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Friday, 15 December 2017

SERVICE PUPIL PREMIUM 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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/service-premium-information-for-schools
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-allocations/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-conditions-of-grant
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know



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.   

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

DHL - Supplying Opportunities for the Ex-Forces

DHL is proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant which shows our commitment to those who serve (Regular and Reservists) or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families. In 2014, we were awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. 

This commitment means we will actively seek to find the right position for the right person. We are Armed forces friendly and understand that the experience you gained and honed in the Forces is what sets you up for an exciting future within our organisation.

Our core values are closely aligned to those of HM Forces, which puts us in a unique position before you even start to look for possible employment with in DHL. Using these core values and ours will see a partnership which can deliver excellence.

Click HERE for more information


Friday, 8 December 2017

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans. 

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.


For full details please see these links 


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

Little Troopers Treasures


Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

> The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

> Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

> There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Royal British Legion - Best Practice Guide - Support Service Children in School in England

Click HERE
to view and/or download the Guide
The Royal British Legion has produced a new best practice guide focusing on Service children in school. 
The guide looks at some of the big challenges facing Service children today and by sharing examples of good practice from across England (a separate Wales version will shortly be ready), recommends ways in which local authorities, schools and families themselves can improve the experience of Service children in education. Problems associated with admissions into schools and the adverse effects on a Service pupil’s wellbeing are explored, alongside information on the extra funding available to Service children through the Service Pupil Premium, Education Support Fund and more. Key recommendations include:
  • Encouraging schools to be creative with the use of funding available for Service pupils and share ideas and practice through networks of schools with Service children on the roll.
  • Suggesting that local authorities facilitate collaboration between schools, local military units, and local authority staff to ensure that everyone is aware of the challenges faced by Service children and what can be done to address them.
  • Encouraging Service families to make use of help available from the Ministry of Defence, Department of Education and charities and other organisations such as The Royal British Legion and the three families federations. 

Monday, 23 October 2017

Driving in Central London? New T-Charge Coming into Force in October 2017


From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.

The £10 T-charge will work alongside the existing £11.50 congestion charge, and will affect petrol and diesel cars with pre-Euro 4 engines.  If you drive an older diesel vehicle you may also be affected by the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The T-Charge will operate in central London, and applies to the same area as the Congestion Charge. Find out more about the Congestion Charge and where it operates.

Hours of operation
Monday - Friday, 07:00 - 18:00
Excludes Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive.

The Transport for London website has a vehicle checker enabling you to check easily if your vehicle is subject to this charge.

For further information CLICK HERE

DIO - Service Families Accommodation Compensation Scheme

Friday, 6 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

Hungry Horse - Defence Discount Service



Defence Discount Service are excited to welcome Hungry Horse to Defence Discount Service!
They are offering members an exclusive 20% discount off food Monday - Friday at over 280 family-friendly pubs nationwide.

For all the information on how to redeem this please visitwww.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Bramcote Army Education Centre

The Army Education Centre in Bramcote is the Regional centre for AEC-delivered career courses, courses for personal development and recreational courses. Learning support is also provided to customer units in the region of the AEC, providing assistance in the delivery of work-based learning programmes. Specialist staff are available to deal with particular areas such as:
  • individual education and resettlement
  • officers’ education (officer tutors)
  • basic skills (basic skills development managers)
  • e-learning (Army Learning Centre (ALC) managers)
  • Enhanced and Standard Learning Credit applications
  • Functional Skills course applications 

Opening hours:  Monday-Friday ~ 0830 - 1630hrs

Contact Details:
20AEC Group, Bramcote AEC, Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote, NUNEATON, Warwickshire, CV11 6QN
Group Email:  20AEC-GP-BramcoteAEC-GpMailbox@mod.uk
DTN: 94423 2379 | PTN: 01455 222379 | Fax: 94423 2387


Information on applying for and claiming Enhanced Learning Credits can be found on the ELCAS website: http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/ or phone the ELCAS Helpline on 0845 3005179

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Nuneaton Harriers Athletic Club

Nuneaton Harriers Athletic Club is based at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton where we have an 8-lane 400m floodlit all-weather track and clubhouse.

We welcome athletes of all standards from fun runners through to international level competitors and have active athletes from age 7 to over 70. There is a large and vibrant young athletes section that has its own committee and organises many special events.

We provide training and qualified coaching with opportunities to compete in local, regional and national level competitions. We compete in track and field athletics, road running, race walking and cross country races. There are teams dedicated to young athletes, junior, senior and masters athletes.

New members are always welcome. Contact us or simply turn up at The Pingles clubhouse on one of the club training nights. The young athletes (U13) meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm whilst the junior and senior members meet at 7:30pm.

http://www.nuneatonharriers.org.uk/welcome/4532952988

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Your New AFF Rep


Trinity Insurance Offers Military Personnel 5% Discount

Contact Dawn at Stafford for the Discount Code

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Defence Discount Service - Various Discounts on Gift Cards


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TO ACCESS THE  DEFENCE  DISCOUNT  WEBSITE  PLEASE  CLICK  ON  THE  LINK  BELOW:

https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Royal British Legion and Shelter - Veterans Housing Advice


New Defence Discount Service Website NOW LIVE




  • Search for local discounts
  • Search By - search by company, category or phrase
  • New Support Features - easier to find the answers you are looking for, see your vault codes and easier to interact with them

Royal British Legion - Civvystreet on-Line Job Vacancies


In response to feedback from registered users, CivvyStreet has launched a dedicated Jobs Board for the Ex-Service community. Civvystreetjobs.com provides enhancements to the jobs board within the main CivvyStreet site and makes it easier to search for jobs that match your needs. Further enhancements are to follow and many more employers are registering with lots more vacancies.

This month, CivvyStreet registered employers have posted 300+ new jobs already. These are jobs that employers would specifically like to recruit candidates from the Service community.

Please CLICK HERE to access many great job vacancies up on the CivvyStreet jobs board.

Career Transition Partnership (CTP): Resettlement Guides


The CTP Resettlement Guides include useful reference documents, articles for further reading and comprehensive listings of links to external sites relevant to each topic. Some guides also include checklists to highlight the key points. Save the checklists to myPlan and use them as reminders of actions to be taken as you progress through your resettlement. The CTP Editorial team are adding new content regularly to provide you with pertinent information on all areas of resettlement.


Army v Navy Rugby 2018 - Tickets on Sale NOW

National Careers Service



National Careers Service information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

Bramcote Station Youth Club


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

LifeWorks Families: Free Support Service to Help Military Spouses and Partners Get the Job they Want



WHO IS IT FOR?

It is available to all spouses and partners of any serving (or recently discharged) member of the Armed Forces, including Reserves.

LifeWorks Families will help you:

1. DISCOVER THE CAREER THAT SUITS YOU

2. COPE WITH CHANGE IN LOCATION OR SITUATION

3. SEARCH & APPLY FOR JOBS

Develop key skills and tools, including: job searching, C.V. writing, interview skills, application forms.


You don't have to come on a course to get support from us. If you're a spouse or partner of someone currently serving in the British Armed Forces and are looking for work, you can call us to get free employment support over the phone or online. Find out more.....

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Army Families Federation - Transition Survey

Transition survey logo
Our tri-Service Transition Survey is now live
and we're giving you the opportunity
to share your views.
If you, or your soldier, has left the Forces in the last two years, or you're planning to leave before September 2019, tell us your reasons for leaving and the impact transition has on your family. We want to hear about your biggest challenges and your ideas for how things can be improved. If you know anyone else who this applies to, please encourage them to take the survey too.
DXC technology logo
All participants will be entered into a FREE prize draw to win one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC technology. 
Have your say and help shape the future of transition out of the Forces.
Those who are leaving: click here
Those who have left: click here 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Jobs at the Royal British Legion



The Royal British Legion employs over 1500 people based at locations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Legion endeavours to employ individuals available who best meet the job requirements and have empathy with our mission and values.
The Legion can offer a competitive package including:
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Pension Fund
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Employee Assistance Helpline
  • Childcare Vouchers
If you have a query regarding any of our job vacancies, please email jobs@britishlegion.org.uk
Click HERE to see latest vacancies

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Fraud Alert: 'Something for you' Postal Delivery Cards



Fraud Alert: 'Something for you' Postal Delivery Cards
 
Your latest Smart Alert.

Residents are being warned about 'something for you' cards arriving through letterboxes designed to look like they have come from Royal Mail.

The cards which lack the Royal Mail logo look almost identical to the 'something for you' slips that are posted through homes when a delivery can't be made.

To organise a re delivery the cards urge recipients to call a 0208 number, which is not registered to Royal Mail. After ringing the number the automated message asks for your details and consignment number.

Customers should check delivery cards very carefully to ensure they are genuine and remain vigilant.  Although this card is similar to the Royal Mail card the Royal Mail logo is crucially missing.

Customers should consider whether they are expecting delivery.  If in doubt, do not call the number provided, give your details or personal information and get in touch with Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

FAMCAS The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.


A link to the report can be found on the gov.uk website can be found HERE

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.


Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases. The above list is not exhaustive. Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet. From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public. Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:

North - Longside House : longside@ssafa.org.uk
South - Gildea House: gildea@ssafa.org.uk
Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on Amanda.d@ssafa.org.uk


Scottish Veterans - Housing and Support for Veterans



Big White Wall - Confidential Site for Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans



Royal British Legion Family Holiday Breaks



The Legion provides families of serving and ex-Service personnel the chance to take a break and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Unwind and take life as it comes, venture out and about to explore the local area or spend a lazy day at the beach. Most importantly, you will have time to be together as a family.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Big White Wall





#PTSD can impact everyone. @BigWhiteWall1 offer guidance to all personnel, family members & veterans #strongbonds http://bit.ly/2kjNq0P