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Friday, 28 August 2020

Back To School Top Tips From Scotty's Little Soldiers


It’s a huge week coming up for many of our Scotty Members as they head back to school. So many children will be anxious about returning to school after such a long gap and for those who are dealing with a number of pre-existing challenges following the death of a parent it could be even more worrying.

The Scotty's Little Soldiers team have been busy with a number of initiatives to help ease those fears and this week we put out our Top Tips for returning to school video.

It’s packed with ideas to help our Scotty Members prepare for the change in their current routines – in fact it’s relevant to any child about to go back to school so feel free to take a look at the video above.

To find out more about Scotty's Little Soldiers, click HERE


Spurgeons Children's Charity - Top Tips For Starting Primary School


Spurgeons Children’s Charity (Spurgeons) is one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families for 150 years.

These resources from Spurgeons have been designed to help parents and carers to support their child in the transition to primary school. We hope that the videos and information sheets provided will help answer any questions you may have whilst your child is preparing to start school.

To visit the website, click HERE


Returning To School After Coronavirus Lockdown


The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown is an unprecedented situation in modern times. It is hard to gauge the full impact that the situation is having on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Pupils’ experiences of the lockdown period will have been very varied. For some, it will mostly have been a safe and enjoyable time. For others, it will have been challenging or traumatic. Schools and teachers are used to supporting their pupils through challenges that they face in life – the current situation will amplify those situations many times over. 

This short guide from The Mental Health Foundation aims to:

-Outline the scale of the challenge that schools and pupils are facing

-Provide practical advice, activities and support

To read this advice online, click HERE


Citizens Advice Support To Universal Credit Claimants



Help To Claim is a free, independent, confidential and impartial service provided by trained advisers from Citizens Advice. They can help anyone with the early stages of their Universal Credit claim from starting the claim through to the first full payment. To read more online click HERE

You can also click HERE for the latest advice column from Wiltshire Citizens Advice explaining what you need to do to ensure you keep getting Universal Credit.


Thursday, 27 August 2020

AWS 7 Day Family Challenge - Week 23!






































To view this activity sheet online, click HERE

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Latest NHS Armed Forces COVID19 Briefing


To view this document in full, click HERE

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Back To School Primary Booklet From Barnardo's



The past few months have been very different from any other time we’ve known. For everyone, there has been a lot of change, and now we are having to think about getting back to school. This might feel exciting, or maybe even a little scary.

However you feel about going back to school, this booklet is designed to give you hints, tips and activities to try so that you move back into school life feeling confident and calm. 

To view this document online, click HERE

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Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Update On Face Coverings In Schools




The World Health Organisation (WHO) published a new statement on the 21 August on when children should wear face coverings. They now advise that “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.”

As a result, the government is revising its guidance on face coverings for staff and children in Year 7 or above in England. Nationwide, while the government is not recommending face coverings are necessary, schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is right in their particular circumstances.

To read more online, click HERE


British Legion - Telephone Buddies


Our Telephone Buddy scheme offers companionship, support and a friendly ear to anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated.

When people in our Armed Forces community feel isolated or lonely, we help them build connections. Through Telephone Buddies, individuals are provided with the opportunity to talk to someone, experience companionship and make new connections on a regular basis. This routine can help provide direct support to those who need it, whilst improving someone’s wellbeing.

Anyone who would like to access the Telephone Buddy scheme can contact the Legion on 0808 802 8080.

To read more online, click HERE


Moving Back Into SFA In The UK From An Overseas Posting?


If you are returning to the UK from a country that is currently exempt from the Government's up to date list of Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors and moving into SFA then you must appoint a proxy to undertake the Move In appointment on your behalf whilst you are in the quarantine period.

Please click the red links above for further details.


Blurt - Increasing Awareness & Understanding Of Depression


Think of us as the knowing nod. You’ve seen it – a slight bob of the head, often accompanied by a smile. A little movement that says, “I understand”, “I’m listening” and “I’m here for you”. That’s us.

We really understand how devastating depression can be. Jobs come to an end, relationships break down and lives can be lost, all through the effect of depression. That’s why the work we do here at Blurt is so important – it not only changes lives, but saves them.

Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Being diagnosed can be overwhelming – there’s a lot to learn and plenty of prejudice to battle. Telling people is tough, and not everyone will understand. That’s why we’re here for you, whenever you need us, for anything at all.

We’ll help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. We’ll help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you. We’ll help you help yourself, with a little knowing nod.

To visit the Blurt website, click HERE


Tuesday, 25 August 2020

New 'Don't Wait & Worry' Cancer Campaign From The NHS


A drop in the number of people across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire seeking help from their GP for symptoms, that could be cancer, has prompted a warning that not getting checked could lead to serious consequences.

Dr Ruth Grabham, the Clinical Commissioning Group’s Medical Director, has issued a stark appeal, for any person with concerns about their health, to not sit on their symptoms and to not hesitate in contacting their GP for further advice and information.

It comes as new data reveals that GP referrals for patients, with suspected cancer, to each of the region’s hospitals during April, May and June plummeted.

To read this article in full, click HERE

For further details of the "Don't Wait and Worry" campaign, launched this week, click HERE


Monday, 24 August 2020

Tax-Free Childcare


Back in April 2017, HM Government started rollout of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) across the UK; the scheme was fully rolled out by the end of 2017.

TFC is a savings account which parents can use to pay for childcare. For every £8 parents pay in, HM Government adds another £2. Parents can save up to £2,000 per year (£4,000 where children are registered as disabled). To qualify for TFC, both parents have to be in paid employment, each working a minimum of 16 hours per week at the National Minimum/Living Wage (approx. £130 per week).

Sign-up to TFC across the Service community has been relatively low. This may be because parents are still making use of the Childcare Voucher scheme (CVS), which closed to new entrants in October 2018, or because parents are unsure whether they are eligible for TFC. Parents can check eligibility for TFC by visiting www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

A step-by-step guide can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/how-to-use-tax-free-childcare/. Parents leaving the CVS to join TFC will not be able to re-join the CVS. A poster comparing the two schemes is below.

Living overseas? Eligible parents posted overseas can access TFC as long as they use MOD approved childcare providers. This includes childcare offered by MOD schools and nurseries, and Ofsted regulated and inspected childminders. Parents in non-MOD school areas can access TFC only when the provider is regulated, registered and inspected by the relevant host nation and both the parent and provider have access to a UK bank account.


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Lego - Small Builds For Big Conversations


On average, parents will only spend 46 minutes discussing online safety with their child during their entire childhood. Most grown-ups just don’t know where to start. And that’s absolutely fine. It’s hard to keep up with what kids are up to online, let alone know how to keep them safe from harm.

Lego's ‘Build and Talk’ activities give you the tools to have a relaxed but useful conversation with your kids about life online as you tackle some fun and simple builds together.

To find out more, click HERE


AWS Family Challenges - Week 22







































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Virus Watch - Help Stop The Spread


We urgently need to understand more about COVID19. The more we understand the virus the better equipped we will be to stop its spread and save lives.

Current research does a very good job of reporting infection rates and identifying outbreaks. Virus Watch aims to identify how the virus spreads, and, how to stop it and prevent a second wave. To achieve this we need help from people in every community in the UK – from you and your family. Join thousands of households already taking part in our Virus Watch study and together we can help beat the virus.

Chosen participants will receive antibody tests to see if they have had COVID19 and might now have resistance against the virus. As we gather the results from our study you’ll be able to see them on our website. In this way, your family will have the very latest COVID19 information.

To visit the website, click HERE


Friday, 21 August 2020

COVID19 Returning To School Advice For Parents


Families thinking ahead to the start of the September term will find a range of advice and support in Witlshire Council's 'Back to School' booklet.

Schools are getting ready to fully open their doors to all pupils from September for the first time since March. They have been busy preparing to ensure pupils can safely return and each school will be contacting families to set out how the new school day will work and providing practical advice.

Wiltshire Council's booklet contains advice on how to prepare your child for going back, FAQs and general advice on where to find help and support.

To read this booklet online, click HERE

Where possible pupils are being encouraged to walk and cycle to school. Click HERE to visit our website for advice and FAQs on school transport including pupils taking public transport.

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Moving Schools - Support For Military Families


Is your child starting at a new school this September?

Please click the headers below for guides, information sheets and other advice for military families coping with moving schools.


Moving Schools
 - A Parents Guide




















Witlshire Council - Active Communities


With a lot of people having to spend more time at home and maybe struggling with ideas of things to do, ways to stay active or just to keep their mental health in a positive place, Wiltshire Council have compiled a list of online resources across a wide range of subjects to try and provide something of interest for everyone.

To read more, click HERE


Career Pursuit – A Career Guide For Military Spouses On The Move


Moving around with your Serving partner doesn’t mean you have to give up your own ambitions and Helen Massey shares who can help you through her brand new career guide.

Career Pursuit, as advertised by The Forces Families Federations, is for all ‘other halves’ of the Armed Forces which is free and offers career support, advice, resources and top tips, including setting up and running your own business.

To find out more online, click HERE


See, Hear, Respond - Rapid Support For Children & Young People



The See, Hear, Respond Partnership is a new service from Barnardo's, funded by the Department for Education.

With your help, the See, Hear, Respond Partnership will quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of Coronavirus.

To read more online, including details of how to refer as well as a support hub, click HERE


Thursday, 20 August 2020

Improving Access To Social Housing For Members Of The Armed Forces


The government is committed to ensuring that members of the Armed Forces community face no disadvantage in the provision of public services.

This statutory guidance is intended to assist local authorities when considering applications for social housing from members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

To read the guidance online, click HERE


Recruit For Spouses - Press Release


To read this press release in full, click HERE

To read more details about the manifesto, click HERE

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Financial Top Tips For Service Personnel



Service Personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has worked with the financial sector to improve the ability of armed forces personnel to access financial products.

(Please note that the MoneyForce website is now closed, however the links shown in the article lead to financial support services from The Royal British Legion)

To visit the website, click HERE


You can also find suitable information on the Money Advice Service website. To visit this site, click HERE


Race The World - Virtual Fundraising Event For ABF The Soldiers' Charity


























ABF The Soldiers' Charity are excited to launch their brand new virtual event - Race The World - Seven Continent Challenge!

Starting this September, Soldiers and their families can team up and compete against each other to complete a distance covering seven continents, all while raising vitals funds for the Army family.

We want to see teams running, rowing, cycling or swimming together to rack up the miles. Choose to complete a single continent, race for bronze and tackle three continents, sign up for silver, take on five continents or go for gold and complete all seven!

Enter a team today! To find out more click HERE


Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Transition Life Skills Info Sheet No.16 - Preventative Welfare Guidance


This Life Skills Welfare Information Sheet seeks to highlight those welfare issues that most commonly affect Service Personnel (SP) and family members and offer some basic guidance on how some of these might be avoided, and if they cannot be avoided, signpost to where support and assistance can be found.

To view this document online, including the embedded links within the document, click HERE

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SSAFA August Newsletter


Welcome to this month's edition of the SSAFA e-newsletter!

To read your August newsletter please click HERE


NHS Need More Volunteers For COVID19 Vaccine Studies


Interested in signing up to be contacted for Coronavirus vaccine studies?

You can use this service to give permission for researchers to contact you about taking part in Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK.

Please note: 

You are not signing up to take part in a specific health study when you use this service.

You are letting researchers know you're happy for them to contact you, if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.

To find out more about the service, click HERE


Free First Aid Refresher Course


During these unprecedented times we at St John Ambulance aim to do everything we can to support our training customers, our NHS and our own people.

We know that first aid skills remain important and necessary, perhaps even more so in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to make sure nobody feels unprepared to provide first aid help when needed, so we're giving free access to our online Annual refresher course.

For further details and access to the course, click HERE


Updated List Of BFPO's Included In The MOD Enduring Families Free Mail Service


Click HERE for the updated list of British Forces Post Offices (BFPOs) and ships who are entitled to the enduring families free mail service (EFFMS) - updated 17 August 2020


Virtual Army Careers Centres


To read more online, click HERE


What's Coming Up & Reopening In Our Local Area?



















Monday, 17 August 2020

Child Trust Funds - First Teenagers To Get Access To Their Money



Thousands of teenagers in Wiltshire are set to benefit for the first time from money in Child Trust Funds (CTFs) that were set up for them when they were young children.

Between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011, approximately 463,000 CTF accounts were opened across the South West. Most were set up by parents or guardians but some were set up by HMRC where parents or guardians did not open an account. This means some children do not know there are accounts in their name and are unaware their money is waiting for them.

From 1 September 2020, the oldest children will turn 18 and be able to access their money. The HMRC has created a simple online tool which you can find HERE - this should help young people find out where their account is held. If a parent or guardian is unsure of where their child’s CTF account is held they can also use this tool.


Children's School Places & Transport Concerns


To visit the Education section of the AFF website, click HERE

Are you concerned about school passenger transport come September? Click HERE for advice from the Wiltshire Council website


Home Security - Don't Be Caught Out By Burglars


Don't be caught out by burglars! This summer Wiltshire Police are asking all householders to remember the following advice to improve the security in and around the home:

• Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even if you’re in the garden, and make sure you have approved locks or bolts on all doors and windows
• Never leave a spare key in a hiding place like in a plant pot or letterbox - a thief knows all the hiding places
• Keep all keys, purses and wallets out of sight and away from the letterbox
• Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB
• Do not open the door to anyone you don’t know or are not expecting. Always check by using a spy-hole or look through a window
• Make sure that you have up to date contents insurance
• Register all serial numbers from electrical items, tools and garden equipment with https://crowd.in/A2sz7V the free national property register. Mark items without serial numbers with an artificial DNA property marker such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA
• Do not keep large amounts of cash at home - it is much safer in a bank or building society
• Trim back any plants and hedges at the front of your property to no higher than 1 metre to remove hiding places
• Always report any suspicious activity, note any vehicle registrations, descriptions of persons involved and direction of travel
• Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home
• Take photographs of all jewellery including hallmarks and keep them safe. Also consider using an artificial DNA property marker on jewellery or other valuable items
• Make sure any bolts are low enough so they cannot be opened by reaching over the top of the gate

You will find more helpful advice on our website:

If you have any information about offenders or see something suspicious, please call Wiltshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. In an emergency dial 999.


Local Adult Learning Courses


To view this course brochure online, click HERE

Please also see links below for other local and national course providers.






Football & Rugby Clubs In Colerne


The Colerne rugby and football clubs will soon be back up and running and have released further information regarding new rules and processes in place due to COVID19.

Please click the links below to find out more about the clubs.




For contact details of other groups, clubs and organisations within the village, please click HERE


AFF's Handy Tips For Military Families On The Move



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To read more advice and information on the website, click HERE


Friday, 14 August 2020

AWS 7 Day Family Challenges - Week 20 & 21



Please click the links below to access weeks 20 & 21 of the AWS 7 Day Family Challenges




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Take Precautions When Car Sharing


Many people like to car share but it can be hard to maintain social distancing whilst car sharing, increasing the risk of transmission of COVID19.

If you have to car share, please follow these guidelines:

-Wear face coverings
-Sit as far away as possible
-Share with the same small group only
-Keep windows open at all times
-Wash hands or use hand sanitisers before and after your journey
-Clean the car after your journey, including handles internal and external