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Friday, 22 December 2017

Service Pupil Premium update 2018

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.  (Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service should be classed as Service children) 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. 

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Launch Of New Support Service For Older Veterans

For information please click HERE

Domestic Violence Advice

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Further advice from the website HERE

Pupil information profile for Military Service Children

The Pupil information profile (PIP) form is a transfer document which is consistent for all pupils in any school setting to support specific aspects of a pupil’s background and learning.
It contains core information that supports a young person’s future learning as s/he moves to a new school. It also signposts the receiving school to any further additional, significant information about the young person. 

It contains information that supports a young person’s future learning and parents are encouraged to bring this to the attention of their child’s school about using it as a helpful tool, when the child is about to move to another school. It is intended to support continuous learning by identifying the pupil’s current and future learning needs.

Armed Forces Covenant annual report 2017

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Sport and Exercise Science Part-time studies

CLICK HERE for the full details

Coaching and Mentoring PG Cert

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Business Management Part Time Studies


italk: Free service for patients with depression, anxiety or stress

italk provides free treatment to people suffering from common mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

What is italk?

italk is a free service for patients with depression, anxiety or stress. We are an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, which is delivered in partnership between Solent Mind and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
italk is an NHS commissioned service for patients aged 16 and over who are registered with a GP in the following areas of Hampshire: Basingstoke, Bordon, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, the New Forest, Petersfield, Romsey, Andover and Winchester. It is free to anyone who accesses it. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Armed Forces Community A training opportunity for local authority and community organisations

Mental Health First Aid Adult (half-day) 
A training opportunity for local authority and community partners

Date:-   Thursday 8 February 2018  10.00 - 1.00pm 
Venue:- Mitchell Room, E11 Court, Podium Level, HCC, Winchester

·         Insight into the two day course and the benefits of becoming a Mental Health First Aider, including:
o   what is mental health
o   common mental health issues
o   stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
o   how to relate to people's experiences and support people in distress
o   an introduction to looking after your own mental health
This course is fully funded by a grant from the Covenant Fund as the result of a successful partnership bid by several Borough and District Councils and Hampshire County Council.  
This half day course is part of a larger project funded by the Covenant Fund which involves delivering Mental Health First Aid, Armed Forces (2 day) courses across Hampshire for staff from local authorities and partner organisations.  
The half day course will provide an opportunity for strategic leads to gain an overview of the program and explore how it can be beneficial for front line staff and the armed forces communities they support.  

Two Day Course: Nr Andover - 14 and 21 February 2018 

This two-day course is aimed primarily at staff from local authorities and partner organisations including health, the community sector and our military partners. 
Courses are fully funded by a grant from the Covenant Fund as the result of a successful partnership bid by several Borough and District Councils and Hampshire County Council. It is offered at no cost to individuals or organisations. 
This project is being delivered as a way to strengthen the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant by local authorities in Hampshire.

A two-day course has been organised for Wednesdays 14 and 21 February 2018 9.00-1700 at Defence Medical Welfare Service, The Old Stables, Redenham Park, Redenham, Nr Andover  SP11 9AQ.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Two Day Course: Winchester - 21 and 28 March 2018  

This two-day course is aimed primarily at staff from local authorities and partner organisations including health, the community sector and our military partners.
Courses are fully funded by a grant from the Covenant Fund as the result of a successful partnership bid by several Borough and District Councils and Hampshire County Council. It is offered at no cost to individuals or organisations. 
This project is being delivered as a way to strengthen the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant by local authorities in Hampshire.

A two-day course has been organised for the 21 and 28 March 900-1700 at Hampshire County Council Winchester. 21 March - Mountbatten Room, QEII Court, HCC 28 March – Kings Room, Falcon House, Winchester. 

What will you learn?

The MHFA Armed Forces Community course is split into four manageable chunks.
These are:

  • ·         What is mental health, and why MHFA for the armed forces community?
  • ·         Suicide and depression
  • ·         Psychosis
  • ·         Anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder

 In each section you will learn how to:

  • ·         Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • ·         Guide someone towards the right support; Provide help on a first aid basis
  • ·         Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • ·         Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • ·         Help to reduce the stigma of mental health problems

How will you learn?

The course takes place over two full days. The sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions and group work activities. The Instructors are from the Defence Medical Welfare Service.  Due to some of the sensitive subjects of this course, numbers are limited to 16 people.

How to book your place:
Please contact Annette Lindsay on

SFA: Self help video guides: Boilers, Radiators & Electricity

CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Boilers

CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Radiators

CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Electricity

Click on the play icon to watch....

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Have you lived overseas supporting your Service Spouse/Civil Partner?

National Insurance credits for partners of Armed Forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975 are available for you to claim.

Did you know that spouses and civil partners of Armed Forces personnel posted overseas can fill gaps in their National Insurance record?

Don't miss out on qualifying for a full state pension because you have spent years living overseas supporting your Serving Person.

For further information see HERE

Check your National Insurance Record HERE 

Friday, 8 December 2017

NHS E-Learning Programme - Armed Forces Healthcare

Health Education England e-learning for Healthcare, with support from NHS England, has launched an e-learning programme to help increase understanding of the armed forces population and facilitate improved care and treatment.

This e-learning programme is designed to highlight both the similarities and the differences to allow healthcare personnel to understand both the context of military life and also how to appropriately respond to patient need.
The programme is broken into three broad areas – the NHS care of current serving personnel, the NHS care of the families of military personnel and veterans, and finally veterans themselves.
For more information, please CLICK HERE

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Forces Health BUPA Scheme

See HERE for further information

Little Troopers - Tri Service Separation Packs

BRAND NEW Tri-service Separation Packs

Tri-service Separation Packs are now available! Perfect for any British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force family (regular or reserve)
Suitable for short or long separations;
World map & Stickers
10 x Chuff Charts Sheets & complete stickers
6 x Illustrated Postcards
Photo Frame
Little Trooper passport
Separation Booklet

View more and order here.....

Turn2us - Financial Support To Armed Forces & Veterans

If you are a serving member of the armed forces or a veteran, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you and your family.

There are a number of military charities that provide support, each with their own set of eligibility requirements. Help may be available to you from one of these charities if you:

•Are still serving

•Are a veteran

•Serve or served as a regular or reserve, because of the Second World War or National Service

•Had a long or short period of service

•Are the partner, spouse, widow, widower or dependent child of someone who served


MoneyForce - Helping UK Service Personnel With Their Finances

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

OA - Officers' Association

Our Vision

Within the UK veteran community, The Officers’ Association is committed to ensuring that former-officers and their dependants live with dignity and independence.

Our Mission

The OA’s mission is to promote the welfare of those who have held a commission, in HM Armed Services, and their dependants.

Our Values

We strive to add value and enhance the lives of former officers and their dependants. We are committed to working with other service and civilian charities and agencies in order to provide an equitable and non-judgemental service to the maximum number of those eligible. We believe in being transparent in how we work, and accountable to our funders and other stakeholders. Within the charity we value our people, are committed to creating a secure and stimulating working environment, developing the potential of our staff and volunteers, and treating them in a considerate and compassionate way.

Future Accommodation Model (FAM)



Thorney Island Street Lighting- Reporting broken street lighting

Thank you to all residents that forwarded details of the broken street lighting around the island. This has now been reported to Carillion Amey who are in the process of fixing.

In future, if you notice a broken street light please follow the following process:

Ring Carillion Amey on 0800 707 6000

Press 2 for Establishment Repairs

Press 4 for South West

Please ensure you have the following details ready:

Road name
Number/Code of the lamp post (printed on each post)
BAKE00XLW004 (offer this location code)

Monday, 4 December 2017

Is PTSD affecting your loved one? Need support?

The Ripple Pond was set up by two mothers of seriously wounded servicemen who recognised that no similar service existed purely for adult family members, and who found strength and comfort by sharing and supporting each other through such a unique challenge.

What sets this organisation apart is that we empower each member to seek support when they need it most, in ways that are helpful for them – whether that is via group meetings, ‘buddies’ or via our secret Facebook page.

Many members are facing similar situations and The Ripple Pond gives them a safe space, both physically and mentally, to deal with them.

Whether your loved one is currently serving full time, as a reservist, a veteran, or whether they have been officially diagnosed or not we will show you a warm welcome and support you through your challenges.

Divorce and Separation

If you find yourself needing advice on divorce or separation, here are a few useful agencies and websites that will help you to navigate through this difficult time. 

If you need to talk to someone, please visit  your Unit Welfare Team, or contact the Army Welfare Service Intake and Assessment Team:

Civ: 01904 882053

Mil: 94777 3053