Thursday, 29 June 2017

Are Your Travel Vaccinations Up To Date?



If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

Please click HERE to find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Moving To Scotland? - Education Guide For Children & Young People

Click HERE for more information

WRVS - Palace Bks

The WRVS Centre on Palace Bks will now be open on Tuesday and Wednesday only from 10.30-4.30.

Little Troopers - Bedtime Stories


We know that serving parents are so frequently away from home and often communications can be limited or sporadic. We also know that a bedtime story is one of the most important times to a child.

So.....we teamed up with Harper Collins Children's Books to bring families Little Troopers Treasures; it will make story time precious every day and will ensure children never miss a bedtime story from their parents again; they can watch the recordings over and over whenever they miss their mummy or daddy.

Download the app on your iPad HERE

Once you are registered (only register once you just need a family login) you can log in and view the bookshelf with various titles available, then simply record a story. The app will capture your face, your voice and the story book pages while your record, it will all then be immediately wrapped up with love and saved on your device and can be watched or listened to or both over and over again.

There is also some supporting resources such as a weekly planner, separation diaries and time difference sheet for you to print and use to compliment the app.

View more on the Little Troopers Treasures web-page HERE

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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.

AFF Reassured About Housing Safety For Army families



Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.

Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.

AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”

Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on housing@aff.org.uk

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit www.aff.org.uk

Could You Help Save The Life Of Someone With Blood Cancer?

16-30? Join our donor register and you could save the life of someone with blood cancer.
Please CLICK HERE to find out more.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Aldergrove HIVE

Aldergrove HIVE is currently closed. please contact Holywood HIVE on 02890 420252.

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport Harbour



Come along to Groomsport for free family fun from now until September. Fore more details contact 
T:  028 9127 0069 | visitardsandnorthdown.com

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Forces Mutual - Vote For Your Everday Hero

To celebrate this Armed Forces Day, we have given the Forces Family a chance to nominate their everyday Forces Heroes and be in with the chance of winning a share of over £1,000.

We’ve had an amazing response so far and have received some truly inspiring nominations, and although it wasn’t an easy task whittling down a long list of heroes, after much consideration, we have finally drawn up a shortlist of nominations which has now gone to a public vote.

We would love to reach out to as many people as possible as everyone who votes will automatically be placed into a £50 prize draw. 


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Defence Discount Service - Nissan Offer


Easy Resettlement Magazine




The summer issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now...
Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication. Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop www.easyresettlement.com/magazine/

We are proud to announce our partnership with DSEI who run the largest Defence and Security Expo in Europe, the event is free for military personnel and it will be taking place between the 12th-15th September at the Excel arena in London. You will be able to pick up free copies of the summer issue at this event.

You may have heard our Sales Manager, James Atkins, on the Hal Stewart BFBS show earlier this month, if you missed it and would like to listen to what we are doing to help our readers simply click this link http://www.easyresettlement.com/bfbs/

We are especially proud to announce some new partnerships with companies who will be offering employment opportunities to our readers through our magazine. These include The AA, Aspire Defence, Amazon Web Services known as AWS, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Jaguar Land Rover. These are a welcome addition to those already recruiting our readers such as The East of England Ambulance Service, Maritime Transport and KLM UK Engineering. Each issue we include a Franchising for Veterans feature with the BFA giving some valuable insights in to what makes a good franchise, some great franchises that have already recruited veterans and service leavers include Action Coach, Chips Away, Gas Elec and Snap on Tools.


Take a look at the summer issue to read some great case studies. Finally we will be attending various events where we get the chance to speak with our readers, these include the CTP and Security Cleared Jobs Expos as well as the DSEI event. Please do come along and speak with the team and let us know what else you would like to know about in future issues.

All of this is only possible thanks to our advertisers so please mention our magazine when speaking with anyone. Also join our social media groups, subscribe to the magazine for free and let any friends and family know about how we can help.

Monday, 19 June 2017

VETERANS GATEWAY - New Website


Army & You - Sizzling Summer Giveaways


Discounted Entry To Local Attractions

Holywood HIVE has a discount leaflet for a number of local attractions, please contact Holywood HIVE on 02890 420252 or call in to the HIVE to collect yours.

Friday, 16 June 2017

SSAFA - Forces Additional Needs & Disabilities Forum (FANDF)

Big White Wall- #MaleMHmatters



Suicide:


-    The biggest killer of UK men v45 is suicide. Its #timetochange & @BigWhiteWall1 can help #MaleMHmatters #itsoktosay http://bit.ly/2qIxSE1

-    Life is tough, there’s no need 2 man up or get a grip. @BigWhiteWall1 can help you online & 24/7 #MaleMHMatters http://bit.ly/2qIxSE1

-     How are you? I’m fine. Its #timetochange the conversation & @BigWhiteWall1 can help. #itsoktosay #MaleMHmatters http://bit.ly/2qIxSE1

Family Pressure:

-    Being ‘Dad’ is lifechanging, it also challenges your #mentalhealth. Get support with @BigWhiteWall1. #MaleMHmatters http://bit.ly/2qIxSE1

-  The ‘perfect family man’ doesn’t exist, only what works for you & your family. #itsoktosay #MaleMHmatters http://bit.ly/2qIxSE1




Hello From Home - Activity Book for The Under 9's

If Mum or Dad are deployed or working away from home and you have younger children, get hold of a copy of the Hello From Home activity book. The book contains many useful activities for a child to get involved with their parent’s deployment and different ways of keeping in touch. There are colouring in charts, postcards and stickers. Call in to the HIVE for your free copy.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

New Carillion Amey Website


If you live in SFA, them make sure you have a look at the new Carillion website.  

It has all you need to know about:
Access the new Carillion Amey website HERE

Armed Forces Community - New Challenge, New Beginnings


To read the latest issue online

Plan Your Future Today by Putting Power Of Attorney in Place

CarillionAmey - Walk Away Cleaning Scheme


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO)


Using Social Media - A Guide for Military Personnel




The use of social media is accepted by Defence and, when 
used appropriately, should be encouraged.

The issue we face is not why or how we use social media, but how 
well we use it. 
The government has produced a useful guide that tells you what is 
and isn’t acceptable social media behavior for military personnel.

CLICK HERE to read or print the full guide.

Veterans’ Gateway - Supporting Ex Service Personnel & Their Families





Veterans’ Gateway is here for any ex-service personnel and their family looking for support. We can be contacted 24/7 from anywhere in the UK or abroad. 
To get support, visit: www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Need support? As the gateway to a network of partners, we can connect you with the right support quickly and easily, by assessing your needs at your first point of contact. Get in touch with us to get support with employment, finances and housing, to independent living, mental well-being, physical health, and much more.

Call 0808 802 1212 if you would like to speak to an adviser for help or support.

Royal British Legion Breaks












See full details of RBL breaks at Byng House at this link 
http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/social-support/break-centres/byng-house
RBL breaks are also available in Northern Ireland please contact 02870823663.