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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Improved Mail Service

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

For further information Click Here

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Big White Wall:

A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.


Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
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MOD - Spring Edition of Housing Magazine Out Now


                                    Click Here to view the Spring 2017 Magazine

SSAFA - Need to Talk?

Monday, 27 March 2017

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Little Troopers At School


Little Troopers at School is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;
  • Service Pupil Premium
  • Challenges service children may face
  • Moving schools
  • Affects of separation
  • Best practice
Little Troopers at School will grow throughout 2017 however we hope these information sheets will be a great starting point for you, as a parent or as a school setting.

Access here

Moving To Scotland? - Education Guide For Children & Young People


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Little Troopers

The RLC Is Recruiting For Regulars & Reserves


The RLC is the largest Corps in the British Army and wherever in the world you find the Army, you’ll find us. Why choose the RLC?

  • Diversity - No other single organisation inside or outside the Army provides such a diverse set of services.
  • Opportunity – Travel, Promotion, Adventure and Challenge – we’ve got it all!
  • Professional Qualifications – we are world leaders in logistical training, with first class facilities.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Royal British Legion Job Vacancies


Please click on the link below to view the latest Royal British Legion Vacancies

ARRIVA - BUS APP

For more Information please click Here <<<

Changes In Childcare Vouchers

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.

If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur. Click Here for more information

Poppy Break Centres

Break Centres - The Legion offers much-needed breaks to ex-Service and serving personnel and their families. If you or a member of your family is recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life-affecting event, the Legion can provide a comfortable and enjoyable break.



About our break centres - We have four Break Centres located in prime locations around the country, and for our family breaks, we also have close ties with Parkdean and Haven Holiday Parks.
The Legion also provides Adventure Breaks, where young people of Service families can have a fun and activity-packed week.

Soldier On - Supporting Medically Discharged Service Leavers

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces who have been made redundant on medical grounds to plan and manage their careers.

The organisation works with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.

For more information
Click Here

Drinkaware - Get the App


To get the app and to see further information, please click Here

Monday, 20 March 2017

Care After Combat


For further information Click Here

Moving Schools Packs For Service Children

 Book 1 is a Guide for Parents

 Book 2 is a Children's Activity Book
Book 3 is a Schooling History Book for them to keep track of where they have been or where they are going.
The books can be downloaded  from 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-school-packs or pop into the HIVE and collect a free pack or request via 01904 66 5253 

Plan a Visit to Stonehenge


For details on opening hours and prices please click Here

Friday, 17 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Open University - Career Development for the Defence Community

If you are looking to develop yourself or planning to leave the Armed Forces and need additional skills to help with your resettlement, The Open University (OU) can help: 

  • OU work closely with the MOD to support education and training while with the Armed or Civil Services.
  • The OU’s flexible learning allows service personnel to maximise their use of personal time. 
  • OUare proud of their relationship with the Armed Forces, supporting students wherever they are in their studies and wherever they are in the world.
OU have created this website to provide advice, support and free resources to Armed Forces personnel, as well as information to help you find out more about what it’s like to study with the OU.  Click Here for more information

Thursday, 9 March 2017

SSAFA - From Factory to Frontline: The changing face of women in the Armed Forces

Changes In Childcare Vouchers

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.

If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur.
Visit Here for more information.

 Service to  CIVVY - Pension

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

National Minimum Wage Increase


From the 1st April 2017 the National Minimum wage
and National Living Wage will be increasing.
 Find more information HERE

CTP - Civilian Work Attachments

A great way for Service leavers to gain sector specific work experience prior to leaving the Forces is by using some or all of your Graduated Resettlement Time allowance to complete a trial attachment with a civilian employer.

Civilian Work Attachments (CWA) involve undertaking unpaid work experience with an organisation, in order to gain insight into a particular job role or industry. Along with on-the-job training and experience, CWA’s can also ensure that employers and employees are well matched, prior to any commitments being made by either party.


Civilian Work Attachments can be mutually beneficial to both employers and Service leavers. Service leavers are able to gain vital experience in a civilian work environment, which may assist in future career decisions. This can also prove a useful tool for demonstrating to prospective employers that you hold an interest in their industry, and have committed time to researching the industry and gaining additional experience. CWA’s enable employers to view the range of skills held by the Service leaver, and to assess their suitability for potential employment.

Even if you don’t end up working for that employer, you’ve still gained vital experience and knowledge of that job sector – boosting your chances of getting a job with someone else.

You can find CWA opportunities advertised on RightJob, or can source your own placement by contacting employers direct.
 

Adopt With SSAFA

Monday, 6 March 2017

Royal Navy: Welfare Information Support Teams

Welfare Information Support

The Welfare Information Support Team is the first port of call for the Service Personnel and their families and friends who are looking for the advice, support and resources they need to deal with the rigours of life in the Royal Navy. These demands go beyond those of civilian life, such as pressures that come with separation from family and friends, or the potential dangers of deployment, to name just two. 

The resources delivered by the Welfare Information Support Team ensure that Service Personnel look our for, and after each other, and that they're more than the sum of their parts - and that they meet the Royal Navy objective to: "...provide accessible support services that strengthen and enhance the resilience and resourcefulness of Naval Service personnel, their families and communities."

Poppy Pod Project: Camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families- Tile Barn Outdoor Centre-Brockenhurst

Click Here <<<  to find out what facilities they have and available activities
Hampshire County Council is proud to introduce The ‘Poppy Pod’ camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families at Tile Barn Outdoor Centre in Brockenhurst, New Forest. The project is to become its lasting legacy to our Armed Service personnel to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.

RAF HIVE Information Service

RAF HIVE Information Offices support the Chain of Command and tri-Service community through the provision of up to date and relevant information. 

RAF HIVE Information Officers are able to provide an extensive range of information on relocation, the local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools and further education, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities.

Friday, 3 March 2017

SSAFA Additional Needs & Disability - A Guide for Service Families


To read, download or print this guide,please Click Here

CTP Resettlement Guides

The CTP Resettlement Guides include useful reference documents, articles for further reading and comprehensive listings of links to external sites relevant to each topic. Some guides also include checklists to highlight the key points. 

Save the checklists to myPlan and use them as reminders of actions to be taken as you progress through your resettlement. The CTP Editorial team are adding new content regularly to provide you with pertinent information on all areas of resettlement.

Click Here for more information <<<

Forces Children's Education - Getting It Right



Thursday, 2 March 2017

Charges For Service Family Accommodation (SFA)

Occupants that want to find the current list of charges for SFA can find them at www.gov.uk/dio/sfa under Entitlement for SFA


Housing & Supporting Armed Forces Veterans With Scottish Veterans Residences

Current Vacancies

Edinburgh – Whitefoord House – 6 Vacancies
Glasgow – Bellrock Close – 4 Vacancies

Moneyforce



Service Leavers Guide

The service leavers guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.

The guide contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement, reserve liability and support from charitable organisations.

Armed Forces & Reserve Forces Pension Schemes: Guidance Booklets


CTP: Resettlement Guides

The CTP Resettlement Guides include useful reference documents, articles for further reading and comprehensive listings of links to external sites relevant to each topic. Some guides also include checklists to highlight the key points. Save the checklists to myPlan and use them as reminders of actions to be taken as you progress through your resettlement. The CTP Editorial team are adding new content regularly to provide you with pertinent information on all areas of resettlement.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tougher Penalties for Using your Mobile Phone Whilst Driving- From 1 Mar 17

It’s illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle.
The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.
You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted. This includes if you’re using devices like your sat nav or car radio.


When you can use a phone in your vehicle

If you’re the driver, you can only use your phone in a vehicle if you:
  • need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop
  • are safely parked


Penalties for using your phone while driving

You could get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200.
Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.



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