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FEDERATION About Transition?


–It’s about families too By Louise Briggs, Transition Liaison Manager


Our project on families’ transition, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust has been running for 10 months now and in that time, Ihave been researching and talking to families and organisations about all things relating to transition.


Here are some of the issues, facts and services that have emerged so far:


CareerTransition Partnership (CTP) and MOD Services: Service Leavers receive their entitled level of support and assistance from the CTP as part of their resettlement (those with under four years of service are eligible for support under the Future Horizons programme) but did you know that as spouse or partner you can also attend the Finance and Housing briefings offered by the CTP? They also publish useful and informative guides on their website: ctp.org.uk/resettlement-guides


All service leavers and their families can access the Service Leaver’s Guide, available on GOV.UK. It offers guidance and advice relevant to service leavers and their families, including atimeline for transition which some families have told us would be useful: gov.uk/government/publications/service-leavers-pack


Employment assistance:


As well as the resettlement services from CTP for the Service leaver,there are many services that also assist families – here are just two examples:


1. NHS Step into Health is the first access pathway of its kind, aimed at highlighting the many career opportunities available within the NHS for those have served in the armed forces, spouses, partners and dependents. It is a partnership between NHS employers and organisations, Health Education England, the Royal Foundation and Walking with the Wounded. The innovative programme offers information days, mentoring and work experience placements towards discussion and hopefully applications for available vacancies. For more information – militarystepintohealth. nhs.uk


2. Lifeworks is an employment support service to discover new opportunities, develop your employment skills and build your confidence. Fully funded by Armed Forces Charities and run by adivision of RBLI, Lifeworks is offered to serving and ex-serving personnel and also their families – wearelifeworks.org.uk


Three great shares


Service Pupil Premium in England: Did you know that your children, (between Reception and Year 11) remain eligible for SPP for up to six years after leaving? Make sure your children’s school is aware of this and they can continue to claim the £300 per child.


The new Veterans Gateway: Arecently launched helpline service providing information advice and support to Ex-Forces families and acting as the name suggests and is an informed gateway to the huge network of organisations out there supporting the Armed Forces community.It’s funded by the Armed Forces Covenant too! Find out more on veteransgateway.org.uk/ or phone them on 0808 802 1212 –24hrs aday.


22 Envoy Autumn 2017 raf-ff.org.uk Thinking


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