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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.

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.

Monday, 27 March 2017

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.

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

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Make Nothing Happen

For further information CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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.

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

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

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Stop Loan Sharks

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

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

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

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Are You Currently Serving in the Royal Navy or Have a Friend or Loved One Who is?

Sign up today and take part in this online community

Register for the Royal Navy forum online community....
Stay up to date with the latest discussions.

RNRMW Official Facebook Groups and Page

To create a consistent RNRMW on-line presence the official Facebook page has been renamed ‘Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare – RNRMW’

RAF Families Federation: Envoy Magazine - Spring 2017

To read or download

Monday, 6 March 2017

Common Questions about the HIVE Blog

Q. I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so how do I ensure I don't miss out on what is going and find out about events too late?

A. Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (on right hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email every day that the Blog is updated.

By using this gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest community information is available to view.

Evolution Forces Families - The Importance of Making a Will

As morbid as it is, making a Will is important, whether you have children and a spouse or not, as it dictates who is entitled to your estate when you pass away. It is particularly important for Forces families, given the nature of the job.

The MOD offers a free basic Will service, the MOD106 Will, to its serving members prior to deployment, however it is just as important for their spouses too.

There are also many limitations on this service that you should be aware of, which you can read about on our previous blog; ‘Wills for Military Personnel’.

For further information, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 2 March 2017

CTP Career Transition Workshops for Service Leavers

The best way to begin your resettlement is to attend a Career Transition Workshop (CTW) where you will focus on identifying your transferrable skills and developing an effective CV, learn how to enhance your personal brand and online profile, develop tactics for approaching the job market and get tips on successful interview techniques.

CTP - Civilian Work Attachments

A great way for Service leavers to gain sector specific work experience prior to leaving the Forces is by using some or all of your Graduated Resettlement Time allowance to complete a trial attachment with a civilian employer.

Civilian Work Attachments (CWA) involve undertaking unpaid work experience with an organisation, in order to gain insight into a particular job role or industry. Along with on-the-job training and experience, CWA’s can also ensure that employers and employees are well matched, prior to any commitments being made by either party.

Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Brompton Academy From Monday 15th May 2017

Brompton Academy is pleased to be able to let you know about a new course that is available to the wider community - Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), teaching you how to use mindfulness based techniques, to enhance health and wellbeing.

The eight week evening course will be taking place from Monday 15th May 2017, 6.30pm to 8pm at Brompton Academy and will be delivered by a professional Mindful Based Stress Reduction practitioner. The fee for this course is £250 per person.

If you would like to find out further information or book your place on this extremely popular course, please contact Mary Murison by e-mail at marymurison@bromptonacademy.org.uk by Monday 8th May 2017.

SSAFA Additional Needs and Disability - A Guide for Service Families

To read, download or print this guide,

Soldier Magazine - March 17 Issue Online

To read, download  or print

Support for Mental Health

If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental  health don't suffer in silence. Asking for help shows strength in character and sets the course for change and recovery. Find free help and support in your local area.

For a list of support services in the Medway Area, please CLICK HERE

Start 4 Life 1-2-1 Club

Establishing a healthy lifestyle is important to encourage positive habits from an early age. Start4life is a national initiative which supports parents on key issues including breastfeeding, introducing solid foods, active play and tips on healthy foods for babies and toddlers.

The Start4Life 1-2-1 club is a support programme for families with children under five years. It is a healthy lifestyle programme based on six behaviour changes to give you and your children the best start to life and lead healthier lifestyles.

MEND 2-4 programme

Medway Council's MEND 2-4 Programme is a 10 week programme is for children aged between two and four years-old. It helps families to deal with fussy eating and encourages children to eat a wider variety of foods. Sessions take place during the daytime in children’s centres and community venues across Medway.

MEND 2-4 is open to all families living in Medway with a child aged 2-4 years.

For more information or to register for this programme phone 01634 333103 or e-mail mend@medway.gov.uk

Healthy Way Diabetes Prevention Programme

Type 2 Diabetes develops because there is too little Insulin (or the Insulin isn’t working properly) so that Glucose builds up in the bloodstream. This can cause significant health problems if untreated.

The Healthy Way diabetes prevention and weight management lifestyle course has been specifically designed for those who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, would like to manage their weight and who would like support to make lifestyle changes. The good news is that small changes in lifestyle and activity can help reduce these risks.

Find out your risk score today here. It only takes two minutes.

If you are identified as being at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes you can book onto our FREE 12 week programme. This will support you to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Families' Activity Breaks (FAB)

Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri Service charitable initiative, providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families.

If your child is aged up to 19 years old and has suffered the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. The holidays offer an adventure for all the family and a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss. A loved one can mean a parent, a step parent, or a child’s legal guardian, carer or sibling.

         Full details of 2017 FAB dates are at

Child Booster Seats in Vehicles

Stricter rules concerning the use of child car booster seats have now been introduced.

Before the law change, children weighing as little as 15kg - approximately three years old - could travel in backless booster seats.

Under the new rules, newly bought backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg (3st 6.5lbs).

Detailed information can be found on the Government Website. Please CLICK HERE