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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

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Lifting the lid on transition - the families' experience

Lifting the Lid on Transition – The Families’ Experience

The Service Families’ Federations have worked collaboratively on a two-year project which has culminated with the publication of a comprehensive report into the experience of transition https://www.fim-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Transition-Final-Report-FINAL-ONLINE.pdf

The report, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, has revealed that more awareness about the unique experience and demands of transition is needed for the families of Service leavers. The report, the first to specifically look at the lived experience of Service families, reveals the complex nature of transition and affirms the six ‘elements’ of transition: housing, health, education and children, employment, finances and wellbeing.

For further, Service-specific, information, please contact:

Lucy Heaver
Naval Families Federation

Kate McCullough
Army Families Federation

Louise Briggs
RAF Families Federation

SEND support for families

My child has SEND. We’re moving back to UK…Help!

Moving back to the UK from your overseas posting can leave you with mixed emotions. However, when you have children with SEND this can leave you with additional worries and anxieties. Below are some common questions asked by parents who have children with SEND moving back. To help ease your concerns, we have asked DCYP Assistant Head SEND Services, Anna Vrahimi to answer your questions.

Gambling - Transition Information Sheet number 14

This information sheet seeks to highlight how ingrained and accessible gambling has become in society, and how service personnel (SP) are potentially more vulnerable and at greater risk to the harm that can result from gambling than the general public. This note will not tell you not to gamble but it will highlight the statistical fact that ‘the house always wins’ in the end.

Click HERE for the full article

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Poppy Quest - Royal British Legion

 A new 10k fundraising event is coming to Colchester very soon  as The Royal British Legion launches the 2019 Poppy Quest.
 Taking place this Saturday 6th July and starting at the iconic Castle Park, the Legion’s Poppy Quest 2019 will take participants on a journey of discovery around the streets of Colchester revealing hidden secrets of the city as they go.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

First Free Social Media Training Programme for Military Spouses and Partners

Applications Open for First Free Social Media Training Programme for Military Spouses and Partners

For details please visit https://sms.ssvc.com

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Hadleigh Show - temporary staff needed

Staff needed for Hadleigh Show 18th May

For information please contact SEP Events Recruitment on 01423 326622 option 1. 

There are also temporary jobs available at:

Suffolk Agricultural Show - 29-30 May - Various shift times available. Royal Norfolk Show - 26-27 June - Various shift times available. 

Monday, 29 April 2019

Casual work in the great outdoors...

SEP is looking for casual staff to work at the following events in the area:

 Suffolk Agricultural Show - 29-30 May - Various shift times available. 

Royal Norfolk Show - 26-27 June - Various shift times available. If you have any queries please call 01423 326622 option 1.  

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Hadleigh High School Open Mornings

Open Mornings at Hadleigh High School:

8.45-10 am on each of the following dates:

Tuesday May 14th
Monday June 10th
Tuesday July 9th

Withdrawl of BFPO Track & Tarce App and alternative source of info

The BFPO Track & Trace app is being withdrawn from 30 April. A full statement is available on the following website:
BFPO have stated that the alternative for their customers is their dedicated service desk (graphic attached).

BFPO Service Delays – Brize Norton

The non-delivery of 350 mailbags destined for Cyprus, Op TORAL, Op TOSCA, Op SHADER, Op KIPION and HMS DUNCAN. The delay has been caused by the closure of a hangar at RAF Brize Norton in which the mail was stored.
Despatches Affected:
OP KIPION (BFPOs 639, 779 & 767)
OP TORAL (BFPO 798,711,757,759,762 & 764)
CYPRUS (BFPOs 53, 57, 58 & 59)
OP SHADER (BFPO 550, 625, 627, 649, 660 & 684)
•             BFPO is disappointed that it has not yet been possible to deliver a number of mail despatches, destined for customers in Cyprus, Op TORAL, Op TOSCA, Op SHADER, Op KIPION and HMS Duncan earlier this month.
•             The delay has been caused by the closure of a hangar at RAF Brize Norton; this was due to unforeseen circumstances and Business Continuity Plans are now in place.  It is estimated that this issue affected items received at BFPO between 27 March 2019 and 5 April 2019.
•             Until the outcome of this issue is known, BFPO is unable to accept any compensation claims for loss or damage to items at this time.
•             Should these items be damaged or destroyed, customers will be able to submit claims and BFPO will issue further advice when an outcome is known.
•             Customers affected are advised to retain proof of purchase/invoices and posting to support any claim, should this be required.
•             BFPO, and the MOD, takes the welfare of our Armed Forces extremely seriously. We remain committed to ensuring that those deployed on operations can keep in touch with their families and friends.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

BFPO: Make your vote count

TRBL Tri-Service Poppy Breaks 2019

Expression of Interest Form

New initiatives to support modern Service life

New initiatives introduced to support modern Service life

A series of new initiatives, aimed at modernising the living and working arrangements for armed forces personnel will be launched today, announced Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

These new measures, including new flexible working arrangements, expanded accommodation options and new co-habitation rules are designed to modernise the Armed Forces and ensure the military remains a competitive employer that meets the changing needs and expectations of service personnel and their families.

How to register a long term relationship in the Armed Forces

The Warrior Programme

The dates and location for the Tri-Service serving personnel and families Warrior Programme have now been released. The course will run from 17 - 19 September, 22 - 24 October and 26 - 28 Nov and will be held at the Tri-Service, Service Cotswold Centre, Wiltshire. It is a fully funded residential training course, the participants will need to make their own way there, food, accommodation and training are funded, we are also running a non-residential course in Catterick garrison in June plus a residential course in August at Nuneaton.

The Warrior Programme is a personal development training programme that is made up of an intensive three day course followed by 12 months of structured support. It is available to all members of the serving community and their families. (18 years of age and above). The course is fully funded with all training, food and accommodation costs covered, the individuals just need to get to the training centre.

The Warrior Programme is suitable for anyone who is looking to understand more about themselves, let go of limiting beliefs and negative emotions, learn how to recognise their values and set goals as well as improving their communication. This means that anyone who wants to engage in the process is suitable for the programme. It is not suitable for individuals who are in the middle of a crisis, although it can be a great preventative tool or as part of someone’s recovery.

The Warrior Programme leaflet

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Army&You - Spring edition

​The Spring edition of Army&You is now out, in print and online: http://bit.ly/AY-Spr19
FREE Paper copies are available at HIVE, Wattisham Information and Support Centre and Community Centre.

Veterans ID Card

The UK Armed Forces Veteran ID Card

MOD has been developing an ID card which will enable Veterans to provide instant verification of service to the public and charitable sector.

The ID card is being launched in two phases:

Phase 1: The Veterans ID Card will be provided to all Service leavers discharged from 18 February 2019 and retrospectively to those who left on and after 17 December 2018.

Phase 2: Applications will be made available to all Veterans before the end of 2019. Information on how to apply will be released closer to the launch date

Please find attached a brief that with more information regarding the ID card and an image of the prototype card.

If you are asked questions about the ID card, please refer Veterans to the Veterans UK helpline number and they will be able to provide the relevant information, details below.

Telephone: 0808 1914 218 Website – www.veterans-uk.info


Transition Information Sheet 13 ‘Joining Forces CU - Credit Union Services for Armed Forces’

Transition Information Sheet 13 ‘Joining Forces CU - Credit Union Services for Armed Forces

Union Jack Club offers

Report - Young Carers in Armed Forces Families

Report: Young Carers in Armed Forces Families

The lives of service families can be very different from those of civilians. Children in service families (including reservists) experience a unique set of challenges including frequent separation from a parent on deployment or moving home and school. The SSAFA Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) recognises that ‘The challenges of military life can be greater when a serving person or member of their family has a disability or additional needs, including experiencing PTSD or mental ill health.’ This report looks at the needs of children in Armed Forces Families with caring responsibilities for a family member with a disability or additional needs. It suggests actions to improve identification and support that consider the needs of young carers and the whole family. Further reading here:

GP Surgeries registering as Armed Forces/Military Veteran Aware

GP Surgeries registering as Armed Forces/Military Veteran Aware

As part of the NHS commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, an increasing number of GP practices are registering as Armed Forces/Military Veteran Aware under a national scheme, backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs, to improve medical care and treatment for former members of the Armed Forces. The expansion follows a successful pilot in the West Midlands – initiated by the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Midlands faculty – where 90 GP practices have signed up so far.
To become accredited, GP practices need to:
* have a lead for Veterans’ issues within the surgery;
* identify and flag Veterans on their computer system;
* undertake dedicated training and attend armed forces healthcare meetings;
* increase understanding of the health needs of veterans amongst both clinical and administrative staff.
Dr Jonathan Leach, a GP who served in the Army for 25 years and now chairs the NHS England Armed Forces Clinical Reference Group, has been a leading exponent of this initiative. Dr Leach’s Davenal House Surgery in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, promotes the service on the Practice website:

Allied to this, the Covenant team in the MOD are currently working with the Department of Health & Social Care to update the form that is completed when an individual registers at a GP practice, ensuring it captures the relevant information to best meet the needs of the Armed Forces community.

Credit Unions for the Armed Forces

Credit Unions for the Armed Forces

The MOD works closely with three credit unions under the banner of Joining Forces and has facilitated direct salary sacrifice via JPA to encourage saving and to make loan repayment simpler. The Department also provides up to date information in respect of pay, pensions and allowances to MoneyForce – the Royal British Legion’s money advice service. Money Force is a joint venture between RBL, MOD and the Government’s The Money Advice Service.

Both Joining Forces and MoneyForce are proactively providing impartial financial advice through visits to units and bases across the country and most importantly strive to offer the most appropriate product to Service personnel. Credit Unions are not there to make a profit and have a proven track record of ethical lending and better in many instances levels of interest for savings.

Because credit unions are not-for-profit, the annual percentage rate (APR) is much lower than banks or payday loan lenders. Typical APR for a credit union is around 12 per cent, whereas for a payday loan it can be up to 1,500 per cent.
Service personnel who have taken out a payday loan or are considering doing so can seek advice from any of the Joining Forces credit unions, all of whom have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, or via Money Force.

Childcare business grants

Childcare Business Grants

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It will encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant. Those intending to set up a new childcare business can apply to the scheme to: • Obtain a small grant to help with the costs of getting trained and registered • Access a business mentor, to provide support and advice during the business start-up phase • Access business advice tailored to the childcare sector

The scheme will help reimburse any costs associated with the set-up of a childcare business, including: • Courses attended • Health checks • DBS checks • Insurance (house or commercial, additional car insurance, public liability)

Deadline: 31st March 2019 - the Scheme will close to new applicants from this date, but may close earlier if the current fund has been fully distributed.
For more information: https://www.childcarebusinessgrants.com

ABF Photo competition for ABF 2020 calendar

Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2019

The Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FamCAS) is open until 29th April. Spouses and Civil Partners of Regular personnel are invited to visit FamCAS_Survey via your Google browser to see if your family have been selected to participate. If your family have not been selected, they still can leave us feedback.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Serving Personnel

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Dispersed military families - survey respondents wanted

Monday, 18 March 2019

Suffolk County Council school travel

Is your child eligible for SCC funded school travel?

If they are, you will have to opt-in each year so they can receive it. If you don’t do this, we will assume that you no longer need us to support how your child will travel to school and so their eligibility would end. To find out more visit www.suffolkonboard.com/opt-in
The opt-in deadline for this year is by 31 May 2019.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019