When a family member joins the Service, the whole family unit is affected. The NFF is aware of the various pressures felt by different family members and is here to represent all. Below we have compiled a list of national organisations that specialise in advising particular family members. However, if you do not feel that any of these agencies are appropriate, please contact us for further assistance.
www.parentchannel.tv – This website offers a wide range of short videos, covering a vast array of topics, for parents and carers. From hard hitting issues such as drugs and bullying, to the normal themes of growing up; peer pressure, sex education and homework. The videos offer useful and realistic advice from professional experts in an easily digestible format. Each video signposts to in-depth information and support help lines.
Gingerbread – The organisation for lone parent families
Got a Teenager – The new service from Parentline Plus which offers parent-to-parent support, informal advice and a community of other parents dealing with the same issues as you.
Family Lives – A national charity that works for, and with, parents
Families Need Fathers – An organisation that keeps children and fathers in contact after divorce or separation
GOV.UK – Offer advice and information on all aspects of having a baby
Women’s Aid – The key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children
Childline – Their national helpline and website offers support to children, helping them through a wide range of issues
Children in Scotland – The national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland
Kidscape – A registered charity committed to the prevention of bullying and child abuse.
The Children’s Society – A leading national charity committed to making childhood better for all children in the UK. They provide help and support to children who face danger, discrimination and disadvantage in their daily lives, prioritising; children in trouble with the law, runaway children, disabled children and refuge children.
Here you can download a workbook specially designed for children who have a close relative going away with the Services. It can help them to understand, and cope with, their relative’s absence.
Relate – Offers advice, relationship counselling, workshops and support on all aspects of marriage and partnerships.
Relationship Central – This website offers articles on coping with separation during deployment, and gives advice on how to keep the love alive in service marriages, running a variety of marriage courses.
Booklet for Service Families Experiencing a Relationship Breakdown
SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) have produced a booklet to help Service families during marriage or civil partnership breakdown. It discusses the considerations when ending a legal relationship in the Services, with sections on Service Families Accommodation and the periods of notice to vacate; where to go for alternative accommodation and financial support; helping children cope; legal matters and sources of support.
Although the booklet gives emphasis to the non-serving partner the subjects addressed are likely to be of interest to both parties. This booklet is available from your local RNRM Welfare Information Office, or to view an on-line version please click here.
Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the Armed Forces community can be found here.
The Naval Service LGBT Network is a voluntary network made up from serving Naval Service L,G,B and T personnel, who work in partnership with the Naval Service D&I Policy Staff, to achieve a working environment in which LGBT personnel feel comfortable, valued and empowered to fulfil their career potential and contribute fully to the benefit of the Service.
To contact the Network email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the Naval Service LGBT Network on Twitter @RN_Compass
Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (FFLAG) – This is a national voluntary organisation, dedicated to supporting parents and their gay, lesbian and bi-sexual sons and daughters. It is a registered charity which provides support though telephone help lines and regular parents’ groups across the UK.
Proud2serve – A resource and network for the military community on matters of sexuality and sexual orientation in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. It supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Service personnel, family members and their colleagues via an active forum and information resources.
Stonewall – Stonewall is a professional lobbying group which works to ensure that the rights and needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are addressed. Click here to visit the Stonewall website for further information on the organisations’ activities.
The Beaumont Trust – The Beaumont Trust is a charitable educational resource for people who wish to increase their knowledge on the subjects of Transsexualism and Transvestism. The Trust operates a helpline and offers support to those affected by these issues, it assists professional advisers in the field of care and educates the public about these conditions.
The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) – GIRES combines the expertise of a largely voluntary team of trans and non trans people, which provides a wide range of support for trans people and those who care for them. GIRES advises policy makers and aims to ensure that legislation and practices meet the needs of trans people.
The Gender Society – The Gender Society is one of the largest online communities for transvestites, crossdressers, transsexuals and transgendered people, and their families and friends. It is a self-help group offering a wide array of articles, forum posts, blogs and chat rooms.
Age UK – Provides useful advice if you are concerned about elderly friends, neighbours or relatives.