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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Are You Moving Soon?



The 'Little Troopers At School' project objective is to educate schools, both primary and secondary, about the unique needs through circumstance of military children, as well as making easily accessible resources available to you, the parents.

Their aim is to ensure all military children get fair and consistent support within their education setting wherever that may be and for all circumstances, however many times they move schools.

CLICK HERE to visit the website, where you will find eight information sheets for parents, including a transition chit and a moving checklist 
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Friday, 14 December 2018

30 Hours Free Childcare - Update Your Details


Parents / Carers claiming 30hrs free childcare please remember to update your details before the year end. This needs to be done every three months via http://socsi.in/BSOCQ

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Transition Advice From Wiltshire Council


To read this leaflet online, CLICK HERE

Wiltshire College & University Centre



Wiltshire College and University Centre has a long association with the military and is a proud supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant.  Our staff recognise the many positive benefits that students from the military community can bring to their courses and fellow students.  A number of our tutors and support staff are from the military community and help to reinforce the close links we have established.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE




Turn2Us - Financial Support To Armed Forces & Veterans


If you are a serving member of the armed forces or a veteran, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you and your family.
There are a number of military charities that provide support, each with their own set of eligibility requirements. Help may be available to you from one of these charities if you:
•Are still serving
•Are a veteran
•Serve or served as a regular or reserve, because of the Second World War or National Service
•Had a long or short period of service
•Are the partner, spouse, widow, widower or dependent child of someone who served
For further information on the website, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Wiltshire Council Alcohol Awareness


A series of videos have been produced which tell the powerful stories of two Wiltshire Council employees and the impact alcohol has had on them and their family.

The videos were put together as part of the recent Alcohol Awareness Week to highlight the support available in Wiltshire for people struggling with alcohol.

To watch these videos online, CLICK HERE
Alternatively if you feel you need some support, 
CLICK HERE to visit the Turning Point Swindon & Wiltshire website

Friday, 7 December 2018

School Applications From Service Personnel Moving To Wiltshire

Applications for children of UK Service personnel with a confirmed posting within the County of Wiltshire, or Crown Servants returning from overseas to live in the County, will be considered in advance of the family moving into the County if necessary. Where possible, an application must be included in the normal admission round.

An official letter, such as a posting notice or letter of support from the Commanding Officer should be sent to Wiltshire Council as soon as possible. This should include the relocation date and unit address and should be sent to the local authority at the time of the application, or sent separately if you have submitted an online application.

It is not always possible to allocate places in popular schools so no school place can be guaranteed.

If your child will be starting school in September with the normal round of admissions, parents must complete the paper application form and attach proof of their posting to the county.

Applications for the normal admissions round can also be made online but please note that proof of address will need to be posted to Wiltshire Council and must be received by the deadline date in order to be considered.

Please note that if you do not yet know your new address Wiltshire Council have confirmed that they will accept the Barracks address.

If you have any queries you can contact the Admissions team via email admissions@wiltshire.gov.uk or via phone 
01225 713010.

To visit the admissions section of the Wiltshire Council website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Military Discount - Contract Hire Vehicles


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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Service Children's Progression Alliance


The Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance is a partnership of organisations focused on improving outcomes for children from military families. It is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Their mission is to support education practitioners to champion the progression of the children of military personnel, so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers.

To read more online, including worksheets and resources available for you and your children,

Additional Needs & Disability - A Guide For Service Families



To view this guide online, CLICK HERE

Friday, 30 November 2018

Domestic Abuse Factsheet Regarding The Impact It Has On Children



The Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) is made up of professionals who work in services for children and families including health, education, police, fire and the voluntary sector.

WSCB has developed a Domestic Violence and Abuse factsheet regarding the impact it can have on children.

To view the factsheet, CLICK HERE

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 29 November 2018

The Open University - Career Development For The Defence Community


If you are looking to develop yourself or planning to leave the Armed Forces and need additional skills to help with your resettlement, The Open University (OU) can help.

The OU works closely with the MOD to support education and training while with the Armed or Civil Services. The OU’s flexible learning allows service personnel to maximise their use of personal time.

 The OU is proud of its relationship with the Armed Forces, supporting students wherever they are in their studies and wherever they are in the world. This website has been created to provide advice, support and free resources to Armed Forces personnel, as well as information to help you find out more about what it’s like to study with the OU.


CLICK HERE for more information

Do You Know How To Help A Choking Child?


Children, particularly those aged from 1 to 5, often put objects in their mouth. This is a normal part of how they explore the world.
 If your child suddenly starts coughing, isn't ill and has a habit of putting small objects in their mouth, there's a good chance that they're choking.
For tips on helping a choking child please CLICK HERE

Help For Problem Gambling


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Being a compulsive gambler can harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt.

If you have a problem with gambling and you'd like to stop, support and treatment is available.

There are helplines you can call, online chat facilities and local support groups include Bath, Bristol, Swindon.

To read further information on the NHS website,

To view more details of local support groups,

Free Access To Headspace For Serving RAF Personnel


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Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant - Regulars


The Armed Forces Covenant provides you, as serving personnel, and your family with practical support and advice to help you.

Some policies will apply to you and others will not. This section of the website will direct you to the right place on GOV.UK and other trusted resources so that you can see what is available.

To read more online, CLICK HERE



Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant


The Armed Forces Covenant is here to support you in your role as a reservist, helping you to balance your civilian work with being part of the armed forces.
Your employer can support you in maintaining this balance by signing the covenant. They can pledge specific measures to make it easier for you to meet your reserve service commitments, such as offering extra paid leave to attend annual training or career courses.
To read more on the website, CLICK HERE

Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant - Families


Families offer considerable support to those serving, or those who have served in the armed forces. There are specific initiatives under the Armed Forces Covenant to support family life in the armed forces and for veteran families.

To read more information on the website, CLICK HERE

Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant


For those leaving the Armed Forces, please



For those who have already left the Armed Forces, please

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Old Down Country Park




Old Down Country Park is an award-winning attraction set in breath-taking countryside. You and the family can enjoy 66 acres of open space, gardens, woodlands and spend hours of fun in the play areas with a jumping pillow, an adventure playground, trampolines, and more.
You can also meet some of the farm animals who you can stroke, cuddle and handle.

The Park Events Co-ordinator has confirmed that those who present military ID will receive 10% discount.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE


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Homecoming & Reunions


The Army Welfare Service have released new updated leaflets regarding the services they provide as well as specific advice on deployment homecomings.

Leaflets are available from the HIVE either printed or via email-contact colernehive@armymail.mod.uk

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Drinkaware - Know Your Limits!


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Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We're here to help people make better choices about drinking.


The website includes facts, advice and drink trackers & tools. To use to unit and calorie calculator CLICK HERE

The Nuffield Centre - Anglesey



The Nuffield Centre at the Joint Service Mountain Training Centre Indefatigable provides affordable accommodation for Service Personnel and their families in North Wales on the banks of the Menai Strait.  The Nuffield Centre is unrivalled as a base for exploring the coast and mountains of North Wales . Only a minutes drive from the A55 and A5, the access is easy and the scenery stunning.

Beneficiaries- The object of the Charity is to ‘promote the welfare and efficiency of the Forces of the Crown either by the provision of facilities for recreation or by any other means’. The Trust therefore finances recreational and welfare amenities and facilities that will benefit those actually serving in the Armed Forces but which are not provided by public funds and which are beyond the resources of other non-public funds. In this context, the ‘Armed Forces’ does not include Ex-Servicemen or Cadet Forces.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Give Us Time Respite Breaks


Give Us Time was founded by former Defence Minister Liam Fox in 2012 and their mission is to give military families precious time together, particularly after a long deployment or exercise. They recognise the vital role family plays in providing a support system for our brave military personnel and that time together is crucial to strengthen this bond.

Holiday accommodation is generously donated by holiday companies or private owners. Give Us Time then matches these with British Service personnel who are in need of rest and quality time to spend with their families.

Give Us Time holidays are almost always accommodation only, except in exceptional circumstances.

For further information and to register online,

Monday, 26 November 2018

Free SEN Sessions At Boomerang, Melksham



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To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 23 November 2018

Shape Up 4 Life - Free Weight Loss Support In Wiltshire



Shape Up 4 Life (SU4L) a FREE 12-week weight management programme that supports people to lose weight and keep it off long term.

It's run in groups of 12 – 15 people both daytime and evening in community settings or completely online; sessions are interactive, practical and discussion based.

Each 1.5 hour weekly session consists of a 45 minute nutrition workshop covering topics such as snacking, portion sizes, fats and sugar. This is followed by 45 minutes of light exercise such as circuits, boxercise, resistance bands and seated exercise.

Wiltshire Council is pleased to announce updates from our weight management provider Solutions 4 Health who deliver the Shape Up 4 Life group weight management programme. Shape Up 4 Life is now accepting referrals from 14 years old and have recently launched an online weight management support service.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 22 November 2018

UK Education Systems - A Guide For Service Families


To read this guide online at the Gov.uk website,

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Support From The Army Families Federation (AFF)


Did you know AFF have an Employment, Training, Allowances & Money specialist?

You can find her details on the AFF website, or to read more about job hunting, training, funding and initatives,

Alternatively our local rep Leah Ann will be at regular coffee mornings in 2019. You can talk to her about anything related to Army family life and she will know if AFF can help in any way. If you'd like to get in touch with her now, her contact info is below (click image to enlarge)

Your Guide To Living In Service Family Accommodation (SFA)


To read the guide online, CLICK HERE

Service Pupil Premium - Examples Of Best Practice


To read this guide online, alongside further information regarding the Service Pupil Premium, CLICK HERE

Monday, 19 November 2018

Free Distance Learning Courses In The Care Sector



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To visit the New College Swindon website,

Friday, 16 November 2018

The Hollie Guard Personal Safety App


A free app for smartphones has been designed to protect both men and women from possible danger.

"Hollie Guard" turns your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device at the touch of a button.

Launched in October 2015, the "Hollie Guard" app is taking the mobile world by storm with more than 20,000 downloads and users since its release.

Taking a proactive approach to your safety, the team encourages you to turn on "Hollie Guard" BEFORE you are in a potentially dangerous situation – for example BEFORE walking home on a night out. 

The app is currently being used by:

-Children & Teenagers
-Lone workers
-Stalking & Domestic Violence Victims
-Lone runners/Athletes

The "Hollie Guard" app was developed by Panic Guard Ltd for the Hollie Gazzard Trust. The Trust was set up after the murder of Hollie Gazzard at her salon in Gloucester in 2014 by her then boyfriend who had actively stalked Hollie during an abusive relationship.

To visit the Hollie Gazzard Trust website,

To visit the "Hollie Guard" website,

Weekly Wellbeing Checkup - Address Your Stress


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To visit the Mental Health Foundation's website,

Camomile Cafe - Corsham


Camomile Cafe is a children's activity and therapy cafe, based on the High Street in Corsham.

They provide a child-friendly space for people with families to visit and relax. Events at the cafe include baby yoga, pregnancy relaxation, creative dance for children, baby massage, messy play and a calm room for babies under 12 months.

There is also a cafe serving food and drinks, a small stock of items to buy for little ones as well as the facility to offer parental & mini medic first aid.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE




First Aid For Children & Parents


Camomile Cafe (Corsham) -

Daisy First Aid (Swindon/Cirencester) -

Mini First Aid (Bath/Swindon/North Wilts) -

British First Aid -

St Johns Ambulance -

First Aid For Life -

NCT -

Some of these websites also offer online training or can send you a free first aid guide.

Pet First Aid Courses



Woozelbears, Melksham -  CLICK HERE

Dog First Aid Ltd - CLICK HERE

The Canine First Aid Company - CLICK HERE

Friends For Pets - CLICK HERE

Bath Canine Academy - CLICK HERE

Some of these websites also offer online training.

You can also order a free first aid guide from PDSA via the website. To do this, CLICK HERE

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Child Safety




Child Safety Week 2018 may have been and gone but these hints and tips are handy to know all year round.