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Thursday, 31 October 2019

School Admissions Process

School Admissions
With over 76,000 children from Armed Forces families attending schools in England, additional help is at hand to support these families to navigate the school admissions process. A  video, funded by Forces Connect South East and produced by Hampshire County Council, is now live, offering more detail on the steps Forces parents need to take to secure a school place for their child, with key dates for applications. A link to the video is here 

Defence Holistic Transition Policy

Defence Holistic Transition Policy.  

The MOD published a new policy (JSP 100) and launched a new organisation ‘Defence Transition Services’ simultaneously on 28 October 2019, to provide an additional layer of support for Service Personnel in their through-Service preparations for, and during, their transition into civilian life at the end of their Service, however long or short that may be.

RBL Housing Guides

The RBL have produced some really useful housing guides for local authorities, who some service personnel will turn to when trying to secure housing after leaving the service.  Although aimed at ‘front line’ housing staff, the guides are also useful for service personnel who are coming up to leaving the service and need housing. The guides are at  this link.​

Monday, 28 October 2019

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Forces Help To Buy Scheme extended for a further 3 years

Forces Help to Buy scheme extended for a further three years

A government scheme to help military personnel get on the housing ladder has been extended until the end of 2022, the Defence Secretary has announced.

The Forces Help to Buy scheme has lent over £280 million to over 18,000 armed forces applicants since its introduction in 2014.
The scheme allows military personnel to borrow a deposit of up to half of their annual salary, interest free, to contribute towards buying a home, building an extension on their current one or moving to another property.

FAM poster

For full leaflet, please click HERE

Come and Meet Others - Mondays at Wattisham

Friday, 18 October 2019

Domestic Abuse Support for Gurkha Families

Please click here for translated version which is for anyone with a Gurkha link regardless of where they live in the world. 
For those who can't get to Rushmoor to access the service in person, telephone or email support is provided.
Contact: Karen.Evans@communitysafetynh.org​
Tel: 01252 774256



Employing Female Service Leavers

The Forces in Mind Trust recently commissioned a study into employment of female service leavers.  It makes a number of observations which will be of interest to female service personnel who are in the process of leaving the service and looking for jobs.


Service Pupil Premium 2020

The latest Service Pupil Premium (SPP) deadline is the Spring school Census 16 January 2020.  Further information for Service Parents in England is on the attached poster.
Service parents with children in reception class to year 11 at state schools, free schools and academies in England are reminded to make schools aware of their Service status. Only children recorded as Service children on a Spring census (run in January each year) since 2015 will qualify. Schools record Service children by ticking the Service pupil flag and will then receive £300.00 per Service child as part of their usual funding allocations from the Department of Education. Children have to be recorded ahead of the 16 January 2020 deadline.​

House of Commons Defence Select Committee report into the 2018 Covenant Report

The MOD is required to produce an annual report about the Armed Forces Covenant to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee (HCDC).  The HCDC report was issued on 25 September.  It recognised that progress had been made in many areas of the Covenant but raised concerns about a range of areas, attracting a number of media stories about accommodation, access to education and the costs of  UK residency for families of non-British service personnel.  The full report is at the link below.  The 2019 report is in the process of being produced.


Friday, 11 October 2019

New UCAS guidance is available for potential students from a UK Armed Forces background.

Following collaboration between the MOD, UCAS and  the Service Children's Progression (SCiP) Alliance, UCAS has released a new information and advice page for students from a UK Armed Forces background and it is now live on ucas.com at: www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/individual-needs/students-uk-armed-forces-background.  The information pages cover advice for Service children, veterans and spouses/partners of UK Armed Forces personnel.​

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Classes and Activities in Bildeston

Classes and Activities in Bildeston brochure available at HIVE

Friday, 4 October 2019

What HIVE can do for you - new poster

ARMY - Discover My Benefits

Army Parents' Network

Forces Families Jobs - updated

Developed by the Families Federations, the Forces Families Jobs site provides access to employment or training opportunities for families in the UK’s Armed Forces and it was launched on the 17th Sept. 

The platform allows families to search and apply for jobs solely from employers that have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This will give the families some reassurance that the employer will have an understanding of Service life. The site will also offer free, or discounted training for Service families. With over 200 employers already signed up for FFJ, this project that will aid spousal employment. 
Spouses, partners and adult children (aged 18 – 25) of currently serving and reserve personnel, as well as those who have left the forces within the last 12 months are able to use FFJ. Bereaved spouses, partners and adult children of service personnel (for up to two years post service) can also use the platform. They can search directly for live jobs or upload their CV and register for regular updates. Employers can also match CVs to the roles they're looking for, both in the UK (including Northern Ireland) and overseas.