Looking after our spouses and partners
This section will hopefully step you through opportunities that are available and how to find out more. A lot of the training is free to military spouses.
- Finding a job: Places to go and we post some vacancies too!
- Training Opportunities: Find out what training is out there for you.
- News: General news stories on spousal support
- Volunteering: Just tap in your postcode at Do-It online
Also - our own RAF spouses in business
Help for spouses/partners of service personnel
There is a downloadable two-page flyer available from the Department for Work and Pensions and provides all sorts of hyperlinks to key information such as looking for work, how to claim Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit, help with benefits when you are abroad, Job Centre Armed Forces Champions and how they can help you.
Turn your business idea into reality
If you haven't yet started your business, there's a FREE course to help you as a military spouse/partner with developing your business plan and stepping you through turning your dream into a reality. Become part of a brilliant support network afterwards too. Phone the University of Wolverhampton and ask about the 'Dependants' Business Start-Up Programme' on 0190 232 1272 or email SUH@wlv.ac.uk
Start-up loans, mentoring and support
Over 700 businesses have been backed by X-Forces who support ex-forces and their families to start up businesses across the UK with start-up loans, mentoring and support. Phone 0800 307 7545 or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Armed Forces Covenant plays a part too
Many of you will of heard about the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) but not 100% sure as to what it actually means. An easy line to remember however, is that the Covenant overall is about getting a FAIR DEAL and if it exists, removing 'disadvantage' from those who Serve in the armed forces, or the Serving family.
So, it's not to queue jump to services; more there to ensure you don't lose your place, wherever your family is posted to, throughout the country in services such as:
- Healthcare (examples include NHS waiting lists, IVF, dental treatment continuity)
- Education (finding the right school)
- Housing (provision to publicly-provided accommodation, housing schemes, adaptations etc)
- Access to finance/credit facilites (such as a mobile phone contract, credit card, car loan, mortgage)
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