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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