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April 2017 
Spring Homeport  
The spring edition of Homeport has arrived! Featuring Superman Henry Cavill and some great holiday inspirations and special offers for Naval families. Please click here to read online or sign up to receive our free magazine, straight to your doorstep. 
Armed Forces Pay Review 2017
The NFF meets annually with the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body to present feedback from Service Personnel and their families. If you have any comments about the 2017 Armed Forces Pay Award, please click here. 

New INtouch Mail Service

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced a new mailing system to replace the e-bluey for friends and family to send letters to personnel serving around the world. Please click here
NHS Transition Support 
NHS England has now launched a brand new mental health service which has been specially tailored to support and treat Armed Forces veterans and Service personnel who are approaching discharge. Please click here to find out more. 
Help Us Make Transition Better 
If you're leaving the Naval Service soon or you know someone who is, please get in touch today and help us make transition better for families by taking part in our transition project. In return you will receive a thank you gift from ESS and Sodexo. To find out more please call us on 023 9265 4374 or email Transition@nff.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

Childcare Choices
A new Childcare Choices website was launched today so that millions of parents can pre-register for the government’s new childcare offers. Click here to find out more. 

Broadband Providers Drop Cancellation Fees
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced that Armed Forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK. Click here to find out more.  

Armed Forces Day
Salute Our Forces and get involved with Armed Forces Day this year! There will be a National Event which will take place in Liverpool on Saturday 24 June however there are hundreds of events up and down the country, find out what's on near you here

Declaration Of Dependent Service Children On JPA
Are your dependent children declared on JPA? Declaring dependent Service Children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of service housing and potential assignments. Click here to find out more. 

Money Can't Buy Me Love 
If you and your partner argue about money, you are in good company. Recent research by Relate - the relationship people shows that 55% of people rank money worries in the top three strains on a relationship. Find out more here

 

Introduction to Education in Scotland 
Service families who are thinking of relocating or are relocating to Scotland from England, often ask us about the differences between the education systems. We’re therefore pleased to see that the Directorate Children and Young People have produced an introductory guide to Education in Scotland which we hope you will find helpful, please click here.

 

How's it Going at School?
Have you ever wondered whether your Service, or that of a serving parent, has affected your children’s educational achievement? We've been asking these questions of the Department for Education, please click here to find out more.

Supporting Service Pupils Moving Schools

The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) have put together a downloadable resource aimed at Service families and welfare staff as well as professionals within schools and local authorities. The aim is to share good practice and open people’s eyes to the opportunities and challenges that exist for Service children. Find out more here. 

Service Complaints Ombudsman

The Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces provides independent and impartial oversight of the Service complaints system. The Ombudsman’s first Annual Report has now been laid in Parliament. You can read the report in full here.

Free Business Course - Helensburgh

Are you thinking of starting your own business? Want to work for yourself but not sure where to start?

Perhaps you have started your own business but not sure how to get things moving?

We’ve helped to facilitate a Supporting the Unsung Heroes Business Start-Up Course coming to Helensburgh for 10/11th May and 7/8th June of this year. If you're interested, please email suh@wlv.ac.uk or phone 01902 321272. 

WRNS 100 Commemorative Appeal 

To celebrate 100 since years since the formation of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS)  and women serving in the Royal Navy, the WRNS 100 Project is asking for donations towards the cost of a very special carved commemorative stone to be dedicated at a Centenary Celebratory Service in Portsmouth. To make a contribution please click here and note that the deadline for donations is 1st June 2017. 

 

Surf Action- Partner’s Project

If you are the partner to either a serving member of the Armed Forces or a veteran then this is for you!
Surf Action are running a project designed specifically for partner’s of Service Personnel, please click here to find out more. 

Kings Camps

Kings Camps are returning in 2017 to run sporting activity camps at HMS Drake for all Service children at a discounted rate, subsidised by the RNRMC and Kings Foundation. For dates and information on how to book a place, please click here

The Annington Challenge 

Since the summer of 2012, Annington Trust has sponsored over 90 young people from Service families on Outward Bound adventure courses in Scotland, England and Wales. Each individual was offered the chance to excel at tasks not previously experienced, and gain confidence in their own ability. The Trust is now seeking applications for 2017, please click here to find out more.

Win a Twickenham 100 Rugby Top

We're giving you the chance to win a Twickenham 100 Anniversary Rugby Top courtesy of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. To be in with a chance of getting your hands on a unique bit of kit before the big game this year, email 'Rugby Shirt' to editor@nff.org.uk.

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