AFF Research Symposium


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Introduction
Agenda
Poetry reading
Poster competition
Registration and cost
Directions

Introduction

AFF to host Research Symposium with Army family focus

Following the success of our first symposium in 2015, AFF will once again host a Research Symposium to discuss the issues Army families face and share findings and research with others also working in this field of work.

Our Research Symposium will take place on Monday 5 June at Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.

In partnership with the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, the event will bring together those undertaking research across the many fields of study concerning Army families.

A crucial element will be the collaboration between academics and subject matter experts from AFF and the MOD, possibly leading to further research being undertaken to help better understand and support Army families.

For more information about the event, please contact Michelle Alston, AFF Researcher, at researcher@aff.org.uk

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Agenda

Registration opens from 0900-1000 and the symposium will run from 1000-1600.

Presentations and panel discussion on the challenges to Army family life in 2017 including:

  • Helen Helliwell, Head of Service Personnel Support, MOD
  • Col Nathan Sempala-Ntege, Assistant Head, Army Personal Services
  • Louise Simpson, Policy & Research Director, AFF
  • Todd Stride, Military Family Services Canada

The discussion groups will include:

  • Military children - Dr Judith McCullouch, University of Winchester, Improving access to high quality higher education for Service children in the UK
  • Spousal employment - Matt Fossey, Anglia Ruskin University, Evaluation of the MOD's spousal employment support programme
  • Mental wellbeing - Charlene Bennett, University of Lincoln, Impact of the military, mainly deployment, on the mental health of military partners
  • Social networks - Emma Long, Lancaster University, How Army families engage with formal support & their own social network when facing deployment
  • Transition - Royal Navy, Army and RAF Families Federations Transition Liaison specialists (funded by Forces in Mind Trust), Research into how transition affects families

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Poetry reading

During the lunch break of the symposium, there will be a poetry reading by two Army mothers who wrote poetry detailing their experiences when their sons were deployed to Afghanistan. In November 2016, their poetry collections were published alongside two American women, in an anthology called ‘Home Front’ - a book telling war from how these women experienced it. Isabel Palmer and Bryony Doran will be reading from their collections, talking about and answering questions on how writing poetry helped them cope with the situation they found themselves in, both during and after the time their sons were away.

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Poster competition

If you are attending the event and interested in participating in the poster competition during the lunch break, please contact Michelle Alston at researcher@aff.org.uk

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Registration and cost

Please click here to register online.

There is a cost of £50 per person, which includes lunch and afternoon refreshments.

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Directions

The event will be at held at Henriette Raphael House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.

The nearest tube station is London Bridge, which is a two-minute walk away. There is a limited, pay and display, car park at the Guy's Campus, and Western Street, St Thomas Street and Snowsfield.

For more information about the event, please contact Michelle Alston at researcher@aff.org.uk

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Contact Us

AFF Researcher: Michelle Alston
Tel: 07901 969627
Email: researcher@aff.org.uk

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