HMS Heroes is a group which provides a safe space and emotional support from a family worker and fellow service families. It provides an opportunity for often isolated families, where at least one parent is often deployed for prolonged periods, to create support networks where the family may have none locally, and work on coping mechanisms.
- To build emotional resilience within service families, and identify additional support needs with signposting to relevant services. The group also helps create service children ambassadors who support each other in and out of school.
- To build support networks for service families, and assist with integration in their local community (especially those in mariquarters, or who those who have moved to Plymouth).
- To provide support and resources to help children and spouse, while serving service person is deployed/activated. Activities may include for example making memory boxes, countdown calendars, cards/letters to send, plus other creative projects etc.
How we will achieve our goals
The community award would help provide project worker time, and resources, for planned activities 1-2 times a month. These groups help the children and parents to bond as a family unit, and with other families going through similar experiences, where spouses and children suffer deep emotional stress due to uncertainty and long separation periods.
Where the money will go
The project would ensure that service families are not isolated, can integrate into the local community, and receive mental and emotional support through periods of seperation. The activities will provide bonding time and help build skills, for example creating deployment resources, working on poppy garden, exercises to work on emotions etc.