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Friday, 31 January 2020

What's Your Heart Age?


To take the heart age test, CLICK HERE

Press Release - Social Houses For Former Servicemen & Women with PTSD


New measures could help councils ensure that members of the Armed Forces and Veterans suffering from mental ill health are given the right priority for social housing.

Divorced partners of Armed Forces personnel will also benefit for the first time.

For more information please

Alabama Rot - Know The Symptoms


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To find out more about this deadly dog disease, please click on the links below:


Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Strategy For Our Veterans - UK Gov Consultation Response


We are grateful to everyone who responded to the Strategy for our Veterans UK Government consultation paper. The UK Government's response outlines:

-a summary of the responses received
-a summary of what the UK Government already does to support Veterans
-the Government's plans in response to the consultation

To read this consultation response online, CLICK HERE

Co-habiting In Surplus SFA - Four Years' Service Rule Removed



Following a review of MOD policy, from 1st February Service Personnel will no longer need four years' service to apply to co-habit in surplus Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK.

Although the four years' service requirement has been removed, those wishing to cohabit in surplus SFA will still need to have established a long-term relationship and will be required to comply with Para 0301 of JSP464, Vol 1, Part 1.

To read more online, CLICK HERE


RAF Association Free Mental Wellbeing Training Courses For Non-Serving Members Of The RAF Family

Are you or someone you care about finding it tough? 
Throughout 2020, the RAF Association is holding free mental wellbeing training courses for non-serving members of the RAF family at locations across the UK.
We recognise that RAF service can sometimes place a strain on everyday life. And we all need a little bit of help from time to time.
This course is suitable for:
-All partners, parents, siblings and children (over 18) or anyone serving in the RAF
-All RAF Veterans and their families
-Anyone working on an RAF base (eg. MOD Civil Servants & defence contractors)
We welcome people who want to improve their own mental wellbeing, as well as anyone who wants to support their friends, family members and colleagues, and spot any signs that they might be suffering too.
To find out more online, CLICK HERE


Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund - Emotional Wellbeing Support


Winter can be a difficult time for many due to additional family and financial pressures around the festive period. And for those who are already struggling with their mental health, this time of year can be hugely challenging.

To help tackle these problems, the RAF Benevolent Fund has continued to develop the emotional wellbeing services it offers.

These include a Listening & Counselling Service, free membership to the Headspace app and funded welfare breaks for the family.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

Monday, 27 January 2020

NHS Start 4 Life


To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Bet Regret Campaign



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GambleAware is wholly independent and has a framework agreement with the Gambling Commission to deliver the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms within the context of arrangements based on voluntary donations from the gambling industry.

To visit their website, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

First Aid Instructions From The Community HeartBeat Trust

























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If you witness someone who has collapsed possibly because of cardiac arrest, dial 999 to call the emergency medical services immediately. Follow the instructions given by the ambulance control centre who will provide instructions about the steps to be taken. This may include the location of the nearest PAD. Staff working at the location should also know the location of an AED nearby.

The Resuscitation Council (UK) and British Heart Foundation have written a guide to Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) which gives full information about the use of AEDs in the community. We urge you to read this as it will answer your questions in more detail.

To read this guide online, CLICK HERE


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Household Waste Collection Calendar



To view your waste collection calendar online, please

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2019






































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The Annual Report 2019 sets out major achievements of the Armed Forces Covenant and highlights remaining challenges and new commitments.

To find out more online CLICK HERE

Armed Forces Access To Jobcentre Plus Services


As part of the Armed Forces Covenant, DWP is improving the way current and former members of the Armed Forces (and their families) access Jobcentre Plus services.

This includes having an Armed Forces Champion in every Jobcentre Plus District who ensures that DWP provide support that meets the needs of the Armed Forces community.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

British Military Celebrates 20 Years Of Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Service


On 12th January 2000, the way the British military treated homosexuality within its ranks changed fundamentally.

Up until then, gay, lesbian and bisexual people had been banned from serving in the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF.

Many of course did sign up but were forced to hide their true identity. If they didn't, they risked an internal investigation and dishonourable discharge.

It is with great pride that the Ministry of Defence are now marking 20 years of lesbian, gay and bisexual service in the UK Armed Forces.

Enormous strides have been made and all three services now rank highly in the Stonewall Equality Index. The MOD are also celebrating their transgender personnel, who have served openly for 21 years.

To read a recent Forces Network article about this celebration and how far the Armed Forces have come, CLICK HERE



Tuesday, 14 January 2020

The NHS Website


You can find the following helpful information on the NHS website: 

-A-Z of health conditions, symptoms and treatment
-NHS services directory
-Book GP appointments and order prescriptions
-A-Z of medicines
-Apply for or renew your free
European Health Insurance Card
-NHS updates
-Health apps

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Service Family Accommodation Customer Service Charter





Military Community Helplines Available


What Goes Online, Stays Online


Your digital footprint is part of your online history and can potentially be seen by other people, or tracked and held in a database … or many databases. This is the case even if you are careful with your privacy settings. 

To see what could happen as a result of your online history please CLICK HERE

Monday, 13 January 2020

The Joint Service Housing Advice Office Needs Your Input!


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To visit the JSHAO website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 10 January 2020

Save & Borrow For Your Visa Costs With Repayments From Your Salary



























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The Ministry of Defence is supporting three of the UK's leading credit unions to join forces in making saving simple and loans more affordable to the Armed Forces and its Veterans.

Serve and Protect Credit Union has published the above flyer targeted at Non-UK Service Personnel to encourage them to save to cover costs to fund visa applications.

To find out more about this and other services online,

There's Never Been A Better Time To Quit Smoking







Thursday, 9 January 2020

Could You Leave A Gift In Your Will For ABF?


To find out more on the ABF website, CLICK HERE

Relationship Difficulties - Where To Turn


During January, the Army Families Federation will be highlighting the help that is out there for those who find themselves in the middles of a break-up, as well as offering support so that families can navigate this difficult time.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Olympiad Leisure Centre Car Park Closure






































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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Service Pupil Premium - Eligibility Check





SPP was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. SPP enables schools to provide extra, mainly pastoral support for children with parents in the regular Armed Forces. SPP is paid directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England for supporting Service children. The amount is £300 per child in classes Reception to Year 11.


Who is eligible?

Children of regular Service personnel (PStat Cat 1 and 2 only) who have been recorded as Service children on any January census since 2015 in state schools, free schools and academies in England in years reception to year 11 are eligible for SPP.


Schools can claim SPP for children of regular Service Personnel, for those who have had a Service parent who has died in Service as well as those who have left including through injury for up to a maximum of six years or up to the end of year 11 (whichever comes first).


If a child is not recorded as a Service child whilst the parent is serving, and the Service person has left the Services, schools will not be able to claim SPP.


If a child is home educated, parents agree to take on the financial responsibility and therefore are not eligible for SPP.


Deadline for recording Service children on the next January census is 16 January 2020. Parents are encouraged to inform their child/ren’s school of their Service status ahead of this date to ensure the school can secure SPP funding.

To visit the SPP section of the Gov.uk website,



For MODnet users, the SPP DIN is
 2019DIN01-120 SPP

The Poppy Factory - Helping Veterans Back To Work



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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Revenge Porn - Know The Facts & Where To Get Support




























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To read more on the Gov.uk website,

To visit the Revenge Porn Helpline website,

To visit the Safe Line website,

Steering Clear Of Indecent Images Of Under 18s - Know The Law


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Viewing, sharing and distributing indecent images of under-18s online is illegal. Research shows that not everyone knows the law and may be reluctant or embarrassed to ask. We also know that the age of people in pictures isn't always clear, so even if you think someone is over-18 in a picture, they may not be.

Marie Collins Foundation, in partnership with HM Government and Internet Watch Foundation, has launched an education campaign to highlight the harm caused to child victims of online sexual abuse and to raise awareness about the law.

Targeted at males aged 18-24, the campaign is designed to inform and help young men use the internet safely, for their own sake and for the protection of under-18s who have been abused and/or coerced into being in indecent pictures that are shared online. We also want to give young men the tools and confidence to report any indecent images of children they may encounter online.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

Little Troopers - Support For Children During Periods Of Separation


Little Troopers can provide various resources to support children through periods of separation from a parent, such as:








Please click on the links above, or for other resources, including information sheets, CLICK HERE

Monday, 6 January 2020

Overseas Education For Military Children



Most parents will consider their children's education to be an important factor in deciding whether to accept an overseas assignment. As parents it is your responsibility to research options and decide on school preferences.

As with healthcare, education provision varies considerably between locations, so it's important that families  take the time to research what will be on offer before accepting an overseas posting.

Your first port of call should be the 'education overseas for service children' webpage on the Gov.uk website.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Free Adult Community Learning Courses - Bath College


Upcoming courses include:




To visit the website, where you can download the above brochure and find out about these courses and more, CLICK HERE

Friday, 3 January 2020

Manage Your Tax Credits Online


Use this service to:

- report actual income from self-employment if you estimated it when you renewed (the deadline is
 31 January each year) 

- tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to your circumstances, for example if you get married or your working hours change

- find out how much and when you’ll be paid

CLICK HERE to start