The tall and short of it

To bring communities together and connect people when COVID restrictions were in force, the SHAPE team of Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) came up with a fun initiative to see who could grow the tallest sunflo...

A legend in the baking

When lockdown hit earlier this year in Germany, army spouse and mum Michelle Cole was craving human contact, as well as cake, so she decided the best way to combine the two was to set up a Bake-off group. We fi...

Inspirational pacesetter

Despite only catching the running bug shortly before moving to Wimbish, on arrival Katy Robinson was moved to set up a group when she found herself a jogging buddy in fellow military spouse Sam Sanders. Two yea...

Bravo to free festival

Tickets are now available for the online Festival of Discovery from 12-24 July for members of the armed forces community. Join in from the comfort of your own home with no wellies or tents required! The festiv...

Tackling loneliness and isolation through singing

Earlier this year the Military Wives Choirs were the recipient of a grant awarded to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to help alleviate loneliness ...

Helping to remove barriers

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) and the Directory of Social Change have published an evaluation report exploring the impact of just under £11.5m of grant funds that the Trust has awarded throug...

Coworking goes online

The Military Coworking Network’s hubs are bringing people together to work and study all over the UK and overseas. But if lockdown continues, or if there isn’t a hub near you, there are still many benefits of b...

Recharge your batteries

If you’re looking for a bit of R&R after months of lockdown restrictions but don’t want to head abroad, why not take advantage of the facilities the Services Cotswold Centre has to offer? The tri-service...

Irish innovations

From sustainable projects to a skate park – wheels are rolling on Aldergrove adaptations. It's an exciting time at Aldergrove in Northern Ireland with some major developments planned for two sites where old qu...

Above and beyond

Welfare officers go the proverbial extra mile to keep forces families smiling... Rebasing is hard on families and units alike without the added complexity of a pandemic. Carole Rudd, AFF Manager England, visit...