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Friday, 30 July 2021

Education Catchup for your Child

Dept of Education have launched a new webpage for parents to help their children catch up on lost learning from the pandemic - no matter what their age or ability.

Take a look at the free online resources, advice, support and information on summer activities:

Thursday, 29 July 2021

The National Stalking Helpline


The National Stalking Helpline gives practical information and support to victims of stalking, their friends, family, and professionals working with victims.

For advice, call 0808 802 0300 (09:30-16:00 Monday to Friday) or visit

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

National Trust - Top summer Walks

You could be running down a sand dune and splashing into the sea or just enjoying the grass tickle your toes.

Either way, we’re all for a barefoot kind of summer at the places we care for:

The Money & Pensions Service Has Launched Money Helper


The Money and Pensions Service has launched Money Helper, a new support service and website for customers. This brings together the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.

For free guidance you can trust, we can help.

Action Fraud - Signs of Pet Fraud

Animal lovers have been defrauded of over £2.5 million during the COVID19 pandemic.

Are you thinking of buying an animal online?
Do your research
Trust your instincts
Choose your payment method wisely

Monday, 26 July 2021

TogetherAll - procrastination course

There can be many reasons why we procrastinate but Togetherall has a course that can help you learn techniques to stop and become more productive. Join today to take a look around at


Summer reading quest - Reading Force and Army Welfare Service


British Forces Post Office - Service Announcement: Amazon Deliveries

  Service announcement

Please see an announcement for BFPO Customers from Amazon:

Amazon understands that some members of the Military Community, based overseas, have not been receiving parcels which did not include the appropriate customs forms. Amazon has worked with the BFPO and Post Office Ltd, and established this was isolated to Third Party Sellers, unfamiliar with the BFPO system. Amazon has addressed this by directing Third Party Sellers to the Post Office or other carriers where the appropriate CN22/23 form are available. Third Party Sellers have also been issued a detailed guide to help them understand the BFPO system.


Public urged to continue protecting family and friends

Short film featuring Dr Amir Khan highlights importance of remaining cautious as those vaccinated can still pass on the virus

New research shows that nearly 9 in 10 (86%) hope that people will proceed with caution and common sense, three quarters (77%) will continue to wear face masks, 81% will practice social distancing where possible and 83% say they will continue to wash hands thoroughly and often

More information HERE

Forces Family Festival - Fun for Armed Forces families - Online from 19 July

Register HERE


Friday, 23 July 2021

Message from Reading Force

It’s been a very busy summer at Reading Force – which culminates in a nationwide cycle ride to raise money for our charity. Not content with undertaking Ride London in aid of Reading Force, this time our intrepid cyclist is travelling from Land’s End to John o’Groats. If you would like to sponsor him, the link is here.

The period of Covid has been our most hectic time ever, as so many Forces families have found we offered a refreshingly simple way to remain in touch. We also celebrated our tenth anniversary with an online event at which the Chief of Defence Staff, commented on the valuable service we offer to Forces families. We heard from all the staff team at RF and announced new ventures such as the exciting new materials for teenagers which will be available very soon. The event finished with us being read to by internationally renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo.

Later the same week we returned to Wavel School in Aldershot, where we first began – and were delighted that award-winning author Meg Rosoff came with us to celebrate ten busy years.

Wherever you are this summer, do get in touch so we can equip your Forces family with reading materials that keep everyone in touch.

Very best wishes to all, Alison, Hattie, Elaine, Fiona, Judith and Paula.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Families Continuous Attitude Survey Results 2021



The Bear Grylls Adventure will be open on Monday 25th October 2021 (during the school holidays) for Blue Light Card and Defence Discount Service members with our exclusive Services Day.

Pre-booking tickets is essential and guests should also bring with them a valid service related ID, Blue Light Card or Defence Privilege Card to present to our admissions team on the day - we will be unable to permit you entry without a valid ticket and your ID.

Experiences and adventures are available from just £15 including Archery, Climb, Shooting and Escape Rooms.

High Ropes, Cage Snorkel, Shark Dive and iFLY are also available to book at discounted rates.


Childcare for service children


Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Update


The FAM policy changed. You said, we did. See for the updated eligibility criteria or contact one of our FAM Cells for more information.

HMNB Clyde

Aldershot Garrison

RAF Wittering

More information

SSAFA Chatter - Podcasts and Videos

SSAFA Chatter is our new collection of podcasts and videos for members of the Armed Forces community, whether serving, veterans or families. Non-military SSAFA supporters may also find some interesting and useful content too.  

Don't Face it Along - #SpeakOutAboutBullying

Bullying in our schools or online is NOT acceptable.

Why adopt with SSAFA

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Adoption is a big decision. You may have many questions about the process and whether or not it's right for you, including if and how it might work alongside your military employment or career. We are here to advise and assist you with this every step of the way.

We are a friendly and professional Registered Adoption Agency, covering the whole of the UK – we can provide advice to those based abroad, but placements can only be made with those currently residing in the UK.

We are military specialists, who understand your needs.

We can support you through any potential postings, ensuring that you don’t have to start the adoption process again if you move.

We champion equality and inclusion, and welcome applications from all members of the serving Armed Forces community.

We are with you for the life of your adoption journey, thanks to our dedicated Post-Adoption Support service.

We were recently awarded an outstanding rating from the Ofsted inspection team. You can read the full report here.

Monday, 19 July 2021

DIO SFA Communication Update

The Government has issued direction that Covid-19 restrictions in England will be lifted from today (19th of July 2021). Devolved administrations are also easing restrictions.  


The safety of families living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and Substitute Service Family Accommodation (SSFA) remains our top priority and with rates of Covid-19 continuing to rise throughout the UK, we want to reassure families that services to your homes will continue to be delivered safely and DIO and our Industry Partners will continue to maintain Covid-19 safe working practices including: 


  • Contractors will continue to call in advance of a visit to SFA/SSFA to ensure occupants are not self-isolating 

  • All operatives will wear a face covering whilst working in SFA/SSFA 

  • Contractors will continue to sanitise their hands and equipment before entering an SFA/SSFA 

  • Social distancing protocols will continue to apply 


For more guidance on how we will continue to ensure Covid-19 safe working practices in your homes please refer to guidance on


SSAFA Forceslines - Financial Support

Financial problems account for a significant proportion of our support cases. Knowing that you can speak to someone without judgement makes

Forcesline the essential first port of call for anyone in the military community in need.
☎ 0800 260 6767

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Armed Forces Offer - Costco

 Click here for more information

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Get your NHS COVID Pass letter

Use this service to get a letter showing your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status.

You can use this letter if you're travelling abroad, or going to an event, and need proof you've had your COVID-19 vaccination.


Friday, 9 July 2021

Summer with Young Families at the NMA

 With the summer holidays nearly upon us, why not plan a day out with your family at the National Memorial Arboretum? 

New this summer, use your powers of deduction to identify the location of a high-profile bank robbery before it’s too late in Operation Kingpin. This two-hour family-friendly outdoor mission explores memorials dedicated to the emergency services and voluntary organisations (£12 per team, suitable for 8yrs+). 

To tie into our new, free exhibition, why not pick up an ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ family activity pack (£2)? A sticker trail will take you around memorials connected to military organisations that have supported with the Covid-19 pandemic response, and the pack also includes a worksheet, a special wooden badge and a craft pack that can be completed at home. 

Our younger visitors can let off steam in our two play areas or follow our hugely popular Stick Man trail as you discover incredible stories of service and sacrifice remembered throughout our 150-acre woodland and garden site. 

There is plenty of space for picnics, as well as a coffee shop and restaurant to buy snacks and treats. To find out more about visiting with your family, visit 

Please remember, if you'd like to visit the Arboretum you will need to pre-book and the latest coronavirus restrictions will apply.

Edinburgh and Stirling Castles - Armed Forces Offer

Current members of the British Armed Forces receive free entry to Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle.

Please make an online booking for the paying members of your party. 

To book a free ticket, please email us at quoting your order number. You will need to bring a valid MOD 90 card when you arrive at site. 

Please note free entry only applies to the serving member. 

HANDiApp - to support parents with poorly children

 This app (info at link) is designed to support families make appropriate decisions about children's health and suitably suggest best courses of action. Although originating from the SW it contains generic information of use to a wider audience.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Research Project: Accessibility of NHS Dental Services for British Army families


Over 37 Provision: Waiver of SLA Accommodation Charges; widening of E&E.

 Background. The Over 37 Provision is intended to support Service Personnel in the latter stages of their career to settle their family and serve unaccompanied. To enable and support this provision SP can access a SLA waiver of accommodation charges. This supports unaccompanied service in the latter part of a SP career.

Ref. JSP 752 Version 47 dated 1 Jul 21 Ch 12 Sect 7.

Policy Development. From 1 Jul 21 the SLA waiver element of the Over 37 Provision will be widened. Historically this has been linked to the UK and has not been accessible to SP with a Specified Personal Residence (SPR) overseas. This restriction to the SLA waiver will be removed.

The SLA waiver authority has been moved from JSP 752 to JSP 464. While policy direction exists in JSP 752 the authority for this policy now rests within JSP 464 coalesced with the other Service SLA waivers. This policy change is expected to impact c.140 SP who have family overseas and have, up to 1 Jul 21, been charged SLA accommodation rates. APSG have reinforced this policy change down the FC. Units have been directed to review their affected cohort in line with the updated JSP 752 policy (Ref A).

SSCE Cymru Newsletter: Summer 2021

SSCE Cymru Newsletter: Summer 2021 online now. If you are a Serving family currently based in Wales you might be interested in the SSCE Cymru Newsletter: Summer 2021 edition is available online now...

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Pilot Success Story

The way people live and work is changing and the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) is reflecting this by improving the accommodation offer for a modern Defence. FAM gives more choice to support the needs of Service personnel over where, how and with whom they live.

FAM pilot success story…
FAM have been speaking to Service personnel on the pilot about how they’ve benefited from FAM.

RAF Corporal, Steven and his wife Keely share their story about how, with the help of their FAM Cell, they were approved for a larger Service Family Accommodation (SFA) property that would have previously been unobtainable if based off rank. Their new SFA affords the family with the space they need to live and grow.

Serve and Protect Credit Union

Serve and Protect CU provides credit union services for the Police, Prison, Military, Fire and Health Services, offering a range of flexible savings and affordable loans with repayments straight from your salary.
We help over 33,000 members prepare for their financial future – helping them to save, but also there if they need to borrow throughout their career.

Click HERE to find out more and to join today for free

Friday, 2 July 2021

RBL educational grants and scholarships for university for children

 The President's Award Scheme 

The President's Award Scheme can provide educational grants and scholarships to the children of serving and ex-Service non-commissioned ranks up to university age. One-off grants of up to £500 are available to help pay for course fees, public transport costs, text books, course equipment, specialist clothing and more. 

Alongside the grants, scholarships are available for applicants who are going to university and aged 21 or under. A continuation application is required each year and is accepted up to age 23. Up to £1,500 per year can be awarded to Service children going to university to study for their first undergraduate degree; usually awards are made to help with accommodation costs. The awards are decided by committee who will look at the individual circumstances of each applicant. 

The Committee meets tri-annually in January, July, and September.  

Full information on the awards and application process can be found here:

Children’s Education Advisory Service

Children’s Educational Advisory Service (CEAS) provides advice, support and guidance regarding the educational well-being of the children and young people belonging to families in all 3 services and eligible MOD civilians who are based overseas.
All advice given is impartial, child-centred and focuses on the best interests of the individual. The CEAS team is comprised of qualified teachers and experienced case advisors who can answer queries predominantly via email and telephone. CEAS provides authoritative, bespoke, impartial advice to service and eligible MOD civilian families on a wide range of educational issues.

Click HERE to view full leaflet


Thursday, 1 July 2021

Emergency Alerts - GOV.UK

Emergency Alerts is a new service from the UK government. It’s expected to launch in summer 2021.

Emergency alerts will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby.

In an emergency, your phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.


BFPO Service Update: acceptance of non-compliant mail items