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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Monday, 25 February 2019

Deployment Publications Available To Buy Or Download




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Gymnastics Sessions Starting In Corsham


Walking In Colerne



These maps can be collected from Colerne News and The Fox & Hounds.

Alternatively to view the map online, via the Colerne Parish Council website, CLICK HERE

The Law On Leaving Your Child On Their Own


The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.
Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, eg. at home or in a car.
For more information, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Olympiad Chippenham




To visit the website, CLICK HERE




NHS GPs - Top Tips For Military Veterans

GP Surgeries registering as Armed Forces/Military Veteran Aware
As part of the NHS commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, an increasing number of GP practices are registering as Armed Forces/Military Veteran Aware under a national scheme, backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs, to improve medical care and treatment for former members of the Armed Forces. 
The expansion follows a successful pilot in the West Midlands – initiated by the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Midlands faculty – where 90 GP practices have signed up so far.

Currently the closest accredited practice is Hathaway Surgery in Chippenham.

To become accredited, GP practices need to:
* have a lead for Veterans’ issues within the surgery;
* identify and flag Veterans on their computer system;
* undertake dedicated training and attend armed forces healthcare meetings;
* increase understanding of the health needs of veterans amongst both clinical and administrative staff.

Allied to this, the Covenant team in the MOD are currently working with the Department of Health & Social Care to update the form that is completed when an individual registers at a GP practice, ensuring it captures the relevant information to best meet the needs of the Armed Forces community.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

A Guide To The Veterans Welfare Service



To read this guide online outline, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Service Leavers Housing Announcement


Service leavers and their families will be now be able to access military accommodation for up to a year after they hang up their uniform, giving them more time to look for permanent accommodation as they transition back to civilian life.
Current Service Family Accommodation (SFA) rules, which allow personnel who have left the Armed Forces to stay in military housing for six months, will be extended to 12 months where availability of accommodation allows.
To read more about this online, CLICK HERE



HM Forces Railcard - Discount Travel On Rail Fares


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The HM Forces Railcard costs £21 and it'll save you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year.

You're eligible if you're a member of the Regular Forces or Volunteer Reserves or a spouse/civil partner of a member.

For more details, please CLICK HERE

Union Jack Club Offers


The Union Jack Club is a Service Charity located in central London, next to Waterloo Station, providing all the facilities of a modern hotel to serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.

To find out more on their website, CLICK HERE


Transition Into Civilian Life



The MOD's aim is to ensure that service leavers are given all the relevant information needed to make an informed choice allowing a smooth transition into civilian life.

The Army website holds information sheets regarding housing, finances, wellbeing, immigration, healthcare and much more.

Below is an insert from information sheet 13 regarding Credit Union services for the Armed Forces


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To view these information sheets online, CLICK HERE




SSAFA Adoption Awareness




One of the many services that SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, provides is a national registered adoption agency, supporting members of the Armed Forces who wish to create a family through adoption and helping to ensure that they are not disadvantaged as a result of their service.

SSAFA understand the military lifestyle and the needs of military adopters and this is the only service of its kind in the UK. SSAFA welcomes applications from all members of the serving community and those who have left the Armed Forces in the last three years.

For more information, email the SSAFA adoption team, call on 020 7463 9326 or to visit their website,
 CLICK HERE 

Distance Learning For Spouses - Access To Higher Education (Health Professionals) Qualification

New College in Swindon is offering an Access to Higher Education Health Professionals qualification, delivered purely by distance learning so there’s no requirement to attend College.
The qualification helps those who want to move into nursing or midwifery, (or other health related sectors) but don’t have the required entry qualifications for university. As it’s delivered by distance learning, it’s ideal for those who are moving around, perhaps don’t have access to transport, but are starting to think about a career, particularly if their children are getting older and their partners are due to leave the service so ideal for dependents.

Importantly, as it’s also funded by the Advanced Learner Loan, course fees are not going to be a barrier.


To visit the website, 
CLICK HERE


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

New Veterans ID Cards Rolled Out To Service Leavers



A new ID card for Armed Forces Veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started being issued to service leavers.

The cards allow Veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority & charities, helping them to access support and services where needed.

To read more about this and other Veterans services, 


To read more about the Veterans Support Strategy,
 CLICK HERE

Monday, 18 February 2019

Transition Tips & More From AFF



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Like death and taxes, one thing in military life is certain – someday, you soldier will leave the Forces, and your planning should already have started.
What would you do if your soldier left with short notice, perhaps due to medical discharge? With early planning, unexpected doesn’t have to mean unplanned!
Following a two-year project researching the support available to families re-joining civvy street, and working closely with such families, we’ve learned so much about what changes are needed to put leaving the military, or ‘transition’, firmly on the to-do list.

For further information on the AFF website,



SSAFA Forcesline - Free & Confidential Helpline


SSAFA Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving (regulars & reserves) and ex-service men and women from the Armed Forces and for their families.

As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 15 February 2019

Days Out With The Kids


For details of attractions and activities in our area, please CLICK HERE

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Forces Network - Vacancies For Ex-Military & Service Families



To view a variety of jobs, including current admin roles in Chippenham,

Cruse - Supporting Bereavement In The Military Family




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To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 8 February 2019

RBL - Employment Grants For Service Leavers & Their Dependants

Finding a job can be one of the hardest parts of leaving the Armed Forces. The Legion can support you through funding for training and skill development. This financial assistance can help you find suitable work.

The Legion’s Employment Grant is available to ex-Service personnel and their dependants, specifically those who are unemployed or under-employed. 

There are two types of Grants available: 

Training, travel, accommodation and equipment Grant – Provides you with support to address unemployment or under-employment. We also consider childcare and medical costs when these are linked to difficulties around attending training. The cap for this Grant is £1,000. 

Licences Grant – A licence Grant is awarded if it will assist you to find or continue work. Typically, this is to fund the provision of a professional licence that is needed for your work, for example a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. This is a one-off Grant with a cap of £250, and you will need to budget for the licence upkeep costs in the future.

For further information CLICK HERE

Royal British Legion: Independent Inquest Advice Service


The Legion’s Independent Inquest Advice service provides free, independent and expert legal advice and assistance for the families of those who've died in Service, including Reservists on active Service. 

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Amey Work On National Programme To Upgrade The MOD Estate - Smart Meters

Amey has provided an update on a national programme to have smart meters installed in all domestic properties within the MOD estate by the end of 2020.
All done as part of the commitment to use technology to better manage and upgrade the estate on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). Comms Specialist, Lauren Richardson at Amey shares:
Our National Housing Prime contract is currently working with its industry partner SSE to install smart meters throughout the void estate and SSE will also be working independently with their current customers to install smart meters at occupancy.
At the moment, customers are free to request a smart meter is installed by their current energy provider as part of their contract with them. This investment will be beneficial for both the customer and the environment. Once installed customers will be able to manage their energy usage more efficiently with far greater, and more detailed, feedback regarding energy use. This will then enable them to adjust their habits, lowering electricity and gas bills to save money.
Having smart meters installed will also help to reduce our environmental impact across the estate. They prevent the need for new power plants that produce greenhouse gases that substantially create pollution affecting our health. They also help curb existing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants and reduce pollution created by vehicles driven by meter readers.
The problem the MOD estate initially faced is that many of our Service Family Accommodation have what is known as a “semi concealed” meter, meaning that the meter is part buried in concrete. However this issue was quickly resolved and revised meters for these installations have been successfully tested. These revised meters will be rolled out across the Housing estate from 2019.
Source: Amey (Tempo)

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Bereavement Guide For Families Of Service Personnel


Families who have lost a loved one will receive a hard copy Purple Pack via their visiting officer. This online extended version contains further information, links, guidance and support.


Within the Purple Pack, you will find information on:
-immediate issues faced by families
-funerals
-entitlements and benefits
-various support networks


To access The Purple Pack,

A Guide To The British Forces Post Office


The British Forces Post Office is the organisation dedicated to providing postal and courier services to the UK Armed Forces. They deliver both personal and official mail to over 650 locations across the globe and their services are available to Service personnel, spouses, dependants & entitled MOD Civilians stationed overseas.

To read this guide online, 

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

New Contact Lens Recycling Scheme


TerraCycle® is partnering with ACUVUE® to offer a free, accessible contact lens recycle programme for any soft contact lens user in the UK.

The programme accepts disposable lenses, blister packs and blister foils.

A public drop-off location is a communal collection point where the public can take their TerraCycle® waste for recycling.

The nearest public drop-off locations are via Boots Opticians shops in Chippenham & Bath.


To find out more online, CLICK HERE



Follow The Houndway Code


Did you know you could be breaking the law in the UK if your dog isn’t "suitably restrained" when travelling by car?

There is a legal obligation for dogs to travel in cars safely and both the Dogs Trust & the RAC have produced some top tips to ensure your furry friend stays safe.

To visit the Dogs Trust website CLICK HERE

To visit the RAC website CLICK HERE