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Research: Support for Families of Reservists

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Summer Sabin (Left) spots her father on HMS Defender with her mum Sarah Sabin as HMS Defender returns home to Portsmouth.

A ROYAL Navy Destroyer was deployed to Scottish waters at short notice prior to Christmas in order to intercept and escort a number of Russian warships during their passage past the coast of the UK.

HMS Defender, one of the UK’s newest and most powerful T45 Destroyers, began her 700 mile journey from Portsmouth to the North East of Scotland on 19th December in her role as Fleet Ready Escort. Trained and prepared as the Royal Navy’s high readiness warship, Defender was standing by over the Christmas and New Year period to respond to a wide range of short notice tasking, from search and rescue duties to maritime security patrols such as this.

Defender patrolled home waters in high sea states and storm force winds to welcome the Russian task group which comprised of 6 vessels, including a 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier.  Due to bad weather the Russian fleet anchored in the Moray Firth before heading down the East coast of the UK. As a sign of the friendship between the 2 navies, good will messages were exchanged between the Royal Navy and Russian ships on New Year’s Eve.
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Research: Support for Families of Reservists

Oxford Brookes University, King’s College London and the University of Aberdeen are conducting research into welfare and support services for the family members of UK Reservists: Families of Reservists: a Mapping Exercise for Support and Welfare (FRAME-SW).

The Government and the MOD have publically declared obligation to support all members of the Armed Forces and their families, through the Armed Forces Covenant. Defence recognises the importance of understanding and supporting the needs of families. However, there has been relatively little research on the families of Reservists to date.

The aim of this study is to make a real difference to understanding current awareness and utilisation of available welfare and support services provided to family members of UK reservists. As well as what changes, if any, would have the most benefit or biggest impact for these families.

Family members can share their views by taking part in a survey, phone interviews and/or focus groups. The team will also interview us here at the Naval Families Federation and welfare and support personnel at the MoD, allied charities and Reservist Units.

The study will run from October 2017 until February 2017. The results will be reported to the MoD.

How to get involved:

This study is open to any individual over the age of 18 who considers themselves a family member of a Reserve in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, or Royal Air Force. This may include birth or step family, extended family and close friends.

To get involved in the study or to find out more please click here.

You can also contact 01865 482988 or email reservists@brookes.ac.uk, Facebook @framesw and Twitter @frame_study.