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Monday, 31 July 2017

Joint Service Housing Advice Office Presentations

Email RC-AWS-JSHAO-0Mailbox@mod.gov.uk
For further information on the gov.uk website CLICK HERE
Telephone 01252 787574

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Family Lives - Free Confidential Helpline

Just For Families Magazine - Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide

To read the on-line version, please click HERE

Recruit for Spouses

Recruit for Spouses was founded and is run by military spouses like the ones it serves, Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise:

Spearheading a change in perception has been key to our success as we forge strong client relationships based on our guiding principles of fair opportunity, career development, flexible working practices and openness. As employers tap into the resources of the military spouse community, our candidates prove our greatest asset as we all look towards a mutually rewarding future.

For further information, visit the website at http://www.recruitforspouses.co.uk/ or telephone 0333 2020 996.  Alternatively, you can complete the e-mail form  You can also sign up to receive a regular newsletter by e-mail.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Website Survey

The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, it is currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content.

The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page, https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk   

Monday, 24 July 2017

NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Services

NHS veterans’ mental health services are now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge

Information for Patients: Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later.

For further information and eligibility criteria, CLICK HERE

Be Drink Aware

Friday, 21 July 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Flexible Employment Offered

Accord Legal Services is offering two types of work; one is working as a legal consultant visiting clients, and the other is as a canvassing representative working with the public to bring in business.

Canvassers and consultants are able to set their own working hours and work the positions around other commitments, so it could be suited to forces personnel and their families.

For further details, e-mail liam@accordwills.co.uk
or phone 01744 807048

To visit the company's website CLICK HERE

Medway Stop Smoking Service

Would you like to quit smoking for good? Find out how you can get support.

The Medway Stop Smoking Service is a completely free service offering 1-2-1s with highly trained, approachable advisers.

There are also drop-in centres all around Medway including the Smokefree Advice Centre at 2-2a Railway Street, Chatham, ME4 4JL.

Opening Times :

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00

There is no need to book for this venue, just drop in anytime during opening hours.

For more information CLICK HERE

Medway Stop Smoking Service

Phone: 01634 334800 or 0800 234 6805

Email: medwaystopsmokingservice@nhs.net

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Scouts in the Brompton Area - Looking for Recruits and Volunteers

The Scouting Foundation is the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation,  offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others, thereby making a positive impact in communities.

Scout groups help children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. These activities will help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

Are You Driving in France? New Rules on Vehicle Emissions

If you're planning to drive to or through France via Paris, Lyon or Grenoble, beware, new rules mean you're likely to need to display a vehicle emissions sticker on your windscreen, while older cars could be banned altogether from certain areas at certain times.

The three French cities have introduced the 'Crit'Air' scheme, which is designed to curb pollution and requires most vehicles driving within designated 'environmental zones' to display a window sticker (known as a vignette).

The stickers cost €4.80 (around £4.13), including postage to the UK. There are six categories of sticker, which are colour-coded according to how much vehicles pollute and range from the cleanest (Crit'Air 1), for electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, to the most polluting (Crit'Air 6).

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey

email address for queries DIOSDAccn-SSM1a@mod.uk

Financial Top Tips for Service Personnel

Service personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has worked with the financial sector to improve the ability of armed forces personnel to access financial products.

The representative bodies for the financial sector are raising awareness within their membership of how to avoid disadvantage for service personnel and their families. They have worked with MOD to develop these top tips for the armed forces on credit ratings, mortgages and loans, BFPO addresses and insurance.

For further information CLICK HERE

Monday, 17 July 2017

Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce

Medway Adult Education is  taking bookings now for the Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce. Courses start in September, call 01634 338400

This course is designed for people who wish to work in the Childcare sector. It is an ideal qualification for those looking to take the first step towards a career as a nursery assistant, crèche worker, playgroup assistant, childminder or nanny.

Anyone working or planning to work in a range of child care occupations needs to obtain the relevant qualification approved by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. To work in a supervised capacity requires a level 2 competence qualification for which this course is purpose designed.

MOD Estates - Fly Tipping

Fly tipping (the illegal dumping of waste) is a criminal offence, damages the environment, is anti-social, costs the MOD valuable resources to remove, and can be dangerous (such as hazardous waste or heavy items that could injure children). It is in everyone’s interest to dispose of waste correctly, and to help the authorities find and prosecute people who do not.

Act responsibly
If you have waste to dispose of, please act responsibly and take it to a local authority waste or recycling centre. Dumping items like furniture and fridges on your own patch or elsewhere is not only unsightly for your neighbours, it could be dangerous for local children. In addition, once an area gets a reputation for being a dumping site, it often encourages others to add to the pile.

Report it
If you witness any fly tipping activity in your area please report it to the relevant authorities – such as the Unit, Police or Local Authority (for nearby public areas). It will help if you make a note of the vehicle type, registration number or any other relevant information. However be careful; don’t challenge the fly tippers and don’t place yourself in harms way to gather evidence.

Get it removed
If the waste has been dumped in an SFA area, please report it to your relevant maintenance helpdesk who will remove it at MOD expense.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Medway Libraries and Children / Young People

Every Medway library has areas for children and young people including books, activities and more.

 Discover what your local library can offer for children, young people, parents, carers, teachers and early years professionals.

For more information about library services for children and young people, CLICK HERE

Huggable Heroes For Children - Reducing Separation Anxiety

Friday, 7 July 2017

Meeting the Public Health Needs of the Armed Forces

This resource has been developed for local authorities, local Defence Medical Services and those supporting the health needs of the armed forces community in England to help support and strengthen local relationships to meet the public health needs of Armed Forces populations.

To read this document, please CLICK HERE

The Summer Issue of Easy Resettlement Magazine - Online Now

To read, download or print this issue

Remploy Veterans' Employment

Visit the website at

KMTV, A New TV Channel for Kent

KMTV is Kent's new TV channel on Freeview 7 and Virgin 159.

KMTV is a unique partnership between the University of Kent and KM Media Group, the publisher of this website.

Launching on Monday a10th July at 5.30pm, it will be the county’s first dedicated television channel, delivering quality news, sport and entertainment around the clock.

The centrepiece of the schedule will be Kent Tonight, an hour-long news programme broadcasting from our state-of-the-art studio at the university’s Medway campus every week day at 5.30pm.

For further information, or to sign up for a newsletter CLICK HERE

Thursday, 6 July 2017

NHS Choices: Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community

Healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Healthcare services and contacts for serving armed forces personnel.

Services and advice for service personnel returning to duty or leaving the forces after wounding, injury or sickness.

Veterans, families and reservists
Information and support services for veterans, families and reservists.

To visit the website CLICK HERE


MedOCC deals with urgent care problems when GP surgeries are closed. We also assess and manage patients with symptoms of cellulitis or deep vein thrombosis and act as a communication hub for messages to district nurses, health visitors, rapid response teams and other community/specialist teams.

If you are unwell, you should contact your GP surgery in the first instance who will offer you an appointment or some advice over the telephone.

If you are unwell when your surgery is closed, for example, from 6.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday, or at weekends or bank holidays, please dial 111 (please note that your calls may be recorded or monitored and used for training purposes).

Volunteering. Is It For You?

For a printer-friendly A4 copy of the above, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Project Firefly - Regular to RNR Seamless Transfer

If you are an ex-regular and have left the service within 2 years, you can join the RNR on a 'seamless transfer'.

Project Firefly is an NPT(Reserves) led initiative and an important work strand in supporting the manning requirements laid down in the Future Reserve Forces 2020 (FR20) white paper.

The projects aims include the creation of a seamless transfer scheme from Regular to Reserves, for Service leavers (SL); and an engagement campaign to promote the Transfer Scheme and raise the profile of the Maritime Reserves to the Regular and ex-regular Naval Communities.

For further information CLICK HERE

Monday, 3 July 2017

Safer in Kent - Short Survey

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott has set the strategic priorities for Kent Police.

Earlier this year he published Safer in Kent: The Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. The plan is kept under constant review and is regularly updated in line with what local communities want.

Mr Scott wants to know what matters most to you, so please take the time to fill out our short survey and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to fill one in as well. You do not need to provide your name or any contact details if you do not wish to.

A summary of responses will be published  when the Safer in Kent Plan is next updated.

To access the survey CLICK HERE