Health and safety is our highest priority. The NFF team are working from home until further notice to ensure that we are protecting both our communities and staff. Please visit this page to access announcements and precautions taken on COVID-19 from the NFF and service providers. We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.
Homeport Spring '20 has arrived!
In this issue, you will find:
Honest accounts of Navy life – Columns by Olive Oyl and Marina
Holiday inspirations – special 12-page supplement
Chivenor coworking hub opens – ‘what’s not to like’?
Have you had a chance to fill out our childcare survey yet? Childcare policies are now being reviewed. Please help us to build a clearer picture of the issues affecting you by completing (and share) the survey.
New offer to support Royal Navy & Royal Marines families - coming soon!
'Strengthening Families – By Your Side' has been developed by the NFF and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in a groundbreaking partnership with Relate, Home-Start UK and Kings Active Foundation (which includes Kings Camps). The offer aims to provide comprehensive support to Naval Service families whenever and wherever they need it.
Naval Service Family & People Support (NS FPS)
In response to the current national situation and in support of Naval Service families during this very challenging time, the NS FPS Portal will be extending its opening times from 28th March.
Celebrating Forces Families Jobs' first success story!
AnnMarie is a Royal Marine's wife currently living in Arbroath. She has successfully secured a job working as a Teaching Assistant with Dundee City Council. Watch this video to follow her journey and to find out more about this free-to-use, forces-friendly platform!
Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO)
JSHAO is the MOD's tri-Service focal point to provide Service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. Please help them better represent our families by completing this short survey.
Naval Children's Charity
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund became the Naval Children’s Charity. The new name sets out the vision of the Naval Children’s Charity to reach more beneficiaries in need, hardship or distress. If a family is struggling, they can get in touch with the Charity and find out more information on how the Charity can help them - the Charity has a dedicated team of caseworkers who can help.
Interested in a career with the NHS?
If you live in another area of England or Wales and are interested in working for the NHS to support them during this difficult time, please visit the NHS Jobs website here. NHS Jobs in Scotland can be found here.
Also, the NHS Step into Health has launched a new online system specifically for members of the Armed Forces community. The online system allows Service leavers, Veterans, Reservists, Cadet Force volunteers and their families to register their interest in an NHS career and connect with NHS organisations. Interested candidates can record their skills and experience as well as their location preferences and preferred work areas. NHS organisations which are part of the Step into Health programme will be able to see interested candidates’ profiles and invite them to information days and set up work placements.
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Are you/ your loved ones due to graduate from their Phase 2 training?
We now have our giant deckchair and information stand on display in Collingwood Hall for graduates and their loved ones! Come by and “stow your rear” on our deckchair and pick up some useful resources (and tempting gizzits) if you are nearby!
Future Accommodation Model (FAM)
The first people to use the pilot have been sharing their stories on the impact FAM is having on their lives as Service personnel making new choices about their accommodation. Watch the video or visit this page to find out more.
SSAFA short breaks - Exmoor
SSAFA are offering spaces for a short break in Exmoor for Armed Forces families with a child(ren) who has additional need/ disability. This event will take place from 26th to 30th October, which will include daily activities such as horse-riding, kayaking, biking, and more. Accommodation and meals will also be provided. Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis.