Wednesday, 21 December 2016

JSHAO Housing Matters: Winter 2016



The magazine for the Joint Service Housing Advice Office providing advice
on housing for service personnel and families.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016 Published 15th December



The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016 was laid in Parliament with an accompanying written ministerial statement (WMS), and published on armedforcescovenant.gov.uk,  with the 14-page summary of the Report outlining the 15 top goals for the coming year.


Career Transition Partnership



Quest Magazine : December 2016 Issue

Quest Dec 2016 edition available at HIVE or to view online click here


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

BFBS - A Team Competition

Who’s Your A-Team?

As episodes of The A-Team explode into action on Forces TV we’re asking Who’s Your A-Team?
Tell us why your team is top, how they impress you… and quite simply why they beat the rest!
Let us know why you ‘love it when a plan comes together’ and you could treat your team.
The winning idea will be chosen by a panel of judges and we’ll send you the money to spoil your staff.
Email us via YourATeam@forces.tv by Saturday 10thDecember, describing how you’d spend £200 on your very own A-Team.
Watch The A-Team weekdays on Forces TV at 6pm. From 13th December it will be broadcast at 10pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

BFBS App




BFBS offers three main radio services: BFBS Radio for upbeat music-based programming and news, BFBS Radio 2 for music, sport and speech including the best of the BBC, and BFBS Gurkha Radio for Nepali language programmes.
  • BFBS Radio can be heard across the UK on DAB radio, overseas on FM, and online. You can also find us on Sky and Freesat.
  • BFBS Radio 2 can be heard overseas on FM, and online.
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio can be heard across the UK on AM, overseas on FM, and online.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Service Pupil Premium 2017

This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England. If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools; with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.


Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 19 January 2017 and children must be registered with the school before this date. You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database.


For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:
https://www.gov.uk/service-premium-information-for-schools

Friday, 2 December 2016

Suffolk Family Information Service Need Your Help


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We need your comments! Let us know how you'll make use of 30 hours Free Childcare by completing the online survey suffolk.gov.uk/30hours

Thursday, 24 November 2016

London Victory Services Club - Welfare And Respite For Service personnel



Victory Services Club (VSC)


We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.
Further information is available at this link

and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here:


The Military Wives Choir - Home for Christmas available to buy on 25th November 2016



The Military Wives Choir album will hit the shops on 25th November 2016 and our single Home For Christmas is out on the 2nd December! Preorder yours today and help make us the Christmas No1 for 2016!
To Purchase CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

VAUXHALL DISCOUNT

The Soldiers Charity : Photo Competition Closing date 30th April 2017




Photo competition is now open.  The Soldiers Charity are looking to
 find images for their 2018 calendar. 

To enter please visit: www.soldierscharity.org/photocompetition

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Army & You : Winter Edition



Army & You Winter Edition is out now in print and online www.armyandyou.co.uk

Friday, 4 November 2016

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tesco Delivers To British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.



When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
So, remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you’re looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day. 
Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Ex Services - Accommodation & Housing



What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
◦The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
◦Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
◦Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
◦Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
◦All information treated in strict confidence.
◦Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
◦If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
◦Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
◦Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for  single veterans.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Courses 4 Forces Autumn 2016 Edition



Click HERE to view/download Autumn edition

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR HELP TO BUY - CHECK OUT THE GOV WEBSITE



For more information, click here for the Homes & Communitites Agency.

Monday, 17 October 2016

FANDF NEWSLETTER - AUTUMN 2016



For more information click on the link
FANDF AUTUMN 2016

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Civvy Street - October Edition Out Now



Click HERE to read online....

Latest Quest Magazine: Resettlement for all ranks



Click Here to read........

Army v Navy Rugby 2017: Tickets on sale November 1st 2016




Tickets go on sale on the 1st November 2016
armynavymatch.org

Army Tickets:  arutickets.com

MOD ICE App

 MOD ICE App
12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched. The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The question is: Have you downloaded yours? If not then found out how here.

Please Click Here for More Information and How to Download

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Give Us Time: Matching donated holidays with service families





Give Us Time takes holidays donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection after tours of duty. The charity was founded in 2012 by Dr Liam Fox MP who, in his time as an Army medic and later as Secretary of State for Defence, became aware that homecomings were not always as easy as might be expected for service personnel or their families.

Often after months away from home, the family dynamic can change considerably and it can be stressful for both the service personnel and their families to readjust to a life together again, in a domestic situation that may be different to how it was before they left. Give Us Time helps service families reconnect to life after combat and provides them with the chance to spend time together and to reaffirm their family bond.
To Register and for further information click here

Monday, 10 October 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme Extended




The Secretary of State for Defence has announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.


The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/housing-development/ and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefited from the scheme.

For more information on the Scheme please click on the link below:


Service Complaints Ombudsman

FIND A CHRISTMAS MARKET IN THE UK


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FIND A CHRISTMAS MARKET IN THE UK, click on the link
www.christmasmarkets.com

Friday, 7 October 2016

The Royal British Legion - Veteran Employment Gap Survey

While the majority of veterans go on to have successful careers after leaving Service, this is not the case for all.
Are you a veteran or know someone that is? the Royal British Legion want to know about your experience in finding work after Service.
Please fill out this quick survey: Here

Living and Working Fair North Wales 9th February 2017

AFF Foreign & Commonwealth support back on track

AFF Foreign & Commonwealth support back on track

AFF is delighted to welcome Jessica Harriman to the role of AFF Foreign & Commonwealth Assistant.
Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) queries remain one of our largest areas of enquiry and we pride ourselves on the exceptional service we offer to families.  Read more
If you have an F&C related query, the F&C pages on the AFF website should always be your first point of call where you may be able to find the solution.
However, If you do need to contact Jessica, please email fcsupport@aff.org.uk with your:
  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Enquiry details
  • Copy of visa or letter from Home Office
  • Personal details i.e. length of Service of soldier or date of discharge, date when soldier naturalised, date when spouse/child entered the UK, place of birth of children etc.
  • Any deadline dates
If you don’t provide as much information as possible it will take longer to receive the advice or information that you need.
Jessica is available Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm and will contact you as soon as she can – usually within 10 working days.
If you query is more urgent, please visit the gov.uk website  where you may be able to access a government approved advisor who can meet a tight deadline. Please note, there may be a charge for this service.

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2016 - COLCHESTER BRIEFING WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER - BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW


The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) is the MOD's tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.
Any of the 2016 JSHAO briefings are open to all service personnel and their families, at any stage of their service career.
Places can be booked by ringing Career Transition Partnership on their central booking line on 0203 162 4410, for those on resettlement applications preferably should be made via JPA.

MOD Services Cotswold Centre - Short Term Accommodation

The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (AWS) and funded by Headquarters Support Commands (HQ Sp Comd) on behalf of the MOD. It provides short term transit accommodation for service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families.



The SCC accommodation comprises of 60 self contained chalet style homes and is located near Corsham, Wiltshire UK.



To Book Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521