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Monday, 30 January 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Big White Wall - Support To UK Armed Forces, Veterans And Their Families

www.bigwhitewall.com

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Thinking of a life in the Australian Army?



Calculate Your Armed Forces Pension



You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.
Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.
Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.
Download and fill in the pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

Changes to SENA

Important Information for Parents and Schools


Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4)

Details can be seen at this link


Monday, 23 January 2017

Apprenticeship Scheme



If you are between 16-18 years old and are looking for career in Army music, the Corps of Army Music has a great opportunity for you!
Email CAMUSHQ-Recruiting@mod.uk or click HERE to find out more 


HM Forces Railcard for Personnel and Spouses














The HM Forces Railcard costs £15 and it'll save you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. That works out to under £2 a month for huge savings. You're eligible if you're a member of the Regular Forces or a spouse of a member, for more details see eligibility.

There are plenty of ways you can use your Railcard, for both long and short trips. Better still you can use it anytime on weekends, Public Holidays and during the week. The only restriction is that if you travel before 10am Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare will apply. For more details see minimum fares.

Your HM Forces Railcard will save you 1/3 on many tickets. As with most things in life, there are some exceptions, so take a look at the ticket types you can and can't make savings on with your HM Forces Railcard.

http://www.hmforces-railcard.co.uk/ see website for further details

Friday, 20 January 2017

Latest Deals From The Defence Discount Service








For more information please Click Here

SSAFA Mentoring For Service Leavers



SSAFA Mentoring can motivate, support and empower service leavers who are leaving the Forces.

 Whether you are leaving on a medical discharge, are an early service leaver or have come to the end of your career, mentoring is a powerful tool to help achieve your true potential outside the military.

SSAFA will give you one-to-one support during your transition onto Civvy Street and afterwards for up to one year. During that time your mentor will support you to achieve your personal goals as you move into civilian life.

For further information CLICK HERE

Thursday, 19 January 2017

SSAFA - Family Short Breaks

Joining Forces - Savings and Loan Repayments Taken Straight From Pay




The Ministry of Defence is supporting three of the UK’s leading credit unions to join forces and make saving simple and loans more affordable to the Armed Forces and its Veterans. The money is deducted straight from your pay or pension so you don’t have to think about it.

Employment Opportunities for Service Leavers at Asda



If you’ve served your country, you might be surprised to hear that you’re perfect for a retail career. But we’re not. Because we think you’ll fit right in thanks to the amazing technical and leadership skills you picked up during your service. You know, the ability to listen to people, work as a team, think outside of the box and get results when under pressure.

At Asda, we truly respect people from the Armed Forces. Which is why we’re proud to have signed up as a Military Covenant employer. In fact, it’s the reason we guarantee a Store, Depot or Home Office interview (or a place at an assessment centre) for anyone who has been honourably discharged in the last twelve months (from date of application). With integrity, respect and excellence at the heart of our values, many of our Former Armed Forces colleagues feel right at home at Asda. We hope you do, too.
Click here for more information

Diary Dates for Legal Advice Clinics 2017

Legal Advice Clinics continue to be held at the AWS Office, Community Centre, Fallowfield Road.

Bookings are to be made by telephoning the AWS Business Support Worker on 01206 816581.

Dates and timings as follows:

Wed 25 Jan 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                                 
Wed 22 Feb 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                               
Wed 29 Mar 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                              
Wed 26 Apr 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                               
Wed 31 May 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                              
Wed 28 Jun 17 1000 - 1600 hrs  
Wed 26 Jul 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 30 Aug 17 1000 - 1600 hrs 
Wed 27 Sep 17 1000 - 1600 hrs  
Wed 25 Oct 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 29 Nov 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                       
Wed 13 Dec 17 1000 - 1600 hrs

Due to the increasing number of FTA, anyone failing to attend a booked appointment will forfeit their right to the free 30 minute advice session.

Monday, 16 January 2017

FORCESLINE



Forcesline is a confidential helpline for you and your family.

It is independent and outside the chain of command.

Further information is available on their website

Alcoholics Anonymous and the Armed Services



Please click on the link below to view the following leaflets:

AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Brian
AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Fred
AA member pamphlet 1: Is AA for you?
AA member pamphlet 2: Now that you've stopped
AA member pamphlet 3: Who me
AA member pamphlet 4: 15 points
AA member pamphlet 5: A newcomer asks

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Transition to civilian life

Click HERE to read

This guide covers resettlement, housing, leave, and pensions as well as the administrative procedures, for the smooth transition to Civilian Life. 

The guide is written for those who are going to live in the UK. 

If you are leaving the Army from the UK and returning to your country of origin you will need to ask about matters relating to that country.
 Your Unit Welfare Officer (UWO) would be a good place to start seeking help and advice. This guide tells you about the ex-Service and civilian welfare agencies which are there to help you, if you wish, once you have left the Army.
 It will also explain procedures for all Service Leavers (SL)

Useful Support Organisations For Service Leavers, Veterans And Families


Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and was created in 2007 to help ex-service personnel get appropriate support from government, local authorities, independent bodies and the charity sector
STOLL provides housing and support to vulnerable and disabled ex-service men and women, acknowledging the sacrifices they have made for our country
The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the armed forces community, serving men and women, veterans, and their families
HAIG Housing is the leading UK provider of rental housing for ex-service people and the strategic housing partner for Help for Heroes
Riverside is a group of complementary businesses, with a charitable housing association at its core making it a major service provider of affordable housing, care and support in England and Scotland
AlabarĂ© Homes for Veterans provide accommodation and specialist support for ex-service men and women who experience difficulty adjusting to civilian life.
 AFV-Launchpad is a registered charity, providing affordable supported rental accommodation with on-site support to armed forces veterans of all ages and their partners
 
SSAFA provides lifelong support for veterans and their families
Veterans Aid is the major charity for UK veterans in crisis
Shelter gives practical housing advice and support online, in person and by phone
Citizens Advice provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities
Naval Families Federation is the independent voice of Royal Naval and Royal Marines families
Royal Air Force Families Federation provide a voice for the issues and concerns have about life in the RAF
Moneyforce the home of money guidance for UK service personnel and their families
Money Advice Service free and impartial advise to help you manage your money better
The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) provides a single point of contact for interaction with government, including local government and the devolved administrations; with the Royal Household; with the private sector; and, of course, with other members of the armed forces community.

SSAFA - Lifelong Support for the Forces and their Families

We are SSAFA. We provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they need us. If you need a helping hand, get in touch.

Click HERE for more information.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Big White Wall:supporting forces families

Citizens Advice Bureau - Free Advice

Career Transition Partnership - Resettlement Support for up to Two Years Post-Service

Resettlement support continues
Resettlement support doesn’t end when you leave the Armed Forces.You can seek help if eligible from your Regional Resettlement Centre for up to two years after your discharge date.

Career advice and guidance

If you attended a Career Transition Workshop or worked with a CTP Career Consultant on a one-to-one basis prior to leaving, you’re eligible for advice and information from your Career Consultant for up to two years post-discharge.

You can contact them by phone, email, or in person, whether it’s to discuss a job application, get feedback on your CV, or simply review your career direction.

You may also be able to attend CTP Employment Fairs or seminars, interview techniques workshops or other events, depending on availability of places.

If you didn’t access resettlement services prior to leaving, you may still be eligible for job finding assistance. To check your eligibility and find out more, contact your nearest Regional Resettlement Centre.

Information extracted from https://www.ctp.org.uk/continued-support. Please visit this link for further details.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

British Forces Resettlement Services - How do we Help?


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For more information on how British Forces Resettlement Service can help please visit the BFRS website

How Does Resettlement Work

Domestic Abuse: Guidance and support for the armed forces community

Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the armed forces community

This site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.
Click here for the website and further information

 



Monday, 9 January 2017

Hop-A-Croc Board Game

Hop-A-Croc aims to help Service Children share with their non-Service peers some of their experiences and thoughts which may promote a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges frequently faced by Service children.

if you feel your child would benefit please call into the HIVE for one.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017