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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.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) is the RAF’S leading welfare charity and spends over £17 million per year meeting the needs of the RAF Family. It provides a range of support services for the children and young people of serving RAF Personnel, ranging from its multi-million-pound youth support programme called Airplay to its CYP Listening and Counselling Service.

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.

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.

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.

Army Families Federation (AFF)

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army personnel and their families. We work to improve the quality of life for the Army family, wherever you are in the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Books Council of Wales

The Books Council of Wales is a national charity which supports and develops the publishing industry in Wales. We promote literacy and reading for pleasure through a range of public campaigns, activities and events across Wales, often working in partnership with schools, libraries and other literary organisations. Established in Aberystwyth in 1961, we work with publishers to nurture new talent and content in Welsh and English as well as offering specialist editing, design, marketing and distribution services. We also administer grants to publishers and independent booksellers. Our funding comes partly from Welsh Government through Creative Wales and partly from the commercial operations of our wholesale book Ddistribution Ccentre.

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.

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.

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.

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.


ColegauCymru is a post-16 education registered charity that promotes the public benefit of further education in Wales. It is a not-for-profit member-led body. There are presently 13 further education institutions in Wales that are paying members of ColegauCymru.

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.

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.

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.


Estyn is led by His 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”.

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.

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.

Forces in Mind Trust

Forces in Mind Trust funds targeted evidence generation and influencing activities that underpin policy-making and service delivery in order to enable Service personnel and Service 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 by the Armed Forces Community as they transition to civilian life.

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.

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.


On behalf of the Chain of Command Army HIVE delivers information support for the whole military community on a wide variety of topics affecting your everyday service and personal life, including education, relocation, accommodation, health & wellbeing, childcare, deployment, resettlement and the local area.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mentally Healthy Schools

Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary, secondary and FE settings understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. The website was originally developed in partnership between Anna Freud, Young Minds, Place2Be and The Royal Foundation, and continues to be a key part of Anna Freud’s mental health and wellbeing offer to education settings across the UK.

Little Troopers

Little Troopers is a tri-service children’s charity supporting all children with one or both parents serving in the British Armed Forces. One of their projects is Little Troopers at School, a project with both Primary and Secondary focussed resources to help schools support the unique challenges often faced by service pupils.

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.

Education Consortia - 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.

Defence Children Services

Defence Children Services (DCS) has responsibility for the functions, in support of service families related to education and care, previously undertaken by Defence Children and Young People (DCYP).


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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.

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.

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.

Royal Navy Family and People Support (RN FPS)

RN FPS delivers a range of services to support Service Personnel & their Families wherever you live or are based in the UK and Overseas.

Never Such Innocence

Never Such Innocence provides tools for children and young people (9-18) to reflect on the realities of war and conflict. We are nurturing the next generation of thinkers, leaders and peacebuilders through the arts; inspiring cultural exchange and dialogue. We amplify the voices of children and young people all over the world.

NSPCC Learning

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


Nurture is a tried and tested way of relating to children that helps them develop vital social skills, confidence and self-esteem, and become more able to learn.

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 and emotional skills, wellbeing and behaviour.


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.

Royal Air Force (RAF) Families Federation

The RAF Families Federation works to improve quality of life for the RAF family around the world – at work or at home.  This could include resolving problems with access to education or healthcare, for children and young people; sorting out problems with accommodation, benefits, and visas; helping military spouses find meaningful employment.  The team can provide practical support and advice, as well as lobbying for change with politicians, the Chain of Command and policy makers in the British Government and across Scotland, Wales and NI. The Federation works with a multitude of other organisations and agencies – from the NHS to the big banks – to ensure that RAF personnel and their families are treated fairly and do not face disadvantage because of the unique nature of service life.

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.

Reading Force

Using books and resources to bring Forces 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. Reading Force gives free books and special resources to children and young people aged 0-18. The charity welcomes all families to take part, serving, reserves, and veterans.

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.

Forces Children Scotland

Forces Children Scotland supports over 12,500 children and young people from armed forces and veteran families across Scotland to realise their potential and thrive. The charity is a strengths-based organisation that recognises the lived experience of children and young people from armed forces communities serves as its most valuable asset in decision-making and co-development of its mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, family support, youth participation, influencing and policy services.

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.

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.

SNAP Cymru

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

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.

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.

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.

Naval Children’s Charity

The Naval Children’s Charity,  help to support children up to and including the age of 25 from Naval families, serving and ex-serving, reserves and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, financially, holistically and also with their ‘Life Chances’ programmes, giving all Naval children the chance to not only survive but thrive!

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.


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. Supporting over half a million children and young people across the UK, Thrive is a leading provider of tools and training to support emotional health and mental wellbeing.

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.


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.

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.

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. They work with key partners including local government, charities, the MoD and other stakeholders to support the Armed Forces community in Wales.

Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)

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

YEPS - (for Rhondda Cynon Taf)

The Youth Engagement and Participation Service (YEPS) provides the statutory Youth Service for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.

YEPS offers young people aged 11-25 access to a variety of FREE activities across a number of schools and youth settings. These include afterschool activities and youth clubs. Youth clubs currently run between 6pm and 8pm Monday to Friday. As a young person, you can get involved by seeing your YEPS worker in schools, colleges, or via the YEPS website.

Woody’s Lodge

Woody’s Lodge is a social hub, which guides veterans to the help & support they need to re-engage with their families and communities. Their vision is to create an inviting meeting space for those who have served within the Armed Forces and Emergency Services, where they can receive expert support & advice as well as the chance to connect with new and old friends & family.

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.


The YoungMinds website provides a wide variety of information and advice designed to help improve the mental health of young people up to the age of 25. We have information for both young people and their parents or carers on mental health conditions, feelings, medications and different life situations, as well as training courses and resources for professionals working with young people.

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.

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 2022/23 they helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. Relate provide support via counselling, training programmes, domestic abuse perpetrator programmes and supported child contact through face-to-face, telephone or video conferencing.

The Family Foundation

The Family Foundation is a registered charity that operates across Wales. They work very closely with individuals in the community, veterans & Armed Forces community, community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, schools, youth organisations and community interest companies.

Home Start Cymru

Home Start Cymru offers free, confidential support and practical help to parents of young children living across Wales who are going through a difficult time. Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult. Many people feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life. Home Start Cymru understand that, sometimes, a little help can make a world of difference and can be there to offer a listening ear or an extra pair of hands.

Sweet Education

Sweet Education resources help secondary school children to achieve a BTEC Level 1 or 2 qualification in Personal Growth and Wellbeing. Our resources are mapped against the Health and Wellbeing AoLE and the new RSE curriculum in Wales, and the new PSHE curriculum in England. Our resources are ideal for schools who want to promote mental health and wellbeing, and want to teach students how to become happier, healthier and more successful young adults.

Education Advisory Teams

The Education Advisory Team (EAT) (UK), contactable at, is part of DCS. It provides professional information, advice and guidance regarding the education of Service Children in the UK.

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Forces Fitness

Forces Fitness is a multi-award-winning business that has worked in partnership with multiple schools, colleges, Universities, organisations and sports clubs across England and Wales. We deliver health, well-being, team building and building resilience sessions. We have received multiple awards for doing so.

Hamish & Milo Wellbeing Resources

Hamish & Milo is a comprehensive emotions curriculum and range of SEMH intervention
programmes, high quality resources, training, supervision and impact reporting dashboard to support a whole school graduated response for children, especially those with SEMH difficulties. The complete programme enhances PSHE and includes all ten emotion

Trauma Informed Schools Wales

Trauma Informed Schools (TISUK&TISWales) aims to deliver high quality training which enables practitioners to create safe, supportive environments in schools, communities, and other organisations. The ultimate focus is on empowering children and young people to overcome challenges, build true resilience, and develop positive life stories, with positive mental well-being thus creating compassionate communities.

The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC)

The RNRMC is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. We are at the heart of supporting our Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and their families, past, present and future.

Since 2007, we have funded projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. 

We also distribute millions of pounds annually to organisation and charities which care for the children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.  

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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."


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


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


"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."


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


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


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


"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."


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


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


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


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


"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.'"


"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."


"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."


"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."