Friday, 16 December 2016

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Review

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Poppy Pod's In The New Forest

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Available to all Armed Forces Personnel, Reservists and Veterans 

for £15 per annum! T&Cs apply

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Military Personnel: Thinking of Doing a Course?



Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Service personnel may make SLC claims each financial year for 80% of any course fees; up to a maximum of £175 per year for approved vocational and academic courses.  This is a “use it or lose it” allowance, as the funding does not roll-over into the next financial year. Before starting any course, individuals must obtain prior approval.  Further details can be found in JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 4 or by contacting your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) The ELC allowance provides funding support to Service personnel who want to enhance their educational or vocational achievements for long-term personal development.  It may only be used to gain National Qualification Level 3 or higher qualifications. (i.e. A Level & some NVQ Level 4 or 5, 1st Degree, Post Graduate studies and Doctorate)  Candidates must have registered while serving and strict criteria apply when making a claim. Depending on a number of factors, this can amount to up to as much as £2000 per year, over a 3 year course. Again, individuals must both have registered and made their claim prior to starting any course.  Also, provided you registered whilst still serving , you may also claim for up to 10 years after leaving the service. See JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 3 for details or visit http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/  or contact your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.  

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

SSAFA - Forcesline - Need to talk?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Own Your Home



VICTORY SERVICES CLUB - RESPITE AND WELFARE BREAKS


Retired Military Membership



We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.

Further information is available at this link http://www.vsc.co.uk/how-we-help/respite--welfare-breaks and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Victory Services Club

Victory Services Club (VSC)

We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.
Further information is available at this link


and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here:

SSAFA Forcesline

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Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds


Hidden Wounds service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or who wish to change their drinking habits.

Domestic abuse: guidance and support



Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.

This site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.



A concerned family or friend?

Who can help?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces

Rules for members of the armed forces, civilian employees and their families.





Joining the British Army? Information for Parents and Guardians




Is a son, daughter or loved one thinking about joining the Army? 
We know it’s a big decision. That’s why we want you to have all the facts. By being well informed, you can help your child or loved one get an accurate picture of Army life. Then they’ll be able to decide if this is the right path for them.

Your questions answered: Click here to find out more.....

Thursday, 10 November 2016

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.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Monday, 7 November 2016

State Benefits for Ex-Armed Forces Personnel


This useful guide produced by the Career Transition Partnership will help you find out more about State Benefits, including:

What benefits exist 

  • Eligibility
  • Benefits for those being medically discharged
  • Where to find further information and advice
  • Some frequently asked questions on the topic
You will also find details on some additional benefits and discount schemes for service and ex service personnel.

MOD Veterans UK - Changes to Helpline Opening Hours


Changes to our helpline opening hours take effect on Monday 31 October 2016.

The opening hours for the Veterans UK helpline service will change to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Analysis has shown that there are relatively few calls received in the early morning and evening and so the service has been re-organised to make more advisers available during our busiest times.

Callers phoning outside of these hours will still be offered an option to speak to our partners in the charities Combat Stress or The Samaritans where urgent assistance is needed. 

CarillionAmey - Keeping Your Home Safe


Thursday, 27 October 2016

SSAFA - Additional Needs and Disability - A Guide for Service Families

TO VIEW PLEASE CLICK HERE

Tesco delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

 If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
Click HERE for more information

Joiningforces Credit Unions

A new service offering simple savings accounts and "affordable" loans to military personnel, who can sometimes struggle to get access to financial products, has been launched by credit unions.
The arrangement, backed by the Ministry of Defence, means Armed Forces personnel will be able to save regularly or repay loans with credit unions directly through their pay packets, via deductions from their payroll.
Credit unions are mutual financial co-operatives that take deposits and give loans to members. Family members and retired personnel receiving a pension are also eligible to join the new service, whose launch coincides with International Credit Union Day.

Credit unions trade association Abcul (the Association of British Credit Unions Limited) says that over the years, people serving in the Armed Forces have reported difficulties accessing credit because their job involves moving regularly and it can be challenging to build up a good credit rating. It adds that some personnel report being targeted by high-cost lenders.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Single Persons Accommodation Centre


What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
    • The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
    • Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
    • Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
    • Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
    • All information treated in strict confidence.
    • Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
    • If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
    • Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
    • Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for single veterans.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Armed Forces Covenant - Employment and Pensions Support

To learn more about employment & pensions support visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/ and follow the link to "support and advice"

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Monday, 10 October 2016

Friday, 7 October 2016

MOD ICE App

12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched. The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The question is: Have you downloaded yours? If not then find out how here.

Please Click Here for More Information and How to Download



                                                                  MOD ICE App

Aldergrove Station Welfare Houses



Aldergrove Station has three Welfare houses to rent at a cost of £20 per night … fully furnished and equipped.  These can be booked for family visits and postings. 

Station Welfare has 2 and 5AAC one

To book please call into either Station Welfare Office or 5 AAC Office, both of which are located in Building 54.

Mil Ext Station Welfare 9491  31448
Mil Ext 5AAC Welfare 9491  30109

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme Extended




The Secretary of State for Defence has announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

1 Scots PRI Shop Palace Bks

The PRI shop is located in the SANDES building at the centre of camp. Open Tuesday & Thursday from 9.30-12.30. They stock a wide range of Yankee Candles and will soon be stocking the Christmas range. Large candles are £13, reed diffusers are £9, tarts are £1 and votives are £1.30. There is also a range of crystal and glassware as well as regimental items.

Army Library and Information Service - Language Learning


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Veterans UK - Free Help And Advice




Veterans UK Helpline to ensure that Veterans can seek help at anytime. The number is 0808 1914 218. For more information please visit their website veterans-uk

Dog Waste - Bin It!


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The MoD Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme : Changes

The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans’ community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Education scheme.  Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.

As of 1 April 2016 there has been some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.


See more at this link

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Do you know your housing options?

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Tickets for Troops

Tickets for Troops (TFT) was set up in 2009 to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events, theatre performances, music concerts and cultural attractions. 
Since launching TFT has been donated over 850,000 tickets and over 140,000 troops have registered on the website. 
Tickets are available on the TFT website to troops who are currently serving or who have been medically discharged since 2001. 
Tickets For Troops has teamed up with a wide range of organisations and has been able to offer free tickets to a huge number of high profile events, including The London Olympics and Paralympics, Invictus Games, The BRIT Awards, the Isle of Wight Festival, Formula One British Grand Prix, the FA Cup, Les Misérables, The Ideal Home Show, Premier League Football, the Aviva rugby Premiership, The British Summer Time Hyde Park series. The Calling Festival, Coldwell Boxing, darts and many others. 
This initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of Patrons, including James Blunt, Steve Hayes, WO1 Kim Hughes GC and Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron. 
Troops are encouraged to go online and register at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk to take advantage of the fantastic tickets available for our Armed Forces