Thursday, 14 December 2017

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Civilian Housing Brief - Tidworth - Wednesday 7th February 2018


Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Civilian Housing Brief - RAF Odiham - Wednesday 17th January 2018


Damn The Torpedoes Christmas Special - Broadcast Dates


The Damn The Torpedoes Xmas Special will be broadcast on Forces Radio BFBS on Saturday 23th at 1.30pm, Sunday 24th at 4.30pm and Tuesday 26th December at 3.30pm

Listen to Forces Radio BFBS on www.forces.net, via the BFBS app, on Sky 0211, or Freesat 786. Forces Radio BFBS is available regionally and across the forces world on DAB and FM. Visit www.forces.net to find your local station

FORCES RADIO BFBS is part of the Forces Network, which provides media content to the Armed Forces in the UK and overseas. The Forces Network is part of the Services Sound & Vision Coporation (SSVC), a military charity, whose purpose is to inform, entertain, connect and champion the Armed Forces. SSVC also includes:

·          FORCES TELEVISION BFBS
·          FORCES EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT (CSE)
·          FORCES CINEMAS
·          FORCES MEDIA ACADEMY
·          FORCES NEWS
·          FORCES SPORT
·          FORCES TV
·          FORCES WELFARE
·          GURKHA RADIO BFBS
·          SSVC TRAINING
·          SSVC WELFARE


Little Troopers 2018 Calendar - On Sale Now


A collection of pictures showing some special Military Moments between children and their British Armed Forces parents have been brought together in a special calendar for 2018. The calendar, which has been put together by the charity Little Troopers, will raise money to help support over 130,000 children who have a parent serving for their country.

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The Little Troopers Newsletter

Titanic The Movie @ Titanic Belfast

Lights, Camera, Action...

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Titanic: The Movie, Titanic Belfast is hosting a blockbuster line-up of events from 19 November - 19 December!


The Titanic story lives on in hearts and minds across the world but nowhere more so than in Belfast - the birthplace of the world's most famous ship and home to the World's Leading Tourist Attraction.
View Titanic Belfast Events

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

AFF - A Warm Hello


My name is Lucy Clarke and I am the new Army Families Federation (AFF) Co-ordinator for Northern Ireland.  I can help army families based across Northern Ireland and will be visiting Aldergrove, Thiepval Barracks and Palace Barracks on a regular basis.
The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world - on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle.  AFF is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice. We will deal with your enquiry without revealing your identity.  AFF is often pivotal in achieving improvements for Army families such as changes to Government and military policy and changes to the delivery of how things are provided for families. AFF does not do this by itself; our role is to highlight problems to the chain of command or service providers, and to work with them and other agencies to improve the support they provide to Service families.  AFF also provides a signposting service to help you find the right person to speak to, as well as providing useful information for Army families through its website and magazine Army&You.
We will help with any issue. Maybe you have come to a dead-end through your own efforts and are not satisfied with the answers you have been given or perhaps you want to highlight an issue so that AFF can work on it.  Some of the main areas we deal with are Housing, Health & Additional Needs, Education & Childcare, Army Reserves, Deployments, Money Matters, Employment & Training and Family Life.

I look forward to meeting you at Coffee Mornings, Welcome Briefs and various Parent and Children groups.  In the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07729 159 013 or at ni@aff.org.uk if you have any questions.  Alternatively visit the AFF website at www.aff.org.uk to access a wealth of information.

Combat Stress - Helping Former Servicemen And Women Cope With Pressure Of Christmas


Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, is sharing its tops tips to help former servicemen and women cope with the Christmas and New Year period.
Christmas is a time for celebration, yet it can be difficult for veterans with mental health problems. Some may feel isolated, lonely or depressed, while others can feel overwhelmed by large gatherings of family and friends, or feel they don’t have time for themselves.


Combat Stress has put together 10 steps veterans can take to enjoy Christmas and the New Year. In fact, it’s advice most people can use if they feel overwhelmed or anxious during the festivities. The tips are:
  • Take time out for yourself
  • Go outdoors for a walk or activity
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Relax with a bath, hot chocolate or play music
  • Remember to take your medication
  • Help out by volunteering for local projects or charities
  • Watch a film
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Eat the right ‘good’ food
  • Get support – call the Combat Stress Helpline
The tips include advice to practice meditation, which is especially good to do if you become stressed when surrounded by lots of people on a busy high street or when celebrating Christmas with loved ones. Take yourself off to a quiet place – a coffee shop or another room – and then return when you feel less anxious.
Going outside for a walk or outdoor activities is a good way to distract yourself from things that are causing you stress or anxiety. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine three hours before bedtime will improve your chances of having a good night’s sleep, while getting your five a day of fruit and vegetables will not only help feed a healthier body but also a healthier mind.
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said: “We know many veterans with mental health conditions can find the Christmas period particularly challenging. We hope our tips, put together by our specialist clinical team, will help.

“It’s important veterans talk to a friend or family member about how they’re feeling so they can receive support. The Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline is available throughout Christmas and the New Year. We strongly encourage veterans and their loved ones to call us for help and support on 0800 138 1619, text us on 07537 404 719 or email helpline@combatstress.org.uk.”

Combat Stress’ Christmas tips will be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from 14 December through to Christmas Eve.

Service Leaver's Guide

This booklet has been produced to provide help and advice on a range of topics as you plan for your transition to civilian life. It aims to give useful information on the sort of help you can  get, who can provide it and the action you need to take.

Click HERE to read

SASRA - Palace Bks

My name is Ken, and I am the Army Scripture Reader on Holwood Station. Please don't let the title put you off. First and foremost I am on camp as friend to everyone. If you want to discuss or chat about anything, that is fine with me. Especially spiritual needs, a confident, who is only too happy to deal with any concerns you might have. I trust you will get to know me as I go around the camp. I trust that soon I will have a contact number where you will be able to get hold of me. In the meantime I look forward to meeting you all.

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