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:
 
 


Spreading Christmas Smiles

The news lots of you have been waiting for.....applications for bears is now OPEN!

 

How to apply for a Christmas Smiles bear from Little Troopers

We have once again teamed up with the Build-A-Bear Foundation to send out a limited number of Build-A-Bear teddies to military children who will have a parent deployed overseas with the British Armed Forces on Christmas Day.
If eligible you can now apply via the form (follow the button below) for a bear and please complete ALL the questions asked. We will accept applications up until 1700hrs 4th December 2022. Please read below the criteria and eligibility.
GOOD LUCK!
 
 
 
Please only apply if your child(ren) has a serving British Armed Forces parent deployed overseas on Christmas Day 2022.  
  • We are only able to send ONE bear to each family.
  • If you have received a bear via your unit/base/ship please do not also apply directly to us
  • Applications without all detail completed will not be valid.
  • Applications that do not meet the criteria will not be valid.
  • Successful families will be notified by email. If you do not receive an email then your application has unfortunately not been successful (note that sometimes our emails can end up in your junk mail).
  • All bears will be sent 2nd class post.
  • Applications valid from serving (regular or reserve) British Armed Forces families only.
 
Our 2022 Christmas Smiles campaign aims to bring smiles to the faces of as many military children as possible over the festive season. We don't just have bears, there's lots more we hope can support you.
 
Arthur Christmas Screenings

On 4th December, Little Troopers has arranged free cinema screenings of Arthur Christmas for forces families at select ODEON cinemas locations. Many of the locations have now sold out but tickets remain for LINCOLN & LEEDS we are running waitlists for all locations we are also encouraging anyone who has a ticket, but is no longer able to attend, to return their tickets so they can be released to other families. Visit this link for details.

Elf Workshops - online

Visit this link for details.

11th December meet ‘Elvin’ the spritely elf who is eager to spread some festive cheer! With Christmas fast approaching, Elvin is taking some well-earned time away from the North Pole to spend it with you, singing, dancing, playing games and exploring Christmas traditions!

Join this 45 minute online session where your Little Trooper will join 15 other children and the team at the Drama Hut to learn about the history of why we put up Christmas trees, go carol singing and build snowmen.

  • Look at the tradition of Pantomime and create some favourite characters
  • Learn the 12 Days of Christmas song
  • Take part in a fun, festive quiz!

Giveaways

To bring extra Christmas cheer, the charity will also be running weekly giveaways on our Facebook and Instagram pages throughout December. Keep an eye out for a chance to win some really great prizes every week!
 
Watch our Santa Show online throughout December

Do you have 2-5 year-old little troopers? We've arranged for a magical online Christmas show experience. Head to Nursery Land to try and find Santa in this 30 minute show that's packed with nursery rhymes, action and Christmas favourites. Click here and input password: Santa22 to watch it today and then re-watch as many times as you like throughout December!

Christmas online bake

Join us on 17th December online for a virtual Christmas bake along! Book here.



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.


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.
 

 
For all the latest event updates, be sure to log onto the Royal Navy forums where you will find the most up to date information. Subscribing to the Welfare Information forum will give you email alerts.