Friday, 30 December 2016

Tern Hill HIVE Remains Closed - Pending Recruitment

Tern Hill HIVE remains closed and will be unmanned until recruitment of a new HIVE Information Support Officer is completed.

To find another HIVE to assist with your enquiry please visit:



If your enquiry is urgent or outside office hours, and relates to Tern Hill's resident battalion, please contact the guard room on 01630 698280.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Career Transition Partnership - Early Service Leavers

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Click HERE to download

Monday, 5 December 2016

Housing Briefs 2017

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Parents' Guide to Education in Shropshire 2017/18


This booklet provides parents with the basic information they need to access early, primary and secondary education, both with and without sixth forms, and support for Special Needs. We advise that you read it carefully before making an application for a school. Application can be made online or by contacting the Admissions Team. You may need to refer to this booklet even after you have made your application, as it contains other important information about admissions, transport and other matters.

To download the guide please click on link below:

Shropshire School Admissions

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tesco delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
So, remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you’re looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day.
Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Armed Forces Covenant - Employment and Pensions Support

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To learn more about employment and pension support visit: www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk
and follow the link to 'Support & Advice'

Monday, 10 October 2016

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended to 2018

The Secretary of State for Defence today announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.



The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/housing-development/ and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefitted from the scheme.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

HM Forces Bovis Homes Offer

At Bovis Homes we understand the unique time pressures that those serving in the armed forces face.

The Armed Forces All Inclusive Discount Scheme has been designed not only to minimise the potential financial outlay of buying a new home, but some of the hassle and hidden costs that go along with it.
This exclusive package includes:

• A price discount of £500 for every £25,000 you spend on a Bovis Home. This equates to 2% of the list price.

• All curtains, carpets and flooring included. This means you won’t need to worry about measuring up, just bring your furniture!

• Bovis Homes will also contribute £500 towards your legal costs (when you use one of our referred independent solicitors).

• As well as all of this, with the Bovis Homes specification you get built-in kitchen appliances (from Hotpoint and Indesit) included in the price as standard. So that’s the hob, oven, fridge freezer, washing machine* and dishwasher* sorted too.

Click HERE to view and/or download the leaflet

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Thursday, 8 September 2016

BBC iPlayer – TV Licence

A change in the law – You need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer

As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to  be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand - including catch up TV - on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console.


Armed Forces Covenant - Mears Group



Mears Group sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covernant.  Please click HERE to view.

Mears Shropshire Home Services is the Home Improvement Agency serving the county of Shropshire. We deliver a range of services designed to promote and maintain independent living for the older, vulnerable and disabled people of Shropshire. Whether this be aids and adaptations through the Disability Facilities Grant process or through the Handyperson Service offering a range skills such as carpentry, plumbing and general small building repairs – we enable people to remain living in their own homes and environment, independently, safely and securely for as long as they can.

Mears is an organisation that challenges its local branches to get involved in local communities, offering social value in many different ways.

The Shropshire Branch would like to offer and support members of the armed forces and their families, especially those leaving the services and venturing into “civvy street” the opportunity of work placements to shadow our Small Repairs Technicians in the field to learn new basic skills or office based staff to learn the various business roles that are fundamental to the day to day operation of any organisation.

In addition to this the General manager, John Simcox,  would be willing to assist with CV writing, mock interviews and advice on how to approach vacancies and job applications to assist transitioning or former Military personnel finding gainful employment.
Should any current or former Armed Forces personnel wish to take up this offer, please contact John Simcox at John.Simcox@mearsgroup.co.uk or call 01743 458332

John Simcox

General Manager



Junction Box Programme - Free for HM Forces Veterans

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Planesaver Credit Union

How we helped a fellow serviceman save £254 on monthly loan repayments.

Military personnel sometimes have limited access to financial services and particularly affordable credit, leaving them a potential target for high cost credit providers such as payday lenders and loan sharks.

We were recently approached by a serviceman who found himself in a spiral of debt, with a series of high interest Credit Card and Payday loans, with monthly repayments over £555 at an average interest rate of 244% APR.

We were able to lend to the individual responsibly, consolidating his existing debt into one manageable repayment straight from his pay.

We paid off all his existing borrowing, leaving the member with a new monthly repayment of £301 at a more favourable interest rate, meaning he could get back on track with his finances.

The serviceman said "Plane Saver guided me into making better financial decisions, this has made me more aware of how expensive some loans can be. Seeking help from the credit union helped me nearly halve my outgoings on debt. Thank you Plane Saver".

Monday, 22 August 2016

DDS - 25% Discount on Food at Chiquito

Chiquito offer members 25% discount on their food when showing their defence discount card or MOD90.  

See website or app for full terms and conditions.


DDS - 10% Discount at Crown Carveries


Transition Information Sheet 7 - Guide to Secure Private Accommodation


Please click HERE to view the Transition Newletter in full

ESL - Training Opportunity


Friday, 19 August 2016

NHS Start4Life Information Service for Parents

Baby on the way? Or maybe just arrived? 
Sign up FREE for Start4Life Information Service for parents and get loads of tips and advice tailored to your baby's age.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

1 R IRISH Unit Welfare Office Manning Update

As a result of the temporary HIVE closure, with effect from Thursday 18 Feb the Unit Welfare Office on the SFA estate will be manned from 0900-1600 on weekdays.

A member of the welfare team will be available for information or advice during these timings.

Please call in, or to contact the Welfare Office by phone, call 01630 698215.

Monday, 8 February 2016

DDS: HSS Hire Exclusive 40% MOD Discount

DDS are delighted to welcome HSS Hire to Defence Discount Service who are offering an exclusive 40% discount on the core range of equipment and tools.

For all the terms and conditions and how to claim please visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Changes to the Armed Forces Service Complaints Process

Please click HERE to view/download pamphlet

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Children & Family Locality Services - Information Drop In Sessions in Donnington

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Defence Relationship Management

DRM is a single point of contact linking employers with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

They  offer advice and support on employing members of the armed forces community, and enable organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the MOD

DRM builds on the successful SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) information campaign and continues defence’s work with reservists, their employers, and those organisations who want to partner with defence.
The ways they offer support include:
  • employment of reservists and support through flexible HR policies
  • employment of regular service personnel at the end of their engagements, in collaboration with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
  • employment opportunities for service leavers with more challenging transitions including the wounded, injured and sick
  • employment of spouses/civil partners of service personnel
  • joint development of skills in areas such as engineering, medical, communications and cyber security
  • career opportunities and support for cadet adult instructors
  • tackling disadvantages faced by service personnel in the consumer market
Click HERE for more informaton

Monday, 1 February 2016

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families

If you're currently serving, or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can call our 24-Hour Helpline to talk about mental health. 

If you're a family member or carer worried about a loved one or are suffering yourself, you can use it too: 

0800 138 1619.
http://www.combatstress.org.uk/veterans/24-hour-helpline/?platform=hootsuite

Friday, 29 January 2016

Make a Difference: Volunteer for The Royal British Legion

Make a Difference: #Volunteer for The Royal British Legion. We have opportunities Nationwide from Fund Raising to helping our beneficiaries directly. Please log onto our webpage or call the Contact Centre (free phone) 0808 802 8080.

St John Ambulance YouTube Video: Find out how to help a baby who's not breathing with baby CPR

Find out how to help a baby who’s not breathing with #babyCPR, taught by the stars of Nursery Rhymes Inc. – the new advert from St John Ambulance. Remember the song, in case things go wrong. 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Forces Pension Society - Pension Advisory Service

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Armed Forces Pension Options on Divorce or Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

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This booklet explains the various options available to split or share an Armed Forces Pension on a divorce or civil partnership dissolution.  

Information is contained that is relevant to the Service person and the estranged spouse.

Solicitors dealing with an Armed Forces Pension on a marriage breakdown may also find this booklet useful.

To view other Armed Forces Pensions on divorce guidance and information documents please click here

BFPO Addresses - UK Equivalent Postcodes


Some website forms that require an address to be inputted are not formatted to accept BFPO numbers.  To resolve this issue, each BFPO number now has a UK equivalent postcode that can be used when necessary.  To download the full list, please click here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-forces-post-office-locations

Military Mutual Insurance Offers for DDS Members

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The Army's Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Team (BHDT) Initiative

Domestic Abuse 24/7 Helpline for West Mercia Area


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Children's Education Advisory Service Moving School Packs

Moving School Packs are available from the HIVE

Children's Education Advisory Service
The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.

CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.
To read more click HERE

Join the Midlands Military And Community Choir

The Midlands Military And Community Choir was the brainchild of the Royal British Legion and The Birmingham Bach Choir and was created to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Over the last 24 months the choir has recruited singers both with Forces connections (Serving, Cadets, Veterans, Reservists etc) and those from the civilian community.

The idea of this Military and Community Choir is to bring people together to have fun, make friends and create great music both at rehearsals and through concerts at various venues.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Applying for Civil Service Job Vacancies

The Civil Service helps the Government of the day to develop and deliver its policies as effectively as possible.
It incorporates three types of organisations – departments, agencies, and non-departmental government bodies (NDPBs) that work in a wide range of areas, touching on everyone’s day-to-day lives, such as education, health and policing.
Because our organisations deal with so many different aspects of government, civil servants work in an enormous variety of roles.
Becoming a civil servant could be as simple as applying for one of the many jobs advertised on our jobs website.  We also offer a variety of fast track routes for promising graduates and experienced professionals.

Our professional entry routes encourage people with skills developed in the private sector to transfer into the Civil Service at the right level. You can then apply those skills to make a real difference to our everyday lives. There are 22 different professions covered, and a number of different ways to apply.

Click here for the Civil Service website

CarillionAmey: Furniture and Removals - A Step by Step Guide

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CarillionAmey: YouTube Films to Help SFA Customers

CarillionAmey have put together the following films to help our customers:

Move In – takes viewers through the Move In process. How it should work and what customers should expect from CarillionAmey.

Electricity – short film advising customers how to reset an electric trip switch.

Boiler – short film advising customers how to reset a boiler.

Radiator – short film advising customers how to bleed a radiator.

Please take a look at our CarillionAmey website for further information 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Royal Caledonian Education Trust - Scotland's Armed Forces Children's Charity

Click HERE for more information

StepChange Debt Charity: 7 Days, 7 Ways Debt Support Programme

One week. Make it count.

Take control of your finances in 2016 with our 7-day email programme of support and practical advice.

Feeling like your finances are unmanageable can make dealing with your debt a daunting prospect. But you can take control of your finances again with our 7 Days, 7 Ways email programme.
What is 7 Days, 7 Ways?

Each day for a week we'll send you an email linking to practical advice to help you with your finances. Written by our expert debt advisors, the programme is the perfect starting point in dealing with your debt.

Top 15 venues to visit on rainy days in the Midlands and Shropshire

Telford Ice Rink
Native Monster have a guide on their website giving information on indoor tourist attractions and activities in the area.  To view the guide please click HERE

Monday, 18 January 2016

Early Years Foundation Stage: Parent's Guide on Learning and Development

Click HERE to view and/or download the Guide
The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

MoneyForce Advice on Dealing With Debt

At this time of year we're bombarded with hints and tips of how to sort out our Christmas debt. Whatever you think about all the hype, getting your debt to a manageable level is key to starting the year in as good a position as possible. So, if you’re too busy with more important things, we set out what’s available to you and your family so all you have to do is choose your mode of action and get cracking.
Phone, online or face-to-face help
You can choose how you want to communicate, but the important thing is that you do engage in some way. Your situation might not be as bad as you think, but if it is, there are experienced people around who can help at no charge.
If you live in England or Wales, contact The Royal British Legion’s Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080 8am-8pm 7 days a week (calls are free from UK landlines and main mobile networks), pop in to a Pop in Centreor try live chat
From abroad call the Legion on +44 (0)20 3376 8080.

CarillionAmey: Boiler Repairs Step by Step Guide