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See some of the children we have helped and some of our Supporter’s stories below. We are also featuring some of the organisations we work with that you may find interesting.

HMS Oardacious and Huggable Heroes

HMS Oardacious’ Submarine Service Mental Health Fund launches its “Huggable Heroes” initiative, aiming to bring comfort to children of Submariners. As part of Month of the Military Child, HMS Oardacious

Youth Voice Survey 2024

Tri-Service Youth Voice Survey 2024 Led by the Tri-Service Youth Voice Steering Group, this survey aims to gather the opinions of as many youth voices as possible. Whether you are

Tech Camp

Engineering and Programming Camps This coming summer, the Naval Children’s Charity are running a programme to help fund places at Tech Camp’s week-long residential engineering and programming camps for children

Military Families Charity of the Year

Naval Children’s Charity delighted to be awarded ‘Military Families Charity of the Year’ The Celebrating Forces Families (CFF) Awards highlight contributions and unwavering support provided by military families and its communities

Forces Employment Charity

Our partnership with the Forces Employment Charity The Forces Employment Charity offers the military community life-long, life-changing support. The Families Programme support extends to Service children and young adults aged

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas Announced as New Patron

A warm welcome to Dame Kristin Scott Thomas as our new Patron. Dame Kristin Scott Thomas has always had a close personal connection to the Royal Navy. Her father, grandfather,

Month of the Military Child 2024

A Celebration of Military Children. Did you know the official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind, but it

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week! A worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and recognising the many talents

A New Psychological Toolkit for Armed Forces Children

The Naval Children’s Charity are thrilled to be launching ‘Doing Distance’ – a psychological toolkit for armed forces children, to help them navigate the challenges that come with service life,

How we can help you

Apply for Financial Assistance using the Lightning Reach portal.

For applications for financial assistance you can apply by clicking on Register for Help below which will take you to the Lightning Reach portal. This platform is provided by our trusted partner, Lightning Reach, a social impact startup which uses secure technology to make the application process as quick and safe as possible for you.

A simple 3 step process
  1. Register and complete your profile here
    When asked to specify which of the Armed Forces you have served in, make sure to select ‘Royal Navy’, ‘Royal Marines’, ‘Merchant Navy in support of the Armed Forces’ or from the roles / industries list to ensure you are matched to Naval Children’s Charity.

  2. Once you’ve completed your profile, you should receive a support match to The Naval Children’s Charity. Click ‘continue’ to complete and submit your application.

  3. Provide your supporting evidence and submit your application to The Naval Children’s Charity.

Once your application has been made a caseworker will be in touch as soon as possible, this is usually within 3 days.

The profile you create on the Lightning Reach portal can also help you to find and apply for support from other support organisations easily and securely. We recommend that you submit your application to The Naval Children’s Charity first before submitting applications to other organisations.

For help with completing your application, visit Lightning Support and search for ‘The Naval Children’s Charity’.

If you have a question or not sure what help you need and require information or advice please use this online form.

Alternatively, If you would prefer to call our casework team, we can be contacted on 023 9263 9534, our office hours are 0830-1600 Monday to Friday.

How we can help you

The Naval Children’s Charity supports children up to and including the age of 25 whose parent(s) serve or have served in the Naval Service: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, their Reserves and the RFA. If you need information or advice regarding support for your child(ren) please fill in the form to the best of your knowledge. One of our caseworkers will then contact you.

If you would prefer to call us we can be contacted on 023 9263 9534, our office hours are 0830-1600 Monday to Thursday and 0830-1300 on Friday.