Friday, 20 October 2017

Joining Forces - Savings and Loan Repayments Taken Straight From Pay

The Ministry of Defence is supporting three of the UK’s leading credit unions to join forces and make saving simple and loans more affordable to the Armed Forces and its Veterans. The money is deducted straight from your pay or pension so you don’t have to think about it.

Medway Council School Admissions Process - Have Your Say

Have your say and take part in Medway Council’s annual consultation on the school admissions processes.

The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017.

Families from the local military community are urged to take part, as it's often difficult for military children to find a school place if they've  moved into the area during the school term.

For more information and to take part visit

Carillionamey: Tempo Weekly Update 20th October 2017

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Recruit for Spouses - Facebook Live Online Tuesday 24th October, 10am - 10.15am

Tuesday, 24th of October 2017
Private Facebook Forum – Members Only
10:00 – 10:15
Creating your New CV by the New Year
Becky talks you through creating your CV from scratch

Military spouses join free on the Private Facebook Forum Page

Recruit for Spouses has been created to strengthen the employment opportunities for spouses of British Military members around the world and to encourage employers to commit to hiring military spouses by connecting employers with a talented, global, diverse workforce.

See the latest job vacancies on the website: and the Facebook page.

Halloween Party, Lampard Centre - Friday 27th October, 5pm - 7pm

Deadline for booking places is MONDAY 23rd OCTOBER.

Please put names down at the Lampard Centre (and complete a form for each child)

Help-to-Buy New Homes Show, Esher - Saturday 4th November 2017


BFPO Christmas Posting Dates

Are you sending mail to loved ones serving overseas this Christmas?

Find the all-important last recommended posting dates you need  HERE

Send mail with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

Use this link for the following BFPO services:

- Find a BFPO number
- Smartphone apps
- How to address BFPO mail
- Address format for service personnel
- Address format for non-service personnel
- Customs declarations
- Cost
- Enduring families free mail service (EFFMS)
- Compensation, insurance and special delivery
- What you can’t send?
- Buying goods online
- Send an INtouch message
- Contacts and enquiries

BFPO is also on Twitter and Facebook

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Ripple Pond

The Ripple Pond was set up by two mothers of seriously wounded servicemen who recognised that no similar service existed purely for adult family members, and who found strength and comfort by sharing and supporting each other through such a unique challenge.

What sets this organisation apart is that we empower each member to seek support when they need it most, in ways that are helpful for them – whether that is via group meetings, ‘buddies’ or via our secret Facebook page.

Many members are facing similar situations and The Ripple Pond gives them a safe space, both physically and mentally, to deal with them.

Whether your loved one is currently serving full time, as a reservist, a veteran, or whether they have been officially diagnosed or not we will show you a warm welcome and support you through your challenges.

For further information CLICK HERE

Ex-Service Personnel Pensions Guide

There are now three Armed Forces pension schemes for members of the Regular Armed Forces and the one which applies to you depends upon your age, length of service and the decisions you have made during your career.

It is important that everyone should have a basic knowledge of their pensions position, the scheme or schemes that apply to them and what that means in terms of the timing and scale of pensions payments they will receive.

The Career Transition Partnership has produced a useful guide containing information on pension options for military personnel leaving regular service, as well as the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme (RFPS) for Reservists.

There is also information on Armed Forces Redundancy Schemes and the War Widow's or War Widower's pension.

For further information from the CTP Website - CLICK HERE

Tickets for Troops: Jimmy Carr Ultimate Gold, London

Tickets for this tour are on the Tickets for Troops website as follows:

Tickets available:
Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017

Tickets can be requested via ballot (not guaranteed) for:
Crewe - Tuesday 24th October
Leicester - Wednesday 25th October
Taunton - Friday 27th October
Cardiff - Saturday 28th October
Leeds - Sunday 29th October

Service Leavers: A Guide to Living and Working in Germany

There is a growing community of Service Leavers in Germany, which on average increases by over a hundred each year. This Sector Briefing and the linked websites offer invaluable advice and information, on German bureaucracy and administrative actions required for settling in Germany; (German governmental site); and (American site); In addition and complimentary to these is a website dedicated to supporting the British Forces, including veterans, in Germany -

For specific veteran information -

Although Germany and the UK seem to be culturally very similar, and you might have spent a lot of your career in Germany; you may even own your own home etc. but settling over here can still be tricky and you will soon start to realise that Germany is indeed a different country with sometimes alien rules, regulations and processes. Service Leavers and their situations are still a rare commodity in German, and every Service Leaver and each Service Leaver’s story is unique.

Project Phoenix - Supporting Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

‘Phoenix’ is the name of the project to reduce the number of re-offending veterans released from prison.

During 2014, the Government undertook a review of Veterans within the Criminal Justice System published in December 2014.

Veterans form the largest occupational group in prison.

Project Phoenix was designed to specifically respond to the issues raised in the report.

For further information CLICK HERE

Childrens' Halloween Party, Invicta Park - Wednesday 25th October, 5pm

Tickets  can be obtained from the Welfare office at Invicta Park, not the Lampard Centre

Childrens' Halloween Party, Lampard Centre - Thursday 26th October, 5pm

If you are interested in this event, please  put your names down at the centre with payment of £2 per child. The names list will also be available in the coffee morning & Tots group.

Thank you!
Looking forward to seeing all your spooky costumes

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Free Online Courses from Google

Why get certified?

A certification is a great way to make your CV shine. It shows you’ve got genuine digital skills, and that you are motivated to learn: two essential qualities in today’s business world.

For further information CLICK HERE

Age UK: Veterans Newsletter Launched

Age UK wants older veterans and their families to get the assistance they really need.

The Veterans Newsletter will provide advice, support and links to stories of other veterans.  It will help you take control and get access to the information and benefits that you're entitled to.

Sign up HERE

A Career with HM Prison Service: Online Live Chat, Thursday 26th October 2017, Noon till 2pm

Drop in and chat to Her Majesty Prison Service recruitment staff

No booking is required; on the day simply go to the HMPS Page and click on the Live Chat button.

HM Prisons staff are employed to ensure the following mission statement is upheld.

"Her Majesty’s Prison Service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts.
Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release."

NOMS is a professional service who is aware of the transferable skills that Forces personnel would bring to the service. Attendees will gain an increased knowledge with regards to being employed as a member of a professional team and service for HMPS. 

How does a live chat work?

There is no need to pre-register. On the day, you simply go to the CTP website and find the HMPS pages.

A chat box will be displayed in the top right hand corner of the HMPS page - click on it and your chat will start.

Keeping Your Dog Safe During Fireworks

Advice from the Kennel Club
can be found HERE

Horrifying Halloween Fun Event at Fremlin Walk, Maidstone - Friday 27th October, Noon till 4pm

Wizards, witches, ghouls and ghosts of all ages are invited Fremlin Walk's  FREE Horrifying Halloween event... attend if you dare!

Between 12 - 4pm on Friday 27th October there will be a frightfully good selection of Halloween fun taking place at Fremlin Walk.

FREE First Aid Course, Maidstone - Saturday 21st October 2017, 10am - 3.30pm

To book a place
phone 03000 410124

Make a FREE Halloween Mask, Fremlin Walk, Maidstone - 23rd, 25th & 27th October

Join Paperchase for a FREE Halloween Mask Event!

From 11am-12pm and 3pm-4pm on Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th October, Paperchase is running a FREE Halloween mask event!

Whether you bring along the little ones to get them in the spooky spirit of Halloween or you fancy a fun afternoon with friends, there's fun to be had by everyone at Paperchase!

Gatwick Airport Jobs Fair - Wednesday 15th November 2017, 8am to 7pm

Attend the Gatwick Airport Jobs Fair to find out more about permanent and seasonal vacancies at Gatwick, as well as information, advice and guidance - including free workshops.

With so many companies based  at the airport, it's your chance to explore the range of wide positions on offer at London Gatwick.

Further info at

Venue: The Arora Hotel, Southgate Avenue, Crawley,  RH10 6LW
The hotel is right next to Crawley Rail Station.

Help for Heroes - Band of Sisters

Who can join the Help for Heroes Band of Sisters Network?

The Help for Heroes Band of Sisters is available to the loved ones of Veterans and Service Personnel who have suffered a permanently life-limiting or career-ending injury or illness during or attributable to service.

What is the network?

The Help for Heroes Band of Sisters is open to both men and women and offers fellowship, support and a listening ear to the loved ones of our Heroes.

Offering lifelong access to all the financial and welfare support from Help for Heroes, the fellowship also provides opportunities to meet others who understand what it’s like to care for a loved one.

Membership is free, confidential and offers access to opportunities all around the UK.

For further information CLICK HERE

Monday, 16 October 2017

National Express Discounts

Book your travel via the Defence Discount Service

You will need to show your DDS card or MOD 90 when you board the coach.

Brompton Pantomime - Advanced Notice

Job Vacancies: Busy Bees Nursery, Brompton

For further details or to apply

For further details or to apply

Bounce Wiggle Giggle at the Lampard Centre - new times

Surestart's weekly Bounce Wiggle Giggle session at the Lampard Centre on Monday afternoons has now been split into 2 age groups.

Under 1s - 1pm
Over 1s - 2pm

Free Commemorative Coin - Remember and Reflect

To order this coin

Forces Additional Needs & Disability Forum, Colchester - Thursday 2nd November

To register, e-mail
or phone
0207 463 9315

Military Discounts on New Cars

DDS Cars is an official car supplier for the Defence Discount Service, the Ministry of Defence’s ONLY official discount service.

Visit DDS Cars at

League Tables for Medway Schools and Colleges Available Online

To view the league tables  and 2016 Ofsted Reports for Medway Schools and Colleges  CLICK HERE

Housing Presentation, Maidstone - Thursday 16th November, 9.30am

Dependents are welcome to attend