Friday, 28 July 2017

Carillionamey - Are You Moving In? Can't be there for your appointment? Need a Proxy ?

You can nominate a Service proxy or your spouse to act on your behalf
by completing the Notification of Proxy form http://ow.ly/RLEQ30dVndF

JSHAO Latest Information

Defence Discount Service

Defence Privilege Card
Have you got your Defence Privilege Card yet, 
if not you can apply via the website or mobile application to help you save on the high street.


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All offers are subject to terms and conditions, please see the Defence Discount Service or retailers website for full terms and conditions.
The Defence Discount Service is a provider of discounts for the Uk's Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Community. 
Defence Discount Service operated by Blue Light Card is a registered company in the United Kingdom 06581540. 
You can write to us at: Defence Discount Service, POBOX 10180, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 9HN.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Just For Families Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide - Issue 6


To read the on-line version, please click HERE

Armed Forces Covenant Survey




The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page, 
https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk   

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Recruit For Spouses

Recruit for Spouses

RECRUIT FOR SPOUSES PICK OF THE WEEK
Blesma exists to assist limbless Veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Their vision is that limbless Veterans are not failed, forgotten or left to fend for themselves. 
Two opportunities have arisen to work as Area Support Workers in the West (more info here) and the Midlands (more info here)

Mission Motorsports aim is to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through Motorsport.

Mission Motorsport run three formal roles to Defence...

In the co-ordination and provision of motorsport as a recovery activity. The training function to provide the qualifications needed to return to work, and as Relationship Managers to the automotive industry for vocational opportunities for the wounded, injured and sick. 'Race, Retrain, Recover'.
This fantastic organisation is looking for a Relationship Manager based in Wantage, Oxfordshire. More information here

Final chance to apply for this role with The HALO Trust! 

The HALO Trust is the world's largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation.
A charity close to the heart of HRH Prince Harry who has visited mine sites across the world in a bid to raise awareness.
This incredible team has a vacancy in Salisbury for a Communications and Digital Marketing Manager.
For more information click here. To apply email us enquiries@recruitforspouses.co.uk

TOP 10 MOST VIEWED JOBS THIS WEEK 

  1. Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund , Legacy Fund Manager, London- more info here
  2. General Manager, The National Trust, Sudbury, Derbyshire- more info here
  3. Membership & Retail Manager, The National Trust, Biddulph, Staffordshire - more info here
  4. PA To QC, work from home - more info here
  5. Financial Accountant, BAE Systems Plc, Farnborough - more info here
  6. Social Work Team Leader, SSAFA, RAF Benson, Oxfordshire - more info here
  7. Catering Services Manager, The National Trust, Lyveden, near Peterborough - more info here
  8. Finance Assistant, BAE Systems Plc, Monmouthshire- more info here
  9. Sales Executive, part-time, Andover - more info here
  10. Kitchen Assistant, Longleat Safari Park, Warminister, Part-time - more info here
 Want to apply for a job? Email us enquiries@recruitforspouses.co.uk and we will get back to you
Don't have a CV? See our template attached. 
For all of our jobs with The National Trust click here
For all of our jobs with Longleat click here
For All Jobs Nationwide - Click here

If you are not currently looking for a job, but want to remain up to date with potential or future career prospects, be sure to pop over to our Talent Bank to register your interest.  


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Extended Free Childcare Entitlement in Overseas Locations


BACKGROUND

1.               In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).
2.               The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge.  In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
3.         The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.
4.         The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Services Now Available for Armed Forces Personnel Approaching Discharge




Information for patients

Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support in close liaison with Defence Medical Services (DMS).  This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.  Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

To access these services whilst you are still in the armed forces, you must meet the following criteria:

·         be a resident in England
·         have an identified or diagnosed mental health illness / disorder; AND
·         have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
·         have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
·         have had their pre-release medical and been identified by their DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
·         have had a pre-release medical before they self-refer.

If you wish to access these services once you are a veteran, you must meet the following criteria instead:

Defence Discount Service

Privilege Card

Defence Privilege Card

Have you got your Defence Privilege Card yet, if not you can apply via the website or mobile application to help you save on the high street.
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Voice
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Muscle Food
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Powerhouse Fitness
Ford

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Toby Carvery - Armed Forces Offer Receive 10% Off Your Food Bill Mon-Sat




Receive 10% off your food bill at Toby Carvery Monday-Saturday by showing your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90 and the voucher that can be downloaded  HERE
T&Cs apply

DIO Message ref future Customer Satisfaction Survey


Don't Fall Prey to Scam Vultures


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Carillionamey - Rodents – Control/Treatment – All Year Round


If you suspect you have rodents in your property, read our advice on how to treat the problem and the steps you can take to prevent future infestations. It also advises how we treat different rodents and how long treatment normally takes. Click HERE to read more

Seurat to Riley Exhibition 2 for 1 Tickets for Current and Former Members of the Armed Forces


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Just for Her Magazine Issue 14


Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

Shell Shock Military Community Mental Health Project Now On Tour



Further details can be found HERE

Veterans' Housing Advice



Tax-Free Childcare




Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.

Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.

Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.

Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible.

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family.

MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage.

Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information.

NHS Choices - Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community






Healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Serving
Healthcare services and contacts for serving armed forces personnel. 

Transition 

Services and advice for service personnel returning to duty or leaving the forces after wounding, injury or sickness.

Veterans, families and reservists
Information and support services for veterans, families and reservists.

To visit the website CLICK HERE

Monday, 10 July 2017

JSHAO - Housing Matters Magazine - Summer 2017


To read the latest on-line edition, please click HERE

Carillionamey - Black Garden Ants - Handy Guide



Black ants can be found in your garden. They can invade our homes for a variety of reasons and cause plenty of problems if you don’t know how to control them. Carillionamey have written up a handy guide for you to advise of treatment and prevention should you find an ant infestation: HERE

RBL The Moving On Project Moorfield Community Hall Birmingham


AFF Secures Better Access to Student Loans for Army Spouses and Partners

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The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a change to Student Finance England's loan qualifying criteria, which will allow more Army families to access a loan when undertaking a UK based course.

As of 1 August 2017, families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can now access a loan via Student Finance England even if they are not in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. This applies to both full and part time courses.

An AFF win
This AFF win was originally announced by the Universities Minister Jo Johnson back in 2016, after much lobbying by the charity and joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The change applies to new students starting a distance learning course in 2017/18 and also to those who have already started a distance learning course before and who are continuing that course in 2017/18.

Unfortunately, this does not apply to those from the devolved nations. To be eligible, you must qualify for the English student support package.

Putting families first
AFF continues to prioritise spousal employment and training, and this includes those posted overseas who sometimes cannot work and so choose to undertake a course during that time.
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: "AFF is delighted that the new, more inclusive student funding rules have now come into force; Armed Forces families who are posted abroad will now have access to the same opportunities as those living in the UK, when accessing Student Finance England loans. We look forward to seeing the positive impact on military spouses this change will bring."  
Find out more
For more information about the work AFF does in support of Army families, visit their website www.aff.org.uk 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

AFF Achieves Housing Success on Behalf of Army Families

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AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a success for those living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) who have recently faced unfair increases to their accommodation charge.

Many families contacted AFF to say their rental charge or final charge had unexpectedly increased by an unreasonable amount without proper notice and without a chance to appeal.

Fighting for families
On behalf of these families, AFF approached housing organisations Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and CarillionAmey (CA) to push for a fair outcome in accordance with the original guidelines of the CAAS system. The original guidelines stated that rental increases would be implemented on a transitional basis and that any changes to the final charge as a result of a survey or data review would be able to be appealed within a contracted time scale.

AFF has now announced that DIO has agreed to investigate where properties have jumped by two or more rental bands - some families told the charity they had received a letter to say their rent would jump by three bands.

A new letter will now be sent to affected families advising of the planned increase and offering them 28 days to appeal the decision. Any subsequent increase will then only be enforced 93 days after the date of receipt of the letter, unless the appeal is successful.

Families' feedback vital
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said, "This has been a long and complicated issue, but we have fought on behalf of the families affected to achieve a fairer deal including protection from large jumps in rental charges, as promised to families when the new accommodation charge was first introduced. It is thanks to families' feedback that we've been able to approach DIO confidently and achieve a positive result."

To find out more about the housing support and advice AFF offers to Army families, visit their website www.aff.org.uk

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Service Families Accommodation

See information from DIO about Service Families Accommodation in these video links