Thursday, 27 October 2016

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


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


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.