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, 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 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 NEWS
·          FORCES SPORT
·          FORCES TV
·          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.

To Buy A Calendar
 Or To Sign Up To 
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 if you have any questions.  Alternatively visit the AFF website at 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”

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.

Service Leavers - Find The Right Training For Your Next Career

Your Festive Guide to Titanic Quarter

Christmas in Titanic Quarter (TQ) is set to be a cracker! There are plenty of things to keep you entertained over the Christmas season. From TQ’s very first Christmas Lights Switch-On, the biggest Christmas pantomime The Spectacular Aladdin at the SSE Arena Belfast, to Titanic Belfast’s Magical Christmas Experience, W5’s Winterland Express & Titanic Taster photography tours, there’s just so-ho-ho much to do.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Royal Mail Letters to Santa

Click HERE to see a message from Santa about sending your letters to him

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.  

Are You Leaving Your SFA Empty Over The Holiday?

0800 707 6000

Housing Brief Aldershot

Tiggers Palace Nursery

We Want To Fill Our Vacancies!
Do you have a child aged between 1 year and school age who is ready to make new friends and have lots of fun at our nursery?
We Have A Place For You!
For more info call 02890 420253 or contact the HIVE for more info.

We can arrange one or two trial sessions at no charge for our morning or afternoon sessions.

Are You A Poet?

Christmas Pantomime Grand Opera House Belfast ~ Sat 2 Dec 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Book your tickets early

Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine - December 2017

To read Click HERE

Christmas At Titanic Belfast

BFPO Christmas Posting Information and Changes to some BFPO Christmas posting dates

See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at

The latest recommended posting dates for BFPOs 618/619/620 has been revised to 20 Nov, due to unavoidable changes in transit times.

Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.

BFPO addresses are eligible to take part in Royal Mail’s 
Letter to Santa.  All letters must be arrive in the UK by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas!

Royal Mail Christmas Posting Dates

Don't Drink And Drive

Friday, 8 December 2017

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans. 

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.

For full details please see these links

Latest From The Defence Discount Service

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Easy Resettlement Magazine - Winter 2017

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Future Accommodation Model

Military Wives 'Missing Out' On Up To £30,000 Of Pension

Wives or partners of those who have served abroad in the armed forces may be missing out on pension payments worth thousands of pounds.
Last year the government launched a scheme to offer National Insurance Credits to 20,000 military spouses.
But following a Freedom of Information Request, insurance firm Royal London discovered that fewer than 4,000 people have applied for it so far.
The payments could be worth up to £30,000 over the course of retirement.

AFF Survey


Quest Resettlement Magazine Dec 2017


Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the  UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.

We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.

For further information, to ask for help or to volunteer your services. 

ni4kids Magazine - Christmas & New Year 2017/18

Monday, 4 December 2017

RAF Envoy Magazine - Winter 2017 Edition

Is Gambling A Problem For You?

Dry January

Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign which has been changing the conversation about alcohol over the past 5 years.

JSHAO Housing Brief - Tidworth

Friday, 1 December 2017