The Forces Families Project
The Forces Families project (formerly Joining Forces for Families), an Armed Forces Covenant funded project that has been running since October 2018. It is delivered in partnership by Citizens Advice Hart and Portsmouth Citizens Advice.
It aims to help serving personnel and their families when they encounter life’s stressful events. It is free, confidential and independent and impartial. The Forces Families Project is tri-service and operated in North East Hampshire and Portsmouth and other south coast areas such as Gosport Fareham and Havant. We often attend military events such as health fairs, family fun days and of course Armed Forces day.
The service operates through a referral process. An individual or family can refer themselves or agreed to be referred by one of our partner organisation such as the welfare teams, military charities, schools pastoral teams, or social prescribing teams.
We have extended the service to international families and also focusing on financial capability and money management activities. We have added a video advice option to our services to allow for the client to experience a ‘near normal’ advice session albeit using technology.
The Forces Families Project team is made up of three advisers, a project manager and a communications officer. We are normally fully mobile around North East Hampshire and the south coast.