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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Home-Start Support For Families


A service for all families including those within the Armed Forces because childhood can’t wait…

What can you expect from Home-Start?
There are hundreds of reasons why families find life difficult. Last year, local Home-Start volunteers helped more than 600 armed forces families just like yours in the UK, Germany and Cyprus.

To find out more about Home-Start:
Call 0116 464 5450
Home-Start UK: The Crescent, King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RX. Charity no. in England and Wales 1108837 and in Scotland SC039172

To visit the Home-Start covering North Wiltshire,

Social Media & Teenagers

Think Before You Share Online



Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, and letting the world know what you’re up to. The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.

Be extra careful if you have identified yourself as being a member of the military or an MOD civilian.

There is a short guide to appropriate social media behaviour for defence personnel.

You can also download the
 Personal security online (PDF, 1.55MB, 11 pages) file which contains some more detailed guidance.

Security and privacy settings 

Whenever you join a social network, you should always look at the privacy and security settings. Do this frequently as settings are subject to change. 


Each social network deals with privacy and security in different ways, and you shouldn’t share information on their service until you know where that could end up.


Pictures and videos 

Pictures are powerful and often revealing assets that can also pose a risk to personal and operational security if placed in the wrong hands. 

Whether in a professional or personal capacity, you should always consider what information you are revealing through imagery you publish online. 

Always consider how the images and videos you publish might be interpreted, and what level of information they are displaying. Remember, unless you have appropriate privacy settings activated, there is a strong chance your images can be viewed by the wider public. Consider whether you wish to identify yourself, your colleagues, family members or your location, and how you are representing your profession.



For more information
CLICK HERE

Monday, 29 April 2019

Adult Swimming - Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtimes - Azimghur Barracks Pool


From 30th April 2019, the swimming pool in the gym on Colerne camp will be open to spouses and dependants over the age of 17 on Tuesdays & Thursday lunchtimes
 1230-1330hrs.

Before using the pool for the first time please ensure you arrive early (1220hrs) for a brief induction with the gym staff, including an unaided 25m swim to ensure competency & safety.

If you have any queries please contact the Gym staff on 01225 745214

*Please note that the above photo is a stock image*




Scotty's Little Soldiers

Friday, 26 April 2019

Colerne Breakfast & After School Club


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2020 Education Support Fund For Service Children


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To visit the Gov.uk website mentioned above,

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Childline



Childline will help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, trained counsellors will support you. 

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to Childline: 

-by calling 0800 1111 

-by email 

Whatever feels best for you. 

www.childline.org.uk

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Countryside Safety


With the Easter holidays well underway and the May bank holidays fast approaching, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public to take care when out and about.

When good weather combines with children being off school, it’s natural that families will want to enjoy the sunshine, especially in our beautiful local countryside. However, it only takes a moment of thoughtlessness to lead to a fire starting.

Gaynor Mant, from the Prevention department, said: “If you decide to have a campfire or barbecue, please make sure that you’re in a safe area and that the ashes are fully extinguished and damped down before you leave. Large wildfires are thankfully rare but, when they do occur, they take a great deal of resources to bring under control, which impacts the availability of our crews for property fires and other emergencies. The damage to local wildlife is also significant, often destroying ecosystems that have taken years to build up.”

She added: “Barbecues and bonfires can get out of control very easily. If you are burning garden waste in the garden, please site any bonfire well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures, and have a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to accelerate. Always call 999 if you think the fire is spreading.”

To read more advice and guidance on the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue website, CLICK HERE
To read more about the countryside code, CLICK HERE

Free Adult Community Learning Courses - Bath College


Free courses include;

-confidence & motivation
-personal development
-employability
-computing

To read this brochure online, CLICK HERE


To view other free courses such as;

-ESOL
-CSCS card
-SIA licence



 Rachel from Adult Community Learning is in Bath Jobcentre on the 1st  and 3rd  Monday of every month between 0915-1230hrs. Feel free to pop in and see her to find out what’s available or contact Rachel Biggs at Adult Community Learning on 01225 328822

Friends In Grief - A Community Based Drop-In Service


Your SFA - Safety In The Home


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To see further guides and resources on the Amey website, CLICK HERE




LifeWorks Families - Free Online Courses



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Did you know that RBLI's LifeWorks offer free online courses to help build your confidence and get you back into work without leaving the comfort of your sofa?

In just a few short clicks you can access their exciting video series which will take you through everything you need to know.

To register online or for more information, CLICK HERE

LifeWorks For Ex-Forces


To visit the website, please CLICK HERE

Which NHS Service Do You Need?


By choosing other services and self-caring, where appropriate, patients can help to reduce pressure on the NHS

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Know Your Units


Chippenham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club


Welcome to the Chippenham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club. We are a group of veterans & serving members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, & like other Armed Forces & Veteran’s Breakfast Clubs around the country & overseas, our ethos is mutual support; it works because we all have a similar humour & outlook & the social life we now enjoy is like our service days. We meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 09:30 hrs and on the 4th Sunday of the month at 10:00am. Families are more than welcome to join us. At: Brewers Fayre West Cepen Way Chippenham SN14 6UZ Club Admin - Mark O’Neill Email: chippenhamafvbc@gmail.com
Facebook: Chippenham Armed Forces &
Veterans Breakfast Club

If you'd like to find out more about this club, or others than run all around the country, CLICK HERE

Defence Discount Service Overview



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To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Travelling Abroad? Taking Medication?


You need to check what rules apply to taking your medicine:

Out of the UK 

&

Into the country you're going to

For more information please

Monday, 15 April 2019

Friday, 12 April 2019

It's Never Too Early To Think About Your Civilian Housing Options - Updated Housing Briefs





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Please note that the email address has recently changed to

RC-Pers-JSHAO-0Mailbox@mod.gov.uk 

To view this list online, along with further details regarding JSHAO, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 11 April 2019

MOD Service Personnel - Cohabitation Rules For Those In A Long-Term Relationship


The MOD’s policy on cohabitation in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) has changed.

 If you have served for four or more years and can demonstrate that you are in a Long-Term Relationship (LTR), then you will be eligible to apply to cohabit with your partner in surplus SFA, where it’s available

Soldiers eligible to cohabit won’t hold entitlement to SFA and so, if there is no surplus SFA at their place of work (i.e. within 50 miles of their posting location), they won’t be able to access SFA or Substitute SFA (a hiring).
Soldiers with PStatCat2 – primary parental responsibility – can also apply in accordance with this policy.

What is cohabitation?
The MOD defines cohabitation as a soldier living with their partner, who is not their legal spouse or civil partner, in an LTR.

What is classed as a long-term relationship (LTR)?
The MOD has a list of criteria defining an established LTR. You will need to be able to provide enough evidence of your established relationship of 12 months or more. This time frame was set by the Service People Policy Group (SPPG).  


To read AFF's FAQ's on the new rules, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Rescuing Baby Birds


This information was taken from a Wildlife Welfare website, based in Hertfordshire.

To visit the website,

Alternatively to visit the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust website,

Tri Service - Contact House Directory


Tri Service - Contact House Directory 
CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy

The Big Blue Bus Is Coming Back To Colerne!


Please note that this youth club is open to both military and civilian families!

The hardstanding area is indicated on the above picture by a red square. The village of Colerne is to the south.

This area is outside the wire and therefore accessible by all. If driving, please enter via Holly Drive or Poplar Way, however please observe the speed limits and note that the roads can get narrow when cars are parked there.

To find out more about the bus online,

Monday, 8 April 2019

PTSD Resolution



PTSD Resolution is a charity (no. 1133118) that helps Veterans, Reservists and Families who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work & family life because of trauma suffered during service in the armed forces.

The programme is community-based, with treatment and support provided locally through a nationwide network of 200 therapists, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

PTSD Resolution helps Veterans and Reservists to resolve the mental health problems associated with military trauma that obstruct a normal range of family and work relationships.

To visit the website CLICK HERE

New Initiatives To Support Modern Service Life


A series of new initiatives, aimed at modernising the living and working arrangements for Armed Forces personnel, have now been announced by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

These new measures, including new flexible working arrangements, expanded accommodation options and new co-habitation rules are designed to modernise the Armed Forces and ensure the military remains a competitive employer that meets the changing needs and expectations of service personnel and their families.

As of Monday 1st April, Regular personnel can apply for Flexible Service, allowing them to work part-time for a defined period, and giving them the option to restrict the amount of time they would spend away from their home and their families, such as by limiting their deployability.

A new pilot scheme is to be launched that will give service personnel more choice in their accommodation, allowing them to rent homes off base, potentially with partners, friends, or military colleagues, rather than living on site.

Finally, new policy is being introduced to allow couples in long-term relationships, including same sex couples, to live together in surplus Service Family Accommodation (SFA), subject to availability. Currently only married couples, those in civil partnerships, and those with legally dependent children can live in SFA. 

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“It’s hugely important that the armed forces keep pace with modern society, creating a more attractive option to live, work and bring up a family.

“By making our policies fairer and more flexible, we will help retain our diverse and talented workforce and give them greater freedom as they carry out their service.”

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:

“Personnel have told us that they want more flexible working arrangements and so I’m delighted these measures are now in place.

“This new package of modern measures will help us retain personnel who want a more flexible approach to how they live, work and serve.”

Flexible Service
The new legislation means personnel can apply to temporarily work part-time and restrict their separation from their home-base, should their personal circumstances change - whether it’s to care for young children or elderly relatives, or to embark on training or further education. It will also improve work life balance, and ensure the military is able to cater for an increasingly diverse work force. The operational capability of the armed forces will still come first, and will be the most important consideration when assessing all applications.

Surveys show that the impact of a military career on families and personal lives is the most important factor that might influence personnel to leave service, which is
why the new measures aim to retain those with invaluable training and experience.

Future Accommodation Model
From September 2019, the new pilot for the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) will be rolled out to three military bases, starting with HMNB Clyde. The pilot, which will last for approximately three years, will also be established at Aldershot Garrison and RAF Wittering in 2020, ensuring the new policy is keeping pace with changing requirements and 21st century expectations, while also gathering evidence to inform future decisions.
The FAM will provide more choice to service personnel regarding where and with whom they live, making use of the private rental sector, alongside existing options. This means personnel will be able to live near their children’s school or their partner’s work place, if they choose, and their rent will be in line with the equivalent type of SFA.

Personnel are already supported by the Forces Help to Buy scheme which offers the opportunity to borrow up to 50% of their salary for a deposit, interest free. Currently, nearly 17,000 personnel have benefited from some £255m of loans.

Under FAM, entitlement to SFA will no longer be allocated according to the rank of individuals, but will instead focus on the size of the family, promoting fairness and ensuring homes are fit for purpose.

Cohabitation
The MOD has taken steps to broaden access to Service Family Accommodation (SFA) by amending current accommodation policy. From today, all service personnel, who have more than four years’ service in the armed forces and who are in a long-term relationship or have residential responsibility for a child will be able to apply to live together in surplus SFA at all UK bases where properties are available. This important change in policy to allow cohabitation will benefit all services and all ranks.

FAM Update - Future Accommodation Model


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To watch an introductory clip on YouTube,

To visit the FAM website,


Universal Credit




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Many people within the Armed Forces Community have been affected by the changes to Welfare credits/benefits the introduction of universal credit and other changes. The attached document gives brief details but more importantly links to help the pathway through changes. Please pass to anyone who you feel could benefit from this information. The newsletter, whilst produced by West Mercia, is applicable to all​.

To receive a copy of the above documents, including the links, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk

To visit the Universal Credit & You website,