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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Little Troopers- Supporting all children of our British Armed Forces- Separation Packs


 Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve. We provide fundamental resources, initiatives and events to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart.



Our brand new tri-service separation pack of various resources to enable Little Troopers to stay connected to their soldier/airman or sailor while they are away, be it for 10 months or one month.

Pack includes:

World Map with stickers giving the child a place to plot where they have lived with the military, where they have been on holiday and where their serving parent has been. A space for their parents details, picture & notes area

Chuff Chart sheets - 10 monthly charts that are generic and can be used for just one month at a time or an entire tour giving you the flexibility to count down or the time frames that work for your family unit. A space for monthly diary notes so the child can share on the parents return what they did that month.

10 x month complete stickers to use in conjunction with the chuff chart sheets

Postcard pack - 6 illustrated postcards with envelopes for the child to complete and send to their serving parent wherever they may be; Missing you, To my hero, From your Little Trooper x 3 and Look what I've been up to

Separation Booklet - hints and tips from parents, we've taken and shared all your great ideas for surviving when your soldiers are away, ideas and things to do with your Little Troopers to help them through the time

Little Trooper Passport - Unique to your Little Trooper, space for event stamps and diary pages for children to write on

Photo Frame - Me and my hero photo frame

All packed neatly in an A4 envelope.

A great resource pack to help your children feel supported, to understand separation and to stay connected to their serving parent wherever they may be in the world. Purchase from the store.


Go to the Little Troopers website HERE

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Thorney Island Child Health Clinic

For further information contact Welfare on 388250

Register to Vote (Armed Forces)- Prepare to Vote on 8 June 2017



Follow the link HERE to get on the electoral register or to update your details if you don’t have a permanent home address in the UK and you’re:

  • a member of the armed forces
  • the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces
Registering takes around 5 minutes.

You’ll need your service number and National Insurance number (if you have one).

Register by 22 May to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered. It’s too late to register for the 4 May local elections.

Also have a look at www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/armed-forces

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Army Basing Programme- SPTA Information Issue 1 March 2017

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Hedgehog Awareness Week 30 April - 6 May 2017



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The Development of British Military Aviation- Waterlooville Library- Thursday 11 May 2017

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Update-For the Attention of SFA Residents- Pet Owner Responsibility and Garden Maintenence

Keeping pets in SFA. It is recognised that many occupants like to keep pets for comfort and protection. However, the wishes of the occupants to keep pets have to be balanced against the sensitivities of other occupants living nearby, and the availability of suitable facilities within the SFA for the pet. In order to keep a pet in SFA, the occupant is required to seek written permission (Annex B to MOD F1132 – SFA application form) Recognised pets are considered to be dogs, cats, rabbits, caged birds or other small caged animals.

Control of pets. Occupants must make certain undertakings including keeping pets under proper control and preventing nuisance. Failure to keep your pet under control may lead to permission being revoked. Dogs are to be kept on a lead at all-time around SFA. Once your dog/s has done their duties please pick up after your dog and dispose of your bag in the correct bin, if there is no bin nearby then please take it home and dispose accordingly.

Cleaning of SFA on move out. Personnel who receive permission to keep a domestic pet(s) in SFA will be required to leave the property to move out standard and provide evidence that the floor coverings and/or soft furnishings have (in the case of cats and dogs) been professionally cleaned. An appropriate pesticide and/or deodorising treatment are required to be applied prior to march out.

Enclosed gardens within occupied SFA. It is the occupant’s responsibility to maintain the garden in a tidy condition including cutting the grass, maintaining the hedges, flowerbeds and existing shrubs, collection of leaves and fallen fruit, and the disposal of garden refuse during the period they occupy the SFA. However, the occupant is not responsible for the maintenance of trees within the confines of the property.

Unit Welfare Office Apr 17



Carillion Amey 'Pets in your Home' information sheet HERE


UPDATE 24 April 2017

Individuals who wish to make a complaint about any incidents involving dogs (including attacks, stray and noisy dogs) can do the following:

1. Contact the Chichester District Council Dog Warden on
01243 785166 Monday - Thursday: 08:45 - 17:10
Friday: 08:45 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Out of hours 01243 785339 
(The dog warden will need to be booked onto the camp by the complainant.)

2. Ring the police on 101, or in the event of an emergency dial 999.

3. Notify the Guardroom on 833275 to record the incident.

Chichester District Council Website HERE

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Waste and Recycling Calendar for Thorney Island

Chichester District Council website HERE

Friday, 21 April 2017

FlipOut Chichester- Military Discount Offered







FlipOut Chichester offer military families a standard jump for £9.50 per person instead of £11.00

Please present your MOD 90 or Dependants ID to claim this discount.

FlipOut website HERE


Atlas House
Glenmore Buisness Park

Portfield
Chichester, West Sussex
PO19 7UW

01243 256590

Opening hours

9am - 9pm: 7 days per week

 

Emsworth Art Trail 22 April - 14 May 2017


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tax Free Childcare

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IMPORTANT- Please Read- SFA Compensation Scheme


 Read further HERE

Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for Armed Forces personnel

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced that Armed Forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK. 
 
The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of Forces households in the UK and abroad.

The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, Sky, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts.

Find further details HERE

Army Welfare Service

 
If you have a problem that you don't wish to discuss with unit welfare, please contact the AWS Intake and Assessment Team (IAT)
Civ: 01904 882053 Mil: 94777 3053 

The Army takes the welfare of its soldiers and their families very seriously and offers a wide range of support. This section provide information and contact details regarding welfare, legal, youth and community support; and Foreign and Commonwealth Citizens information.

Army Welfare Service Personal Support

Personal Support (PS) Staff provide accessible, independent, confidential and professional specialist welfare services to soldiers and their families with any personal or family difficulty, thereby strengthening and enhancing the resilience and resourcefulness of the soldier and their family.

PS provides specialist advice to the Army Chain of Command and outside agencies and is delivered by Army Welfare Workers (AWWs) and Personal Recovery Unit Social Workers (formerly Casualty Key Workers), assisted by Gurkha Support Workers (GSW).

Issues AWS can help with:

Relationship difficulties
Bereavement
CSA concerns
Parenting skills
Child care
Special Needs
Benefits information
Housing
Debt
Equal Opportunities issues

Contacting the Army Welfare Service

For all Personal Support enquiries and referrals please contact the Intake and Assessment Team on the below details:
Civ: 01904 882053
Mil: 94777 3053

Housing Matters Spring 2017

Read the Spring edition HERE

Does your Little Trooper Fancy being on TV?

 


The BBC want to hear from you! Do you have a Little Trooper aged 11-17yrs? Are you attending Summer Camp? Are you moving this summer? Does your family have someone deploying or returning from deployment in the next few months?
Looking for three children one from each service, British Army, Royal Navy & Royal Air Force

We’re working closely with the BBC to develop a short 30-minute documentary from the point of view of a child aged 11-17 growing up in a military family for the popular My Life series on television network CBBC. 

I must stress that we are looking to cover the story in a positive light as well as show the difficulties that children face when transferring schools, homes and even countries. We’re looking for children aged 11-17 who are comfortable in front of the camera and willing to share their story. Ideally the child would live on base or in service family accommodation but this is not a requirement. We are also looking for children whose parent(s) will be either going or returning from deployment within the next 6 months and who themselves may be relocating.

If this sounds like something you may be interested in contact victoria.browning@factoryfilms.tv or if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask. www.facebook.com/littletroopersathome 

AFF- Army Families' Concerns 2016


Read the report HERE

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

Read HERE 

St George's Day Charity Dog Walk on Thorney Island- Sunday 23 April 2017


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Civvy Street- April 2017

Read April's edition HERE

Soldier Magazine- April 2017


Read April's edition HERE

Monday, 17 April 2017

For the Attention of SFA Residents Pet Owner Responsibility and Garden Maintenence



Keeping pets in SFA. It is recognised that many occupants like to keep pets for comfort and protection. However, the wishes of the occupants to keep pets have to be balanced against the sensitivities of other occupants living nearby, and the availability of suitable facilities within the SFA for the pet. In order to keep a pet in SFA, the occupant is required to seek written permission (Annex B to MOD F1132 – SFA application form) Recognised pets are considered to be dogs, cats, rabbits, caged birds or other small caged animals.

Control of pets. Occupants must make certain undertakings including keeping pets under proper control and preventing nuisance. Failure to keep your pet under control may lead to permission being revoked. Dogs are to be kept on a lead at all-time around SFA. Once your dog/s has done their duties please pick up after your dog and dispose of your bag in the correct bin, if there is no bin nearby then please take it home and dispose accordingly.

Cleaning of SFA on move out. Personnel who receive permission to keep a domestic pet(s) in SFA will be required to leave the property to move out standard and provide evidence that the floor coverings and/or soft furnishings have (in the case of cats and dogs) been professionally cleaned. An appropriate pesticide and/or deodorising treatment are required to be applied prior to march out.

Enclosed gardens within occupied SFA. It is the occupant’s responsibility to maintain the garden in a tidy condition including cutting the grass, maintaining the hedges, flowerbeds and existing shrubs, collection of leaves and fallen fruit, and the disposal of garden refuse during the period they occupy the SFA. However, the occupant is not responsible for the maintenance of trees within the confines of the property.

Unit Welfare Office Apr 17



Carillion Amey 'Pets in your Home' information sheet HERE

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Thorney Island HIVE Easter Closure

Thorney Island HIVE is now closed for the Easter break.

Re-opens Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Happy Easter!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Fishbourne Roman Palace- Easter Activities

 Easter Surprises!

Celebrate the coming of spring at Fishbourne Roman Palace this Easter. Explore the Roman gardens with an Easter-themed treasure hunt, try your hand at springtime crafts and lots of practical Roman activities including making a Roman sundial and use it to tell the time, spinning wool into yarn, Roman writing, make a Roman wreath to celebrate spring and play Roman games.  Activities run from 11am – 3pm
Further details HERE

Bluebell Woods in Hampshire


Hampshire walks here HERE


Easter Recycling in West Sussex



Have a cracking Easter
With Easter just over a week away, here's your Easter recycling checklist:
  • plastic moulds
  • foil
  • cardboard boxes
Whether you are eating chocolate eggs, bunnies or Gruffalos - the great news is that all the plastic moulds, foil and boxes your lovely chocolate came in, can all go in your recycling bin. Don't forget your plastic meat containers too from your Easter Sunday roast. No plastic film or wrapping though please - like the kind found on hot cross buns and lollies.

Furniture Services on Thorney Island- Change to Request Process


Please be aware that you can no longer contact Sodexo on camp for your SFA  furniture requirements.  

Please contact Carillion Amey on 0800 707 6000

For further information please see HERE

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Veterans' Gateway- Find Organisations Supporting the Armed Forces Community



There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky. 

We make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad. 

Many of our team are veterans themselves so they understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces. 

They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible.

Who is part of Veterans’ Gateway?

Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Our connection with additional key referral organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector – means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.
Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community.

Link to the new website HERE



Easter Sunday Service- St Nicholas Church, Thorney Island- 16 April 2017 1030hrs


Southbourne Children and Family Centre- 1 April to 30 June 2017

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Thursday 6 April 2017- HIVE Closed



Thursday 6 April 2017

HIVE CLOSED

Please email if you need an answer!

                    thorneyislandhive@armymail.mod.uk