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Forces Connect Toolkit

Forces Connect South East (FCSE) was awarded additional funds from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to promote the National roll out of the Forces Connect Concept of cross-border working, to share its training courses, as well as to promote the employee mentoring e-learning with other UK authorities and public organisations who are seeking to improve upon their delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant and embed a 'forces friendly' approach to day-to-day practice. To date FCSE have delivered training workshops in Scotland, East Anglia, Lancashire, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Buckinghamshire with plans to deliver more. Editable presentations and links to e-learning and other useful resources are available for free through the Forces Connect Toolkit on the LGA Knowledge hub.

If you would like to request more information contact Amanda Barnes, FCSE Programme Officer at fcse@surreycc.gov.uk

Free Signposting Pathways

The FCSE Armed Forces Pathways have been developed by the NHS Armed Forces Networks: Sussex and Kent, and Medway. They are area specific and bespoke information sheets, which allow customer-facing, public sector staff across the South East to signpost the armed forces community to both national and local services alongside charitable schemes.

The NHS Armed Forces Networks: Sussex, and Kent and Medway have produced up to 13 pathways for each of the FCSE authorities in the following services:

  1. Social care
  2. Criminal Justice System
  3. Carers and families
  4. Alcohol and substance misuse
  5. Child and adolescent
  6. Dementia
  7. Education and training
  8. Employment
  9. Housing
  10. Mental health
  11. Physical health
  12. Rough sleeping
  13. Traumatic brain injury

These pathways complement the Forces Connect training courses and have also been digitalised into the Forces Connect mobile app to enable both practitioners as well as the armed forces community themselves to access help and support.

Select the relevant pathways available in your area:

For more information on how the referral pathways were developed contact the NHS Armed Forces Networks on scdt.admin@nhs.net or the FCSE Programme Officer at fcse@surreycc.gov.uk

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Forces Connect app

The development of the Forces Connect mobile app project has been led by Kent County Council in partnership with the Wow Factory. This app is now live and can be downloaded via Google play and the Apple store. Simply type 'forces connect' in the search.

The app is easy to use with simple navigation and enables the entire Armed Forces community (veterans, reservists, military families and those currently serving), as well as community practitioners access details to available services such as: crisis support; employment, education and training; family support; care and benefits; health and wellbeing; housing and homelessness.

The app draws on the referral pathways that have been produced for FCSE by the Sussex and Kent NHS Armed Forces Networks (AFN). The app does not contain an exhaustive list of every service or charitable scheme available to the Armed Forces in the south east. Instead, it contains a comprehensive list of services and contact information that have been checked and validated by the NHS Armed Forces Networks and FCSE Partnering authorities.

The app is expanding to include other regions. If you would like to learn more, or would like to add a service to the list, please send full details to fcse@surreycc.gov.uk.

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