AN INNOVATIVE e-learning resource for armed forces families who are leaving or have recently left the military has been launched.  

The free training programme, created by Warwickshire County Council, addresses issues such as finding accommodation, employment and health needs as well as personal and family adjustment. It also raises awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant and the support that exists in the community.  

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “I’m very pleased to welcome this new resource. We know that the period of transition and adjustment to civilian life can be difficult for some individuals and families and this e-learning will aid them in settling back into civilian life. One excellent feature is the ‘three top tips’ being shared from veterans of all three services as well as spouses who have made the transition.”

The modules were created by the Armed Forces Covenant team within the council, in collaboration with ex-serving personnel, naval, army and RAF families federations and other organisations.  

Anna Wright, chief executive of the Naval Families Federation, said: “I’m delighted to lend my support to this fifth, and final, Armed Forces Covenant e-learning module.

“We’ve worked with Phil Deakin and his colleagues on all of these modules and have been thrilled to see how successful they have been in not only raising awareness of the issues faced by serving personnel and their families, but also providing advice about how the covenant can help to overcome them.

“This final module really strikes a chord as it coincides with the research that we and the other families federations have recently published, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust, which puts the spotlight on how families transition out of the armed forces. I’m sure that the module will help the individual and whole family make a successful move back to civilian life.”

The e-learning can be accessed online by following this link.

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