Useful links

There are many organisations that can offer help, advice and support on all sorts of matters such as education, finance, employment, housing and health.  Many of the pages we have linked to here will provide links to further sites of interest.

If you are not sure which organisation is going to be most able to help or advise for your particular circumstances then please contact the RAF Families Federation, who will point you in the right direction.

MOD/RAF information

The Armed Forces Covenant with sections for:

The RAF Community Support pages

The RAF HIVE – including links to local HIVE Information Office pages

RAF Stations – including welfare and leisure facilities and contact details for each Station

Deployment / separation

RAF Families’ Federation’s deployment page

The RAF Community Support deployment page

The Royal Air Forces Association’s Storybook Wings service

The Royal British Legion’s deployment page

The INtouch imail service website

Help for children and parents during deployment booklet

Little Troopers

Reading Force

Books: My Daddy’s Going Away and Mummy’s Home!

Education

The RAF Families’ Federation education page has many useful links

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS), including:

Department for Education information on the Service Pupil Premium

Service Children in State Schools (SCISS) handbook and useful contacts

The MOD’s Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP) site – including information about education of Service Children in the UK and posted overseas, and childcare

Deployment and Detachment – School Based Interventions

The Royal British Legion’s Best Practice Guides for Supporting Service Children in School:

Organisations offering help and advice

Big White Wall – free, anonymous online support for UK Serving Personnel and their families

Citizens Advice

Combat Stress – now running a mental health helpline, open to all serving or former personnel and their families

Project FORTIS – veterans and leavers careers network

RAF Benevolent Fund – offering serving RAF and their families financial, relationship, and emotional support. 

Royal Air Forces Association

The Samaritans – including their Pocket Guide for the Armed Forces

SSAFA – including their social work service for RAF families

The Royal British Legion

Health

Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community through the NHS

Support for Service Families through the NHS

Employment for spouses / partners

COBSEO vacancies page

The Armed Forces Covenant families’ page contains links relevant to employment and training

JobCentre Plus

Lifeworks families

Poppy Scotland (Scotland only)

Recruit for Spouses

The Royal British Legion – Civvystreet

Sorted!

Finance

MoneyForce – financial guidance designed for Armed Forces personnel and their families, including a Life and Family page

Turn2Us –advice and assistance accessing grants, welfare benefits and other support

Recreation and Respite – to help you make the most of your time together

The tri-service contact house directory gives a full listing of available contact houses, allowing family or children to visit serving personnel.

RAF Benevolent Fund seaside cottages

Royal British Legion:

Service Clubs in London:

Short-term family accommodation in Plymouth

SSAFA short breaks and holidays – for those who have a child or parent with an additional need or disability within the family

Tile Barn Poppy Pods in Hampshire – free weekend or 4 night holiday breaks for serving personnel and veterans.

The Services Cotswold Centre – short breaks, welfare breaks, or temporary housing between postings