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Friday, 9 August 2019

Results of AFF's 'Listening to our Service Children' survey


AFF surveyed Army personnel and their families to ask about their views on the impact of Service life on Army children. The survey focused primarily on the experiences of parents and their perceptions of their children’s experiences. The results of the survey will contribute to the Service Children's Progression Alliance’s wider programme investigating how to make sure that Service children’s voices are heard and that listening leads to action that helps them succeed. There were 752 eligible responses to thesurvey1.

Please click for the document

For more information please visit the website https://aff.org.uk/news/results-of-listening-to-our-service-children-survey-are-out/

Army: What we do - infographics

The Army in Numbers

The Army on One Page

Army Newsletter 'In Front' issue 3

For British Army newsletter, please follow the link

Plane Saver workbook for children

For printable version please click HERE

FamCAS 2019 survey results

FamCAS 2019: Forces families have their say

FamCAS seeks the views of Armed Forces families so that Defence can review its policies to ensure Service families are not disadvantaged when compared to the rest of the population.

FamCAS data has previously influenced, and will continue to influence, policy in areas including:
• The Armed Forces Covenant • The Armed Forces People Programme • Community Support policies • Welfare policies

This year over 6,500 spouses or civil partners of Regular Personnel completed FamCAS, a response rate of 25% (from the sample of 26,571 invited to take part).

Further information about the findings from this year's FamCAS can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tri-service-families-continuous-attitude-survey-index

Key points include:
* Of those living in Service Accommodation, Service families are generally satisfied with the overall standard (57%) and value for money of Service Accommodation. There has been an increase in satisfaction with the quality and response to requests maintenance/repairs since 2018.
* Employment among Service spouses remains comparable with the UK employment rate. Those who experienced difficulty finding suitable employment report having a spouse who was often away and having a partner unable to assist with care responsibilities are the most commonly cited reasons for difficulty.
* Families are generally more satisfied with early years childcare than childcare for school aged children when it comes to quality, accessibility/availability and opening hours.
* Though the number of Service families reporting that they do not feel valued is fewer than in 2017, only 15% of Service Spouses report feeling valued. Service spouses continue to feel that Service family life has a negative effect on their career, the amount of separation from their spouse and on their children.

Click here for defence Internal Brief

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

CDOP newsletter - DRAWNING

click here for full article

Consultation on Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

New rights for victims of crime

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation that aims to strengthen the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) – a statutory document which sets out the minimum level of service victims can expect from criminal justice agencies, including the police and courts.
Under the code, all victims of crime – whether they choose to report it or not – are entitled to a range of support and information to help them cope and as far as possible recover from its effects. However, victims and groups representing them felt that the code’s complexity and inconsistencies in the way it is applied across the country mean that some victims are missing out on the support they are entitled to.
For example, in recent years only 15% of victims said they were given the opportunity by police to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS), despite it being one of the Code’s key entitlements. In addition, 69% of victims choose not to report their allegations, and so may not be aware of their rights under the Victims’ Code.
Ministers are therefore seeking views from victims, charities, criminal justice agencies and anyone with an interest in the issue on how best to raise awareness, as well as making the Code clear and accessible so that it better meets victims’ needs.

The consultation runs until 11th September.

For more information see:

MoJ Consultation - private law children cases

Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched a public call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in private law children cases concerning domestic abuse and other serious offences.

The panel is particularly keen to receive evidence of any harm caused to children and/or parents during or following private law children proceedings, where there are allegations and/or evidence of domestic abuse or of other crimes creating a risk of harm to children or parents.

The aim is to better protect vulnerable parties in their journey through the courts and build a more detailed understanding of any harm caused during or following proceedings in these cases.

The consultation closes on 26 August 2019.

For more information please see:


Title Service Leaver's Guide - July 2019 edition now out

The latest edition of the SLG has now been published on gov.uk, please see link below.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Nearly Festival - military discount

For more information please follow https://nearlyfestival.com/
15% DISCOUNT for military personnel and their families. Please contact Magda at HIVE on 01449 728263 or wattishamhive@armymail.mod.uk for discount CODE.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Armed Forces Covenant - What's in it for you?

Transition IPPD Newsletter issue 17

Transition Individual Planning and Personal Development (IPPD) Newsletter
Issue 17 Published June 19

For full newsletter please click HERE

E-resource: Adjusting to life outside the Armed Forces

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant partnership launches innovative e-learning programme aimed at those leaving or who have left the Armed Forces (Service Leavers and Veterans)
For full article, please click HERE

AFC video

A video has been released 'Did you know how the Armed Forces Covenant supports you?'

Service Personnel and commercial disadvantage - please take the survey

The Armed Forces Covenant recognises that Service Personnel, Veterans and their families can have more difficulty accessing commercial products and services than other citizens, we call this commercial disadvantage.
The Armed Forces Covenant team is working closely with organisations that provide commercial products and services to identify and remove this disadvantage.
Please complete this SURVEY to help us to understand better the experiences of the armed forces community.

Welsh Government AFC Report 2018

The Welsh Government has recently published their first Covenant Annual Report (for 2018). 
A copy of the report can be found at: https://gov.wales/armed-forces-covenant-annual-report-2018

Army Engagement Group

For full article please click HERE

Financial resilience - a reminder of sources of support

Financial resilience: there are various support measures that are currently in place for Service Personnel. 
Summarised as follows: 
Money Force provides education and help to Service Personnel struggling with financial debt.

Credit Unions:
* Access to ‘payroll deduction’ system, enabling personnel to save with, and pay off loans from, specific credit unions. Payments are direct from salary or pension at source.
* Details in MOD internal document 2016DIN08-005 (Plane Saver Credit Union, London Mutual Credit Union, Police Credit Union).

* Pay Day loans.
* London Mutual (not for profit) offer a maximum of 3 months and up to £400 at an APR of 42.6% (=£24.35 in interest)

* PlaneSaver offer Pay Day loans of £1000 over 12 months at an APR of 26.8%.
* Compare to other lenders such as Quick Quid, who offer an APR of 1,294%.
* The Credit Union also offers longer term loans at a lower APR for larger amounts - i.e £15k at 5.9% APR – repayment direct from salary. 
SIIAP is an organisation which regulates Independent Financial Advisors, specialising in providing services to members of HM Forces – all of which are FCA approved.

Please contact your local HIVE if you require further information

Service Family Hot Topics Newsletter - May 2019 (although only just published!)

For the newsletter please follow the link https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IoqAR7wRcFbjYLT2DSHvgh8a_0_JlC0X


A Basing and Infrastructure VLOG has been filmed and has now been finalised and is available on the Army YouTube page:
This VLOG is only aimed at the Service personnel and families moving this summer 

Service Leaver's Guide - July 2019 edition now out

The latest edition of the SLG has now been published on gov.uk, please see link below.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Careers Fair

Local job advert 22nd July

The Sergeants Mess in Wattisham is looking for 2 x stewards to work a 30 hour shift and 21 hours shift . Please contact Kate for details. Contact number 01449 728261 . 👍👌

Friday, 19 July 2019

Refurbished child care facility on Rock Barracks, Woodbridge

For full article please follow the link https://enjoywoodbridgemore.co.uk/news/sutton-heath-childcare-centre-reopened-rock-barracks-woodbridge-1-6161434

75th D-Day & ABF The Soldiers' Charity 1944-2019 Anniversary Concert



Monday, 15 July 2019

Friday, 12 July 2019

30 hours of free childcare

Play Parks CLOSURE - Wattisham

I'm sorry to inform you but two play parks in Wattisham - outside the Community Centre and near Chestnut Ave are closed until further notice. 

Free Swimming for children

Children aged 16 and under who live in the Babergh District are eligible for free swimming at…
Kingfisher Leisure Centre & Hadleigh Pool & Leisure
during specified free swim sessions
Swimming is a great way to get children active, keep them healthy and have fun during the school holidays.
The scheme runs from Saturday 20th July until Sunday 1st September
For more information please click here

Friday, 5 July 2019

HQ BFG Stratt Comms Team Rebasing Survey 2019

As part of the evaluation process for the communications that have gone out covering rebasing moves this summer, HQ BFG Stratt Comms team have put together a survey. 
Whether you are currently still in BFG or have already left, HQ BFG Stratt Comms team would like to hear your input.
It is only 10 questions and should take no more than about 1-2 mins to fill out.

Information provided by HQ BFG Stratt Comms Team

Forces Network - Draw Down of British Forces Germany

Commander of British Forces Germany Hosts final Reception in Bielefeld
The last Commander of British Forces Germany has hosted his final official reception in Bielefeld. The city has been a key centre for the British Army's senior headquarters since 1946.
Brigadier Richard Clements' guests at the private function included senior German officials.
The Band of the Prince of Wales' Division performed at Bielefeld's Sparrenburg Castle.

The performance is unlikely to be repeated, as British forces prepare to leave the city.
For more than 70 years, the British Army has had a presence in the city. In the past, five barracks were in Bielefeld.

Troops will continue to travel from Britain to train in nearby Sennelager.

The future British presence will include a Royal Engineer Squadron, which will be part of a joint German-British amphibious bridging unit.

Information provided by Forces.Net

Station Church service - Sunday 5th July

Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club Open Day

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Friday, 28 June 2019

Armed Forces Day Sat 29th June

Your local events include

  • SUFFOLK OWLS FLYPAST FOR ARMED FORCES DAY 10:00 am to 5:00 pm + Free entry to Owl Sanctuary for Serving Personnel on the day Click here for details
  • VIGIL FOR PEACE ON ARMED FORCES DAY 11:00 am to 12:00 am, Bury St. Edmunds Click here for details
  • 16 AIR ASSAULT BRIGADE AND COLCHESTER GARRISON SHOW ON ARMED FORCES DAY 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Click here for details
  • ARMED FORCES DAY - Haverhill, Click here for details

For events and information how to get involved, please follow the link https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/

Friday, 21 June 2019

Suffolk Day TODAY

To find out more visit:

'Suffolk Day is the annual celebration of all things Suffolk, with a variety of events being held across the county to show off everything Suffolk has to offer!

Suffolk Day Big Weekender 2019 is set to be even bigger and better so keep an eye out for more information.' (...)

Your local events include:
An Eccentric Look at Spoken English - Sat 22nd June, 7.30-9.30, St Peter's Hall, Church Walk, Stowmarket IP14 1ET
Flowton in Flower - flower festival and vintage display - 22nd-23rd June 12pm-5pm, Somersham, Ipswich IP8 4PW

Part-time job at Wattisham

Cleaning at Wattisham Flying Station
10 hrs/week
Tuesday and Friday 9am-2pm
For details and how to apply please contact 
cleaning manager Keeley on 01449 728930

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Army Football Association Referee courses

Army Football Association are offering Referee courses for the coming season 2019/2020.

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.
As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.
If this is of some interest to you, please see the poster attached for further details

Sky signs Armed Forces Covenant

Sky has signed the Armed Forces Covenant continuing the commitment to treat fairly those who serve, or have served in the military, and their families.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

RGR Anniversary raffle

The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) is celebrating 25 years since forming in 1994. 

The RGR formed in 1994 when antecedent Regiments (2GR, 6GR, 7GR and 10GR) were amalgamated.

As part of the 25th anniversary the RGR are holding a fundraising raffle for the RGR Regimental Trust. This money is used to support the serving Gurkha personnel, veterans, those injured on recent operational tours and the families.

The raffle is absolutely open to everyone, from anywhere in the world. Everyone welcome to participate.

Tickets cost £10 each and there is a special offer of 10 tickets for £50.

Full details and a list of the prizes can be seen on the RGR 25 raffle website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/RGR25Raffle

Buying tickets is easy through the website. You can also Google search: RGR 25 raffle.

Ticket sales for the raffle close on 15th July 2019.

All those that have brought tickets through the website will receive an email within 24-48 hrs informing them of their actual raffle ticket numbers.

The raffle draw will be live on BFBS Gurkha Radio and streamed visually on RGR Facebook. An email and social media advertising will inform everyone of the exact date/time of the live raffle draw. It will be mid-late July.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Armed Forces Day - extra discount

In support of Armed Forces Day there will be an increase in Armed Forces discounts from 28th June to the 7th July at Blacks, GoOutdoors, Ultimate Outdoors and Millets. 

Phone HIVE for online discount code 01449 72 8263

Thursday, 13 June 2019

TRBL Tri-Service Poppy Breaks 2019 - final places available

There are places remaining at Edale and St Briavels for eligible applicants.

For more information please click https://drive.google.com/file/d/13N9L9ATwlP5dtLv29TL6r6f5B1b103nf/view?usp=sharing

For Expression of Interest Form, please follow the link https://drive.google.com/file/d/11vkT1l6PGu3ORW3wDXV1mkFAS_fPh6IM/view?usp=sharing

Monday, 10 June 2019

20% off Handmade Burger Co.

Save a massive 20% on your food bill at Handmade Burger Co.
Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for details

20% off at Toby Carvery

Receive 20% off your food bill at Toby Carvery by showing your Defence Privilege Card 
or MOD90 and voucher code (found on DDS website) 
Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for details

20% at JD Sports

JD Sports are offering Defence Discount Service members an exclusive 20% discount on full priced items.

Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for details

Friday, 7 June 2019

Open Farm Sunday 9th June

Open Farm Sunday 9th June

Visit a local farm on LEAF Open Farm Sunday on 9th June 2019 and discover the world of farming. Find out about the story behind our food and how farming affects all our everyday lives.

 Click here for other farms in your area 

Monday, 3 June 2019

Local jobs selection - 3rd June

Stewarding (21 hrs or 30 hrs)
Sergeants' Mess
Wattisham Flying Station
Call Katie 01449 728261

Support Worker
Suffolk County Council
Full or Part -Time
Click here for details

Relief Library and Information Advisor
Suffolk Libraries
Click here for details

1:1 Teaching Assistant (part-time)
Whatfield CEVC Primary School
Click here for details

Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Bildeston Primary School
Click here for details

Youth Support Practitioner
Suffolk County Council
Ipswich/Stowmarket/Bury St. Edmunds
Click here for details

Apprentice Customer Service Advisor
Suffolk County Council
Contact Centre, Stowmarket
Click here for details

Apprentice Business and Finance Administrator
Suffolk County Council
Landmark House, Ipswich
Click here for details

KS2 Learning Support Assistants (3 posts, part-time)
Hadleigh Community Primary School
Click here for details

Store Colleague
Holland & Barrett
Click here for details

Customer Liaison Officer
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
Click here for details

Medical Receptionist
Suffolk Primary Care
Combs Ford Surgery, Stowmarket
Click here for details

Practise Administrator
Suffolk Primary Care
Combs Ford Surgery, Stowmarket
Click here for details

Apprenticeships Officer - 12 Month Fixed-Term contract
Mobile - Suffolk
Click here for details

Tuesday, 28 May 2019




BFBS Big Salute Open for Grant Applications

The BFBS Big Salute fundraising campaign is inviting forces charities to apply for project-based grants.

Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Broadcasting and Entertainment, said: “We are keen to hear from armed forces charities who find it a challenge to secure funds for specific projects.

“We offer grants of up to £10k and have seen how Big Salute funds can make a huge difference to all areas of the forces community, from cadets to serving personnel, veterans and their families.”

Nine of the charities that applied for Big Salute grants last year have just been awarded funds for a diverse range of projects, they are: Building Heroes, Bournemouth Memorial Homes, Clervaux Trust, AF & V Launchpad Ltd, Our Wilton Trust, Royal Air Forces Association, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Scotty's Little Soldiers, and Winchester Sea Cadets.

Full details about how to apply for the next round of funding is online www.bigsalute.com where charities can complete an application form.

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2019.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

TRBL Tri-Service Poppy Breaks 2019 - last places available

As part of their Poppy Breaks programme, the Royal British Legion are kindly sponsoring 7 weeks of activity breaks for Service dependants in July/August 2019. These Poppy Breaks, co-ordinated by RAF Community support on a tri-service basis and delivered by the Youth Hostels’ Association, provide excellent opportunities for young people to participate in a wide range of activities appropriate to their age and abilities.

For  more information click here
For application form please visit Wattisham HIVE or your Welfare Team or download from here