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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Services Cotswold Centre



In beautiful countryside, one mile south of Corsham, midway between Bath and Chippenham, just off the M4, is fully equipped, short term accommodation, in a peaceful, secure setting, at a modest cost.

Cosy, single storey, centrally heated two to four bedroom chalets
Self catering, fully furnished with cooking utensils, fridge, freezer, cutlery, bedding and towels
Colour TVs with Free SAT channels

Contact details - 01225 810358
SCC-Receptionist@mod.uk

Friday, 21 July 2017

Give Us Time - The Charity that Supports Military Families



You need to get away sometimes. Life is stressful: concerns at work, bills to pay, phone calls to make. Sometimes we need to talk to our spouse about the problems we face. But what if your spouse is away for most of the year and communicating is difficult? What if they are in a situation where they may never come back? Or, if they do, could return with physical or psychological wounds?

That is the situation that many people with significant others in the military have to face. An operational tour can last from three to six months, but in some cases people in the military have to spend most of the year away from their families.

Life at home goes on without them. Children grow up, spouses go through life experiences without their partner. Often, by the time they come home, the family has grown apart and the family dynamic has changed.

Often after months away from home, the family dynamic can change considerably and it can be stressful for both the service personnel and their families to readjust to a life together again, in a domestic situation that may be different to how it was before they left. Give Us Time helps service families reconnect to life after combat and provides them with the chance to spend time together and to reaffirm their family bond.

A respite break can make all the difference in restoring family relationships.

Give us Time was founded by former Defence Minister Liam Fox in 2012. Its mission is to give military families precious time together. The charity recognises the vital role family plays in providing a support system for our brave military personnel. Time together is crucial to strengthen this bond.

Give Us Time takes holidays donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection after tours of duty.

For further information CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

MoneyForce: Financial Advice for Serving Personnel



MoneyForce is the official MOD channel for money advice for UK service personnel. The website provides easy online support for service personnel and their families, to help them make informed financial decisions and plan their finances better, both while they are in service and once they leave the Armed Forces.

MoneyForce is specifically designed for the Armed Forces, to give service personnel and their families useful information and tools in plain English to make informed financial decisions that will have a positive impact on their future.


MoneyForce provides information on:
  • managing money: useful information on borrowing, saving, budgeting and spending, as well as planning for the future.
  • your career: useful financial information about different stages of your military career, including pay and career structures, allowances, managing finance as you deploy, assignment in the UK or abroad and making plans for when you leave the service.
  • life and family: useful information on managing life’s challenges, setting up home, marriage, divorce, children.
  • managing crises: useful information and guidance to help people through tough times, including debt and emotional issues, drug and alcohol problems as well as war pensions, compensation and bereavement.
  • debt: explains your options for getting out of debt and signposts to free, confidential help.
  • tools: a budget planner, a car cost calculator, a credit card calculator, a goal saving calculator as well as a home buying tool to help you make informed decisions and plan for the future; the MoneyFit Challenge takes you through various scenarios and gives you your own tailored action plan at the end
For further information, CLICK HERE

MoneyForce - Car Buyer Calculator



Are you MoneyFit enough to own a car? Buying a car can be an expensive decision, but it’s not just the cost of buying it that you have to plan for.

Before you make any decisions look at MoneyForce's motoring pages with advice on buying a new car, buying a used car and information on car loans and finance.

You should also think about saving for the deposit or purchase price.
The CarBuyer calculator helps you think about the total monthly cost of running a car so you can make an informed decision. Use this in your budget planning to stay MoneyFit!

To access this useful tool
CLICK HERE

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families





Thursday, 13 July 2017

INtouch mail service for UK armed forces personnel: service guide


The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.



SENDING MAIL USING INTOUCH : CLICK HERE...

Imail INtouch service: quick start guide: CLICK HERE

Your Service Family Accommodation- Dealing with damp and mould

Further guidance HERE

See HERE for further advice from Carillion Amey.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

SSAFA- How they can help you....




Find out how SSAFA can help the Serving person HERE