Tuesday, 26 July 2016

National Insurance for Forces Dependents Overseas





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Friday, 22 July 2016

AWS Community Support in the News

Community Support Residential Activity on Forces TV



Forces TV visited one of many AWS Community Support’s Poppy Adventure breaks at Robinwood Outdoor Activity Centre this week.
If you'd like to see what they got up to please tune in to Forces TV tomorrow (Friday 22nd July) at 1300hrs and 1730hrs. (Sky channel 264, Freesat 62 or online at forces.tv)
For details of other similar events in your area please contact your nearest HIVE or AWS Team.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Morrisons Cafe 10% Forces Discount (Card holder only)

Morrisons are offering members 10% off in their cafes.  In order to redeem this offer simply show your Defence Discount Service Privilege Card or MOD90 in the cafe.

T&Cs: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. 10% off is available to the card holder only. 


There is no limitation to how many times this can be redeemed during the time frame.



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Change to student funding benefits Armed Forces families

Press release – IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Change to student funding benefits Armed Forces families


The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that, after much campaigning, Service families should now find it much easier to undertake distance learning while posted overseas.
Following an announcement by Universities Minister Jo Johnson, Forces families should no longer be excluded from accessing a student loan if they are not resident in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. The new rule will grant eligibility for student funding for a UK based distance learning course even if families are posted overseas while the course is still ongoing.
Championing spouse training
AFF has worked hard for some time, to improve the employment and training prospects of Army spouses. Given that spouses are unable to work in some overseas locations, they are pleased that improved training opportunities will now be available.
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “AFF is delighted with the Government’s decision to change student funding rules in order to provide Armed Forces families who are posted abroad with the same opportunities as those living in the UK, when accessing Student Finance England loans.
AFF is committed to ensuring our families are not disadvantaged due to the nature of their Service and this decision is an excellent conclusion to months of joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). These changes open up a raft of opportunities for the families of serving personnel who previously might have had to forgo training whilst posted abroad; we look forward to seeing the benefits over the months and years to come.”  
Find out more
For more information about AFF and their employment and training work, visit www.aff.org.uk and click ‘info’.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

CA Jobs For Spouses

Jobs for Dependants.  CarillionAmey are keen to employ military spouses as they feel they are well suited to the roles, having the experience of living in SFA and being a military family.  All vacancies can be found on the CarillionAmey website at www.carillionamey.co.uk/careers/vacancies.aspx.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Monday, 11 July 2016

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Help

If you are feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. Our friendly team will give you a listening ear in the privacy of your own home and provide a real solution to your debts.
Since we started helping people out of debt in 1996, we’ve helped thousands in situations like yours through our professional service offered by 306 CAP Debt Centres. 
Click HERE for more information

NSPCC: Online safety

Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children doalso face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.
NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online.
Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.
It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.

CLICK HERE to visit the website and find out more.....


National Insurance Credits for partners of Armed Forces personnel overseas after 6 april1975

From 6 April 2016, spouses and civil partners of Service personnel will be able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension.


The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced in recognition of the fact that accompanying on deployment overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions. This could potentially result in a gap in their NI record and could affect the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement. 

The new DWP credits have been taken forward under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant. 

It is estimated that this could benefit up to 20,000 individuals, ensuring that they do not miss out on their State Pension. 

Have you got the MOD ICE app? 20,000 others have!

The MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app produced by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has now been downloaded 20,000 times by British service personnel and their families since its launch in October 2015.  

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British Armed Forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. JCCC offers immediate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all in uniform and their loved ones should an incident occur. 

As part of the JCCC’s work, the team developed the MOD ICE app that offers a ‘click and call’ facility to direct the user to the most appropriate source of help if they are faced with a family emergency. The app guides the user to the correct point of contact even if the emergency is to be managed outside of JCCC’s remit, for example by service welfare or a charity partner. 

Available from the Defence Gateway internet site – www.defencegateway.mod.uk MOD ICE has reached 20,000 downloads in just nine months, but the aim is for all members of the British Armed Forces and their families members to have the app on their phone or mobile device. 

To download MOD ICE for Apple or Android devices, Service Personnel need to visit Defence Gateway on the mobile device that they wish to host the app. From the App Store, they can download the free app and then repeat the action with the relevant devices of family members. MOD ICE can be downloaded multiple times from the same Defence Gateway account. 

Once downloaded, the Service Person’s name, rank and service number, together with the most relevant welfare officer’s details are entered into the app. It’s then ready for use by both the Service Person and their wider family at any time of day or night – whenever it is needed.  

MOD ICE runs alongside the JPA P001 card. It is imperative that Service Personnel should also remember to keep their Emergency Contact and Next of Kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date and make and maintain a current Will. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing


Future Accommodation Model – Survey for Service Personnel and Spouses


The Ministry of Defence is thinking about how it provides Service Personnel with accommodation in the future. This follows the SDSR commitment to make a new accommodation offer to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership. The proposals are still in development. Future Accommodation Model (FAM) is still at an early stage. No decisions have been finalised, and the details are likely to change.


It is important that Service families, wherever they are in the world, have a chance to feedback their views on how they would like accommodation to be provided. Families are requested to complete the AFF survey to provide their views and feedback and to help influence the decisions being made.
Service Families Federations are hosting the Big Survey 2016 – Future of Housing. AFF has three Fitbit Flex to giveaway for those taking the survey (those wanting to be entered for a chance to win one will need to include their details at the end of the survey).

For more information on the Future Accommodation Model, visit the AFF website - http://www.aff.org.uk/linkedfiles/aff/latest_news_information/20160623-futureaccommodationmodelbriefingforfamfeds.pdf

Monday, 4 July 2016

Quanta Project Management Courses - Reduced Prices for HM Forces


Future 4 Heroes - Residential Courses in Lake District


On-call Firefighters


Do you live or work within five minutes of a fire station? If so, then being a retained firefighter might be a possibility!

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service relies on retained (or on-call) firefighters to maintain its emergency response.

On-call firefighters make themselves available to respond to a pager when a 999 call is made, and cover is needed at all times. Contracted hours can vary, but personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

On-call firefighters receive the same training and development as wholetime colleagues, and can be called to all manner of emergencies, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and flooding.

The pay does vary, depending on how much cover is given, but it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and in a position to help people.

In order to be on-call, you need to be able to respond to the fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.

For more information on the opportunities that currently exist,