Fostering in the Forces

Service couple Lisa and Daniel Hinton have been foster carers with the National Fostering Agency (NFA) for almost a decade. We caught up with them to find out why fostering can be well suited to Army life…  ...

A postcard from… Nairobi

Anna Sutherland, soldier husband Stephen, son Euan (18), daughter Zara (14) tell us about their life as an Army family in Nairobi, Kenya... How long have you been an Army family? 19 years. Time in Kenya:...

Military Child

WRITTEN one evening at boarding school, Lottie Butterworth (14) sent this poem to her dad who has been away on an eight-month tour in Afghanistan. It was inspired by the dandelion, the flower of military childr...

Forces fight club

Alive Amateur Boxing Club in Tidworth, founded by serving soldier Chris Milligan, has only been running since 2015, but it already has almost 300 children and adults on its books, around half of which are conne...

A hero to hold

MILITARY wife Jo Lomax made her first Huggable Hero to comfort her friend’s little girl when her dad was about to deploy and now there are Huggable Heroes all over the world, helping to reduce separation anxiet...

Review: The Soldier Who Came Back

THE Soldier Who Came Back is the story of an unlikely friendship that was to lead to one of the most daring wartime escape stories ever told. Antony Coulthard was privately educated while Fred Foster left schoo...

Support in the south east

FORCES Connect South East (FCSE) is inviting military spouses to share their experiences of accessing public services. FCSE, a two-year MOD Covenant-funded programme tasked with making it easier for Service...

Moving between schools

GOOD news if your child is moving schools in England – a recent collaboration between the Department for Education and the MOD’s Directorate for Children and Young People means that there have been changes to t...

Building resilience

ACCORDING to Place2Be, a national children’s charity, one-in-five primary school children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once and many adults with mental health issues can trace their sympt...