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Resources Directory of support

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need. They were founded in 1944 to ensure that soldiers returning from World War Two were well cared for. Since then, the welfare of soldiers, past and present, and their families has been at the heart of everything they do.

www.soldierscharity.org

Achievement for All

Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges to improve outcomes for all children and young people. Achievement for All offer bespoke, face-to-face Coaching Programmes such as School Improvement, Wellbeing and Core Strength as well as Emotion Coaching. We also offer schools a 1 day Achieving Wellbeing Focus Review.

www.afaeducation.org

Airplay Support Programme

Airplay is the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund’s (RAFBF’s) 12-year, £24 million support programme for children and young people whose parents are serving in the Royal Air Force (RAF). As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAFBF initiated the Airplay programme in response to research which found that keeping young people safely occupied was RAF families’ second biggest concern after housing.

www.rafbf.org

An Invisible Man

This is a theatre and media arts company committed to making work that makes a difference. An Invisible Man has two plays which have Service families at the heart of them but the themes are universal and play just as effectively in schools with few or no Service children.

www.aninvisibleman.co.uk

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Liaison Officers help implement the commitments made in the covenant – providing support to our Armed Forces community, including serving Regulars, Reserves, veterans and their families.

www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk

Armed Forces Education Trust

A charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in the Armed Forces. The grants given make a difference to young lives, helping improve their educational opportunities or supporting special skills or talents.

www.armedforceseducation.org

Army Families Federation (AFF)

This charity is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world. It provides advice on many areas affecting Service families and highlights issues to the relevant authorities.

www.aff.org.uk/

Army Welfare Service (AWS)

The purpose of AWS Community Support is to support resilience within the military community by creating a range of needs led fun, positive and safe and accessible informal educational experiences for children, young people, families and serving personnel. Doing things together and for each other is important for the community. This provision is likely to include community centres, youth centres and community projects as well as activities for children and young people during some school holidays.

www.army.mod.uk

Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)

The ADES National Transitions Officer (NTO) will work with Scottish local authorities, their schools, Children’s Services partners, third-sector partners, and Armed Forces services to enhance policy and practice which will take into account the unique features affecting the education of Service children. The NTO will work with partners to support the aims of ensuring the equity of educational provision and continuous improvements in the learning experiences and educational outcomes of the children of Armed Forces families.

www.ades.scot/ServiceChildren

Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW)

ADEW is the professional group of local authority officers accountable for statutory education functions in each of the Local Authorities in Wales.

www.wlga.wales/adew

Blesma – The Limbless Veterans

Since 1932, Blesma has been the only national Armed Forces charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Blesma helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.

www.blesma.org

Blob Tree Communication Tools

The Blobs are simple. They deal with deep issues using the primary languages we learn from infancy: feelings and body language. This is why they are used with children as young as four, all the way through to the elderly.

www.blobtree.com

Books Council of Wales

The Books Council of Wales is a national body, funded by the Welsh Government, which provides a focus for the publishing industry in Wales. It provides several specialist services (in the fields of editing, design, sales and distribution) with a view to improving standards of book production and publication in both Welsh and English. It also distributes grants to publishers. The Books Council actively promotes reading and literacy in Wales.

www.cllc.org.uk

Challenge Wales

This is an international award-winning sail-training charity which operates the Challenge Wales tall ship (a 72-foot round-the-world racing yacht) and Adventure Wales (a 60-foot two-masted schooner). The charity helps those who step aboard to develop their personal and social skills, giving people a purpose and help in broadening their horizons, a goal to strive towards, and the opportunity to experience the highs of achievement and success and sometimes the lows of failure whilst understanding how to cope with that. Teamwork, leadership, discipline, respect for others and communication skills are all developed whilst onboard one of its vessels. Accreditation for learning is available.

www.challengewales.org

Change Step

Change Step offers effective support for veterans/ex-Service personnel, their families and carers in Wales – enabling them to access vital support services and tackle serious stress and related issues. The team of peer mentors work with Veterans NHS Wales and use their own experiences to help fellow veterans/ex-Service personnel and their loved ones confront challenges in their lives and manage their journeys of recovery.

www.changestepwales.co.uk

Children’s Commissioner for Wales

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales is the independent champion for children and young people in Wales. Sally Holland has been the Children’s Commissioner for Wales since April 2015 and her role is to safeguard and promote the welfare and rights of children, as laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Commissioner’s Investigation and Advice Service assists individual children to make sure their rights are respected. 

www.childcomwales.org.uk

Children's University

Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. It does this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of these activities is proven to be positive, which is why it is committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds.

www.childrensuniversity.co.uk

Colegau Cymru

Colleges Wales is a post-16 education registered charity that raises the profile of further education colleges in Wales. It is a not-for-profit member-led body established in 1995 by colleges, for colleges. There are presently 12 colleges in Wales that are paying members of Colleges Wales.

www.collegeswales.ac.uk

Education Consortia - Central South Consortium Joint Education (CSCJES)

One of four regional education consortia in Wales who work with schools to raise standards and provide a range of support, which includes professional development and intervention programmes.

www.cscjes.org.uk

Education Consortia - Education Achievement Services (EAS)

One of four regional education consortia in Wales who work with schools to raise standards and provide a range of support, which includes professional development and intervention programmes.

www.sewales.org.uk

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)

The ELSA project was designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. ELSA is initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists who apply psychological knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to particular areas of need and to specific casework.

www.elsanetwork.org

Estyn

Estyn is led by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales and inspects quality and standards. It is a Crown body, established under the Education Act 1992. Estyn is independent of the National Assembly for Wales but receives its funding from the Welsh Government under Section 104 of the Government of Wales Act 1998. Estyn is a Welsh word meaning “to reach out” and “to stretch”.

www.estyn.gov.wales

Forces Children’s Education

The Scottish Government, local authorities and schools are working hard to ensure that moving to Scotland has a positive effect on the educational outcomes of children from Armed Forces families. This website has been created in order to bring all these efforts together and put the resources that parents and the education professionals who support their children’s needs together in one place.

https://forceschildrenseducation.org.uk/

Forces Children’s Trust

This charity is devoted to working together to help children in need whose parents are deceased, or have sustained life-changing injuries, whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces or civilian forces. The trust, by reason of its aims and size, has the flexibility and ability to make decisions and offer help as needed, with minimum fuss and consequent time-loss.

www.forceschildrenstrust.org.uk

Forces in Mind Trust

The aim of the Forces in Mind Trust is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy-making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives. Founded in January 2012 by a £35 million Big Lottery Fund 20-year endowment, the Forces in Mind Trust awards grants and commissions research, coordinates the efforts of others and supports projects that deliver long-term solutions to the challenges faced.

www.fim-trust.org

Help for Heroes

In Wales, Help for Heroes’ Community Recovery Team delivers holistic support to veterans and Armed Forces personnel who have been affected by their military Service. Its expert team offers tailored advice and activities to wounded, injured and sick individuals at every stage of their recovery journey. It travels across Wales to ensure its services are available within the community at the point of need.

www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Higher Education Funding Council Wales (HEFCW)

HEFCW regulates full-time undergraduate and PGCE (QTS) fee levels at higher education institutions, ensures a framework is in place for assessing the quality of higher education and scrutinises the performance of regulated institutions and designated providers. HEFCW uses resources from the Welsh Government and others to secure higher education learning and research of the highest quality, and to make the most of the contribution of higher education to Wales' culture, society and economy.

www.hefcw.ac.uk

HIVE (Chepstow)

An information network available to all members of the Service community. It serves both married and single personnel, together with their families, dependents and civilians employed by the Services.

www.army.mod.uk/hives

HIVE (St Athan)

An information network available to all members of the Service community. It serves both married and single personnel, together with their families, dependents and civilians employed by the Services.

www.army.mod.uk/hives

Huggable Heroes

‘Reinforcing Bonds and Providing Comfort During Separation’ 

Huggable Heroes® are for Everyone! Everyone has someone special in their lives that they miss. Whether it be Military life, a bereavement, relationship breakdown, missing bedtime due to long shifts/work commitments or children struggling to settle into nursery/school, Huggable Heroes® will help. They use a Photo of the child’s love one, edit and then print into Fabric ready to make into the perfect sized Huggable Hero. The Heroes fit perfectly under little arms to carry around and they are small enough for older children to tuck into school bags.

www.huggableheroes.uk

Into film

This organisation supports teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. The programme includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs, resources for use in clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities, a cinema-based film festival and our annual Awards. It has been designed to meet the needs of all four nations in the UK.

www.intofilm.org

Jenny Mosley’s Quality Circle Time and Golden Model

"Children love Circle Time, Circle Time brings just the right blend of structure, enjoyment and learning!”

Jenny Mosley’s Quality Circle Time (QCT) is a very exciting, democratic and creative approach used to support teachers and other professionals who work with pupils in managing issues that affect the whole learning community. Teaching staff, children, support staff, parents and governors can all be actively involved. QCT has proved successful in promoting speaking and listening, better relationships and helps with positive behaviour management, which are some of the most effective improvements to both learning and the smooth and harmonious running of a school.

www.circle-time.co.uk/our-approach/quality-circle-time

Jon Egging Trust

The Jon Egging Trust works with groups of young people referred through schools in North Wales. It delivers accredited learning programmes to develop young people's life and work skills by providing access to inspirational role models and life-changing opportunities linked to aviation, engineering and science.

www.joneggingtrust.org.uk

Lego® Therapy

LEGO® based therapy is a collaborative, play-based social skills intervention for children with autism and related conditions. It aims to develop social competence through the development of social skills. Collaborative play provides opportunities for children to practise skills such as turn-taking, listening, sharing ideas, communication, compromise, problem solving and shared attention. Groups are run by a trained facilitator and children are encouraged to build together within set roles. Each child plays the role of an “engineer”, a “supplier” or a “builder” and together they follow pictorial instructions to build a model.

www.bricks-for-autism.com/about-lego-therapy

Mentally Healthy Schools

This initiative brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk

MOD, Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP)

The DCYP provides support and advice in order to ensure that children and young people are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and fulfil their potential.

www.gov.uk/government/groups/directorate-children-and-young-people

Little Troopers

This charity supports primary school children of Service families, providing advice and resources to support children in the classroom.

www.littletroopers.net

Meic Cymru

Meic is the helpline service for children and young people in Wales up to the age of 25. From finding out what is going on in their local area to help dealing with a tricky situation, Meic will listen even when no-one else will. It will not judge and will help by giving you information, useful advice and the support children and young people need to make a change.

www.meiccymru.org

Education through Regional Working (ERW)

One of four regional education consortia in Wales who work with schools to raise standards and provide a range of support, which includes professional development and intervention programmes.

www.erw.wales

North Wales (GWE)

One of four regional education consortia in Wales who work with schools to raise standards and provide a range of support, which includes professional development and intervention programmes.

www.gwegogledd.cymru

MOD, Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

Part of the DCYP, the CEAS is a small, dedicated team, experienced in advising Service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of Service children in the UK and overseas.

www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service

MKC Heroes

MKC Heroes is a unique pupil voice group, for the children and young people of serving and ex-serving personnel that is supported and facilitated by The Royal British Legion. It is a tri-service network linking schools across the UK and in other countries where UK forces are based.

www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/local-community-connections/mkc-heroes

Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT)

Since its formation in 1999, the MPCT has been dedicated to offering opportunities to young people through training and education. It is a thriving and distinguished training provider, having been graded as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and, most recently, being named as the TES Training Provider of the Year 2017.

www.mpct.co.uk

Naval Families Federation (NFF)

The NFF works to ensure that all serving members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and their family members, can have their views represented to those in positions of power to effect positive change.

www.nff.org.uk

Naval Service Family and People Support (NS FPS)

NS FPS delivers information, community and casework services in support of Naval Service personnel and their families.

www.royalnavy.mod.uk

Never Such Innocence

This charity began as a First World War commemoration project for children and young people.  Inspired by this conflict, more than 11,000 young people created poetry, artwork, and songs. From 2019 it has expanded its focus to include conflict in all forms and throughout history, up to and including the present day. They aim to provide young people with a safe creative platform to talk about the sometimes-difficult issues of conflict.

www.neversuchinnocence.com

NSPCC Learning

Safeguarding expertise from the UK's leading children's charity to help you protect the children and young people you work or volunteer with.

www.nspcc.org.uk/learning

Nurture UK

The concept of nurture highlights the importance of social environments – who you are with and not who you are born to – and its significant influence on social emotional skills, wellbeing and behaviour. Children and young people who have a good start in life are shown to have significant advantages over those who have experienced missing or distorted early attachments. They tend to do better at school, attend regularly, form more meaningful friendships and are significantly less likely to offend or experience physical or mental health problems.

www.nurtureuk.org

Place2Be

This organisation provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children’s resilience through talking, creative work and play. Working with over 600 schools, supporting a school population of over 350,000 children and young people, it helps them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues, including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

www.place2be.org.uk

Royal Air Force (RAF) Families Federation

This organisation represents the concerns of RAF personnel and their families (including single personnel, spouses, partners, parents, grandparents, children and siblings). Through in-depth investigation and gathering of facts, it puts their views and concerns in front of the people who matter, such as senior RAF and MOD staff and ministers.

www.raf-ff.org.uk

RAF Valley Welfare Support

RAF Valley Welfare/HiVE supports and has information covering the following areas: childcare, housing, health and welfare, chaplains, sports, social, children and young people.

www.raf.mod.uk

Reading Force

Using books to bring Service children and families closer together, this organisation’s shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching their relationships with books and each other.

 

www.readingforce.org.uk

Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales

The association provides support services directly to the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force and their Cadets.

www.wales-rfca.org

Royal Caledonian Education Trust

Scotland’s Armed Forces children’s charity supports children and young people from Armed Forces families.

www.rcet.org.uk

Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces. Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott following the death of her husband Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Service children around the UK. Support offered to the children includes fun activities such as holiday breaks and group events, personal development assistance through educational grants and access to professional bereavement counselling.

www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

Service Children in State Schools (SCISS)

Service Children in State Schools (SCISS) is a voluntary affiliated network of state-maintained schools in England that have any number of Service children on roll.

 

www.sciss.org.uk

SNAP Cymru

SNAP provides information, advice and support for parents, children and young people who have, or may have, special educational needs or disabilities.

www.snapcymru.org

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to Service personnel and their families since 1885. Last year their teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. They are there for that person – any time they need them, in any way they need them, for as long as they need them.

www.ssafa.org.uk

TGP Cymru – Restorative Approaches Veterans and Family Services

Helping veterans/Service leavers and their families to identify their strengths, skills, resources and needs, TGP Cymru will enable and empower veterans/ex-Service personnel and each family member to communicate safely, understand each other, build relationships, resolve conflicts and make plans to support positive sustainable changes in the lives of those most affected.

www.tgpcymru.org.uk

The Royal British Legion (RBL)

The RBL is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community. It says: “We’re here through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten. We’ve been here since 1921 and we’ll be here for as long as they need us. We are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.

www.britishlegion.org.uk

Naval Children’s Charity

The Naval Children’s Charity, the RNRM Children's Fund supports children up to and including the age of 25 from Naval families, serving and ex-serving when they are in need, hardship or distress. Individual grants are given based on applications outlining individual need.  Other advice and free resources available to families. 

www.rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk

The Wave Project

The Wave Project - the world's first 'surf therapy' course funded by a government health service was founded in September 2010. They run surfing and beach school projects to help children and young people feel more engaged in education.

www.waveproject.co.uk

Thrive®

Thrive® promotes children and young people’s positive mental health by helping adults know how to be and what to do in response to their differing and sometimes distressed behaviour.

www.thriveapproach.com

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

The UNCRC is the basis of all of UNICEF’s work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.

www.unicef.org.uk

Urdd

Urdd Gobaith Cymru is a National Voluntary Youth Organisation with over 55,000 members between the ages of 8–25. 30% of all Welsh speakers in Wales aged between 8-25 are Urdd members. They provide opportunities through the medium of Welsh for children and young people in Wales to enable them to make positive contributions to their communities. Urdd have 305 staff members, 10,000 volunteers, 900 branches, with 200 branches in the community. 

www.urdd.cymru

Veterans’ Gateway

Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including the RBL, SSAFA, Poppy Scotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist. Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community.

www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.

www.gov.wales

Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)

The WLGA represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

www.wlga.wales

WICID.tv (for Rhondda Cynon Taf)

WICID.tv is the youth information and media website for young people by young people. The website was launched in 2011 and has been working ever since to give young people aged 9-25 access to creative opportunities and provide a pathway into their chosen career. WICID.tv also has lots of information for young people and can help direct them to organisations that can offer specialist advice, support and guidance.

www.wicid.tv

Woody’s Lodge

Woody’s Lodge offers a network of social, sign posting and support hubs across Wales, which guides veterans to the help and support they need to re-engage with their families and communities. Woody’s Lodge also acts as a base from which 20 charitable and statutory agencies work, including: Royal British Legion, the NHS, the Department of Works & Pensions, Recovery Cymru, NEXUS, Barnardo’s and SSAFA. 

www.woodyslodge.org

Service Children’s Progression Alliance (SCiP Alliance)

The SCiP Alliance is a partnership of organisations focused on improving outcomes for children from military families. It is funded by the Ministry of Defense.

www.scipalliance.org

YoungMinds

This organisation focuses on a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. It ensures children and young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

www.youngminds.org.uk

Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS)

CWVYS is the independent representative body for the voluntary youth work sector in Wales. The aims are to represent, support and give a collective voice to its membership of national and local organisations in their work with over 250,000 young people in Wales. CWVYS works in partnership with agencies promoting good youth work practice.

www.cwvys.org.uk/

Health Boards

Healthcare in Wales is delivered through a variety of providers, ranging from Local Health Boards and NHS Trusts to community pharmacies and opticians.

Local Authority School Admissions

Please click on the relevant Local Authority link to see admissions information. 

Relate Cymru

Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and in 2019 they helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. Relate provide support via counselling, domestic abuse perpetrator programmes and supported child contact through face-to-face, telephone or video conferencing.

www.relate.org.uk/cymru

Service children’s quotes

"As soon as we get used to a house, you get moved - I’ve been to four schools and moved six times."

Aiden

"I lived in Nepal, then we went to Brunei, then Malaysia."

Ashim

"In my eyes you have hundreds of friends in different places."

Chloe

"I’m used to moving now and mixing with the children... I’ve done it so many times it’s just a normal thing now."

Chloe

"It's ok talking over skype and that but sometimes you just want a hug when Dad is away."

Georgia

"I’ve enjoyed going around to lots of places around the world, its adventurous and exciting."

Harry

"In my eyes you have hundreds of friends in different places."

Ieuan

"My mum got a chalk board and it says how many sleeps on it with chalk, every minute it’s getting closer for him coming home."

Mia

"I don’t want him to get promoted... I want him to get promoted but I don’t want to leave."

Oliver

"I might be going to boarding school so that I don’t change schools every few years."

Ryan

"I've been to seven different schools; I’ve not stayed put in one school long enough."

Shana

"He has been away for six months and he is back for two weeks, then he goes away again."

Sianed

"My parents were in the Army. My mum is a like a nurse and my dad went to the war in Afghanistan. I actually didn’t really know what he was doing so I was like, ‘Cool Dad, go there’, but then I found out and thought, 'Thank God he came back alive.'"

Sanjog

"He signed off last week, so he will be done by the end of this year. He’s done 24 years. I find that better because he will be around a lot. He likes watching us playing rugby, so he will get to see us more."

Lewis

"I’m going to a new place entirely. They don’t know anything about me and that’s a big restart and that’s really good for me."

Piaras

"I moved to Wales because my dad was posted in the Army. I thought I would get bullied and I was shy when you meet new people, but I made some friends."

Dan