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Tuesday, 31 August 2021

NHS Armed Forces New Website is Live!

The latest information on how the NHS can help if you're in the British Armed Forces or are a veteran, a reservist or a family member of someone who is serving or who has served.

#Veterans #ArmedForcesHealth

Red Passport Holders Warned to Check if Still 'Valid' after Major Rule Change

Those who are still using red passports are being warned to pay careful attention to a rule change which could catch them out.

Red passport holders are being urged to check if their travel document is still valid before travelling abroad after a major rule change.

When UK left the EU last year, a new blue passport design with the lettering 'BRITISH PASSPORT' replaced the original red which is slowly being phased out.

However, those who are still using red passports are being warned to pay careful attention to a rule change surrounding expiry dates which could catch them out.

Passports are now only valid for 10 years exactly - additional months on anyone's red passports (passports issued before the UK left the EU ) are no longer valid.

This could reduce the validity time by several months without people being aware.

"Example: passport issue date 21st Jun 2012, passport expiry date 21st Dec 2022.
"Your passport expiry date is now the 21st Jun 2022.

"Most countries in the EU require that your passport is valid for six months on the date of return from your holiday, some countries it’s three months, meaning the last date you could return on the above example would be the 21st Dec 2021."

The government advises you check your passport is valid before you travel abroad.

Since 2020, those renewing or applying for a new passport has been issued the new, blue design.

Register to Vote - Recently Moved, Turned 18 or Never Registered - Register Online Now

Recently moved, turned 18 or never been registered?

It only takes 5 minutes and you need your National Insurance number

Register HERE

Friday, 27 August 2021

Settling In To A New Nursery, Pre-School Or With A Childminder

Is your child due to start a new childcare setting this September? It may be the first time your child has been away from you, or if they are used to being left with other people, a larger group and a strange environment will be new to them.

Find out how childcare settings will support your child with the settling in process. There's also some useful advice for you too.

Settling in to childcare - PACEY

New Accommodation Contracts 2022 - Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS)

DIO Crown Copyright 2020

The current National Housing Prime (NHP) contract, which provides management and maintenance services for SFA is due to be replaced in March 2022 by the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) contracts.

For information about the new contracts and to understand what these changes may mean for Service personnel families, click HERE

How To Find A Walk-In COVID19 Vaccination Site

The NHS England website offers a 'Find my nearest walk-in vaccination' service using postcodes to search your nearest vaccine clinics.

You do not need to book an appointment for a walk-in clinic, you can just turn up during the opening times.

Please make sure you are aware of which vaccines are being offered at the clinic before you arrive.

People who attend a walk-in clinic for their first dose will have their vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in their second dose appointment using the national booking system. Second jabs are also available at the walk-ins, if it has been at least eight weeks since your first dose.

Please remember to bring a face mask with you, unless you’re exempt, and have something to eat and drink before you leave home.

To visit the website click HERE

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence official provider of resettlement and have supported leavers of the Armed Forces for many years.

They have recently updated their contact number, please see posters attached for further details.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Upbeat Families are coming to Bramcote!

Fun, and interactive music and movement sessions for ages 0-5 and their grown-ups!
 Shorter taster session on 8th September 11:00 - 12:00 - Little Swans.
No need to book for the taster session, just come along.
(We'll split into smaller groups and utilise the whole building if necessary).

We know you'll love it so we'll bring along all the forms for you to sign up for on going sessions.

Do check out 'Upbeat Families' on Facebook to meet Lian and Kristy and get an idea of what the sessions will be like. 

If you have any questions please contact Stacey Gales - | 07971922436

Update from Veterans UK

We have been receiving requests for information on veterans ID Cards.
Behind the scenes there is a lot of work going on at present across Government, the Charity sector and other providers to improve services for veterans, all linked to the Armed Forces Covenant. The delay in offering an ID card to veterans more widely is partly so that the Department can complete work to consider how best a future card, or veterans identity approach, can support these services for veterans in the future.

Government Launches UK Wide Antibody Surveillance Programme.

From 24 August, up to 8,000 people per day who opt-in and test positive with a PCR test will receive two antibody tests.

This will help to monitor levels of antibodies in positive cases and help to understand protection from antibodies after vaccination or infection.
Click here for more information


Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Apply for an Officer Bursary whilst studying at University

Don't choose between a degree and a career in the British Army
when you can do both 

The Army offers bursaries to ambitious students to support with the financial burden of university, job security and a career to be proud of.


Forces Additional Needs And Disability Forum (FANDF) Conference 5th Oct 2021

More information and to register HERE


NHS Op Courage - Contact Numbers

The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service


Monday, 23 August 2021

Royal British Legion Contact Numbers


We are here for the whole Armed Forces community and our phone line is open 8-8, seven days a week.  0808 802 8080 If you need us out of these hours then our partners Veterans' Gateway are available 24/7 and will be able to direct you to the best support available.  0808 802 1212

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Citizens Advice - Top tips for avoiding online scams

Top tips for avoiding online scams:


NHS Healthy Start

Are you pregnant or do you have children under the age of 4? Don’t miss out on healthy start vouchers and vitamins.

Find out more;

View vitamin distribution venues;

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Grant opportunity from WAVE 105 Cash for Kids:

This could be a real help for families living in poverty and struggling to buy their children a school uniform or other basics.

The latest Cash For Kids Day 2021 grant application is open.

£35 a child from 0 – 18 years old for basic essentials such as school uniform, school shoes, food, clothing, underwear and pyjamas etc. The details of what can be funded can be found at the link below:

Applications can only be made via organisations e.g. social services, schools, charities and clubs.

Grants for other areas can be found HERE

Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine August Issue

Channel 4 - The Dog - Taking Part

File Mile Film are currently searching for people who are thinking about rehoming a rescue dog, and who would be up for sharing their various reasons for doing so.

If you are interested in rescue dog a home; please visit:


Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Real Stories - Our Armed Forces Families 2021

King's College, London has released a thought-provoking and informative new booklet showcasing our Armed Forces families in their own words and images.


Friday, 13 August 2021

10 Minute Shake Ups

Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained over summer?
Why not get active and try out the latest 10 Minute Shake Up games featuring everyone's favourite characters from Disney, Pixar and Marvel.

Find out more:


Thursday, 12 August 2021

JSHAO: 'Home Matters' Summer edition


Click on image to read

JSHAO Survey


The JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.

Click on the following link for the JSHAO Survey

NHS Cadets

England’s Chief Nurse has called on young people to become NHS Cadets and gain valuable experience of volunteering in health and care. The programme, launched last year, helps teenagers to develop the skills needed for an NHS career by volunteering in vaccine centres, supporting elderly people in the community, and undertaking first aid training.

Find out more by emailing
Read the Full Article here​


Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Pension Sharing on Divorce

Veterans UK have identified a number of Armed Forces Pensions Scheme (AFPS) members who have a Pension Sharing Order in place which requires recalculation.

This is a result of an error made when applying DWP legislation to the Armed Forces Pension Schemes.

AFPS members affected by this issue will shortly receive a letter from Veterans UK notifying them of the situation and detailing their new entitlement. Personnel who have been overpaid will not have the overpayments recovered from them, and those who have been underpaid will receive any arrears due.

Want to know more about Divorce and how it may affect your Armed Forces Pension? READ MORE

Combat Stress Support

​​We know some veterans can face alcohol or substance misuse. Some of the reasons for this can include: problems adjusting to civilian life, mental health difficulties, as a coping mechanism in an attempt to alleviate symptoms or mask triggers of trauma, or to help forget the past and escape troubling thoughts. Start your journey to recovery with our self-guided online support to manage alcohol or substance misuse

For those needing additional support via our specialist clinicians, we’re here for you. Contact our Helpline 24/7 on 0800 138 1619 and we can support you to continue recovery.

Remember, always take it step by step and never quit cold turkey.


Foreign Travel Advice

Get advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings HERE


Forestry England - Join the Summer ActiviTree Challenge

Keep the kids active and learning over the summer holidays!

Sign up for the ActiviTree challenge, running from 26 July until 29 August 2021. Each week you'll receive an email with free downloads to help you and your family stay active and connected to nature over the summer holidays.

What can you expect?

Weekly challenges to stay active in nature
Tree-themed activities for days at home
Facts and information about the life cycle of a tree
Printable activity sheets
The chance to win great prizes!

Don’t forget to share your photos on social media with #MyActiviTree for a chance to win one of five prize bundles, which includes a £100 voucher from Go Ape, a copy of the new Ordnance Survey Kids' Adventure Book and Forestry England Membership! Read the full terms and conditions.


Tickets for Troops

Tickets for Troops provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families.

To view what events have free tickets, click the link below:

Get MOT Reminders

Get MOT reminders.

Sign up to get free alerts by text message or email when your MOT is due.

Train to be 100% Army Fit

What's the secret to getting Army fit?

Download our 100% Army Fit app and find might even come in handy for those fitness tests you'll need to pass at your assessment centre.

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

COVID-19 vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against the virus.

Infection in pregnancy carries a significant risk of hospital admission and a higher risk of severe illness – and a higher risk of preterm birth.

Read all the guidance here:

Monday, 9 August 2021

Courses and qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds

Find out what courses and qualifications are available at schools, colleges and sixth forms in your area HERE

Childcare Account - Gov.UK

Department for Education
Parents, get your 30 hours childcare code in plenty of time, as you may need to supply further information.
Apply today for September


Friday, 6 August 2021

Ofsted answer your questions about the revised EYFS 2021


If you want to know about the revisions to the EYFS before September, watching the video below may answer some of your questions.

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Cervical Screening Tests

 This week is #CervicalCancerPreventionWeek.

Around 1 in 3 of those invited have failed to attend a CervicalScreening appointment due to COVID19 concerns.

Cervical screening is key for early diagnosis of cervical cancer, with measures in place to ensure it is done safely.

Find out more:

Lifeworks 2021 Courses

We pleased to announce new dates for our online and F2F employment courses for veterans and the families of serving personnel for 2021!


31 Aug - 03 Sept (virtual)

20 Sept - 23 Sept (Face 2 Face tbc)

Our courses provide delegates with modern job searching skills, tips on how to create/improve your CV along with interview techniques.

Each course is currently remote and is led by a team of skilled employability coaches, many of whom are veterans themselves.

Use lockdown to do something for you, learn how to sell yourself and your military experience.

Sign up here - or call us 0800 319 6844 email ' to find out more and book your place.


Defence Discount Services - Back to School offers

Soon, kids will find themselves back in the classroom…

From playgroup to university, we all know that paying for your children’s school education can be expensive. Whether they’ve shot up over the holidays and have outgrown their uniform or need a new bag to carry all their books, it’s understandable for parents to want to save on the dreaded back-to-school shop.

Get the school year off to a great start with our range of super savings on all things ‘School supplies’!

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Soldier Magazine - Latest Issue

In the August issue: We take a look at some of history's battle winning weapons, are given an exclusive update on the UN Mali mission from troops and check out how hybrid vehicle tech could have spin-off benefits on ops. 
Catch the digital edition HERE

British Legion - Telephone Buddies

The Royal British Legion telephone buddy scheme offers companionship, support and a friendly ear to anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated.

Please click 
HERE for more information

SSAFA - Bert Turner - 75 Years On


 On July 17, the Tri Service & Veterans Support Centre united 97-year-old veteran Bert Turner with a plane called the Short Stirling Bombers at Alconbury Stirling Project. 75 years ago, Bert flew planes like this one during the Second World War. 

Tri Service & Veterans Support Centre and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity’s Staffordshire branch has supported Bert in recent years, supporting his wellbeing.  


Bert volunteered for the RAF in 1942 and by December 1943 was assigned to a squadron to start flying. His missions were based in Europe, in Stirling aircraft, as part of a crew of seven.  

Bert Turner said:“I did about four bombing runs, but mainly I supplied the SOE, toed gliders, and dropped para-troops.” 

“You started action when you got in the aeroplane in England. We were briefed for whatever we were going to do. You got in the aeroplane, took off and then you were in action. It didn’t stop until you landed again. A lot of it was very boring. Some of it was very hectic. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s the best way of explaining it, honestly.” 


Sent on risky missions, Bert was shot down twice, but survived, earning his place in the Caterpillar Club – for bailing out of his aircraft using a parachute. 

John Painter, Trustee and Treasurer at the Tri Service & Veterans Support Centre said:“We took Bert because he flew in the short Stirling Bomber in the Second World War as a flight Engineer. He was shot down twice over Arnhem and managed to get back to the UK safely both times.” 

“Bert is visually impaired, but he knew what he was looking at and it was worth £1million to see him sitting in the dicky seat and looking at the controls that he had to check for real in the war. He was at home with his memories on that day and it was a pleasure to be with him.” 


Kathy Munslow, Divisional Secretary at SSAFA Staffordshire:“Bert is an incredible man, and I am so pleased he got to spend the day at the Stirling Project. We are extremely proud of our veterans and their service.” 


SSAFA has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. If you are currently serving, a reservist, a veteran or from an Armed Forces family and need support in the Staffordshire area, contact, call 01785 212 680 and visit 

Spaces - Single Persons' Accommodation for Service Personnel

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.

SSAFA Gurkha Services

Gurkha services are available to all serving and veteran members of the Brigade of Gurkhas, and their families. We provide local SSAFA volunteers with up-to-date information, awareness and translation services, to ensure the Gurkha community has the same support opportunities as any other member of the Armed Forces community.

SSAFA works collaboratively with other Gurkha-specific organisations such as the Gurkha Welfare Trust, the Gurkha Brigade Association, the Army Welfare Service, Gurkha communities, and others.

Click here for more information on Gurkha services and a contact form.

Samaritans How We Can Help Military - Armed Forces Guide


Being in the Armed Forces means that you are exposed to a higher degree of risk and pressure than you might expect in other jobs, but we've got some practical information on how to look out for your teammates, how to discuss things with them and where to go for more support.

Support your team – stand by your mates

Answering your Questions about the Covid19 Vaccine

 Any further questions you have, you may ask your Unit MO or visit the NHS Website