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, 23 November 2016

SSAFA - Forcesline - Need to talk?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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

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.....

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.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

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

TO VIEW PLEASE CLICK HERE

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.

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

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.

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

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

Monday, 27 June 2016

NSPCC: Online safety


Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.

NSPCC have teamed up with O2  to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online.

Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.

It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.





Monday, 20 June 2016

Moving in soon? CarillionAmey - we’re here to help



Are you moving in to your first Service Family Accommodation or are you a seasoned pro but need a little bit of a reminder of what to do?  

CarillionAmey people are here to assist you. We have a variety of information that’s designed to help you to prepare for your Move in and help you to get the best out of it.

The CarillionAmey people that are key are our advisors at the Helpdesk who work in the Occupancy Services team, your Accommodation Officer who will be with you during the Move in appointment and our Local Customer Service advisors who are available to speak to you in person. 

·         Our website section on Moving in is intended to help you atwww.carillionamey.co.uk

·         Our YouTube video available on the website steps you through Move in

·         Our Local Customer Service Centre advisors are available to help you in person [see website for contact details]

·         Our Occupancy Services team at the Helpdesk are available for you to speak to by phone [call 0800 707 6000 option 3]  
 
As part of our ongoing improvement plans, we are currently running a programme aimed at ensuring that our Move in preparation is consistently good throughout the country.  We are looking to make sure that all Move in activity provides the right level of cleaning and we are doing this by standardising all cleaning equipment and cleaning materials and making sure that we have effective supervision and that the same processes are being used by all of our suppliers across the country. 


You can keep up to speed with information on Moving in and Moving out of your Service Family home on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We are currently running a campaign aimed at helping provide Service families with the information needed to ease the burden at what, we know, can be a stressful time in their lives.   

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Joining Forces Credit Union Services For The Armed Forces


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Payroll deduction arrangement

Save straight from your pay with an online Credit Union account.  You decide how much you want to save and this means that when you receive your payslip, the chosen amount would have already been deducted and passed on to the credit union towards your savings or loan, before your salary hits your bank account.
As soon as you become a member of one of the Joining Forces credit unions you will also have access to a range of affordable and ethical loans. You can manage your savings and loans online.
Further information is available on www.joiningforcescu.co.uk

Monday, 23 May 2016

SSAFA - Lifelong Support for the Forces and their Families


SSAFA. We provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they need us. If you need a helping hand, get in touch.

Click HERE for more information.

Personnel & Army Families - Booking removals (Agility)




Agility Logistics Limited (removals) is a contracted service provider for Ministry of Defence. 
To book removals go to
https://grms.agilitylogistics.com/external/agilityLoginLoad.do?section=WELCOME

You will be requested to enter certain personal and other data such as Name, Rank, Staff/Service Number, Collection and Delivery addresses. 


These and other data are necessary for the system to evaluate your shipment entitlement and to enable the Unaccompanied Baggage Manager (UBM) and the moving company to carry out the required work to move your goods from your losing unit to your gaining unit.

Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre (JCCC)

Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre (JCCC)

When families experience incidents at home while loved ones are
serving overseas it is very important that everyone is aware of the process in place that can facilitate their immediate return home.


This short Families Brief is to explain the role the Joint Casualty
and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) undertakes 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year to help families when incidents
occur involving Service Personnel or someone at home.


For further information contact:
Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre
Imjin Barracks
Gloucester
GL3 1HW
Tel: 01452 519951

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

How To Maintain A Good Credit Record When You’re In The Military

Are you a good or a poor credit risk? You may not know until you submit an application for a loan or credit. Here are some top tips on how to maintain a healthy credit score, regardless of your location.

The result can sometimes be surprising. Moving around with the military doesn’t always help your credit score, although significant effort has been made in recent years to improve awareness within the financial industry of the circumstances of military personnel.


How does a credit rating score work?

Your credit score measures you as a financial risk. A poor credit score can make it difficult to borrow money. This can affect your application for credit cards, motor finance, a mortgage and other services such as mobile phone contracts.

How is your credit risk measured?


All lenders want different things and have their own ways of scoring but are likely to take into account the following:
  • Occupation
  • Address history
  • Length of employment
  • Annual Income
  • Previous and existing creditors and your credit payment history
  • County Court Judgments
What is likely to make you a poor credit risk?
  • Excessive debt with no spare income to support more credit
  • Too many credit searches within a rolling two-year period
  • Poor credit history such as missed or late payments
  • Not having any credit history can be detrimental to your credit score
  • Frequent house moves, in particular postings abroad where BFPO addresses aren’t always recognised by lenders’ systems
How to help your application for credit when on the move
  • State you are a member of the Armed Forces when applying for credit
  • Provide a full postal address including postcode. If it is a BFPO address, include the unit you’re attached to. A letter from your Commanding Officer is also useful
  • Register to vote in the UK, which will put you on the Electoral Register. This needs updating every time you move in the UK
  • Serving overseas for long periods of time can make building up a good credit history difficult. Keep a record of financial transactions overseas to hand, such as credit cards and bank statements. This will help to show that you can handle your money wisely
  • Manage your debts and pay your bills on time
  • Check your credit report before you apply for any credit. You can obtain a copy from credit reference agencies such as Equifax,Experian and Callcredit. If you find any discrepancies, you can challenge them with the credit bureau
  • Keep the balance on your credit cards as low as possible
  • Make joint applications for credit such as motor finance. This will help both you and your partner build up evidence of good credit management for the future.
How to improve a poor credit rating
  • There is no quick fix. A reputation for being a bad credit risk can take time to improve, but there are steps you can take to help the process along.
  • Make sure you pay your bills on time. Set up a reminder to prompt you when a payment is due or set up a direct debit and make sure there will be enough money in your account to pay the direct debit
  • Stop using your credit cards to avoid adding to your debts
  • Only take on new credit accounts if you have no other option. If you need to borrow more, look to extend your existing credit provisions rather than applying elsewhere
  • If you have any spare money, look to reduce your overall debt by forming a payment plan. Start with the cards and loans that charge the highest interest and work your way down
  • If you’re struggling to make ends meet talk to the credit company or seek advice from a credit counselling service to help you get back on track with your finances.
If you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly when seeking credit due to your military lifestyle, you can appeal to the Financial Ombudsman.

For more information on how to apply for credit you can check out Money Force. To learn more about how to manage your money, go to the Money Advice Service website.
Information extracted from RAF Families Federation News. Please click the link for full details.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

DEFENCE DISCOUNT SERVICE APP

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Friday, 8 April 2016

State Pension Credits For Partners Of Those Who Served

State Pension Credits

April 7, 2016
Pension Credits
The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced  in recognition of the fact that accompanied service overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions,  potentially causing a gap in their NI record and thereby affecting the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement.
The government sees this change as helping to fulfil its obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve.
Service spouses and civil partners will be eligible to apply for the new Class 3 NI credits if they meet the age criteria above and:
• Are or have been married to /in a civil partnership with a member of the Armed Forces; and
• Have accompanied their spouse or civil partner on a deployment outside the UK at any time since 6 April 1975; and
• At the time of the posting their spouse or civil partner must have paid, been treated as having paid or been credited with UK National Insurance
Those who are widowed, divorced or have had their civil partnership dissolved are still eligible to claim, provided the relationship existed at the  time they accompanied their partner abroad.
Not all Service spouses or civil partners who meet the above criteria will  have a gap in their NI records and so will not need to apply for the new credits. For example, those who
worked in a job during the accompanied assignment where they paid UK NI contributions, those who were  self-employed and paying self-employed Class 2 NI contributions, those who received certain benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance during the period in question.
You can apply for the new Class 3 NI credits anytime from 6 April 2016. There is no time limit in applying for the credits, although if you apply after you reach State Pension age any increased State Pension might not be paid for periods before the date of your application.
For information about applying for the new Class 3 credit visit www.gov.uk/dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners.
You can check whether there are any gaps in your NI record for the periods you were overseas, by using an online tool on GOV.uk called ‘Check your State Pension’(www) at the link above or at www.gov.uk/new-state-pension.
The new Class 3 credits do not replace the existing Class 1 NI credit for those who have accompanied a partner on a posting since April 2010.