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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

AWS re-Start

Amazon Web Services have a brand new programme called AWS re:Start. A free training and job placement programme running throughout 2017 which aims to equip service leavers, reservists, veterans, cadets, cadet force adult volunteers and spouses with the knowledge and skills to build a career within the digital economy.

For further information

MoodZone, NHS Choices: Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Am I depressed? How can I feel less stressed? Why am I so anxious?

Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help.

It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

- Tips and advice to boost mental health
- Self-help and treatments
- Other people's stories

To enter the MoodZone CLICK HERE

UK Schools Directory 2017-2018

Monday, 22 May 2017

Great Lines ParkRun - Every Saturday 9am

What is the Great Lines ParkRun?
It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

Where is it?
The event takes place in Great Lines Heritage Park, Brompton Road, Gillingham, ME7 1HF. See Course page for more details.

When is it?
Every Saturday at 9am.
What does it cost to join in?
Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.
How fast do I have to be?
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
The Great Lines ParkRun needs you!
It is entirely organised by volunteers - email greatlineshelpers@parkrun.com to help.
We're friendly!
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Falcon café, Marlborough Rd, Gillingham - please come and join us!

For further details, see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greatlines/

Understanding Autism

Do you know what small actions could reduce the overload that autistic people face?

CLICK HERE to find out

Protect Your Online Identity

We all have some sort of online presence whether it's on social media, for retail and banking or an email account. Our reliance on digital information is increasing every day.

While it's natural to want to make our lives easier, avoid being tempted to use the same password for multiple accounts or use a password that's very easy to remember (ie password123).

Criminals know that sometimes we don't use secure passwords and use it against us to steal our data.

CLICK HERE for some more useful tips from the Kent Police.

Using Social Media - A Guide for Military Personnel

The use of social media is accepted by Defence and, when used appropriately, should be encouraged.

The issue we face is not why or how we use social media, but how well we use it. The government has produced a useful guide that tells you what is and isn’t acceptable social media behaviour for military personnel.

CLICK HERE to read or print the guide.

The Army Reserve, 3rd Battalion (Rochester) - Recruiting Now

For further information on the 3rd Battalion, visit the website at

Approaching the Market - Personal Strategies for Ex-Service Personnel

Success in your job search results from having a well thought-out strategy and a solid plan of action. While luck sometimes plays a part in landing a job, do you really want to leave something so important to chance? Instead, seize control of your career by taking the next step proactively. With this approach, you can bring the luck, and the jobs, to you!

For a useful guide, produced by the Career Transition Partnership CLICK HERE

Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces

The Service Complaints Ombudsman was established by the Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Act 2015. The Ombudsman is the successor to the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces, a role established by the Armed Forces Act 2006 as part of significant reforms to the Service complaints process.

The role of the Service Complaints Ombudsman is to provide independent and impartial scrutiny of the handling of Service complaints made by members of the UK Armed Forces.

For further information, visit the website at http://www.servicecomplaintsombudsman.org.uk/

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Pregnancy Matters

Whatever your pregnancy-related problem, help is just a click, text or call away

If you’re late and worried about being pregnant, considering abortion or you’ve just found out you’re pregnant and don’t know what to do, Pregnancy Matters can help. Maybe you’re pregnant and have nowhere to live or need some practical support. Or perhaps you’re dealing with the loss of a pregnancy or need to talk to someone after an abortion.

Support from Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

A selection of AA leaflets and pamphlets are available to read online, download or print.  Click the links below to access the pamphlets.

Recruit for Spouses - Returning Talent to the Workplace

Most modern families in the UK recognise that where once a second income might have been an advantage, it is increasingly a ‘must-have’, and military families are no exception. Too frequently, skilled, career-minded spouses are overlooked in the workplace in favour of candidates perceived to be more geographically stable.

Recruit for Spouses’ message to business is simple: recent changes throughout the British military mean its families are more settled then ever before, and Forces’ spouses deserve rewarding income opportunities from a level playing field.

If you’re a military spouse with aspirations of saving for a house deposit or funding a mortgage so your family can put down roots, we can help you to make it happen.

CLICK HERE to visit the website to register with Recruit For Spouses

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

MOD Police Authorised Firearms Officers - Recruiting Now

As part of your initial training, you’ll have to successfully qualify as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO). At any one time 90% of officers on duty will be performing this role. Officers are trained to National Police Standards and are required to maintain this competency annually.

During your firearms module you’ll receive training in weapon handling, shooting skills, less lethal options and tactics. In scenario-based training, this will allow you to demonstrate critical decision-making in a pressured timeframe.

You will also have the opportunity to gain further firearms skills if you want to develop your career in a specialist post.

For more info visit

Monday, 8 May 2017

Big White Wall

Deployment is tough on any family.
Make sure they get the support needed with  Big White Wall

Balancing service & family commitments is tough
Big White Wall is available for support

Being Mum & Soldier is stressful.
Be sure to get the support you need with Big White Wall

Retiring from service is stressful.
Use family & external networks like Big White Wall to help

Coffee Mornings Invicta Park, Thursdays 9.30am - 11am

Save Our Bees with a Bee Saver Kit

Our bees are dying out fast and a huge reason for this is the loss of their natural habitat. They've lost 97% of their grassland habitats in the past 60 years. But disaster can be averted.

Right now, people are working together to help create bee-friendly spaces all over the country - and you can too.

Find out how you can help by requesting a Bee Saver Kit, packed with everything you need to fight for our buzzy little friends.

For further information CLICK HERE

Hounds for Heroes Support Dogs

Hounds For Heroes assistance dogs can help overcome some of physical barriers and obstacles caused by your disability; promoting an increased sense of freedom, providing a loyal comrade and just maybe the beginning of a new life.

The application process is open to all UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel who have become disabled or been injured.

Life with an assistance dog from Hounds For Heroes could soon benefit you in many ways, from helping to increasing your self-esteem to enabling you to do more on a daily basis. An assistance dog will help you overcome some of your disabilities by assisting you in those everyday tasks that you currently struggle with. An assistance dog may even inspire you to lead a more active and outgoing lifestyle, and help you embark on new adventures that at one time seemed unattainable.

Service Dogs UK

Are you a veteran with a physical disability or PTSD and living in Sussex, Surrey or North or East Hampshire?

Because Life is Better with A Dog…

Dogs can make all the difference that’s why Service Dogs UK trains and provides assistance dogs, selected carefully from mainly rescue, to support members of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services (including Coast Guard & RNLI) who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

For further details CLICK HERE

Transition to Civilian Life

This guide covers resettlement, housing, leave, and pensions as well as the administrative procedures, for the smooth transition to Civilian Life.

The guide is written for those who are going to live in the UK.

If you are leaving the Army from the UK and returning to your country of origin you will need to ask about matters relating to that country.

Your Unit Welfare Officer (UWO) would be a good place to start seeking help and advice.

This guide tells you about the ex-Service and civilian welfare agencies which are there to help you, if you wish, once you have left the Army.

It will also explain procedures for all Service Leavers (SL)

To read or download the guide CLICK HERE

State Benefits for Ex-Service Personnel

This useful guide produced by the Career Transition Partnership will help you find out more about State Benefits, including:

What benefits exist
  • Eligibility
  • Benefits for those being medically discharged
  • Where to find further information and advice
  • Some frequently asked questions on the topic
You will also find details on some additional benefits and discount schemes for service and ex service personnel.

To read the guide CLICK HERE

Armed Forces and Tax

Serving personnel, veterans, their families and their advisers can follow this LINK to access to information on how to deal with the tax and benefits issues faced by them.

Childrens Education Advisory Service

CEAS is part of the MOD’s Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) and are a small dedicated team, who are experienced in advising service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of service children in the UK and overseas.

CEAS provides a dedicated service exclusively for service and MOD families providing professional advice about all aspect of children’s education both in the UK and Overseas.

CEAS has 13 full time advisors to answer queries via telephone, email or in person. CEAS provides the best advice available, free of charge, to all service parents irrespective of rank or location.

All 4 devolved areas in the UK have their own arrangements for providing and choosing the curriculum, and monitoring their education services. An overview of education service provision in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland has been provided with useful contact numbers and links.

If you choose for your child to be educated outside of the state system your family may be entitled to help with Continuity of Education fees. Overseas education is dependent on the area you are posted to.

For further information visit the Gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Armed Forces Pensions on Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

This booklet explains the various options available to split or share an Armed Forces Pension on a divorce or civil partnership dissolution.

Information is contained that is relevant to the Service person and the estranged spouse.

Solicitors dealing with an Armed Forces Pension on a marriage breakdown may also find this booklet useful.
To read the booklet online CLICK HERE
To view other Armed Forces Pension guidance booklets (2005 Scheme) please click here

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Winston's Wish - Supporting Bereaved Children

Winston's Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity and has been supporting bereaved children since 1992.

A Child’s Grief

Since then we have understood the impact of bereavement at a young age and has developed a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals via a national helpline and publications for all ages. We offer specialist support programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community.

We believe in a society where every bereaved child has access to support as and when they need it.

For further information, CLICK HERE

A useful booklet called 'Living with Bereavement' can be downloaded HERE

Tackling Terrorism - How You Can Help

Terrorists have to live somewhere. They store their equipment and materials somewhere. They need vehicles. They have people who help them - and these people might come and go at strange times of the day and night. They may make unusual financial transactions or use false documents to hide their real identities. They may be behaving differently to how you've known them to behave in the past.


If you think that you may have seen something suspicious or you are unsure about somebody’s activities or behaviour, however insignificant it may seem at the time, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Calls are taken in confidence by specialist officers who will analyse your information. They’ll decide if and how to follow it up. Your call could be vital to us, however uncertain you may be about making it.

Don't rely on others to make the call - we would rather you call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline than do nothing and hope the problem will go away.

Call 999 if there is an immediate threat to life.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

UK Forces Partner Support

This is a Facebook group open to wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends and partners of any UK military personnel.

You're welcome to chat about absolutely anything whether it's military related or not.