Support For Service Families

Calling all service families!
 
We are always keen to find out how we can support our service families better. As a result, we would be grateful for your responses to this short, online survey.  Please click on the link and follow the prompts:
 
 

New Project - All Together!

We’re so excited to announce our new project to support military children while their parent is deployed.  Little Troopers “All Together” is a deployment club open to children of all ages, providing free residential breaks, adventure days and online sessions, all made possible by a generous grant from the Veterans’ Foundation.
 
Louise founder of the charity, said: “Each year, thousands of military children have a parent, or in some cases both parents, deployed for months at a time. Many families from the military community were telling us their children and young people were finding deployments hard. That they were struggling with feeling isolated and they felt being with others in a similar situation would be beneficial.”

The first “All Together” event will be an adventure day for 80 children in July this year. This will be followed by the first of two residential weekends for military teens and a series of online events in Autumn 2022. Further events are planned for Spring 2023. 
 
Thanks to the grant awarded by the Veterans’ Foundation, Little Troopers will be able to provide support for hundreds of military children experiencing deployment. David Shaw, CEO and Founder of the Veterans’ Foundation, said, “We are delighted to award this grant to Little Troopers. Their work providing breaks, events and support for children whose parents are away on deployment is so important" 

You can read more about All Together here.


New Little Trooper Birthday card!

We are excited to launch our new birthday card design. The new design will be sent to your child, along with a banner, badge and balloons. Our birthday card scheme is a perfect way to make your little trooper feel great when they have a parent serving away from home on their special day. Don't forget you send us a personal message to include in the card.

Click here to request a birthday card for your little trooper.


What is FAB?

Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri-service charity (registered charity number 1178108), providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families. A FAB camp is a fully-paid* week away for bereaved military families; a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss. Find out more about this year’s camps and the type of activities on offer.

Eligibility

If your child is 19 years old or younger on the first day of camp, and has suffered the loss of a parent or family member while serving in the British Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. Priority is given to families who fall into the above category, however, military families who have suffered a bereavement outside of this criteria will be considered by the committee on a case by case basis.

*We ask for a small holding deposit on confirmation of your place; this will be returned on arrival at the camp.

 

FAB Camps 2022

We have two FAB Camps available this summer with spaces still available on both. Details of both are below.

 

Newlands, Keswick, Cumbria: 29 Jul – 5 Aug 2022

By popular demand, we’ll be returning to this stunning location. Set in the middle of the Lake District National Park, we’ll have the whole of this site to ourselves. With spacious grounds, a river running right past the front door and with direct access on to the fells, rivers and lakes, where could be better than Newlands? And for the activities, we’ll be making the most of the stunning scenery in and around the activity centre. There will be a good variety of activities; we’ll make sure there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

Note this camp is Friday to Friday.

 

Stamford, Lincolnshire: 7 – 14 Aug 2022

This is a brand new location for FAB and we’re very excited about it. Situated in the historic Georgian town of Stamford, we will be making the most of the comfortable home-from-home Stamford School site boarding houses. Dating back a thousand years, the town came into prominence in the 9th and 10th centuries and exudes character. Stamford is located on the River Welland, Lincolnshire. The school offers a combination of beautiful buildings and modern facilities in stunning surroundings.

For the activities, we’ll be travelling to the nearby Adventure Rutland activity centre to take part in raftbuilding, bushcraft, paddlesport, archery and orienteering. As ever, we’ll make sure there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

Note that this camp is Sunday to Sunday.

 

Register Now

Register now to join our mailing list and keep up to date with what’s happening.

 

If you have any questions then please message families@fabcamps.org.uk and Rae will get back to you and assist you in your application.


Mellow Mums

 Mellow Mum’s is an 8-week digital support group, delivered via Zoom, for new mum’s or those with a child under 2 years. It has been developed to reduce isolation and to support better perinatal mental health.

This exciting new pilot project is aimed specifically at Royal Navy/Royal Marines mums. It will give participants the opportunity to meet other mums in the same boat, and share their experiences, whilst also encouraging the idea of peer-to-peer support.

The project is being funded through the RNRMC and delivered in partnership with Home-Start South & West Devon, Home-Start Portsmouth & Home-Start Kernow.

The groups will run in March, May and September and are open to Royal Naval/Royal Marines mums across the whole of the UK – the project is ‘postcode blind’. We would even be happy to receive international referrals!

 For further information please contact our office on 07307 873163, or email homestart.shpt@gmail.com.

To refer into the project you can visit our website – homestart-southandwestdevon.org.uk and click on the ‘navy / armed forces’ tab, or simply scan the QR code on the flyer.


MKC Heroes logo

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are staying well.

MKC H members have come together with ideas to help those of you with a family member away, or working very long hours so they hardly see you at all.

Take a look at:  http://mkcheroes.co.uk/news/look-lock-keep-touch/

Thanks to everyone who sent in their thinking and thanks to Pete for uploading.

 Stay safe.

 Heather


The China Fleet Country Club is YOUR club - Is your partner away on deployment?  Are you home again and feeling the pressure?  Need to spend some quality time with the family?  If the answer is yes then visit your club, the perfect place to relax.
As a serving Non Commissioned Royal Navy, Royal Marine or Reservist, you and your immediate family are automatic members of the China Fleet Country Club.Visit us and relax in the Aqua Spa (exclusive reduced rates for you), splash about in our indoor pool (no monthly subscription applies for you), enjoy delicious food in the Brassiere (you will automatically receive 15% discount), enjoy a beauty treatment (you will automatically receive 15% discount), or stay the night (exclusive reduced room rates for you)Visit our web site to find out more www.china-fleet.co.uk or call us on 01752 848668 Option 2.
 

 
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