Jo Gower, RNRMW National Information and Communications Coordinator, based at Whale Island, Portsmouth, stresses the value of Reading Force in helping families cope with separation. Jo encourages all RNRMW information centres to offer Reading Force to their families.
“The scrapbooks are a great way to get both parents and children reading and communication is very important when a parent is away from home on deployment which could be a period of 6-9 months, keeping in touch supports the emotions of deployment and keeps parent and child ‘in-tune’ with each other which in turn should assist when the parent returns home. RNRMW have been involved in promoting this service since it was launched on HMS Warrior in 2013.
Copies of the scrapbooks are given out to children at our Unit Families’ Days and they are very well received, the children love the scrapbooks. We also provide them at pre-deployment briefs, information days and our staff take them out to their local schools.”