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

NSPCC: Children & Young People Online Safety


Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.

The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online.

Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.

It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.


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   

Lower Lees Coastal Park & Free Adventure Playground, Folkestone

The Lower Leas Coastal Park was opened in 2000 and is split into 3 broad recreational zones.

Beginning at The Leas Lift, the formal zone comprises pine avenues, gardens and flowers blooming all year.

The fun zone is home to the largest free adventure play area in the south east and the ever popular amphitheatre. The wild zone is a haven for quiet recreation, where sensitive habitat management allows wildlife to thrive.

For more information click here.

The park is located at Lower Sandgate Rd, Folkestone, CT20 2JP 

Badgers Hill Farm and Cidery, Canterbury

Open daily with free admission, Badgers Hill Farm is set in an old cider farm and offers a unique day out.

Enjoy their quirky farm with all its hidden treasures. Take tea in the glasshouse under the willow tree or in the gardens overlooking the old orchards. The café serves homemade refreshments and locally-roasted coffee is served along with a selection of teas and cakes.

They also produce farmhouse cider that is matured in oak whisky barrels.

Where: New Cut Road, Chilham, Canterbury, CT4 8BW

For further information CLICK HERE

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

Surestart - Summer Timetable (Medway)


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.

Choosing Childcare in the Medway Area


Medway Council provides excellent advice for any parent looking for childcare in the area.

CLICK HERE to access the web page which contains several useful links to other relevant information sites and services.

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

AWS Summer Activities at Invicta Park


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.

Ashford Parks to Receive Lottery Funding

Victoria Park
Two Ashford parks have been picked to receive extra cash from the National Lottery.

Victoria Park and Watercress Fields, both in Ashford, have been earmarked for £3.2 million funding.

Victoria Park is a formal park with mature ornamental trees, and a small area of woodland. Some of the trees were planted in the early part of the 20th century to commemorate local towns people and members of the royal family. A local art dealer donated the large fountain in one corner of the park to the town of Ashford. It was originally designed for the Great Exhibition and resided on the Olantigh Estate at Wye. There is a small pond at the bottom of the park surrounded by a rocky garden.

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.

Learn to Skate, Silver Blades, Gillingham



Silver Blades Gillingham
Ambley Rd, Gillingham Business Park,
Kent, ME8 0PU

Telephone:  08700 852929
E-mail: gillingham@silver-blades.co.uk   
Website: silver-blades.co.uk/Gillingham

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Defence Discount Service: Harry Ramsden's Discount




By the Sea or just fancy Fish & Chips?

Just show your MoD90 or Defence Privilege Card and get 30% off the food bill at Harry Ramsden's

For all the information please visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Just for Her - Summer Issue Online Now


To read, download or print this issue

Defence Discount - npower Launches its Most Competitive Tariff

Everyday Heroes Fix - Click on images to enlarge or visit the Defence Discount Service Website








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

Medway Messenger Youth League (Football)

The Medway Messenger Youth League provide football for Under 7's to Under 18's within a 20 mile radius of  Chatham.

Last season, over 250 teams played in the League giving football to over 4000 boys (and a few girls!) making it one of the largest Youth leagues in the South of England.

Many football clubs with youth teams in the Medway area are looking for new players.  CLICK HERE for details.

For further details about the Medway Youth League CLICK HERE

Huggable Heroes For Children - Reducing Separation Anxiety



Hidden Wounds - Free Confidential Support for Veterans



What is Hidden Wounds?

Free and confidential support for Veterans, their families and the families of those currently serving who are suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, anger and alcohol issues. Symptoms can include a lack of motivation or interest in everyday activities; an uncontrollable sense of worry; a fear of crowds; physical tension in the head or shoulders, or any number of other depression symptoms. Support is delivered by phone, Skype or face to face.

For further details or to contact the Hidden Wounds team CLICK HERE

Climb Kilimanjaro in 2018 for Help for Heroes - Register Interest Now


H4H's popular trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro will return in 2018.

The snow-capped summit of the highest free standing mountain in the world rises high above the dusty plains of Africa offering spectacular views, huge glaciers and beautiful ice formations as reward for your physical and mental endeavour.

H4H is working to confirm the 2018 trek. If you would like to be the first to hear when we launch, please register your interest.

For further information or to register your interest CLICK HERE

Alternatively you can email challenges@helpforheroes.org.uk or telephone 01725 514106

For details of other H4H Trekking Challenges CLICK HERE

Monday, 10 July 2017

AFF Secures Better Access to Student Loans for Army Spouses and Partners


The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a change to Student Finance England's loan qualifying criteria, which will allow more Army families to access a loan when undertaking a UK based course.

As of 1 August 2017, families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can now access a loan via Student Finance England even if they are not in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. This applies to both full and part time courses.

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

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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.

Serving
Healthcare services and contacts for serving armed forces personnel.

Transition
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


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

AFF Achieves Housing Success on Behalf of Army Families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a success for those living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) who have recently faced unfair increases to their accommodation charge.

Many families contacted AFF to say their rental charge or final charge had unexpectedly increased by an unreasonable amount without proper notice and without a chance to appeal.

Scottish Veterans' Residences

For further information please click HERE

SSAFA Celebrates 100 Years of women in the Armed Forces


SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is celebrating 100 years since women were legally permitted to serve in the British military.

This July marks the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the first time women were formally enrolled in the UK Armed Forces. Back then, women’s roles involved cooking, administration and mechanical work.  Today, one hundred years on they stand shoulder to shoulder with their male counterpart, with close combat roles in the Royal Marines, Royal Armoured Corps, infantry and Royal Air Force Regiment opening up to them last year.

To mark the anniversary and 100 years’ worth of contribution, SSAFA has commissioned renowned war photographer Robert Wilson to create an iconic image of currently serving women and veterans from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Airforce, including Olympic gold medallists Dame Kelly Holmes and Heather Stanning OBE.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Service Families Accommodation - We All Have a Part to Play


See information from DIO about Service Families Accommodation in this video.

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