The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum spring event

The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) will hold its regional Spring event on Wednesday, April 27 at Catterick Leisure Centre, Gough Road, Catterick, North Yorkshire, DL9 3EL from 10am to 2.30pm.

FANDF is a tri-service group for families who have a child or adult dependent with an additional need and/or disability and acts as a network for Service families. It is run by a committee of elected members whose vision is to ensure that all “Forces’ families with additional needs and disabilities receive the support they need”.

FANDF’s mission is

  • To give a voice to Forces’ families with additional needs and disabilities
  • To change attitudes towards families with additional needs and disabilities within the Armed Forces
  • To ensure policy and decision makers understand the needs of Forces families, who have additional needs and disabilities

The aim of FANDF’s Spring event is to provide an opportunity for families to meet and share experiences, to hear from keynote speakers, gather useful information, and to find out more about FANDF and how it can help.

Please note that this event is for current Serving families who have a child or adult dependent with an additional need or disability, places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Details of how to register can be found here.

The event will include several stallholders, both local and national, key speakers from the Education Advisory Team UK, and a FANDF committee member giving a presentation on the ‘Autism Iceberg”.

Surgeon Commander Alan Bowie, the FANDF Chair, said:

After two years of Covid restrictions and virtual meetings, FANDF’s committee held its delayed 2020 biennial conference in London in October 2021.

Those that attended agreed that it was very valuable to get to together face-to-face, but many who would have liked to attend struggled to get to London for the event.

The committee hopes that this Spring event is an opportunity for a wider section of our membership to attend a face-to-face event and to benefit from peer-to-peer support and gather some useful information.

To register your interest, contact lucy.white@ssafa.org.uk, and for more information, click here to visit the FANDF webpage

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