Useful Links on Family Support
BFBS (Bristish Forces Broadcasting Service): Championing the Armed Forces on radio, news, television, cinema to name but a few. A great way of keeping up to date on military news and events.
Big White Wall: A safe and anonymous peer support community which is online, and accessible anytime, anywhere. Free for armed forces personnel.
Buckinghamshire Family Information Service - free information and advice to families with children up to 19 (and up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities) especially around Halton and High Wycombe.
Child Maintenance Options: Offering general information including access to tools such as the maintenance calculator, family-based arrangement forms etc.
Childcare Vouchers: A government initiative designed to help working parents pay for childcare. You can convert part of your salary into vouchers before your usual tax and NI contributions are taken. This means that you only have to pay the tax and NI on what’s left, saving you up to £933 per year.
Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS): Part of the MOD's Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) and are a small dedicated team, who are experienced in advising service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of service children in the UK and overseas.
Combat PTSD Angels: A Facebook group aimed at empowering and educating loved ones of UK Veterans with Combat PTSD.
Counselling Directory: Connecting you with professional support
Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP): Provides appropriate professional direction, support and advice in order to ensure that children and young people are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and fulfil their potential.
Fathers 4 Justice: The campaign website against a fatherless society.
Forces Children's Trust: A charity who helps children in need whose father or mother has died, or has sustained life-changing injuries, whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces or Civilian Forces (i.e. Police, Fire and Ambulance Services).
Hft: A national charity which provides services for people with learning disabilities throughout England. Hft supports people to live life the way they choose - whether providing support for just a couple of hours a week, or 24 hours a day.
Lifeworks Offering free employment advice for spouses - free courses available
Mumsnet By Parents for Parents
Pray 4 Our Forces from the Armed Forces Christian Union.
Proud 2 Serve: The British Armed Forces LGBT e-network on Facebook.
RAF Association: Committed to providing confidential, professional and fair services to members of the wider RAF family from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran and their families. Whatever the need, the RAF Association can give practical assistance, expert advice and emotional support.
RAF Benevolent Fund: In 2016, The RAF Benevolent Fund spent more than £17 million supporting more than 65,000 current and former members of the RAF and their families. The Benevolent Fund is there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
RAF Community Support: A great central resource for all RAF personnel and their families. You will have a Community Support team on all RAF Stations and are normally a good first port of call.
RAF Disability Holiday Trust: The aim of the Trust, the first of its kind, is to make it possible for both serving and ex-Royal Air Force personnel and their dependants with a severe disability to take holidays in the UK and abroad on equal terms with able bodied people.
Royal British Legion: Includes information on family breaks, training opportunities, general support and much more. RBL provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
Samaritans: Another option for a listening ear.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers: A charity dedicated to supporting bereaved British Forces Children aged 0-18 years. Support is available to families from the British Army, Royal Navy or RAF, regular and reserves and is not limited to those killed in action. Children who have lost a parent through illness or accident are also eligible as long as their parent was a serving member of the British Forces at the time of their death, or was medically discharged due to a condition which eventually led to their death.
Separated Dads: Available to help with all aspects from emotional to financial to legal.
Soldier on! Working to assist medically discharged armed forces personnel to manage their career transition and find suitable civilian jobs.
Storybook Wings Storybook Wings is the RAF Association’s initiative for serving RAF parents who have to spend time away from their children – whether they are away on deployment or working away during the week. Sound effects and music are added to create a really special keepsake.
Support4Spouses+: A Facebook support group for military spouses or partners who have some form of disability or additional needs.
SSAFA: Lifelong support for our forces and their families. SSAFA also deal with all welfare issues within the RAF and are resident on most RAF Stations. They also have a team of volunteers on each Station so a good place to start if looking to do any voluntary work.
The Ripple Pond: A self-help support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans
UK Addiction Treatment Centres - 135 places nationally across the UK offering treatment for all addictions including process addiction and dual diagnosis. Working with both the addict and the family.
UK4U Charity Christmas Box Scheme for those on ops
Veteran's Gateway: Launched in 2017, this is a first point of contact, run by veterans to be there sign-posting veterans seeking support. From healthcare, housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
Veterans UK: Particularly a good place to go for pension information, accessing service records, applying for medals of a veterans' badge, the AF Compensation Scheme and War Pension Scheme.
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