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.

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Over 300 bereaved Forces Children enjoyed a welcome break this year thanks to Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Over 300 bereaved Armed Forces children across the UK received some much-needed respite this year, thanks to supporters and donations made to children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The holidays, which are provided to all Scotty’s Little Soldiers members as part of its Smiles programme, are an integral part of the charity’s support network. They allow families time to spend together and help them create new, happy memories.

During 2017, 185 members enjoyed a weekend at one of Scotty’s six premium lodges located in Great Yarmouth, Berwick Upon Tweed, Blackpool, Exmouth, Hastings and Poole.

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Tri-Service reading charity secures funding from Annington

Annington Ltd is to support the tri-service charity Reading Force with a sum of £75,000 over the next three years.

Reading Force supports the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of Forces families through the experience of shared reading by providing free books and reading scrapbooks to members of the Forces and their families. The scheme also includes Veterans, Reservists and Former Forces partners and children.

Families are encouraged to form reading groups to talk about the books they are sharing, and children are encouraged to keep a scrapbook to record their thoughts and feelings about the chosen title.

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Kettle on, tea pot at the ready – it’s your last chance to sign up for SSAFA’S Big Brew Up!

SSAFA, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity, is shouting out for the Armed Forces community to rally behind the last call to hold a Big Brew Up this October. The Big Brew Up encourages friends, family and colleagues to come together and host a tea party, whilst raising vital funds to support members of our military community in need.

Fundraising packs are available to order for anyone who is eager to put the kettle on and give back to SSAFA’s support of the Armed Forces.

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