Break’s boosting benefits

Designed to be exciting, challenging and fun, Poppy Adventure Breaks take place around the country for service kids. Last summer, community support development workers (CSDWs) from Newcastle and Catterick deliv...

Ruby’s story

Part of AFF’s work this year is to focus on service youngsters – their voice and views of army family life. Nine-year-old Ruby Callaby has moved schools a lot over the last seven years, is passionate about crea...

Army kids

By Reece Stillie (12) Army kids have it tough. Lots of moves which is rough. A new home every two years. Saying bye to friends, lots of tears. New school, new teachers and new friends to make. Done this l...

A positive fix

Fixers works with young people aged 16-25 by providing professional resources to help them campaign on issues they feel strongly about. Since 2008, more than 23,000 young people have become fixers and created i...

Leading the field

WHEN 15-year-old Oliver Meredith accepted his offer of a place on the 2018 Annington Challenge, he didn’t envisage it would involve spending 12 hours alone in a Welsh field. “The Outward Bound team deliberatel...

A force for good

WIRRAL Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘The Hive’, is a purpose-built facility for the borough’s eight-to-19-year-olds, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. The Hive runs the A Force For Good project ...

On a mission

We sent Hollie-Anne Morgan (13) and her parents Kimberley and Owen to review London’s National Army Museum and, in particular, the fantastic family backpacks. Hollie-Anne shares her experience… I REALLY en...

From Amsterdam to astronaut

Nicola Edger and Sara Lambert are both Army wives and project officers at Wiltshire College. They are working on a scheme to raise the aspirations of students from target postcodes and this includes reaching ou...

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...