How are you?

A word from AFF Chief Exec, Sara Baade... When I first came to the UK about 20 years ago, I thought it was the kindest country in the world because everyone kept asking me how I was. Little did I understand at...

Families: The Army’s heartbeat

AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade and Major General Sharon Nesmith, the army’s new Director for Personnel, share their thoughts on the importance of supporting our service children... When I first started a...

A word from: Ever-increasing enquiries

LAST year AFF saw a 37 per cent increase in Army families coming to us for support, information and guidance, writes AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade. I’m of course delighted that so many of you trust us to he...

Engaging with Army communities

by Sara Baade, Army Families Federation Chief Executive and General Ivan Jones, Army Director Personnel THERE are key people in the Army that are important for us at AFF to engage with to ensure that your voic...

Information, consultation and consideration

IN A very useful meeting with Tobias Elwood, the Minister for Defence People and Veterans, we discussed the different policies that are currently being developed by the MOD under the ‘people programme’ – import...

A Word From: Supportability overseas

OVER the last few months, AFF has been looking at how families are supported whilst posted overseas. Many of you contact us because you are unaware of what help is available, or because you feel that the assist...

A Word From: Breaking down barriers

SOME of the most common enquiries that come to AFF are around employment and how spouses and partners can make work "work" for them, writes AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade. It's something that I feel very passi...

Effective communication

A word from Sara Baade, Army Families Federation Chief Executive IN A recent meeting, I was asked: "Why is it that Army families' morale is so low at the moment and why are they so averse to change?" At t...

Big thanks for your Big Survey input

MORE than 8,300 families took the opportunity to have their voice heard when we ran our Big Survey 2016: The Future of Military Housing. This is an extraordinary response and I want to start this article by tha...

A Word From: Flying the flag for Army families

IN EARLY November, I was proud to take the reins of the Army Families Federation (AFF) as its new CEO, just a few weeks before the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was released. It was ...