Friday, 15 December 2017

Service Pupil Premium - Updated information



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.

What's on across Herefordshire


There's some great events and activities taking place across the county and here's just a few of them.  Don't forget to check out the events section on the website or on our Facebook pagefor what's happening. If your area is having an event, you can also submit it on the events page.

Monday, 11 December 2017

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 


Future Accommodation Model (FAM)


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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Does the Army Families' 'Offer' meet the needs of the modern Army family?

Does the Army Families' 'Offer' meet the needs of the modern Army family?

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is appealing to all Army families to take their latest survey and say whether they feel the package offered to them eases the impact that Service life can have. 

How much do families know?

The charity is exploring various elements of the current package, or 'Offer' available to families, and how they translate to Army family life. This includes how aware families are of policies such as subsidised military housing, educational allowances, and healthcare policies such as support with assisted conception.

It also seeks to discover what more families feel needs to be done to improve life as a modern Army family.

Families' feedback vital

AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade explains: "Families' views have always been integral to our work and what we hope to achieve year on year. We want as many families as possible to get involved with our latest survey, whether married or unmarried, whether or not you live in military housing. Different elements of your soldier's 'offer' will affect you to varying degrees, but AFF is here for you all, so share your experience with us and help provide us with evidence we can present to decision makers to push for improvements where needed."


Pushing for positive change

Known as the voice of the Army community, AFF is keen for families to be open and candid in their views and opinions when providing feedback. They have a strong track record of using families' evidence to push for change, and believe the more families that take part in their surveys, the more influence they will have when approaching MOD, government and other policy makers.

Take AFF's survey

To take AFF's short survey and make your views on Army life count, go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AFFoffersurvey. You could WIN one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC Technology, just for taking part.

To find out more about AFF's work in support of Army families, visit their website www.aff.org.uk

ENDS

Notes to Editor:
·        The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families: Regular or Reserve, wherever they are based, whatever the make-up of their family.
·        Throughout the UK and overseas, AFF works hard to achieve policy change and progress in favour of Army families; they offer advice and guidance on all aspects of Army life, confidentially and in an easy-to-digest way.
·        They work with other agencies such as MOD, government, charities and other key players to strengthen their cause and fight for a fair deal for families everywhere.
·        Their family-focussed website (www.aff.org.uk) contains information about all aspects of Army family life, and their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages offer families other easy ways to contact us, interact with us, or simply follow the work we are doing.
·        AFF operates by four core values, which are pivotal to our work. These are:

- AFF always puts families first
- AFF can be trusted
- AFF is bold and determined
- AFF is inclusive

Media Contact:
For more information about AFF's work, contact Donna Bernard, AFF Comms & Marketing Director, at commsmarketingdirector@aff.org.uk

Monday, 4 December 2017

Shaw Healthcare Recruiting Now

Shaw Health care are recruiting for Various roles at their Ledbury Nursing home in Market Street (next to the Market Theatre in Ledbury)
These are not just care jobs  -Please see attached poster for details

The shift patterns are 6, 10 and 12 hours for support workers

They are holding an open day on Wednesday 17th January 9.15am to 6pm  (they are hoping to catch school run parents/grandparents and people who may want a 2nd job after work) At the nursing home in the main reception area




Hire A Hero News

Our latest partnership with JobCentre Plus, how you can still support Hire a Hero this #GivingTuesday and more.....
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HIRE A HERO NEWSLETTER                                        NOVEMBER 2017 EDITION

JCP PARTNERSHIP

We're so pleased to announce our partnership with Job Centre Plus to support service leavers and veterans looking for employment.
The Powys branches of JCP will be launching the partnership next week. You'll be able to come along to any Powys JCP to find out more about how Hire a Hero can support you alongside the support already given by JCP.
If you're interested in finding out more then ask your JCP advisor or alternatively get in touch with our Military Liaison Officer: jinty@hireahero.org.uk.

National Autistic Society Autism Seminars

As some of you may be aware recently the National Autistic Society (NAS) received funding from the Army Benevolent Fund in order to run Autism Seminars for Army families with children on the Autistic Spectrum.  Three garrisons were identified - Salisbury Plain, Aldershot and Catterick - and each course consisted of three sessions. They were open to two people per family and each family member who registered was able to bring a spouse, family member or even a professional involved with their child.

NAS are looking at further opportunities for funding for more seminars and would like to know about the best geographical locations in order to target as many Service families as possible. Please can you take the time to follow the link below and answer the short questions regarding location. This should only take a minute and the information would be much appreciated.

 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Jill Stevens Approved Driving Instructor

Jill Stevens is an approved Driving Instructor who is happy for you to take your child with you on a lesson, provided you have a child seat.
Cost £24 and hour or a package of 10 hours for £210.

For more Information Contact Jill on 07789912200, if it goes to voicemail please leave a clear message with your phone number and she will get back to you.

Jill normally does her driving lessons in Hereford every Thursday.

Army spouses to be the focus for new AFF employment project

The Army Families Federation is delighted to announce a new Employment Research project in partnership with the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick.

After a competitive tender process, the charity has chosen Warwick to conduct research into the real and perceived barriers to employment for Army families. This highly regarded institution will be conducting surveys and interviews with Army spouses and key stakeholders to find out more about the support needed to assist military families into fulfilling careers.

Better research for positive changes
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “With generous funding from LIBOR, we are now able to dig deeper into the issues surrounding spousal employment.

“We hope to obtain more robust evidence to help us achieve positive change for Army families who want to work, want to improve their skills, but are prevented from doing so for a range of reasons considered as relating to military life.”

The employment research will involve looking at employment statistics, and making comparisons with civilian counterparts to gain a better understanding of the similarities and differences these families are faced with.

Breaking down barriers
Clare Lyonette from the University of Warwick said: “We are very excited to work on this project for AFF, which will assist them in identifying any barriers that currently prevent military spouses from gaining and maintaining meaningful employment, and to help formulate recommendations for new and effective support services.

“Military spouses and partners have a variety of skills such as resourcefulness, adaptability and good communication skills, which are highly valued. Any pre-conceived ideas about military spouses can exclude a potentially valuable group of employees from the labour market.”

A fresh approach
Spousal employment has long been a focus for AFF, which continues to receive evidence from families that challenges in this area remain. While the evidence they have gained so far has been shared with chain of command and policy makers, the charity believes there is more work to be done, and that a fresh approach is needed to bring about positive, tangible change for those supporting their soldier.

The Employment Research project will feature surveys and interviews with families, key stakeholders and employers. Work has already begun on this extensive project and is due to be completed by April 2018.

Find out more
To find out more about AFF’s work in support of spousal employment, visit their website www.aff.org.uk, or contact their Employment and Training Specialist Laura Lewin at etam@aff.org.uk

Veterans Hearing Fund


Please see the link below for more on the Veterans Hearing Fund


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for military personnel




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CarillionAmey - Simple Steps for Winter Prep


New MOT reminder service launches in beta

 A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due.
The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.
When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:
  • 4 weeks before your MOT is due
  • 2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested
You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.
You just need the vehicle’s number plate (registration number) and a mobile phone number or email address.
You’ll get a reminder every year until you unsubscribe.
Research by DVSA has revealed that around 28% of cars will be overdue at any one time. Most of these are down to drivers forgetting to get it done, rather than deliberately avoiding having the test done.
If you drive a vehicle without a valid MOT, you’re breaking the law. The only exceptions are to drive it:
  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test
You’re also risking your own life and the lives of your passengers and other road users.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

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

SSAFA - Midlands 30:30 Challenge 17/02/18


Joint Service Housing Advice Office Briefs 2018


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Monday, 13 November 2017

Free story app for all British Armed Forces


We wanted to brighten your Monday and let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring 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

Monday, 30 October 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

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

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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. 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

HALO's new Corporate Memebership called 'Active Together'

HALO has  some very exciting news... We have just launched a new Corporate Membership called 'Active Together'.

Discounted gym membership with Halo Leisure is one of the benefits for working for the military. Great news for all of you who have already signed up for discounted corporate membership. To get more people more active more often, Halo is now offering us a new membership - Welcome to 'Active Together'. Have a quick word with reception when you are next in Halo and they can change you over to the new Active Together membership at just £30 per month*.

Want a piece of the action?
If you haven't signed up yet, remember all military personnel (and dependants) can enjoy the benefits of this brilliantly discounted package which gives you year round access to Halo's pools, gyms, exercise classes, toning suite, golf course, saunas, steam rooms and so much more for £1 a day.

10 good reasons to work out and wind down with Halo  (#morethanjusta gym):

  1. Group exercise classes (and Halo has over  to 200 choose from).
  2. Gym workouts.
  3. Swimming and aqua fitness classes.
  4. Relaxation in our saunas and steam rooms.
  5. Power assisted exercise in our Toning Suite
  6. Golf course and putting green.
  7. Racket sports (on a pay as you basis)
  8. Personal support from qualified health and fitness professionals.
  9. A personal fitness plan to meet your goals.
  10. Member benefits - flash your Halo Card to secure discounts and special offers at a range of local shops and national retailers.

*A new 12 month contract will be activated.

For any queries regarding current memberships, please email Kelly Price kelly.price@haloleisure.org.uk

Monday, 23 October 2017

Service families encouraged to share attitudes towards higher education



Leading military charity, the Army Families Federation (AFF) is working with the university to find out more from Service families on this issue.

Take AFF's survey
Families with a child aged 11-18 years are encouraged to take part in AFF's latest survey, which seeks to find out what type of school their child currently attends, and what plans the family has for their child's education following school.

AFF Policy & Research Director Louise Simpson said: "We need families to help us to build a better understanding of why further and higher education may not appeal. If families aspire for their child to attend further/higher education, tell us why, and similarly, if not, we'd love to know their reasons."

Parental influence
AFF is also keen to hear about the influence parents have had on their child's education, including their link to the Services, and their own educational choices too.

Share your views
To take AFF's short survey and share your views and experiences, go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3GXGL99.

Survey closes 13 November.

More about AFF
To find out more about AFF's work, including education for your Service child, visit their website www.aff.org.uk

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Families Federations seek vital transition feedback from military families



The Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations have today launched their joint Transition Survey.

The federations are inviting military families to take part in sharing their views and experiences to help make a difference to Forces families.

Focus on Transition
The survey focusses on transition out of the Armed Forces and will target those families who have either left the Forces in the last two years, or are due to leave before September 2019.

It will cover all aspects of the transition process including reasons for leaving, and the effect this has on the family of the serving person. They’ll also be asking families to tell them what they find to be the most challenging aspect of transition.


Families’ feedback is vital
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said, “Our tri-Service Transition Survey, the biggest and most in-depth survey of the year, is a really important way for families to interact with us and give us a current reflection of the issues facing our unique community.

As well as asking for families’ experiences, we’ll be asking them to share their ideas about how the transition process can be improved. Their opinions are vital in informing our future work and success.”

Get involved

For those who are leaving: click here to take the survey.

For those that have left: click here to take the survey.

All those who take part will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC technology.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Halo have slashed the Corporate Membership for you - 20%

News about your discounted membership with Halo Leisure
Working out swimmingly….
Discounted gym members with Halo Leisure is one of the staff benefits for being Military personnel.  Great news for all of you who have already signed up for discounted corporate membership. To get more people more active more often, Halo is now offering us an even bigger discount - 20% off*. To get this additional saving on your current membership, have a quick word with reception when you are next in Halo we can change you over to the new Corporate rate of £31.20.*
Want a piece of the action?
If you haven't signed up yet, remember all staff (and their partners, even if they don't work here) can enjoy the benefits of this brilliantly discounted package which gives you year round access to Halo's pools, gyms, exercise classes, toning suite, golf course, saunas, steam rooms and so much more for around a £1 a day.
10 good reasons to work out and wind down with Halo (#morethanjusta gym):

  1. Group exercise classes (and Halo has over to 200 choose from).
  2. Gym workouts.
  3. Swimming and aqua fitness classes.
  4. Relaxation in our saunas and steam rooms.
  5. Power assisted exercise in our Toning Suite
  6. Golf course and putting green.
  7. Racket sports (on a pay as you basis)
  8. Personal support from qualified health and fitness professionals.
  9. A personal fitness plan to meet your goals.
  10. Member benefits - flash your Halo Card to secure discounts and special offers at a range of local shops and national retailers.
*20% discount on headline price. A new 12 month contract will be activated.

Also if your employees quote 'MORETHANJUSTAGYM' when taking out their membership, they will have completely FREE usage up until 15th September 2017. This is a no initial payment promotion we are running.

For more information please contact
Kelly Price
Corporate Sales Lead
01432 842072 | www.haloleisure.org.uk
Halo Support Centre, Lion Yard, Broad Street, Leominster HR6 8BT