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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

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-veterans-id-cards-rolled-out-to-service-leavers

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
https://www.army.mod.uk/personnel-and-welfare/service-leavers-veterans/transition-to-civilian-life/

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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:
https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/cfd209_final_youngcarersarmedforces_report_v5_web.pdf?mc_cid=7d2ba9915b&mc_eid=e0b006ae90

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:
https://www.davenalhousesurgery.co.uk/practice_news/we-are-a-military-veteran-friendly-practice/

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

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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.





















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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