Support for Army Families
We have a wealth of experience in helping Army families. We understand the unique set of issues you face. We aim to support you when you face difficult times and to help you build resilience to face future or ongoing challenges. Our role is to work in partnership with local schools to provide help and support to service families, both children (0-18) and parents.
By addressing identified issues and providing appropriate support, it is hoped that we can work together to ensure a positive outcome to families by strengthening links between children, their schools, and the local forces community.
We aim to:
- Provide support to the families of soldiers facing challenges including operational deployments, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, injuries in the course of duties, death, and bereavement.
- Reduce the social isolation which some Army families experience due to the mobility of personnel and families moving to new environments.
- Build the resilience of Army families’ children who may struggle to cope with mobility and other transitions.
- Enhance the emotional health of Army families where there are particular stresses and threats to their well-being, including before, during, and post operational deployments.
- Improve communications between deployed soldiers and their families.
- Augment the parenting skills of Army families.
"Family Friends provide an invaluable service to the army community. Families are often very isolated. Children often struggle with education and development. Family Friends has been the link between welfare and health and the families."
- Alison Duffield, Health Visiting Service
Our work includes:
- Offering Triple P Parenting Courses and one-to-one Parenting Support.
- One-to-one Support Sessions with Children.
- One-to-one Support Sessions with Parent(s).
- Building a Bridge of Support between a Family and their School.
- Working with the Army Welfare Service and supporting their Community Development Work.
- Linking Families with our Volunteer Service.
"Before the [Young Mum's Chill and Chat] group, I was massively isolated and not managing going anywhere. My family are 150 miles away. My partner (serving soldier) works all over the place and long hours. The group has been amazing, especially in these circumstances. It's been great to touch base with other adults, meet new people on the estate."
- Mother supported by Family Friends