Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Kids Bored?

Children  bored, go to www.ni4kids.com and download a boredom busting activity sheet.

Army Photographic Competition 2017

The Army has launched a new mission, called Operation Camera. In its sights is anyone with a potentially winning photo of the British Army.
"Op Camera”, as soldiers call it, is a new category in the annual Army Photographic Competition, which has previously not been open to the public.“We’ve got great photographers in the Army,” said Command Master Photographer, “but we realised that lots of other people have fabulous photos of what we do, including members of the public and our colleagues in the Royal Navy and the RAF.
“This year we’re inviting everyone to enter. It’s your army, so let’s see the great pictures you’ve got.”
The Army has also created a special new category for cadet organisations. Called “Cadet Life”, it is open to all young people in the Army Cadet Force or any section of the Combined Cadet Force.

“Cadet Life is a brilliant opportunity to show life in the cadets from a cadet’s point of view”.
“Everyone seems to have cameras on their phones these days, so the big question is: ‘Have you taken – or can you get out and take - any good photos with a British Army theme?’ ”
In both categories, judges will be looking for high quality photographs that can be used to promote the Army across traditional and social media channels.
Running for more than 20 years, many of the entries have traditionally come from trained Army photographers from the Royal Logistic Corps.
“The advantage our photographers have is that, as soldiers first, they deploy on operations with other soldiers to capture life on front lines and training areas around the world”.
“They are the eyes of the Army and capture and share an unrivalled view of Army life right at the heart of the action.
“But they can’t be everywhere, and we know lots of people take good photos of soldiers and what they do – and we’d love to see them.”
Other categories in the Army Photographic Competition – including video, for social media - remain open to any Regular Army and Army Reserve personnel, as well as cadets including the Army’s University Officer Training Corps. Ministry of Defence civilians who work directly for the Army can also enter.
“We’re also asking the public to vote for their favourite picture,” “If you follow the Army channels on Facebook and Instagram you’ll be able take part”.
Closing date for entries is Wednesday 27th September 2017, with full details at: www.army.mod.uk/photocomp

Families Continuous Attitude Survey

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the gov.uk website

Army Widows Association

Combat Stress

Quest Magazine

National Empolyment & Careers Fair - Tidworth

Pathfinder Magazine

The Macrobert Trust - Military Discount

Forces Personnel - Enhanced Learning Credits

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. 

The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.

Things To Do

Although the end of the Summer Holidays are in sight you may be running out of ideas of stuff to do with the Children. Have a look at Visitbelfast.com where there are lots of ideas, some that do not cost anything.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Lisburn Thrift Shop - Volunteer Required

A volunteer is required to run the Stn Thrift Shop from the beginning of Sep, it is presently open on a Wed (various hours) but whoever takes over running it can suit themselves as to days and times.

If you are interested or know of someone who would be interested please contact Mil 66163, - please leave a message if there is no reply, call in to the Station Welfare Office or contact the HIVE for more details.

BFBS Audience Satisfaction Survey


Register for the BFBS Audience Satisfaction Survey for the chance to WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tab A6!

The latest BFBS Audience Survey is online now at www.bfbs.com/survey. It’s an opportunity for our viewers and listeners to have their say about Forces Radio BFBS and BFBS TV.

The survey is simple and should take no more than 10 minutes. All registered names will go into the draw for a Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 and a winner will be chosen at random in the first week of October 2017.

Military personnel, entitled civilians, MoD civil servants and dependants can take part to provide feedback and influence future services.

Even if viewers and listeners have completed the survey in the past 12 months they can register again.

Each survey is confidential and will help BFBS to deliver the best radio and TV services for the British Armed Forces.

Register online now at www.bfbs.com/survey Good Luck!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Big White Wall #mindandbody

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Keep Up To Date With Food Product Recalls

For updates on product recalls, allergy awareness and much more please click HERE

Monday, 7 August 2017

Little Troopers Treasures - New App Available to Download

Brand new app for British Armed Forces families - Now available on Android tablet & iPad!
Little Troopers Treasures is free to download and use for all British Armed Forces families, helping you stay connected even when separated by miles. No military parent needs to ever miss bedtime stories again!
Supported by Harper Collins Children's Books there are six book titles you can access now with more coming in October

Record your face, your voice and the book pages, once you are done wrap up with love and your Little Trooper can watch and listen over and over again. You can also record memories in the memory box

You can access anywhere, you just need WiFi.

There are supporting resources that are free to download and print to use with the app including separation diaries for parent & child and activity sheets such as a weekly plannerBBC news recently covered our Little Trooper Treasures app, hear from a Royal Navy family how it made a difference to them HERE

For further information on the app CLICK HERE

Friday, 4 August 2017

Latest From The Defense Discount Service

This Blog post is for broader awareness only and may not be applicable within Northern Ireland. 
All offers are subject to terms and conditions, please see the Defence Discount Service or retailers website for full terms and conditions. Defence Discount Service operated by Blue Light Card is a registered company in the United Kingdom 06581540. You can write to us at: Defence Discount Service, POBOX 10180, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 9HN.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

What Does The HIVE Do? and How Can It Help?

The HIVE Information Service is available to all members of the Service Community – serving personnel both married and single, together with their families and dependants as well as civilians employed by the Services.
The HIVE offers an extensive range of information on a whole manner of subjects including:

UK and Overseas Relocation
SFA and SLA Accommodation
Housing Choices
Childcare and Early Years Provision
Schools and Colleges
Adult Education
Hotels, B&Bs and Contact Housing
Shopping and Discount Outlets
Leisure and Recreation for Families
Military Discounts
School Holiday Activities
Transition/Resettlement Support

In addition, the HIVE can offer support to families whose loved ones are currently on deployment.  
This includes:
Full Deployment Packs for Families
Signposting for Storybooks to Purchase; recording with Storybook Soldiers
Children’s Activity Books.  

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Skin Cancer rates have Increased - Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Non-melanoma skin cancer refers to a group of cancers that slowly develop in the upper layers of the skin.
The term non-melanoma distinguishes these more common types of skin cancer from the less common skin cancer known as melanoma, which can be more serious.
In the UK, more than 100,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year. It affects more men than women and is more common in the elderly.

Joint Service Housing Advice Office

Carillionamey - Are You Moving In? Can't be there for your appointment? Need a Proxy ?

You can nominate a Service proxy or your spouse to act on your behalf
by completing the Notification of Proxy form http://ow.ly/RLEQ30dVndF

Monday, 31 July 2017

Latest From The Defence Discount Directory

Some of these offers are not applicable for Northern Ireland are are for information only.