

 

Education
  • For the latest updates from the Directorate Children and Young People, please visit their Facebook page, hereThe Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) team are working remotely. If Service families need to contact them regarding any issues to do with their child’s education for example CEA, School admissions, advice regarding their child’s Special Educational Needs and Disability/ Additional Needs, overseas education, or retaining Service Family Accommodation for educational reasons, then they should email: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk  Please do not ring or post documents as there is no-one in the office to respond, but the general email is checked several times a day. 

 

 

  • Where parents have particular concerns over any impact on their child(ren)’s education, particularly where a child is approaching key examinations, they should contact their child(ren)’s school(s), and may also seek specific advice from the MOD Children’s Education Advisory Service at DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk . Parents with children in UK Independent Boarding Schools may also access Independent Schools Council advice here.

 

 

  • There has been an update from the MOD on School Children’s Visits (SCVs) in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and border control restrictions. The page also includes a FAQ section to have your questions answered.

 

  • For England only, the Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care, but please note that they have a reduced service right now. If you do not get through to the helpline, please email them and they will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.
Employment
  • Service leavers:
    • Career Transition Partnership (CTP) has produced some FAQ to address questions you may have.

 

  • Non-serving family members:
    • Please click here to read the government’s guidance to employers and businesses.
    • The Ministry of Defence has produced a letter to Service partners on employment during this challenging time. The annex included with this letter provides details of the employment support that is available to partners and spouses.
    • The NHS and some of the nation’s major supermarket chains are signed up to Forces Families Jobs, a tri-Service employment and training platform for Armed Forces families. If you would like to get involved and help the communities or to attend a free/ discounted online training course, please head over to the portal to sign up for free.
    • If you live in another area of England or Wales and are interested in working for the NHS to support them during this difficult time, please visit the NHS Jobs website here. NHS Jobs in Scotland can be found here.
Finance
  • Click here to find information about employment and benefits support from the DWP. 

 

  • Click here to visit Business Wales to find out more about support to business owners and those who are self-employed.
Well-being
  • Please click here for general information and guidance about Covid-19.

 

  • Please click here for general information from the NHS.

 

  • Please click here for an information leaflet for the Armed Forces community.

 

  • Bereavement support: During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. Please visit the government’s website that shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and explains the next steps; Cruse have put together these resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic; Winston’s Wish provide support for bereaved children, young people and their families with a military connection; Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

 

  • Domestic abuse: Any victim of domestic abuse has the right to be supported and to stay safe. Here is a list of organisations that can help.

 

  • Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health: The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. The Government has produced some guidance on how we can best support children and young people’s mental health through this difficult period of time, click here.
Overseas assignments
  • Please click here to view the government’s guidance for those affected by changes to UK immigration and borders due to coronavirus. 

 

  • BFPO: Please click here for a service update.

 

12 January 2021 update:

The latest guidance on self-isolation when travelling to England, and links to information on rules for the devolved nations, can be found here.

From 14 January 2021, passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England. This is in addition to the mandatory 10 day self-isolation for arrivals. All the latest information about COVID-19 testing, including reimbursement of costs, for Service personnel and their immediate families returning to the UK can be found here. Definitions of immediate family can be found here.

 

June 2021 update:

  • Service personnel and their immediate families may be eligible to claim costs associated with COVID-19 tests. Full details can be found here.
  • For Get You Home (Overseas), Duty Travel and any other arrangements, click here.

 

July 2021 Update:

For Allowance and Expense Arrangements in Response to COVID-19, click here

Posted on: 17th March, 2020
Updated on: 28th June, 2021