Friday, 15 December 2017

Friday 15 December is Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

Nothing’s out of bounds. Except good taste. Go big. Go bold. Go BlingyBaubleBells. Sign up for your FREE fundraising pack now and prepare to make the world better with a sweater.

Click HERE for more information and to sign up for your FREE fundraising pack

Monday, 4 December 2017

Carillionamey - Non-Urgent Housing Repair Requests

You can now log a new non-urgent Housing repair request, quickly and easily, via an online form available on our website without calling our Customer Service Centre. All New Requests will be responded to within 1 working day: follow the link:

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Financial Top Tips for Service Personnel

Service personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. This guidance provides service personnel and their families with top tips on getting a fair deal when they need to access financial services.

Includes advice on loans, credit ratings, mortgages, insurance related items and BFPO addresses. Read further HERE

Jingle Comms Send a Message to our Forces

This festive season there will be up to 10,000 British troops deployed away from home. SSAFA has teamed up with resettlement magazine, Pathfinder International, to launch a festive campaign to send them messages from their loved ones.

SSAFA and Left Right Left, the new military memories supplement inside of resettlement magazine are asking the public to submit their messages of support for personnel away on operations or detachments over the festive period. Read on...Full details

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Top Tips for a Safer Christmas

With all the additional Christmas food and drink, presents and other goodies stored within garages and outbuildings, ensure that they are hidden out of sight and the buildings are securely locked with good quality and well-fitted locks. Treat your shed to a shed alarm this Christmas!
Avoid tempting window shopping burglars; don’t leave presents and valuables on full view in front of a window.

Don’t attract burglars to your home by leaving it in darkness; leave lights on, operate them on timers and perhaps treat yourself to a TV simulator too [Fake TV].

Lock gates and keep unwanted visitors from getting to the rear of your home.

Whether on an evening out or Christmas shopping keep your bags, handbags, wallets and mobiles safe. Busy places make it easier for the sneak thief and pickpockets, so be alert at all times.

Don’t leave valuables and gifts on display in your car.

When you go to leave the house and find that your car is all iced up, don’t leave it unattended with the engine running to de-ice it. It only takes a second to steal your car and it would invalidate any insurance claim.

When attending a Christmas party plan your return home in advance.  Don’t use unlicensed taxis.  Ensure you drink responsibly and are aware of your surroundings, whilst keeping your drink and belongings safe.  The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has more advice.

Be careful about what you post on social media.  Try not to broadcast your activity and information about the gifts you have received when not at home.

After Christmas don’t advertise your nice gifts to the thieves by putting out the empty boxes for collection undisguised.  Fold them up inside-out or put them inside other non-descript boxes and bags.

Register your new property free on  Install tracking and security apps on relevant electrical and computer products.

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AFF - Army Families' Concerns Jan-Jun 2017

The latest edition of AFF's biannual evidence report, Families' Concerns has now been sent to key contacts and decision makers.
Filled with information, facts and figures provided by Army families, this influential report ensures their experiences are understood at every level. It covers our main areas of work: housing, employment & Training, Education & Childcare, Foreign & Commonwealth and Health & Additional needs - you'll also find a summary of our key surveys and meetings for the period, as well as an overview from Chief Executive Sara Baade.

To read the report, please click HERE


This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England.

If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date.

You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database. For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Free Story App for all British Armed Forces

We wanted to brighten your Monday and let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

For further information -

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for Military Personnel

Afford Rent-a-Car 25% Military Discount for Christmas

Friday, 10 November 2017

NHS - Cervical Screening

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Driving in Central London? New T-Charge Now in Force

Driving in Central London new T-Charge is now in force. Cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.

The £10 T-charge will work alongside the existing £11.50 congestion charge, and will affect petrol and diesel cars with pre-Euro 4 engines.  If you drive an older diesel vehicle you may also be affected by the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The T-Charge will operate in central London, and applies to the same area as the Congestion Charge. Find out more about the Congestion Charge and where it operates.

Hours of operation
Monday - Friday, 07:00 - 18:00
Excludes Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive.

The Transport for London website has a vehicle checker enabling you to check easily if your vehicle is subject to this charge.

For further information CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Just For Families Issue 7

Royal British Legion - Best Practice Guide - Support Service Children in School in England

Click HERE
to view and/or download the Guide
The Royal British Legion has produced a new best practice guide focusing on Service children in school. 
The guide looks at some of the big challenges facing Service children today and by sharing examples of good practice from across England (a separate Wales version will shortly be ready), recommends ways in which local authorities, schools and families themselves can improve the experience of Service children in education. Problems associated with admissions into schools and the adverse effects on a Service pupil’s wellbeing are explored, alongside information on the extra funding available to Service children through the Service Pupil Premium, Education Support Fund and more. Key recommendations include:
  • Encouraging schools to be creative with the use of funding available for Service pupils and share ideas and practice through networks of schools with Service children on the roll.
  • Suggesting that local authorities facilitate collaboration between schools, local military units, and local authority staff to ensure that everyone is aware of the challenges faced by Service children and what can be done to address them.
  • Encouraging Service families to make use of help available from the Ministry of Defence, Department of Education and charities and other organisations such as The Royal British Legion and the three families federations. 

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Service Family Hot Topics - October 2017

Click on this link: Service Families Newsletter Oct 17 to view latest issue of Service Family Hot Topics

Soldier Magazine November 2017

Tesco Recruiting for Christmas

Defence Discount Service - Drayton Manor Magical Christmas Offer on Selected Dates

Join Drayton Manor for a Magical Christmas experience this festive season, from Saturday 18th November for selected dates until Sunday 31st December.

They are celebrating 10 magical years of Christmas, with live shows, carols, presents, light shows, festive food, Father Christmas and everyday ending with a magnificent fireworks display, plus so much more. 

Please note tickets are for park entry only to Thomas Land and the zoo and do not include Father Christmas visits – this can be upgraded on the day for £6.00 per person subject to availability.
The park is open on the 23rd and 24th of December, however no discounted rates are available.

Click HERE for more information
Offer closes 31 December

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!