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Friday, 27 November 2015

AFF - Reviewing your rebasing experience - Have your say - take part in the survey

Rebasing survey
With rebasing in progress, AFF has produced a rebasing survey in collaboration with the Army Basing Team (ABT) and we want families affected by rebasing to get involved.
Share your experience with AFF
We want to know how things are going; questions will cover everything from education to spouse employment to finances. If you've come through rebasing, share your experience - especially how successful your arrival back in the UK was.
Armed with your feedback, the ABT can successfully plan future moves, including phase two of the rebasing programme, using best practice as well as considering lessons learned.
Take the survey to make a difference
Take our survey and ensure your issues and concerns are heard.
If you know others who have also come through rebasing, encourage them to take part too.
Got a question? Contact evidencedirector@aff.org.uk 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Defence Discount Directory

Pop into your local HIVE and pick up the latest edition.
To view on line go to www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Forces Equine UK

Claiming Job Seekers Allowance On Return To UK

Spouses and older children of forces personnel are now able to claim income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) as soon as they return to the UK, instead of them having to wait for three months.

Further information is available here

Surestart Children's Centres

Supporting The Health & Wellbeing Of Military Families

Public Health England has launched professional guidance aimed at health visitors and school nurses in identification and support for military children and young people.

The guidance offers clarity on the key public health issues and unique situations this group may be exposed to and how public health nurses can support as part of the universal offer.

Although aimed at health visitors and school nurses, the pathway will be of interest to others working with military families including early years, schools, primary and secondary care.

You can download the guidance here:

Cotswold Centre - Service Families Short Term Accommodation

The Services Cotswold Centre at Corsham provides a secure, affordable place to stay in temporary housing for Service families who may find themselves in short-term need of accommodation.

The secure 25 acre site has a community centre with internet connection, bar, games hall (with large screen TV), launderette and children's playground.

The 3 bedroom chalets and converted flatlets are all self catering. They are fully furnished and include colour TV with freesat, cooking utensils, fridge, freezer, cutlery, crockery, bedding and towels.

For those families who need to stay longer at the site, there is an excellent early years centre for children from 3-4 and the LocalAuthority Run Lypiatt Primary School for 5-11 year olds. Older children can attend Corsham Secondary School, which is nearby.

For further information please call the centre at the numbers below:
Civilian: 01225 810 358
Military: 94382 4524
Or email them at scc-receptionist@mod.uk

Finally, there is a leaflet with more information at this link.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Job Vacancy - NHS 111 Call Handler - Ipswich

Job Reference: J152-ICCC010

Integrated Care 24 Ltd
Telephone Services
Ipswich, Suffolk
£15,857 - £19,820 Per Annum

Salary: The hourly rate of pay is dependent on the days and times worked. The Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) for 37.5 hours per week is between £15,857 and £19,820 per annum (pro-rata if applicable).
Hours of Work: Flexible rotas covering a 24 hour period, part time hours (evenings and weekends)
Job Purpose: A call handling and problem solving role which gives you a chance to make a difference. This role suits caring people with professional and courteous communication skills. Accuracy and the ability to learn are essential as call handlers will train to become accredited users of the NHS 111 Pathways telephone triage system. Call handlers will also ensure that patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time by giving advice and distributing calls to the appropriate clinical bases. This is a role where every shift is different. There are opportunities for future career progression within IC24.


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Little Troopers Network: Recruiting Volunteer Champions

Do you want to join our Little Trooper Network as a Champion? Find out more here: http://www.littletroopers.net/little-troopers-network/


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Friday, 20 November 2015

Victory Services Club London - Respite & Welfare Breaks For UK Armed Forces

The Victory Services Club (VSC) offers Respite and Welfare breaks for members of the UK Armed Forces. Here's some information to find out how you might be able to participate in this scheme.

The aim of this scheme is to relieve need, hardship or distress among personnel of all ranks by providing a break in the capital including complimentary:
·         Two nights accommodation
·         Lunch and dinner
·         Breakfast
·         Tickets to a top London Attraction
To find out more about the scheme and the nomination process, download ourRespite Welfare Breaks Booklet or contacting our Membership Secretary on 0207 616 8302 or respite.welfare@vsc.co.uk

AFF Army & You Magazine - Winter Edition Out Now

The latest edition of Army & You is fresh off the press. Click HERE for the online version.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Carillionamey - JPA

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

AFF - Latest news and information

Latest News/Information

For the latest news and information from the
Army Families Federation please

Carillionamey - Complaints Procedure

Nuffield Centre - North Wales

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Nuffield Centre – North Wales

All members of the UK Regular and Reserve Forces (including UOTC and Cadet adults, but not Cadets) are entitled to use the Nuffield Centre and its recreational facilities at JSMTC.  Dependants of those members listed above may use the Nuffield Centre in a non-entitled capacity.  MOD Civil Servants and other civilians who have a very close connection with the Services may also be authorised by CO JSMTC to use these Service welfare and recreational facilities.

Visit the website at www.nuffieldanglesey.org.uk


Friday, 13 November 2015

Job Opportunities at Ufford Park Hotel

JOB VACANCIES @ Ufford Park Hotel, Woodbridge in their Bar and Restaurant

For further information please contact Stuart Young via email


AFF - Orthodontic Survey

Orthodontic Survey

CLICK HERE to enter the survey
Army families & orthodontic treatment - help us to straighten out your issues.

TICKETS FOR TROOPS celebrate 6 Years

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Legs, Bums and Tums Classes at Swanton Morley Village Hall

Joining Forces - Savings & Loans for the Armed Forces

Joining forces – Savings and loan repayments taken straight from pay. The MoD has made possible for three of the UK’s leading credit unions to join forces and make simple saving accounts and loans available to the armed forces and their families.

Forces families whose credit ratings are damaged by the demands of the job are to be offered cheap loans and good savings accounts. A new government –backed credit union service will help Army, Navy and RAF personnel struggling to build a credit rating. 

Overseas postings and call-ups at short notice often make it impossible to show evidence of regular payment – deterring lenders from offering cheap deals. Now a trio of credit unions will allow personnel and their families to repay loans from them through their pay packets and offer the chance to save regularly.

Self Employment Awareness Workshops in Plymouth and Cottesmore


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Vauxhall Scrappage is back at Underwoods in Colchester

Alcoholics Anonymous and the Armed Services

Please click on the link below to view the following leaflets:

AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Brian
AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Fred
AA member pamphlet 1: Is AA for you?
AA member pamphlet 2: Now that you've stopped
AA member pamphlet 3: Who me
AA member pamphlet 4: 15 points
AA member pamphlet 5: A newcomer asks