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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Big White Wall - Anonymous Online Mental Health Support 24/7

Sooner or later, we all go through tough times. We might seem to be ok, but inside we can be feeling worried, or struggling to cope.

Life events such as bereavement, relationship problems or debt can be overwhelming.

If you are stressed, anxious or feeling low, visit the Big White Wall website to join their online mental health community (accessible anytime, anywhere)

Did you know that Serving personnel, Veterans and military family members have free access to the Big White Wall website, and all of it's resources?

To register for free on the website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 15 November 2019

AFF - It's All About Family

This winter, AFF are focusing on family life and what they've been working on in 2019.

Throughout November and December, they'll bring you lots of useful information, news and updates on all the issues that affect you.

To visit the AFF website, CLICK HERE

Booking Leave For The Armed Forces Made Easy

From 1 Nov you can submit your Annual Leave by accessing the ‘My Leave’ application on Defence Gateway.
This can be done from any device without the need to log into JPA. 
Leave can be entered anytime up to 48 hours in advance of the anticipated leave period. Permission must be obtained from a line manager prior to the leave being entered.
To use the tool simply access the Defence Gateway and look for the  ‘My Leave’ application under more applications.
Alternatively to read more online,

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Plastic Items Needed For Martin's Croft Play Area Project

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A collection box for the above is in the main corridor of the Community Centre building on Azimghur Barracks, as part of the recyling & donation station

Betty Yourself - New Beauty Therapist On Colerne Camp

The owner of Betty Yourself, Michelle, will be on camp every Wednesday in the salon (attached to the Community Centre) with some appointments also available on Fridays.

Please contact Michelle on 07599 158092 or follow her on Facebook or Instagram (details above)

Friday, 8 November 2019

RSPCA Autumn Advice

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To read this guide online, or to read more seasonal advice for Autumn, CLICK HERE

Make The Wiltshire Green Pledge

Wiltshire Council are asking residents to make changes to your everyday lives and play your part in making big changes to the environment.

The Wiltshire Green Pledge is a simple online tool to encourage people to commit to doing what they can to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

You can pledge whatever you want, from leaving the car at home more often, to using reusable cups-there's plenty of simple changes you can make.

To find out more and make your pledge online,

SFA Disputed Charges - Updated Information

When you move out of UK service family accommodation (SFA) or substitute service family accommodation (SSFA), you may be liable for charges for damages or deficiencies that are not classed as fair wear and tear, or because you have failed to prepare the property to the correct standard, for example cleanliness.

Since 1 October 2013, the process for managing these charges permits DIO to take these directly from the pay of serving personnel in order to improve the efficiency of the process.

Any payments taken depend on the size of the charge and individual monthly income (using MOD guidelines to ensure that deductions do not exceed a set limit of pay).

If you consider that you are not responsible for the charges, or part of them, for example that the damage is the result of fair wear and tear, you are able to dispute the charge raised using the ‘Disputed charges form’.

CLICK HERE for the form and process flowchart for service personnel wishing to dispute charges for damages to service family accommodation. (Updated 7 November 2019)

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Be Bike Smart - Be Bike Safe

CLICK HERE to take part in the quiz

Hire A Hero Charity Boxing Evening - Wellington Barracks, London - Friday 27th March

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To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Rise Trust Children's Centre's

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CLICK HERE to visit the website or click on the images below to see the list of courses in Chippenham & Corsham this November & December

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

X-Forces Enterprise Launches 'Military In Business' Podcast

For more than six years the X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) team has been providing self-employment and enterprise training for the Armed Forces Community.

Hear about XFE's positive impact on those transitioning from the Armed Forces, supporting their ongoing contribution to the economy and society, through the voices and stories of XFE beneficiaries in the launch of a new Podcast and Vlog series.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

MOD Disability, Mental Health & Wellbeing: Civilian Workforce Report 2019

The MOD has produced its first annual workforce report on disability, mental health and wellbeing.

The voluntary report sets out work the department is doing to support staff and promote good practice around disability, mental health and wellbeing.

It highlights the support that the MOD has in place for all employees, including for those with disabilities, support for people with mental health issues, and the wider initiatives in place for all staff to promote their wellbeing.

To read the report, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Hullavington & Stanton St Quintin Parish Council & Village Information

The two villages surrounding Buckley Barracks (Hullavington & Stanton St Quintin) are relatively small in size but not in community spirit.

Both villages have active Facebook pages, including; 

Buckley Barracks Community
Hullavington Happenings
Stanton St Quintin Village Community
Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall

The villages also have Parish Council and Village Hall websites. Click on the red links below to visit the websites!

Click the above link to read the latest Parish Council newsletter. Alternatively to visit the Parish Council website, CLICK HERE

Click the above link to visit the village hall website. Alternatively to visit the Parish Council website,

Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance - Lydiard Park, Swindon

The Field of Remembrance, which opened to the public on Friday 1st November, pays tribute to all the brave Service men and women who have served, including those who have more recently lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Field of Remembrance will close on Thursday 21st November. Opening times are 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Admission to the Walled Garden is free during this period. Parking charges apply.

To visit the Lydiard Park website, CLICK HERE

InDependent Spouse

The InDependent Spouse started off as a series of fun, informative podcasts for the military spouse business order, but quickly grew into something bigger.

The podcast was born from a need to hear something new. A need to hear from the inspirational men and women who experience service life from the 'home-front' while creating successful businesses. To give a voice to those who are already achieving amazing things, and to inspire those who dream of doing the same.

With the release of the second series of the podcast, and with over 2500 listeners, it's been clear that more is needed. There needs to be a way to connect business leaders throughout this community, no matter where they are located.

Military spouse run businesses should not be limited by location or disadvantaged by living a transient 'magnolia wall life'!

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

Defence Holistic Transition Policy

The MOD published a new policy (JSP 100) and launched a new organisation ‘Defence Transition Services’ simultaneously on 28 October 2019, to provide an additional layer of support for Service Personnel in their through-Service preparations for, and during, their transition into civilian life at the end of their Service, however long or short that may be.

The aim of JSP 100 policy is twofold:

 a.         To ensure that every Service leaver has fully considered all relevant aspects of their departure from the Armed Forces, and (if appropriate) the effect of that departure on their family; and has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that their short-term and long-term transition is as successful as possible.  This may also have the added effect of deterring some intended leavers from doing so, once they consider the scale of the difference between civilian and military lifestyles.

 b.         To ensure that the minority of Service leavers who may, for whatever reason, be less likely to make a successful transition beyond the question of employment (which is already addressed through Defence resettlement policy (JSP 534) and the Career Transition Partnership), receive appropriate support up to and beyond the moment of leaving the Armed Forces.  This support will be provided by the Chain of Command up to the moment of departure, and by the central Defence Transition Services team of dedicated caseworkers once they have formally left the Armed Forces.  Defence Transition Services will also be responsible for providing connections to external support from other Government departments and public bodies, and from trusted charities.  JSP 100 forms the foundational document for Defence Transition Services delivery, with its processes designed to deliver the JSP’s target outcomes of successful transition for every Service leaver.  DIN 2019DIN01-145 also refers, copies should be available through Units or contact HIVE.

To read this JSP online, CLICK HERE

RBL Housing Guides

The RBL have produced some really useful housing guides for local authorities, who some service personnel will turn to when trying to secure housing after leaving the service.
Although aimed at ‘front line’ housing staff, the guides are also useful for service personnel who are coming up to leaving the service and need housing.

To read these guides onlineCLICK HERE 

Monday, 4 November 2019

Coming Up At The Forum, Bath


To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Monday Madness - MOD Corsham Community Centre

New Bra Bank At Heads Up Salon In Colerne High Street

School Admissions Process

With over 76,000 children from Armed Forces families attending schools in England, additional help is at hand to support these families to navigate the school admissions process.

A video, funded by Forces Connect South East and produced by Hampshire County Council, is now live, offering more detail on the steps Forces parents need to take to secure a school place for their child, with key dates for applications.

To find out more and to watch the video online, CLICK HERE

Please note that this video on the attached link will not work on MODnet computers

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council

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Founded in 2008, the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) is an independent organisation which is managed and run by parent carers, for parent carers.

WPCC has a membership in excess of 2500 parent carers across Wiltshire whose children range both in age (0-25yrs) and in the type of special educational needs and/or disabilities they have.

These needs included mental health, physical, sensory, learning, communication, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorders and health conditions that require complex care.

To find out more about the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council online, CLICK HERE