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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Interested In Driving? - CPC Course



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Armed Forces Covenant Annual Review


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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December 2016

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Storybook Soldiers - Deployment/Exercise


Contact details for any questions are Jane at Storybook Soldiers Management Team

10 AEC, Bdg 59, Jellalabad Barracks, 

Tidworth SP9 7BN


Telephone : 01980 - 650515 
(Tidworth Mil. 94342 2515)
Click On The Link For More Information  www.storybooksoldiers.co.uk

Army Welfare Service- Volunteer


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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club


Breakfast Clubs' are not a charity or a business, and are not funded.

The only thing you will pay for is your own breakfast. Breakfast Clubs are simply a group of serving and former members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, who meet, eat breakfast, laugh and support each other....simple. Please click HERE to find your nearest breakfast club.

Military Personnel: Thinking of Doing a Course?



Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Service personnel may make SLC claims each financial year for 80% of any course fees; up to a maximum of £175 per year for approved vocational and academic courses.  This is a “use it or lose it” allowance, as the funding does not roll-over into the next financial year. Before starting any course, individuals must obtain prior approval.  Further details can be found in JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 4 or by contacting your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) The ELC allowance provides funding support to Service personnel who want to enhance their educational or vocational achievements for long-term personal development.  It may only be used to gain National Qualification Level 3 or higher qualifications. (i.e. A Level & some NVQ Level 4 or 5, 1st Degree, Post Graduate studies and Doctorate)  Candidates must have registered while serving and strict criteria apply when making a claim. Depending on a number of factors, this can amount to up to as much as £2000 per year, over a 3 year course. Again, individuals must both have registered and made their claim prior to starting any course.  Also, provided you registered whilst still serving , you may also claim for up to 10 years after leaving the service. See JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 3 for details or visit http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/  or contact your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.  

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chartered Management Institute

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Longleat Discount


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MOD Travel Discount - National Express


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

Thursday, 17 November 2016

London Victory Services Club - Welfare And Respite For Service personnel


We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.

Further information is available at this link 


and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Monday, 7 November 2016

British Forces overseas posting: Cyprus


If you have received an assignment order to Cyprus contact your nearest HIVE. 



HIVES in Cyprus
Akrotiri HIVE (RAF Akrotiri)
Contact Akrotiri HIVE on 00357 2527 6390 or email akrotirihive@armymail.mod.uk

Ayios Nikolaos HIVE (JSSU)
Contact Ayios Nikolaos HIVE on 00357 2395 7699 or email ayiosnikolaoshive@armymail.mod.uk

Dhekelia HIVE (Dhekelia Station)
Contact Dhekelia HIVE on 00357 2474 4551 or email dhekeliahive@armymail.mod.uk

Episkopi HIVE (Episkopi Station)
Contact Episkopi HIVE on 00357 2596 2000 or email episkopihive@armymail.mod.uk

Nicosia HIVE (HQ UNFICYP)
Contact Nicosia HIVE on 00357 2235 9316 or email nicosiahive@armymail.mod.uk

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Find out about RAF Akrotiri, accommodation, medical facilities, schools, amenities and recreation: HERE

MOD Veterans UK - Changes to Helpline Opening Hours

Changes to our helpline opening hours take effect on Monday 31 October 2016.

The opening hours for the Veterans UK helpline service will change to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Analysis has shown that there are relatively few calls received in the early morning and evening and so the service has been re-organised to make more advisers available during our busiest times.

Callers phoning outside of these hours will still be offered an option to speak to our partners in the charities Combat Stress or The Samaritans where urgent assistance is needed. 

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State Benefits for Ex-Armed Forces Personnel


This useful guide produced by the Career Transition Partnership will help you find out more about State Benefits, including:

What benefits exist 

  • Eligibility
  • Benefits for those being medically discharged
  • Where to find further information and advice
  • Some frequently asked questions on the topic
You will also find details on some additional benefits and discount schemes for service and ex service personnel.

Credit Unions - Financial Help For Armed Forces


A new service offering simple savings accounts and "affordable" loans to military personnel, who can sometimes struggle to get access to financial products, has been launched by credit unions.

The arrangement, backed by the Ministry of Defence, means Armed Forces personnel will be able to save regularly or repay loans with credit unions directly through their pay packets, via deductions from their payroll.
Credit unions are mutual financial co-operatives that take deposits and give loans to members. Family members and retired personnel receiving a pension are also eligible to join the new service, whose launch coincides with International Credit Union Day.

Credit unions trade association Abcul (the Association of British Credit Unions Limited) says that over the years, people serving in the Armed Forces have reported difficulties accessing credit because their job involves moving regularly and it can be challenging to build up a good credit rating. It adds that some personnel report being targeted by high-cost lenders.
                        Please click HERE for further information

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Tesco Direct Delivers To British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses


  Tesco are pleased to inform you that they are now able to deliver to British Forces Post Office locations around the globe.  

 For more details  CLICK HERE

Social Housing Opportunity

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Ex Services - Accommodation & Housing



What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
◦The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
◦Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
◦Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
◦Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
◦All information treated in strict confidence.
◦Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
◦If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
◦Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
◦Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for  single veterans.

Monday, 17 October 2016

AFF Foreign & Commonwealth Support Back On Track

AFF is delighted to welcome Jessica Harriman to the role of AFF Foreign & Commonwealth Assistant.
Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) queries remain one of our largest areas of enquiry and we pride ourselves on the exceptional service we offer to families.  Read more
If you have an F&C related query, the F&C pages on the AFF website should always be your first point of call where you may be able to find the solution.
However, If you do need to contact Jessica, please email fcsupport@aff.org.uk with your:

  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Enquiry details
  • Copy of visa or letter from Home Office
  • Personal details i.e. length of Service of soldier or date of discharge, date when soldier naturalised, date when spouse/child entered the UK, place of birth of children etc.
  • Any deadline dates

If you don’t provide as much information as possible it will take longer to receive the advice or information that you need.
Jessica is available Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm and will contact you as soon as she can – usually within 10 working days.
If you query is more urgent, please visit the gov.uk website  where you may be able to access a government approved advisor who can meet a tight deadline. Please note, there may be a charge for this service.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Ripple Pond - Support Network For Families Of Physically & Emotionally Injured Personnel/Veterans




Big White Wall - Support To UK Armed Forces, Veterans And Families

More information on www.bigwhitewall.com

AFF Survey - How Do You Make Work "Work For You?"

How do you make work 'work' for you? That's the theme of our latest survey, which aims to understand the barriers you might face in employment as an Army spouse.
Our survey runs from 19-30 September and covers the types of employment Army spouses and partners undertake, how you manage childcare, what support you receive from your soldier (if any) and how you deal with the issue of mobility when working.
Tell us your reasons for working, whether it's financially viable and the secret to your success!

Your evidence will help us to understand better what support is needed, and could help other spouses and partners to forge their own career success.

                                        Click here to take our survey and share your experience. 

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NI Credits For Overseas Postings Since 1975

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975


How spouses and civil partners of armed forces personnel posted overseas can fill gaps in their National Insurance record.
Apply online : Click here

How To Maintain A Good Credit Record When You’re In The Military

Are you a good or a poor credit risk? You may not know until you submit an application for a loan or credit. Here are some top tips on how to maintain a healthy credit score, regardless of your location.

The result can sometimes be surprising. Moving around with the military doesn’t always help your credit score, although significant effort has been made in recent years to improve awareness within the financial industry of the circumstances of military personnel.

How does a credit rating score work?
Your credit score measures you as a financial risk. A poor credit score can make it difficult to borrow money. This can affect your application for credit cards, motor finance, a mortgage and other services such as mobile phone contracts.
How is your credit risk measured?
All lenders want different things and have their own ways of scoring but are likely to take into account the following:
  • Occupation
  • Address history
  • Length of employment
  • Annual Income
  • Previous and existing creditors and your credit payment history
  • County Court Judgments
What is likely to make you a poor credit risk?
  • Excessive debt with no spare income to support more credit
  • Too many credit searches within a rolling two-year period
  • Poor credit history such as missed or late payments
  • Not having any credit history can be detrimental to your credit score
  • Frequent house moves, in particular postings abroad where BFPO addresses aren’t always recognised by lenders’ systems
How to help your application for credit when on the move
  • State you are a member of the Armed Forces when applying for credit
  • Provide a full postal address including postcode. If it is a BFPO address, include the unit you’re attached to. A letter from your Commanding Officer is also useful
  • Register to vote in the UK, which will put you on the Electoral Register. This needs updating every time you move in the UK
  • Serving overseas for long periods of time can make building up a good credit history difficult. Keep a record of financial transactions overseas to hand, such as credit cards and bank statements. This will help to show that you can handle your money wisely
  • Manage your debts and pay your bills on time
  • Check your credit report before you apply for any credit. You can obtain a copy from credit reference agencies such as Equifax,Experian and Callcredit. If you find any discrepancies, you can challenge them with the credit bureau
  • Keep the balance on your credit cards as low as possible
  • Make joint applications for credit such as motor finance. This will help both you and your partner build up evidence of good credit management for the future.
How to improve a poor credit rating
  • There is no quick fix. A reputation for being a bad credit risk can take time to improve, but there are steps you can take to help the process along.
  • Make sure you pay your bills on time. Set up a reminder to prompt you when a payment is due or set up a direct debit and make sure there will be enough money in your account to pay the direct debit
  • Stop using your credit cards to avoid adding to your debts
  • Only take on new credit accounts if you have no other option. If you need to borrow more, look to extend your existing credit provisions rather than applying elsewhere
  • If you have any spare money, look to reduce your overall debt by forming a payment plan. Start with the cards and loans that charge the highest interest and work your way down
  • If you’re struggling to make ends meet talk to the credit company or seek advice from a credit counselling service to help you get back on track with your finances.
If you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly when seeking credit due to your military lifestyle, you can appeal to the Financial Ombudsman.

For more information on how to apply for credit you can check out Money Force. To learn more about how to manage your money, go to the Money Advice Service website.
Information extracted from RAF Families Federation News. Please click the link for full details.