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Friday, 14 February 2020

Half-Term Activities On Colerne Camp

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Love Should Not Hurt - Advice From Wiltshire Police This Valentine's Day

To read more on the Wiltshire Police website,

Supporting British Veterans - Benefits & Compensation Available In The UK

Whether you are currently serving in the military or are a veteran, there are many benefits and support schemes available to you and your family. For veterans, it can often feel isolating to leave the military and enter ‘civvy street’. It is a big life change to deal with so it is understandable that many veterans struggle with the transition in one way or another. It is vital to know what support is available and to utilise the backing if and when you feel it will be beneficial to you.

The HomeGuides website provides information on the key schemes, grants and organisations that can provide you with assistance in life after the military.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE 

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Colerne Family Fun Run - Saturday 7th March

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Forces Connect App Welcomes Wiltshire

Wiltshire has joined an app that is used to connect members of the Armed Forces community to provide support and advice in their area.

The Forces Connect app is designed to link users in four easy clicks to organisations offering help, support and services across a wide range of needs.

The app is free and aimed at all of the Armed Forces community serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families as well as a useful resource for frontline public services staff.

Initially commissioned by Forces Connect South East, an alliance of public services, the app has been made available to other local authorities that have received Ministry of Defence Covenant grant funding; and Wiltshire is the first of the south west’s partners to join.  The remainder of the partners; Bristol City, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset will be joining over the coming months, allowing easier access to local support.

The app is available to download via Google Play and iTunes-just choose the Wiltshire option.

To find out more about Forces Connect South West, CLICK HERE

Food Standards Agency Alerts & Recalls

Stay up-to-date with food and allergy alerts, plus FSA's latest news and consultations.

Recent alerts include the following products:

-Lidl baby food
-Iceland chinese banquet
-Muller Corner yoghurts
-Cow & Gate baby food
-Iceland chocolate puddings
-Waitrose burgers
-Dorito's Tangy Cheese
-Happy Hounds
-Heinz By Nature baby food

To visit the website, where you can sign up for alerts,

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Jumble Sale - Stanton St Quintin - Saturday 22nd February

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

MOD Lyneham Bingo Night - All Welcome - Saturday 29th February

Wiltshire IAPT Service - Free Support For Your Mental Wellbeing

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To find out more about IAPT and the supportive services they offer, CLICK HERE

Have Your Say On Changes To Taxi Tariffs

Wiltshire Council has opened a public consultation on proposed changes to taxi tariffs throughout the county and people are being asked to have their say.
At a recent extraordinary meeting of the Licensing Committee, members agreed that the proposed changes to the tariffs should be put to public consultation.
The proposed new tariffs see small increases on the initial charge for using a taxi and no change to the subsequent charges.
However, the main change is the length of time that the second tariff tier is active for: previously that ended at 2.29am; now it is proposed that it will start earlier at 10pm instead of 10.30pm and last until 5.59am instead of 2.29am, when the old higher tariff 3 was chargeable. This should encourage more people to use taxis during the early hours, and in turn help to safeguard people as they return home from pubs and clubs. The consultation will run for two weeks, from 6-20 February; please CLICK HERE to take part.

Jumble Sale - Castle Combe Village Hall - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Special School's Transformation In North Wiltshire

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To visit the website, where you can view the support documents and complete the feedback survey,

Active Wiltshire

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Latest Offers From Defence Discount Service - Valentines Special

To visit the DDS website, CLICK HERE

Monday, 10 February 2020

MOD Domestic Abuse Awareness

West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum - Women Only Shared Lunch - Wednesday 12th February

To find out more about the West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum, visit them on Facebook or to visit the website, CLICK HERE

What's On This February Half-Term

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There is lots going on in and around Wiltshire this February half-term!

All of the events above can be found on Facebook or on the providers website.

For more ideas on the Visit Wiltshire website,

DCYP: Pilot Launch Of A New Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form

There has been on-going work around how the Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP) assess children’s educational supportability prior to an overseas posting. Currently the Pupil Information Profile (PIP) has been used for this purpose.

As of 24th February 2020, the Pupil Information Profile (PIP) will no longer be used for assessing overseas educational supportability. This will be replaced with the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form. All children 0-18 require educational clearance prior to overseas postings. This includes postings to MOD Schools and Non-MOD School areas. The purpose of the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form is to support the information required for Educational Clearances. The Educational Clearance and MASO processes will continue and the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form is the tool for gathering the information needed towards this.

DCYP is now in a position to go ahead with a pilot phase running from 24th February 2020 until 31st August 2020, with its final endorsement ready for September 2020. During the piloting period please do not make amendments to the form, but share any feedback or proposed amendments to the form with Claire Scott, SEND Lead for MOD Schools claire.scott@modschools.org. These will then be considered for the final endorsed form, starting September 2020. MOD Schools and CEAS will use this form. The PIP will not be used for Educational Clearances and no amendments are to be made to the EOS Form. All Primary and Secondary schools are expected to use the MOD Schools Admission Form and not any other variation.

The new Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form (PILOT) together with a model email which will be used by schools can be access by clicking the following links:

If you would like an editable Word version of either of these documents, please contact

Further info on educational issues, available on the

Friday, 7 February 2020

Reading Well For Children - Books To Help You Feel Better

This week sees the launch of The Reading Agency's new Reading Well For Children booklist.

Reading Well For Children will support the mental health and wellbeing of children, providing them and their families & carers with information, advice and support for coping with feelings, worries, daily life and getting through tough times.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) but includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

Books are available across Wiltshire libraries and are free to reserve.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

Are Your Dependent Children Registered On JPA?

Declaring dependent Service children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of Service housing and potential assignments.

To complete the registration process, the military member of the family should provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to their unit HR who will complete the JPA process.

Military Veterans To Be Guaranteed Interviews For Civil Service Jobs

Military veterans are to be guaranteed interviews for Civil Service jobs, the Government has announced.

The initiative, launched by the Office for Veterans' Affairs in the Cabinet Office, underlines this Government's deep commitment to Veterans and will boost the employment prospects of those who have served in the British Armed Forces.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

5 Big Questions - A Short Survey About Early Childhood

The Royal Foundation have launched a UK-wide survey to help improve early childhood.

5 Big Questions, a short survey for any adult over the age of 16, aims to spark a national conversation to help create lasting change for generations to come.

The Duchess of Cambridge has marked the launch with a 24-hour UK tour, visiting Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Surrey.

The NSPCC said the project would be a vital source of information.

To complete the survey online, CLICK HERE