Friday, 15 December 2017

Life Works at Tern Hill 16th to 18th January 2018


SERVICE PUPIL PREMIUM 2018 This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England.

If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300. 

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement.  Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child.  The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date.  

You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family.  (Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service should be classed as Service children) This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database. For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/service-premium-information-for-schools
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-allocations/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-conditions-of-grant
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know



For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244.   

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Smiles for Little Troopers

Once again this Christmas many British Armed Forces children will have a parent serving away from home, we can't bring every parent home but we can hopefully spread lots of love this festive season.

We have our final four ticket opportunities for Little Troopers in Chatham, Leicester, Oxford & London

OXFORD - Jack & the Beanstalk - 18th December 1400hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 14th December 2017 1900hrs here > info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the Oxford Playhouse at your own expense
LONDON - Disney on Ice - 20th December 1830hrs
If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 2017 1900hrs here > info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the O2 Arena London at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
CHATHAM - Sleeping Beauty - 21st December 1900hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 1900hrs here >info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to Central Theatre, Chatham at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
LEICESTER - Beauty & the Beast - 23rd December 1300hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 2017 1900hrs here > info@littletroopers.net
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the De Montfort Hall at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
GOOD LUCK! We will email winners only after closing date, we will not email to confirm receipt of your entry.
  • Applications that do not answer all of the above as requested will be VOID
  • Only one entry per family
  • Please ONLY apply if you are available the date of the tickets, dates can not be swapped
  • Schools please feel free to forward this to any eligible families in your settings
That completes our Christmas Smiles initiative, we hope everyone has an amazing time xxx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

West Midlands Safari Park Recruitment Day - 7 January 2018


We have a wide range of departments with a huge variety of roles in the following areas; Theme Park, Retail and Admissions, Food and Beverage, Games and Venues.

A relaxed welcoming environment in our Treetops Pavilion will set the tone for the day. Candidates will be invited to explore the many opportunities on offer and speak to those who already work at the Park about their experiences and what it’s really like to work here.

The day consists of two parts…

Firstly members of our friendly and informative team will discuss your skill set, relevant qualifications and previous experience with you to ensure we find the role that fits. This is a great time to showcase your personality and maybe look to try something new. 

After the team has found your perfect match, a department interview will take place and hopefully you will be well on your way to becoming part of the team.

Benefits and rewards of Employment…

We are proud of all members of our organisation and pride ourselves on the excellence of our people. In turn we believe excellence should always be rewarded. Alongside complimentary Park tickets and discounted tickets to WMSP events, we offer 35% discount in selected onsite locations. All employees are also part of out rewards and recognition scheme which includes great days out for all the family at local and UK attractions and great savings on big brands, local independent stores, travel, eating out, utilities, groceries, high street shopping and much more. 

For more info and to register, go to www.wmsp.co.uk/careers

DHL - Supplying Opportunities for the Ex-Forces

DHL is proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant which shows our commitment to those who serve (Regular and Reservists) or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families. In 2014, we were awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. 

This commitment means we will actively seek to find the right position for the right person. We are Armed forces friendly and understand that the experience you gained and honed in the Forces is what sets you up for an exciting future within our organisation.

Our core values are closely aligned to those of HM Forces, which puts us in a unique position before you even start to look for possible employment with in DHL. Using these core values and ours will see a partnership which can deliver excellence.

Click HERE for more information


Friday, 8 December 2017

Joint Service Housing Advice Office Presentation - Travers Barracks Aldershot - 13 February



Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans. 

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.


For full details please see these links 


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

Little Troopers Treasures


Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

> The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

> Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

> There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2018


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Twycross Zoo Heroes ~Day - 8 December - Free entry for Armed forces & Emergency Services Personnel

Discounted entry for accompanying guests – Bring the whole family for a festive, family day out.
Adult – £16.50
Child (3-16 years) – £12
Infant (under 3s) – FREE
Concessions – £14.50
*Terms & Conditions
Free entry and discounted entry prices can only be redeemed on the gate, on the day of visit (advance bookings are not available). Free entry will be applied upon presentation of a valid ID (eg; blue light card) if the ID does not have a photo on it, additional photo ID must be supplied. This offer is only valid on Friday 8th December 2017. Normal zoo opening times and operations will be in place and the zoo is open to general public for normal admission prices. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. For more information email info@twycrosszoo.org.

Send Mail with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-forces-post-office-last-dates-of-posting

The latest recommended posting dates for BFPOs 618/619/620 has been revised to 20 Nov, due to unavoidable changes in transit times.

Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.

BFPO addresses are eligible to take part in Royal Mail’s 
Letter to Santa.  All letters must be arrive in the UK by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas!




Tuesday, 7 November 2017

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2018


Defence Discount Service - Drayton's Magical Christmas Offer

Join Drayton Manor for a Magical Christmas experience this festive season, from Saturday 18th November for selected dates until Sunday 31st December.

They are celebrating 10 magical years of Christmas, with live shows, carols, presents, light shows, festive food, Father Christmas and everyday ending with a magnificent fireworks display, plus so much more. 

Please note tickets are for park entry only to Thomas Land and the zoo and do not include Father Christmas visits – this can be upgraded on the day for £6.00 per person subject to availability.
The park is open on the 23rd and 24th of December, however no discounted rates are available.

Click HERE for more information
Offer closes 31 December

Defence Discount Service - Alton Towers Services Day 2018 - 3/4 March

After the huge success of Services Day 2017 DDS are hoping that members join them for Services Day 2018 and this year have two dates for members to choose from.  

The Theme Park will remain closed to the members of the public and only available for Defence Discount Service and Blue Light Card members.  There is no opportunity to purchase tickets on the day.

Available dates: Saturday 3rd March or Sunday 4th March 2018
Ticket prices are just £18.50 for an adult, £17.00 for children (11 and under) and free for under 3's.  Members can also enjoy free car parking on the day which is normally £6 per car.
Tickets can be booked online via this link this will provide you your ticket electronically.  Alternatively you can book via the number 0871 222 4001 (13p per minute plus standard network fees, calls from mobiles may cost more).


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Royal British Legion - Best Practice Guide - Support Service Children in School in England

Click HERE
to view and/or download the Guide
The Royal British Legion has produced a new best practice guide focusing on Service children in school. 
The guide looks at some of the big challenges facing Service children today and by sharing examples of good practice from across England (a separate Wales version will shortly be ready), recommends ways in which local authorities, schools and families themselves can improve the experience of Service children in education. Problems associated with admissions into schools and the adverse effects on a Service pupil’s wellbeing are explored, alongside information on the extra funding available to Service children through the Service Pupil Premium, Education Support Fund and more. Key recommendations include:
  • Encouraging schools to be creative with the use of funding available for Service pupils and share ideas and practice through networks of schools with Service children on the roll.
  • Suggesting that local authorities facilitate collaboration between schools, local military units, and local authority staff to ensure that everyone is aware of the challenges faced by Service children and what can be done to address them.
  • Encouraging Service families to make use of help available from the Ministry of Defence, Department of Education and charities and other organisations such as The Royal British Legion and the three families federations. 

Little Troopers Play Group Change of Timings - NOW Thursday Afternoon 13.00hrs to 14.30hrs


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Civvy Street Magazine October 2017




Pathfinder Magazine October 2017



Quest Resettlement Magazine for all Ranks- October 2017




October's issue of Quest now available online

Contacting Carillionamey







You can contact the customer service teams in a number of ways:


Housing Repairs (Housing team)
  • Webchat (click the message icon from the bottom right hand corner of the page)
  • Facebook Messenger (send a private message to the team to start a chat)
  • Twitter message (send a private message to the team to start a chat)
  • Text message: 07860063406 (send a text to start a chat)
  • Telephone: 0800 707 6000 (option 1)
  • Email: NHPHelpdesk@carillionamey.co.uk

For all other enquiries Establishment Repairs (Regional Prime team), Housing Repairs (Housing team),  Allocations (Occupancy Services team), Complaints (Frontline Complaints team), General contact information use the following link: Contact Us

Little Swans Stay & Play Baby/Toddler Group - Weds Morning




Monday, 23 October 2017

Driving in Central London? New T-Charge Coming into Force in October 2017


From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.

The £10 T-charge will work alongside the existing £11.50 congestion charge, and will affect petrol and diesel cars with pre-Euro 4 engines.  If you drive an older diesel vehicle you may also be affected by the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The T-Charge will operate in central London, and applies to the same area as the Congestion Charge. Find out more about the Congestion Charge and where it operates.

Hours of operation
Monday - Friday, 07:00 - 18:00
Excludes Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive.

The Transport for London website has a vehicle checker enabling you to check easily if your vehicle is subject to this charge.

For further information CLICK HERE

British Forces Post Office: Last Dates of Posting


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A list of dates for friends and family of service personnel wishing to send British Forces Post Office mail in time for Christmas.

CLICK HERE...

DIO - Service Families Accommodation Compensation Scheme

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

Hungry Horse - Defence Discount Service



Defence Discount Service are excited to welcome Hungry Horse to Defence Discount Service!
They are offering members an exclusive 20% discount off food Monday - Friday at over 280 family-friendly pubs nationwide.

For all the information on how to redeem this please visitwww.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Bramcote Army Education Centre

The Army Education Centre in Bramcote is the Regional centre for AEC-delivered career courses, courses for personal development and recreational courses. Learning support is also provided to customer units in the region of the AEC, providing assistance in the delivery of work-based learning programmes. Specialist staff are available to deal with particular areas such as:
  • individual education and resettlement
  • officers’ education (officer tutors)
  • basic skills (basic skills development managers)
  • e-learning (Army Learning Centre (ALC) managers)
  • Enhanced and Standard Learning Credit applications
  • Functional Skills course applications 

Opening hours:  Monday-Friday ~ 0830 - 1630hrs

Contact Details:
20AEC Group, Bramcote AEC, Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote, NUNEATON, Warwickshire, CV11 6QN
Group Email:  20AEC-GP-BramcoteAEC-GpMailbox@mod.uk
DTN: 94423 2379 | PTN: 01455 222379 | Fax: 94423 2387


Information on applying for and claiming Enhanced Learning Credits can be found on the ELCAS website: http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/ or phone the ELCAS Helpline on 0845 3005179

Thursday, 28 September 2017

BFBS Promoting Forces Money Week


BFBS are promoting Forces Money Week via their website, FB and Twitter and are now seeking questions to put to the panel of experts. 

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.

Each day from 1:45pm UK join us live all week on your radio and through Facebook as we answer your money questions from around the forces world. Each day we will be tackling a different subject.

Nuneaton Harriers Athletic Club

Nuneaton Harriers Athletic Club is based at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton where we have an 8-lane 400m floodlit all-weather track and clubhouse.

We welcome athletes of all standards from fun runners through to international level competitors and have active athletes from age 7 to over 70. There is a large and vibrant young athletes section that has its own committee and organises many special events.

We provide training and qualified coaching with opportunities to compete in local, regional and national level competitions. We compete in track and field athletics, road running, race walking and cross country races. There are teams dedicated to young athletes, junior, senior and masters athletes.

New members are always welcome. Contact us or simply turn up at The Pingles clubhouse on one of the club training nights. The young athletes (U13) meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm whilst the junior and senior members meet at 7:30pm.

http://www.nuneatonharriers.org.uk/welcome/4532952988

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Your New AFF Rep


Trinity Insurance Offers Military Personnel 5% Discount

Contact Dawn at Stafford for the Discount Code

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Defence Discount Service - Various Discounts on Gift Cards


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TO ACCESS THE  DEFENCE  DISCOUNT  WEBSITE  PLEASE  CLICK  ON  THE  LINK  BELOW:

https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Royal British Legion and Shelter - Veterans Housing Advice


New Defence Discount Service Website NOW LIVE




  • Search for local discounts
  • Search By - search by company, category or phrase
  • New Support Features - easier to find the answers you are looking for, see your vault codes and easier to interact with them