Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chartered Management Institute Memberships for Military Families

Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

The Chartered Management Institute has pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining the leadership qualifications to help them further their career.

Ensuring that Service spouses and partners are not disadvantaged in finding and staying in employment due to service life is a key part of the Armed Force Covenant, which states that: 
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has sought to uphold this promise by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. In their pledges, the CMI support Service spouses and civil partners through their MOD Family Membership Scheme, which provides access to Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching qualifications, helping Service spouses to gain the key skills and professional recognition which can help Service family members to find employment. The Scheme is also available free to children of Service personnel (aged 16-18) and allows them to become a Campus CMI Affiliate  with access to all the benefits of online resources, including study support.

CMI’s pledge offers a discount on their qualifications and membership for family members of Service personnel who are CMI members, and a commitment to support Service spouses or Reservists who they employ with flexible working arrangements, where possible.

Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a CMI companion and participated in the signing of the Covenant at an event on 14 November. He said:
“The families of our Service personnel are an important part of the Covenant. We value and are grateful to them – the unsung heroes who support our Armed Forces. Knowing that the nation, and organisations like the Chartered Management Institute recognises this is extremely important and fundamental in making the Armed Forces Covenant work.”

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said:
“We’re proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and helping families of the heroic men and women who serve our country get the support they need to develop their careers. Thousands of members of the Armed Forces who’ve gained CMI-accredited qualifications have benefited from improved performance in their roles, as well as from building confidence and gaining qualifications to help them resettle into civilian life at the end of their military career. Now, their families also have the chance to develop their own skills and qualifications.”

Full details on what membership can offer military families can be found on the CMI website athttp://www.managers.org.uk/mod-membership.

Monday, 28 November 2016

For those residing in, or who may be returning to Scotland post-service

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Affordable home ownership schemes

You may be able to get financial help from the government to buy a home.
You could get:

Buying your council or housing association property

There are also schemes for council tenants and housing association tenants.

Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs)

FFALs, commonly known as ‘Blueys’, can be posted in a standard postbox in the UK or a BFPO postbox overseas. HM Forces Aerogrammes (blueys) are an all in one letter and envelope. They are available from all UK Post Office branches or BFPOs and may be sent free of charge to forces personnel on operational duty at the following BFPO addresses:

222, 243, 254, 255, 270, 273, 276, 292, 334, 335, 350, 358, 361, 367, 381, 403, 432, 442, 443, 447, 448, 482, 485, 494, 496, 497, 501, 550, 556, 567, 572, 576, 583, 590, 597, 598, 602, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 611, 616, 617, 618, 619, 625, 626, 627, 631, 632, 636, 637, 639, 651, 652, 655, 660, 664, 675, 684, 685, 689, 695, 759, 762, 764, 767, 779, 798

Note 1: FFALs are not to include enclosures of any kind.
Note 2: FFALs sent to BFPO addresses not listed above must be paid for at normal postage rates.
This information can change. Please use this link for the most current information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/british-forces-post-office-services
Need some Blueys....ASK HIVE

Own Your Home

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Service Pupil Premium 2017

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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 to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which 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 19 January 2017 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. 


BFBS offers three main radio services: BFBS Radio for upbeat music-based programming and news, BFBS Radio 2 for music, sport and speech including the best of the BBC, and BFBS Gurkha Radio for Nepali language programmes.

  • BFBS Radio can be heard across the UK on DAB radio, overseas on FM, and online. You can also find us on Sky and Freesat.
  • BFBS Radio 2 can be heard overseas on FM, and online.
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio can be heard across the UK on AM, overseas on FM, and online.

JSHAO Civilian Housing Briefs 2017

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

South Down College Enrolment Dates

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Falkland Islands Postal Address

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Please ensure all post sent to the Falkland Islands is addressed in the following format:

Number      Rank       Name
905 EAW
BFPO 655

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Calculate your Armed Forces Pension

 You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.
Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.

Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.
Download and fill in the pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

Combating Condensation

Friday, 18 November 2016

Armed Forces Covenant to support family life

Families offer considerable support to those serving, or those who have served in the armed forces. There are specific initiatives under the Armed Forces Covenant to support family life in the armed forces and for veteran families.

Some policies will apply to you and others will not. This section will direct you to the right place on GOV.UK and other trusted resources so that you can see what is available.
Areas where support is available include:
  • Supporting children and education
  • Having access to healthcare
  • Having a home
  • Getting financial advice
  • Supporting spouse/partner careers and education
  • Families Federations
  • Support groups

Latest Offers from Defence Discount Service-November 16

How safe are your children when they are using the internet?

A special guide for parents and carers has just been produced with tips and advice, CLICK HERE

Bulky Household Waste Collection

Let us help you get rid of unwanted items

Do you have large unwanted items - like sofas, beds, mattresses, fridges and cookers - that need throwing out?  We can help you get rid of household items that are too big to move and dispose of.  All you need to do is to make a booking online today.
We can collect up to eight items from domestic properties when you make a booking online.  The service costs £20 for the first item collected and £15 for each additional item.
Have more than eight items?  Make an enquiry and we will get back to you with a personalised quote.

Telephone: 01243 534619

Friday, 11 November 2016

Joining the British Army? Information for Parents and Guardians

Is a son, daughter or loved one thinking about joining the Army? 
We know it’s a big decision. That’s why we want you to have all the facts. By being well informed, you can help your child or loved one get an accurate picture of Army life. Then they’ll be able to decide if this is the right path for them.

Your questions answered: Click here to find out more.....

Recycling: West Sussex

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

England v Scotland & England v Spain: TICKETS FOR TROOPS


The Football Association has once again demonstrated their respect for our British troops by providing 1,500 free tickets to service personnel for England v Scotland [11 November] and England v Spain [15 November] through their ongoing partnership with the military charity Tickets For Troops.
As part of their support of HM Armed Forces, The FA will host 500 soldiers, sailors and airmen and women and their families on 11 November for their Armistice Day fixture against Scotland.
A further 1,000 tickets have also been donated as England take on Spain on 15 November at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.
All tickets have been donated through military charity Tickets For Troops to recognise and reward our brave servicemen and women who serve our country.

For more information, please contact Veronica Bamford at Tickets for Troops on 020 7932 0808 or email press@ticketsfortroops.org.uk
For more information about Tickets for Troops, please visit www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk

Rubbish collection days: West Sussex Council

Find out when your next refuse bin collection day is.

Your local district or borough council is responsible for the collection of household waste. You will need to contact your local council to check your bin collection day, or to report a missed refuse or recyclable waste collection.

They may also offer a collection service for recyclable materials and garden waste.

More information on the disposal and recycling of other materials, including bulky household waste, can be found on Recycle for West Sussex.  CLICK HERE for the full details.....

TENTS are desperately required for a homeless charity in Havant.

2 man tents second hand (but in good condition) or brand new are needed for homeless people in the Havant and surrounding areas. 

If you can help/donate please contact Tim Dawes - email address tim@nineveh.co.uk

Monday, 7 November 2016

Camp Shop Closed

1400 on Wed 9 Nov 16 for electrical testing. 
Expected to reopen at 1500hrs (TBC) 

Friday, 4 November 2016

CarillionAmey: Get in touch

Superdry discount back next week.....9th November - 20th November

Staying Healthy in Cyprus

If you are posted to Cyprus and require information contact HIVE

Posted to Batus? Pre-arrivals Guide

If you have received an assignment order for Batus and require information read the pre-arrivals guide by clicking on the link below. 

British Armed Forces -Falkland Islands Families Handbook

This booklet is to help assist you and your family with making the transition from your previous posting too Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC), as easy as possible. 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Festival of Remembrance tickets available via Tickets For Troops

We're delighted to announce that we have been offered tickets by the Royal British Legion for the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 12th November 2016 tft.link/FestivalofRemembrance

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Pensions - Resettlement Guide

There are now three Armed Forces pension schemes for members of the Regular Armed Forces and the one which applies to you depends upon your age, length of service and the decisions you have made during your career. 

The Career Transition Partnership has produced a useful guide containing information on pension options for military personnel leaving regular service, as well as the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme (RFPS) for Reservists. There is also information on Armed Forces Redundancy Schemes and the War Widow's or War Widower's pension.

For further information CLICK HERE

Social Housing Opportunity in London

MoD Referral Applicants will be considered if they meet any of the following criteria:

-  Armed Forces personnel currently occupying Single or Families Service Accommodation and within six months prior to the discharge date
-  Armed Forces personnel and their families privately renting (six months prior to discharge only)
-  Veterans and their families, up to six months post discharge – still in Service Accommodation

-  Service leavers up to six months post discharge in hostel/temporary accommodation
-  Separated spouses occupying SSAFA or Services Cotswold accommodation

For more information about the JSHAO, please visit the website

Joint Service Housing Advice Office

Soldier Magazine November 2016

Fuelling Your Body For Optimum Performance - A Soldier's Health Guide

To view click on the link below

 Nutritional Guide