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25 September 2014

SSAFA heads up Supporting Transitions conference in Germany

SSAFA’s British Forces health and social care staff were joined by industry leaders to discuss and debate the hot topics facing the military community in Germany.


SSAFA heads up Supporting Transitions conference in Germany

SSAFA’s British Forces health and social care staff were joined by industry leaders to discuss and debate the hot topics facing the military community in Germany.

With 35,000 troops and their families due to leave Germany and return to the UK by 2018, the focus was on providing support during transition, both during the move back to the UK and for those leaving the services and moving into civilian life.

SSAFA’s annual Joint Professional Confrence was held in conjunction with the MoD and civilian professionals, who specialise in providing welfare and well-being support to the British armed forces and their families based in Germany.

Keynote speakers presented on the support that will be available to the military and their families during a period of anticipated significant change over the next three years. SSAFA professionals highlighted the contribution that SSAFA makes to the wider military population now and will continue to do so into the future.

Jan Dowlen-Gilliland, Director of Operations & Clinical Services for SSAFA said: “The conference programme was a balance of external subject matter experts and SSAFA’s own highly skilled and knowledgeable professional staff coming together to listen and debate key issues for the military population and their families in the face of change.”

SSAFA’s expertise was acknowledged by national high profile figures from the field of health and social care, including Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England and Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families.

They remarked on the importance of SSAFA’s long standing and continuing commitment to members of the armed forces, both past and present, which remains vital, especially during periods of change and uncertainty.

The highlight of the conference was a performance by a group of children from Gloucester School in Hohne. The children, who all have a serving parent, offered an interpretation of music and drama, which provided an insight into the challenges and opportunities for children and young people of military families.