Support for Service Families
You will find on this page information on support services, RAF and HIVE information and details on the Service Pupil Premium.
State Schools, Academies and Free Schools in England which have Service children in Reception to Year 11, are eligible to receive this funding, which is designed to assist the school to provide mainly non-educational support (known as pastoral care) to Service children. The SPP is currently £300 per Service child, paid directly to the school.
Service parents who have children attending schools in England are urged to let their child’s school know about their Service status.
For more information on Service Premiums visit the GOV.UK website
There are two RAF bases in Buckinghamshire in Halton and High Wycombe.
Set in the heart of the Chilterns, RAF Halton is home to servicemen and women from the RAF, Army and Royal Navy together with a variety of contractor and civil service staff.
AF High Wycombe is an administrative support unit. It hosts and provides support for Headquarters Air Command, No 1, No 2 and No 22 Groups. It acts as the liaison between the RAF and United States Visiting Forces, and HR Support for MOD Civil Service staff working on USVF Bases within the UK. The Headquarters’ of the European Air Group, Joint Ground Based Air Defence and Joint Force Air Component Commander are also supported by the unit.
Provides general maintenance around the home and garden. We complete the jobs that have built up overtime while a family grieves or the work the lost family member would have done for his or her family. We provide professional maintenance personnel to carry out the work required all are direct employees of the charity.
The British Forces Foundation (BFF) aims to boost and maintain the morale of the men and women of our Armed Forces by providing high quality entertainment and other innovative programmes designed to demonstrate public support for the work they do and the sacrifices they are prepared to make.
The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own. We are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
When someone in the RAF family needs help, the charity they turn to is the Royal Air Forces Association. Throughout life’s challenges, we are there for them, in person and on the phone, like a good friend should be.
There are lots of different routes out there to support you within the RAF community and if you aren't sure of where to go, you can always contact the team at the Families Federation and we can signpost you to the best experts.
All Service personnel who wish to apply for Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK are expected to use the electronic application form (e-1132).
Reading Force are passionate about using books to bring Service children and families closer together. Their shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk, and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching relationships with books and each other - one page at a time.
CivvyStreet aims to provide support and mentoring for all those recently leaving, or about to leave, the forces who are looking for employment opportunities and a chance to redeploy the skills learned while serving.
CivvyStreet is for anyone who has served in the UK Armed Forces (regular or reserves). It is also for their widows, widowers, partners and dependants. Anyone with an Armed Forces connection can apply to become a registered and approved member of CivvyStreet. Membership is validated against Armed Forces number and branch.
You can claim compensation if you were injured or got an illness while serving in the armed forces (including the reserve forces). Compensation may include: a lump sum or regular payments