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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2017

The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2017
See the Covenant Report Summary here

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Review

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC)

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans.

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.

For full details please see these links:

VAPC Chair Advert

VEPS Member Advert

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Mobile Library at Wattisham 2018

Future Accommodation Model (FAM)



Monday, 4 December 2017

Service Pupil Premium


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 (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this 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 18 January 2018 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. (Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service should be classed as Service children) 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:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Musical Fun for your Little One

Tuesdays at Needham Market
Wednesdays at Stowmarket

Monday, 20 November 2017

Sure Start children's sessions

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

25% off tickets at the gate for serving personnel and their families

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click here for details and more information about the Park

Friday, 17 November 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

SFA Compensation Scheme - Vouchers

SFA Compensation Scheme – High Street Vouchers

DIO is pleased to announce that the problems surrounding the issue of High Street Vouchers to successful SFA Compensation Scheme claimants have now been resolved.
Claimants are now being sent details of the appropriate codes to allow Vouchers to be redeemed from our supplier’s site.
The Compensation Team is working to clear the backlog of successful claims on a date approved basis; it is expected this will be cleared by mid-November.
We would like to apologise once again for the time taken to resolve this issue.
The Compensation Scheme remains open for new claims.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Youth Work Training - Mid Suffolk Youth Network

Free Youth Work Training for NOCN Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice.
The Mix, Stowmarket.
Limited spaces.

Click here for the poster

Thursday, 28 September 2017

BFBS promoting Forces Money Week

BFBS are promoting Forces Money Week via their website, FB and Twitter and are now seeking questions to put to the panel of experts. 

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.

Each day from 1:45pm UK join us live all week on your radio and through Facebook as we answer your money questions from around the forces world. Each day we will be tackling a different subject.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Information about the MOD Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

Latest details about FAM can be seen at this link... click here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Veterans Mental Health - Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service

NHS veterans’ mental health services now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge

Information for patients

Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later.

DIO - Service Families Accommodation Compensation Scheme

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Forces TV is launching on Freeview

Forces TV is launching on Freeview channel 96 from the beginning of October. 

To mark the launch, the new schedule offers brand new factual military programmes as well as action-themed drama and comedy shows, plus news about our armed forces.
 Watch Forces TV on Sky 264, Virgin 277, Freesat 165, Freeview 96 and BFBS TV 09
 For the TV schedule visit www.forces.net  Or follow us on Twitter @Forces_TV

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Blue Peter Badge - free entry into over 200 attractions

A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to Blue Peter viewers and fans. Badge owners can gain free entry into over 200 Blue Peter Badge Attractions around the country, like theme parks, zoos and castles. Amongst them - Africa Alive!, Banham Zoo, Diggerland, ... 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Welcome to Wattisham HIVE

Wattisham HIVE is now re-open. 

Sign up for news, events, discounts and more as the Blog is re-launched.

Opening hours are:

Wattisham - Mon, Tue and Thurs 0800-1630; 
Fri 0800-1300

Hadleigh House - Wedn 0830-1600

Friday, 8 September 2017

Suffolk School Term and Holidays

School Term/Holidays
Autumn First Term
4 Sep 2017
20 Oct 2017
Autumn Half Term Holidays
23 Oct 2017
27 Oct 2017
Autumn Second Term
30 Oct 2017
19 Dec 2017
Winter Holidays
20 Dec 2017
2 Jan 2018
Spring First Term
3 Jan 2018
9 Feb 2018
Spring Half Term Holidays
12 Feb 2018
16 Feb 2018
Spring Second Term
19 Feb 2018
29 Mar 2018
Easter Holidays
30 Mar 2018
13 Apr 2018
Summer First Term
16 Apr 2018
25 May 2018
Summer Half Term Holidays
28 May 2018
1 Jun 2018
Summer Second Term
4 Jun 2018
24 Jul 2018
Summer Holidays
25 Jul 2018
4 Sep 2018

Veterans' Housing Advice

MOD Supporting Families with Childcare Costs

SSAFA Stepping Home Stones

Monday, 4 September 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

Service Children's Education Advisory Service Moving School Packs

Moving School Packs are available from the HIVE

Service Children's Education Advisory Service
The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.

CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.

Friday, 24 March 2017

MOD Service Leavers Guide - Latest Edition Now Available

The latest version of the Service Leavers Guide is now available online at the link below. The booklet provides information on a range of topics to help you transition out of the service. 

Service Leavers Guide

JPA Notice - Service leavers guide
From 1 Jan 2016 the service leavers guide will be available as a digital download only and will be no longer distributed direct to service personnel in hard copy format. Ensuring that service leavers are signposted to the digital copy no later than 9 months to their termination date, is the responsibility of the first line resettlement team. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Armed Forces Pension on Divorce or Dissolution

 This booklet explains the various options available to split or share an Armed Forces Pension on a divorce or civil partnership dissolution.  

Information is contained that is relevant to the Service person and the estranged spouse.

Solicitors dealing with an Armed Forces Pension on a marriage breakdown may also find this booklet useful.

To view other Armed Forces Pension guidance booklets (2005 scheme) please click here

Monday, 13 March 2017

Carillionamey SFA - Are You Receiving Utility Bill/Letters For Previous Occupant?

Have you just moved into a property recently?

If you have received any utility bills/letters relating to the period before you moved in please visit
http://www.carillionamey.co.uk/service-family-accommodation/information-about-our-services/utility-bills.aspx or see the image below:

Monday, 27 February 2017

Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme for Service Personnel Launched

A new Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme has been launched (6 July 2015) to allow Service personnel (SP) to apply for a loan, in the form of an advance of pay. This is to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property, mirroring a similar scheme for civilian personnel.

Moving home within the private rental sector can be expensive, and sometimes affording a deposit can prevent personnel considering private rental as an accommodation option. The DCLG has developed a new initiative through which they allow staff to apply for an advance of salary to help meet the cost of a private rental deposit. The MOD has implemented a similar scheme for both Service and civilian personnel. For SP it will be provided through the Advance of Pay mechanism. All Regular and Full Time Reserve Service personnel, who have completed at least two months’ service, are eligible to apply for the scheme. However, overseas personnel are already eligible to apply for an advance of pay on assignment and are excluded from the scheme*; other detailed eligibility criteria may be found in the JSP 754 and in T Letter 315/15.

The initiative was developed by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to assist workers in meeting the cost of a deposit to support mobility. The MOD has adopted the scheme, recognising that this provides a further element of choice, especially for those SP who are not entitled to SFA.

It is limited only to the cost of the deposit and, aligned with current Advance of Pay policy (Chapter 2, Section 5 of JSP 754), must be repaid over 12 months.

* They would become eligible to apply on return assignment to UK.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

SFA Accommodation: Move In Standard Tick Sheet Booklet

Move In Standard Tick Sheet BookletThis booklet details the Move In standard ensuring that you know exactly what is the recognised requirement for a property at Move In. At the back of the booklet is the Definition of Uninhabitable Property; setting out the exceptional circumstances that would prevent you from moving into your property at Move In

Monday, 20 February 2017

SFA Accommodation - Move Out Standard Tick Sheet: Carillionamey

Move Out Standard Tick SheetThis booklet details the Move Out standard required of your SFA ensuring that you know exactly what is required from you to get your property to the agreed standard. At the back of the booklet you can find details of the Walk Away scheme and the Schedule of Rates detailing the costs that you can pay if you want to simply walk away from the property, allowing our CA services to undertake the cleaning.