Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Easy Resettlement Magazine Winter Edition Out Now!

The Winter 2017 issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now!


Beware of Pick Pockets - Keep Valuables Out of Sight

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Service Leavers 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

Royal British Legion Events 2018

There are lots of events throughout the year including commemorative and Remembrance events, fundraising activities and those that are just plain fun.

Armed Forces Covenant Review

Housing Matters: Winter 2017

to read online

Friday, 8 December 2017

Keeping families safe on social media

It's always a good idea to keep yourself safe on social media so here's some good help and advice to make sure your privacy settings are set correctly.

Perhaps a quick safety check idea for all the family, after dinner.

You can never be too careful:

Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, and letting the world know what you’re up to. The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.

This page contains guidance on how to stay safe and to think about what you post online. Remember, that there may be those who use such sites for unsavoury reasons.

Be extra careful if you have identified yourself as being a member of the military or an MOD civilian.

Challenge Forces Advice to Save You Money on Military Insurances

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For further information about Forces Advice visit:

Please note:
Forces Advice are members of SIIAP. 
SIIAP members provide specialist insurance and financial advice to members of HM Forces
By purchasing an insurance or financial product from a SIIAP member, customers have the peace of mind that they are dealing with a competent organisation who has made all the necessary arrangements to look after their interests - whether they are based in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
For further information about SIIAP and details of their other members visit:


Military Dependants - NHS Dental Care Available at Dawley Dental

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If you are a dependant of a serving member of HM Forces, we would like to support you. 50% of the dentists and hygienists at this practice have served in the Army and the RAF. 
We know how difficult it is to become registered for NHS dental care when you move from place to place on posting. 
Therefore if you phone us and confirm you are a military dependant we are happy to see you on the NHS. 
There is no waiting list; call us and we will see you as soon as we can (the same day if it is urgent) Tel: 01952 505 120.

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: http://housing.carillionamey.co.uk/repairs-maintenance/booking-a-repair/

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


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: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Exclusive MOD Discount of 10% at Lloyds Pharmacy

We would like to welcome Lloyds Pharmacy to Defence Discount Service.

Members can get an exclusive 10% discount online and in store with a Defence Privilege Card. 

For the code and all the details please visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Services Cotswold Centre, Corsham

The Services Cotswold Centre at Corsham provides a secure, affordable place to stay in temporary housing for Service families who may find themselves in short-term need of accommodation.

The secure 25 acre site has a community centre with internet connection, bar, games hall (with large screen TV), launderette and children's playground.

The 3 bedroom chalets and converted flatlets are all self catering. They are fully furnished and include colour TV with freesat, cooking utensils, fridge, freezer, cutlery, crockery, bedding and towels.

For those families who need to stay longer at the site, there is an excellent early years centre for children from 3-4 and the Local Authority Run Lypiatt Primary School for 5-11 year olds. Older children can attend Corsham Secondary School, which is nearby.

For further information please call the centre at the numbers below:
Civilian: 01225 810 358
Military: 94382 4524
Or email them at scc-receptionist@mod.uk

Finally, there is a leaflet with more information at this link.

Professional Guidance Launched: Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Military Families

This week Public Health England launched professional guidance aimed at health visitors and school nurses in identification and support for military children and young people. The guidance offers clarity on the key public health issues and unique situations this group may be exposed to and how public health nurses can support as part of the universal offer. Although aimed at health visitors and school nurses, the pathway will be of interest to others working with military families including early years, schools, primary and secondary care.

You can download the guidance here:

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 - http://www.littletroopers.net/treasures/

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for Military Personnel

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Nuffield Centre, North Wales

All members of the UK Regular and Reserve Forces (including UOTC and Cadet adults, but not Cadets) are entitled to use the Nuffield Centre and its recreational facilities at JSMTC. 

Dependants of those members listed above may use the Nuffield Centre in a non-entitled capacity. MOD Civil Servants and other civilians who have a very close connection with the Services may also be authorised by CO JSMTC to use these Service welfare and recreational facilities.

Visit the website at www.nuffieldanglesey.org.uk

Victory Services Club (VSC) Respite and Welfare Breaks

The Victory Services Club (VSC) offers Respite and Welfare breaks for members of the UK Armed Forces. Here's some information to find out how you might be able to participate in this scheme.

The aim of this scheme is to relieve need, hardship or distress among personnel of all ranks by providing a break in the capital including complimentary:

  • Two nights accommodation
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Tickets to a top London Attraction
To find out more about the scheme and the nomination process, contact our Membership Secretary on 0207 616 8302 or respite.welfare@vsc.co.uk

Healthwatch Shropshire - Your Voice on Health & Social Care Services

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If you live in Donnington (or any Telford & Wrekin area) please direct issues to Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin:
T: 01952 739540

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Support Available from Relate

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Reporting Issues or Concerns via your HIVE

Do you have any issues or concerns?

This could be housing related, missed appointments, school admissions, employment problems, transport issues or anything else that is causing you concern.

The HIVE can help by reporting these through the chain of command. 
If you would like to report a concern in confidence please contact the HIVE.

Army Mediation Service

Army & You Winter Edition 2017

Military Wives Choir, Shawbury

Friday, 10 November 2017

NHS - Cervical Screening

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

Monday, 30 October 2017

Recruit for Spouses: Employment Support and Job Vacancies for Military Spouses

For further information please visit
www.recruitforspouses.co.uk or email: 

Joining Forces - Savings & Loans for the Armed Forces

Joining forces – Savings and loan repayments taken straight from pay. The MoD has made possible for three of the UK’s leading credit unions to join forces and make simple saving accounts and loans available to the armed forces and their families.

Forces families whose credit ratings are damaged by the demands of the job are to be offered cheap loans and good savings accounts. A new government –backed credit union service will help Army, Navy and RAF personnel struggling to build a credit rating. 

Overseas postings and call-ups at short notice often make it impossible to show evidence of regular payment – deterring lenders from offering cheap deals. Now a trio of credit unions will allow personnel and their families to repay loans from them through their pay packets and offer the chance to save regularly.

RBLWS President's Award Scheme - Financial Support with Study for Military Spouses

Are you a Military Wife who has considered studying for a degree, educational course, or re-training course?

Did you know that the The Royal Legion Women's Section can help you?!

If you are the spouse / partner of someone who is serving/ex serving (including widows and divorced spouses who aren't in a new cohabiting relationship), then RBLWS may be able to help you, through the President's Award Scheme.

So if you've ever fancied studying a certain subject, or perhaps re-training so that you can work from home, why not take a look at the full details here.

We want more military wives to know about the RBLWS and the President's Award Scheme.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Military Spouse looking for work? - Lifeworks families

Click HERE for more information

Blue Peter Badge holders FREE entry to over 200 attractions

Blue Peter Badge holders FREE entry to over 200 attractions
BLUE PETER BADGE holders can gain free entry to over 200 attractions around UK. For more information please visit

Meningitis and septicaemia - Know the signs and symptons

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Lifeworks - Ex-Forces Looking for Work?

Click HERE for more information

CarillionAmey - SFA Compensation Scheme - How to Claim

How to Claim:
For a missed appointment, the occupant must apply using the appropriate template form via DIO SD Accommodation intranet site within 14 days of the occurrence, or via SFA external gov.uk website with the required structured information within the same timeframe.
Evidence must be provided to support the claim (where available).
For significant defects at move in, the details must be captured at that time on the Occupancy 1 Form, (or alternative Move in Form for those in SSFA) and must include the IP and/or DIO agreed course of action. It is therefore important that Service personnel (or their nominated proxy) take care to ensure that any significant defects are properly and accurately recorded, including, if appropriate, photographic evidence. In addition to capturing the detail during the move in appointment occupants must apply, within 14 days of the occurrence, using the template form on the DIO SD Accommodation intranet site, or, via SFA external website with the required structured information. 8. If you have access to DII, then claims for compensation should be submitted on the template form available at the following link (MOD systems only):
NB: Please open the compensation form using Internet Explorer (IE) as your browser - not Google Chrome: http://defenceintranet.diif.r.mil.uk/…/SFA-CustomerCompensa…
If you don’t have access to DII, then a compensation claim can be made by email.
Email the DIO SFA Customer Compensation team setting out your compensation claim so that you include:
• The date of the appointment you are claiming for.
• Your name and telephone number.
• The SFA address relating to your compensation claim.
• The reason for your claim i.e. either a missed appointment or a significant defect(s) at move in.
• Any additional information to support your claim (including any photographic evidence).
For claims relating to missed appointments, please provide Job Reference Number, date and time of notification of postponement/cancellation by contractor along with any other relevant details.
If the claim is relating to significant defect(s) at move in please provide E1132 reference number, details of issues identified and any other action taken.
Any emails not containing all of this information will not be accepted by the DIO SFA Customer Compensation team.
Late claims will not be accepted. Please send your completed email to: DIOSDAccn-CCT@mod.uk

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

News from Reading Force

Click HERE for the latest RF newsletter for teachers, Service Pupil Champions, HIVE officers, and club leaders. It includes the chance to win £150 worth of books for your school!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Have You Downloaded 'MOD ICE' The JCCC App?

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? 

Download the new Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) app ‘MOD ICE’ to guide you through the most common types of family emergency and how JCCC can help. 

Two new JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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, 3 October 2017

Information about the MOD Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

Latest details about FAM can be seen at this link HERE

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) YouTube Film and Mobile Phone App

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The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has launched a new mobile app and briefing films to help service personnel and their families access their services.

When families experience incidents at home while loved ones are serving overseas it is very important that everyone is aware of the process in place that can facilitate their immediate return home.

This short Families Brief is to explain the role the JCCC undertakes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help families when incidents occur involving service personnel or someone at home.

To watch the film 'Joint Compassionate and Casualty Centre Families Brief' on YouTube, please click HERE

For further information contact:
Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre
Imjin Barracks
Tel: 01452 519951
Email: dbs-jcccgroupmailbox@mod.uk

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