FROM humble beginnings as the Federation of Army Wives Clubs back in 1982, we’ve evolved into a worldwide charity, working on behalf of all Army families – Regular and Reserve, wherever you are based, whatever the make-up of your family.
Together we’ve faced many challenges. We’ve supported families during times of conflict, including in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Kosovo and, more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’d love you to share your stories of support with us – tell us what brought you to AFF for advice or support.
Over time, we’ve branched out into more locations across the globe. In 1989, we developed a team in Germany and in 1994 we set up in Cyprus. So many Army families have since passed through these locations on posting and, no matter where the Army sends you, we now have a team of dedicated overseas staff to make sure you’re never far from our support.
In May 1996 we were renamed the Army Families Federation and continued our hard work to improve the lives of Army families, tackling the issues you face and ensuring your voice is heard by the MOD, government and other decision makers.
Making sense of Army life’s changes
With the constant changes of Army family life, we work hard to secure, and then make families aware of, positive developments, which we hope improve the experiences of your Army family.
Our quarterly magazine Army&You provides a great snapshot of the Army community and has developed over the years into a professional publication dedicated to the families we serve.
With the development of the Armed Forces Covenant, we continue to make sure the nation’s promise is truly meaningful, and work in collaboration with other businesses, charities and local authorities to bring the principles of the Covenant to life.
We want families to feel confident that we are with you every step of the way of your Army family journey. We firmly believe that, together, we are one Army, one family.
Watch our film
Take a step through history with our special 35th anniversary film above to see how far we’ve come.