Friday, 31 March 2017

Check your National Insurance record online

You can check your National Insurance record online to see:

- what you’ve paid, up to the start of the current tax year (6 April 2016)

- any National Insurance credits you’ve received- if gaps in contributions or credits mean some years don’t count towards your State Pension (they aren’t ‘qualifying years’)

- if you can pay voluntary contributions to fill any gaps and how much this will cost

Your online record doesn’t cover how much State Pension you’re likely to get.

Shared Home Ownership in London and the South East with L&Q


Imail INtouch - Launching 1st April 2017

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017. The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

The new imail INtouch system will allow users to send up to eight pages, including high definition photographs and official documents. The old e-bluey system that is being replaced only allowed single pages to be sent and did not support high definition photographs.

The MOD is committed to the welfare of its people and enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Replacing the ageing e-bluey service is recognition of the fact that, to provide the best possible communication system for service personnel overseas, we must take advantage of the latest technology. This is why the funding for e-bluey is being redirected to imail INtouch and development of cutting-edge communications solution.

Full information - click link InTouch

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Fostering for Medway


For further information CLICK HERE

Mote Park Watersports Centre, Maidstone


Mote Park Watersports Centre provides the opportunity to take part in Sailing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Rowing and Power Boating, for anyone aged 8 years and over.

Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle boarding are also offered all year round scuba diving lessons with a highly qualified scuba diving instructors, and first rate first aid courses for businesses and individuals.

You can use your own equipment or hire equipment from the centre.



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

My Marathon - You Decide the Pace. You Decide the Place


Run 26.2 miles this May in a way that's a challenge for you and raise money for life saving heart research.                                

This May anyone can do a marathon. You have 31 days to complete 26.2 miles, whenever and wherever you want. Whether it takes you 4 hours, 4 days or 4 weeks, with MyMarathon, you decide the pace and you decide the place.

Run it, walk it, jog it or complete it in a way that’s a challenge for you. Clock up the miles over a few days, a couple of weeks or throughout the whole month.

Whether it’s at the park, in the gym, or on the streets with friends – with MyMarathon you decide the pace and you decide the place.

For further details or to register CLICK HERE

Great Wall of China Trek - October 2017

Sign up before 31st March, and receive 20% off your registration fee for October’s 9-day trek in aid of the Institute of Cancer Research.

China is a beautiful country steeped in tradition, history and mythology. For anyone with a passion for culture and a sense of adventure, trekking the Great Wall of China is the perfect way to get involved and help us to defeat cancer.

For further details CLICK HERE

Synchro Swimming at Hoo Pool

A new adult session to Hoo Pool, Main Road, Hoo,  every Thursday 8pm to 9pm.

The initial sessions are free to encourage more adults to get involved in these fitness, fun and social sessions. For more details contact Lisa at medwaysynchro@gmail.com or visit the Facebook Page

Pickleball at Medway Park

Pop along to Medway Park Leisure Centre  and try the sport of pickleball - a cross between badminton, table tennis and tennis, suitable for all levels and ages. All equipment provided.

Wednesdays 6pm-8pm until 25th May at Medway Park.

Free admission.

Tri-Fusion Netball at Medway Park from 10th April 2017

Tri-Fusion Netball draws elements from across the discipline of netball to create a diverse and fun fitness session, incorporating fitness, individual drills and competitive games.

Medway Park Leisure Centre. Mondays 5.30pm-6.30pm from 10th April 2017.

£3 per session. (first session free). No booking required. 

For further information email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 338763.

5-a-side Football League at Medway Park

Medway Sport is launching a new 5-a-side indoor football league at Medway Park in Gillingham, affiliated to the Kent FA.

The league will launch in late April/early May on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9.30pm.

The cost is £30 per team per game.

Email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 338763 to enter a team.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Little Troopers at School


Little Troopers at School is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;

Service Pupil Premium
Challenges service children may face
Moving schools
Affects of separation
Best practice

Succeed with The Open University




For further information CLICK HERE

Are You Moving to Scotland?

Education in Scotland
An Introductory Guide

To read, download or print the complete guide

This document is an internal MoD booklet aimed at Service families who have a child/ young person who does, or will in the future, access education in Scotland. This document aims to signpost parents/ carers to find responses to frequently asked questions to empower them and other involved agents to make informed decisions in relation to considering high quality education for children from Service families.

For personalised support and advice, Service families are advised to contact the Children’s Education Advisory Service.

Children’s Education Advisory Service helpline number- 01980 618244 or DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk

Children’s Education Advisory Service website: www.gov.uk/childrens-education-advisory-service

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Make Nothing Happen


For further information CLICK HERE


The RLC is Recruiting for Regulars and Reserves



The RLC is the largest Corps in the British Army and wherever in the world you find the Army, you’ll find us. Why choose the RLC?

Diversity - No other single organisation inside or outside the Army provides such a diverse set of services.

Opportunity – Travel, Promotion, Adventure and Challenge – we’ve got it all!
Professional Qualifications – we are world leaders in logistical training, with first class facilities.

Bovis Homes - Trinity Scheme for Armed Forces Personnel

For further information

Discover the National Memorial Aboretum (Staffordshire)

Situated in Staffordshire on the edge of the National Forest, the Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance.

The Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.

With 150 acres, over 330 memorials and an abundance of wildlife, there is something for everyone at the Arboretum. It is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am until 5pm and dusk in winter months. Entry into the Arboretum grounds is free but donations are appreciated.

The Armed Forces Memorial is an iconic and powerful symbol of Remembrance. Sited at the heart of the Arboretum this iconic memorial remembers more than 16,000 people.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Employment Opportunities for Service Leavers at Asda

Spinning Classes at Brompton Fitness Centre - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.30 to 1.15pm


Spinning classes are held at the Brompton Fitness Centre (on camp), every Tuesday and Thursday, 12.30 to 1.15 at the BFC for all inducted dependants, civil servants and contractors for free. To participate, you must have been inducted into the BFC with proof of insurance.

Coffee Morning at the Lampard Centre - Every Tuesday Morning 9.30am to 12 Noon



Tea, coffee, biscuits, cake and more.

£1 per family, looking forward to seeing all the old and new faces... Everyone is welcome.

Riverside Country Park, Rainham

Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham is one of Medway's beautiful country parks and an ideal location for a walk, run or cycle.

The park covers 100 hectares alongside the Medway Estuary, including Motney Hill and Berengrave Local Nature Reserve. There are various habitats within the park, including mudflats and salt marsh, ponds and reed-beds, grassland and scrub, which provide a haven for wildlife.

The estuary has special protection as part of the Medway Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is internationally important for wintering birds that thrive on the invertebrate-rich mudflats. The salt marshes have a specialised ecology and act as high tide roost sites.

The park has a visitor centre, an education room and a café.

For further information,  CLICK HERE

Monday, 20 March 2017

Soldier On - Supporting Medically Discharged Service Leavers

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces who have been made redundant on medical grounds to plan and manage their careers.

The organisation works with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.

For more information CLICK HERE

The Standard Learning Credits Scheme

The Standard Learning Credits scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs.

Military personnel are able to claim 80% of course fees, up to a maximum of £175 per financial year. To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, have substantial developmental value and directly benefit the Service.

Click HERE for further details

The MoD Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.

Play Your Part in Tackling the Terrorist Threat



Reporting Suspicious Activity FAQs CLICK HERE

For further details please click HERE

Join Nordic Walking in Medway

Latest Discounts from the Defence Discount Service



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Moving Schools Activity Books


Calling all Mums of primary school children.

The Chatham Hive has a supply of the Moving Schools booklets for anyone that wants them.

Book 1 is a Guide for Parents, Book 2 is a Children's Activity Book, and Book 3 is a Schooling History Book for them to keep track of where they've been/where they're going.

Pop into the HIVE at the Lampard Centre and collect a pack from the office.

The books can also be downloaded and printed at home from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-school-packs

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Carers First - Supporting Adult and Young Carers

Carers First is a charity supporting adult and young Carers, a Carer being anyone who provides unpaid support to a loved one. Carers can be of any age and may be looking after a relative including husband or wife, friend or neighbour.

The charity operates across the Medway area, as well as South and North West Kent, Lincolnshire and Waltham Forest.

The charity provides emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance and offer statutory carers assessments, training, events, social groups, short break respite, activities trips and more.

Care After Combat - Footprints Alcohol Intervention Programme

The prevalence of alcohol misuse by former military personnel exceeds that of the general population. Alcohol misuse can have a pivotal role in a range of disorders and other problems whilst often being maintained to a large degree by difficulties associated with the transition from military to civilian life more generally.

Care after Combat offers an alcohol intervention programme based upon many years’ experience, comprising an education module, including physiological, psychological and sociological components. Partners are encouraged to attend.

For further details CLICK HERE

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

Carp After Combat

Carp after Combat aims to use fishing as a method to engage ex-service personnel, who may be finding it difficult to transition back into civilian life.

War Horse, coming to Canterbury in September 2017

Following eight record-breaking years in London’s West End and having played to audiences in 10 countries around the world, War Horse is coming to Canterbury from 15th September to 14th October 2017.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

For further details or to book tickets CLICK HERE

Care After Combat


For further information CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Stop Loan Sharks

To report a loan shark please e-mail
or telephone 03005552222

Vauxhall Sales Event

To take advantage of this offer,

TripAble - Finding Accessible Hotels


TripAble finds the perfect travel destinations for jet setters with specific accessibility needs.
No matter what your disability, TripAble will help you travel the world.

The easiest way to describe it is TripAdvisor for the physically disabled; TripAble.org allows anyone to rate a hotel across six main categories:

•             Hotel Access
•             Room Usability
•             Toilet Facilities
•             Washing Facilities
•             Hotel Facilities
•             Fire Exit

Each area can be rated from one to five, an increasing scale of accessible adaptions available, starting with one being "no additional considerations for disabled persons", this should allow the website to be useful for people with a wide range of mobility issues (from walking stick to electric wheelchair and carer). Each rating has a brief description to allow you to understand the accessible needs needing to be met, and we always welcome feedback on these to improve the website.

There is also space to add a personal review of the hotel, should you wish to write as well.  There are currently 300,000 hotels listed worldwide, so whilst we do not have every hotel we cover most destinations.

The aim is simple, to give people the ability to find appropriately accessible accommodation.

As this is a new service we currently need to get reviews of hotels people have stayed in, as these reviews will guide others.

Please visit the website at https://tripable.org/

Financial & Benefits Advice, Brompton Childrens' Centre - Wednesdays , between 9.30am & 1.30pm

Would you like financial and benefits advice from a trained Home-Start Financial Fitness Champion?

The Centre in partnership with Home-Start Medway are offering adults advice on a number of financial issues, including:
  • Highlighting priority debts;
  • Checking whether you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to;
  • Letters to debt companies; and
  • Budgeting.
1-2-1 hourly appointments are available at the Childrens' Centre on Wednesdays, between 9.30am & 1.30pm.

Booking required. Please contact Sabrina on 01634 844152 (option 1).

Vacancy for a Nursery Officer at Brompton Westbrook Primary School



Brompton-Westbrook Primary School
Kings Bastion, Gillingham ME7 5DQ

Vacancy: Nursery Officer

Pay Scale: D1 (£14,615 - £17,169 pro-rata, 30 hours per week, term time only)

Rainbow Pony Rides

To arrange a pony ride, please e-mail rainbowrides.seh@gamil.com or telephone Sophie on 07900507828.  The rides take place on a farm near Sevenoaks.  Each visit will be tailored to the individual's requirements and will last between 30-45 minutes,

For further information, please CLICK HERE


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

National Minimum Wage Increase from 1st April 2017


From the 1st April 2017 the National Minimum wage
and National Living Wage will be increasing.

Find more information HERE




Discounts at Cotswold Outdoor


GP Online Services


GP online services allow you to access a range of services via your computer or mobile. Once you have signed up, you will be able to:

- book or cancel appointments online with a GP or nurse

- renew or order repeat prescriptions online

- view parts of your GP health record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results

The service is free. Everyone who is registered with a GP can have access to their practice's online services.

For more details, CLICK HERE


Discounts at Go Outdoors


Military Discounts on Ford Vehicles


To view other discounts on Ford Cars

Service Leaver's Guide

The Service Leavers Guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.

The guide contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement, reserve liability and support from charitable organisations.

To read or download the guide CLICK HERE


Microsoft 2016 Training from Medway Council



Most jobs need at least a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications. This course is intended for those who have some knowledge of Word and can use a mouse and keyboard. Learn how to create documents and files. This course is designed to broaden your computing experience, increase your work-based skills and raise confidence. The content will be adjusted to meet learners' priorities.

To book phone 01634 338400 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/adultlearning