Working with forces families

With nationally up to 7,000 redundancies expected in the Army alone and a further 5,000 in the RAF by 2015, the next few years will see significant numbers of service families voluntarily or compulsorily leaving the Armed Forces, especially in Gloucestershire given the number of bases in the area.   

Family Lives in Gloucestershire are piloting the development of a unique family re-settlement service for ex-service families entering civilian life initially in Gloucestershire but accessible by them by phone/ on-line should they move elsewhere in the country with the option to seek individual support from our services local to their new location. 

On referral to Family Lives by Service Family Welfare Units or self-referral, each family will have access to 1-2-1 advice, guidance and support from a Family Support Co-ordinator (FSC) to identify their needs. Re-settlement Plans will be developed comprising of a wide menu of activities including orientation to community services, signposting to specific services support from other agencies (e.g. housing, money management, employability skills’ development), parenting skills’ development, and family relations management. These activities will be available for up to 3 months to ease the transition into civilian life. 

This work is supported by the Henry Smith Charitable Trust. To find our more about this project, please contact our South West office.