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Youth and community support

The Army Welfare Service works hand in hand with local communities to deliver exciting opportunities for service families, and in particular young people.

Community Support

Community Support (CS) Staff secure or directly provide CS learning and personal development opportunities for military personnel and their families wherever they are living. Non formal education opportunities are provided within Community, Youth and Play Centres/Projects focusing on the provision of learning and personal development activities to children, young people and their families throughout the year, across the UK and overseas. CS delivers additional activities during school holidays, including Easter and Summer programmes and offsite residential experiences.

youth and community facilities

Community Guides

A Service Community Guide exists for every garrison, station and base in Great Britain and overseas. The guides are available to download. They cover such topics as:

  • Health, education and the services, information and contacts for housing matters
  • Helplines - National, Military, Emergency and DE (Housing Directorate)
  • Facilities and organisations who can provide help and advice on military and civil matters
  • Leisure and Pleasure: sporting and leisure facilities, what to see and do, together with a classified Index of Advertisers
  • Earn and Learn (in most guides): Information on local employers and education opportunities.

The Guides are published by Method Publishing for the MOD. A Hard copy of the guide is available from your local Army Welfare Office or local HIVE.

Directorate Children & Young People

Home from AfghanistanThe Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) is the focal point within the Ministry of Defence for issues relating to children and young people who belong to the Armed Forces community on a tri-Service basis, worldwide.

Within DCYP sits the Service Children’s Education (SCE), which provides education for Service children overseas, and the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS), which provides advice, information and support on all aspects of Service children’s education, including MOD-related allowances and Special Educational Needs.

Returning from Germany

The drawdown from Germany will result in about 5,000 Service children returning to the UK over the next 5-6 years. To oversee and manage this work, DCYP has formed an Education Change Programme Project Team who will work with UK education providers, local authorities and devolved and central governments to ensure that local provision fully meets the demands of those families returning to the UK, and that the needs of those Service children can be accommodated.

Contact details

DCYP: email: dcyp-dcyp-mailbox@mod.uk

For information and advice about Service children’s education contact CEAS:  01980 618244 | email: enquiries@ceas.uk.com

For information about Service Children’s Education overseas contact SCE: 01980 618731 | email: info@sceschools.com

For more information on all services click on the links on the right.