Military Families with Additional Needs Invited to FANDF Conference

SSAFA-run conference on 11th June to host free information, specialist support and access to policy makers

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is encouraging all tri-Service families who have family members with additional needs to attend a biennial conference on 11th June at the MOD main building, London.

This year, the overarching theme of the FANDF conference will be ‘Myth Busting’ – aiming to share knowledge and experience between experts and fellow families. This is an opportunity to meet those who are in similar situations, speak to relevant professionals and gather useful information.

Speakers confirmed for 2018 are:

  • Education – Children’s Education Advisory Service
    • Sue Smyth, Parent Support Officer & CEAS Team Leader
  • Housing – DIO
    • Susan Howsen
  • Policy – MOD
    • Lisa Ireland, Assistant Head Welfare, SP Support, Chief of Defence People
  • Access to Benefits and Related issues – Department for Work and Pensions
    • Collin Morris, Partner Support Manager

The FANDF Committee explores the issues surrounding the support provided for those with additional needs in the Service community and will raise any issues with the appropriate people and organisations. The FANDF provide families and individuals with an opportunity to discuss ways of ensuring that both children and adults with additional needs and disabilities have access to the best support available

For more information or to sign up to attend, speak to the SSAFA Additional Needs and Disability Advisor on or call 0207 463 9315


Notes to editors
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Every year our staff and team of volunteers help more than 67,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.

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