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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Additional 10% MOD Discount off Venere.com Hotel Bookings

Venere.com are offering members an extra 10% discount on top of already discounted hotels! 

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

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

NHS England to ask military veterans how to improve mental health services

NHS England is today asking armed forces veterans to share their experience of mental health services and help improve future care across the country.

The launch of a national survey will help improve the care available for veterans as they move from military to civilian life.

The survey is a chance for veterans to share their experiences and views of existing mental health services and to understand the reasons why some people have not sought or received support and treatment. In addition to seeking views from veterans, family members and carers, as well as staff and organisations that are providing treatment and support in this area are all able to take part.

The NHS currently provides 12 mental health services across England specifically for veterans. They enable specialist staff to care for ex-forces personnel with mental health needs, direct them to the most appropriate service and give them effective treatment. With new contracts due in the next year, this is an opportunity to develop future services that take account of current experiences.

To view the full article on this topic visit:

More information about the survey is at this link:https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/veterans-mental-health-services

To complete the survey click HERE

'Shop the Shark' National Trading Standards Campaign to Stop Loan Sharks

Monday, 25 January 2016

AFF Foreign & Commonwealth Immigration Information


Furniture & Removals: A step by step guide


May we remind you that the speed limit is 20mph around the whole of 
Sutton Heath Estate.  Please be mindful of young children playing and 
families with pushchairs. The local Police authority have been informed and
 anyone caught may be prosecuted.  If you have witnessed anyone speeding 
around the SFA estate please take the Vehicle Registration Number and
report this to Suffolk Police on 101.


Friday, 22 January 2016


Armed Forces Covenant logo

Armed Forces personnel posted overseas will be able to rent out their homes 
without facing higher mortgage costs or having to change their mortgage.  
Further information is available on the website

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

CarillionAmey: Boiler Repairs Step by Step Guide

MoneyForce Advice on Dealing With Debt

At this time of year we're bombarded with hints and tips of how to sort out our Christmas debt. Whatever you think about all the hype, getting your debt to a manageable level is key to starting the year in as good a position as possible. So, if you’re too busy with more important things, we set out what’s available to you and your family so all you have to do is choose your mode of action and get cracking.
Phone, online or face-to-face help
You can choose how you want to communicate, but the important thing is that you do engage in some way. Your situation might not be as bad as you think, but if it is, there are experienced people around who can help at no charge.
If you live in England or Wales, contact The Royal British Legion’s Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080 8am-8pm 7 days a week (calls are free from UK landlines and main mobile networks), pop in to a Pop in Centreor try live chat
From abroad call the Legion on +44 (0)20 3376 8080.

Easy Resettlement Magazine

See all Easy Resettlement magazines at 

Army Families Federation: Move-In Survey Results

What have we done with your feedback? Click here for our full infographic.
Click HERE to view AFF's news article on this survey.


The following CTP infographics are available to view, download and print (please click on the title):

What to Expect, When? A Parents' Guide

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

Click HERE to view and/or download the Guide

Friday, 15 January 2016

Out of Hours Welfare Contact - Swanton Morley

If you require welfare assistance outside of normal working hours at Robertson Barracks Swanton Morley, please call the Guardroom on 01362 627959. When they answer explain 
you would like to speak to Welfare. 
You do not need to explain why just leave your name and contact number and we will call you back immediately.

For contact during office hours the Number is 01362 627970.

MoneyForce: Beginners Guide to Investments

"Investing is a way to get MoneyFit for the longer term if you've got money to spare and are comfortable taking some risk with your money.
If your savings goal is more than five years away, putting some of your cash into investments could allow you to earn more from your money and keep up with rising prices."
To view the full article, including information on types of investments, risks and rewards, please visit: https://www.moneyforce.org.uk/Managing-money/Save-and-invest/Investments

Razors4u - 10% MOD Discount

Razors4u are pleased to partner up with Defence Discount Service and offer an exclusive 10% off all products. 

Visit Razors4u and enter the discount code that can be found at www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Veterans UK - FREE help and advice on any issue

A new look for the Armed Forces Covenant

Today, the Armed Forces Covenant unveils its new branding.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant is a national responsibility and the Government is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for the Armed Forces community by working with a range of delivery partners including businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.
Businesses and local authorities who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant, and publicly declare their commitments.
The new branding simplifies and clarifies the Armed Forces Covenant, uniting all the delivery partners in their common goal to achieve the best outcomes for the Armed Forces community.


Childcare.co.uk is an award winning online social networking platform for parents, childcare providers and private tutors with over 1,000,000 members. Start your childcare search or childcare job search today.

By typing in what you are looking for in terms of childcare, such as a baby sitter, maternity nurse, private tutor or schools, together with your postcode, this website will do the work for you. It also helps you look for childcare jobs! A great resource to go to for when moving to a new area.  All free to register.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Armed Forces Pension on Divorce or Dissolution

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 view other Armed Forces Pension guidance booklets (2005 scheme) please click here

HM Treasury Information on Help to Buy ISAs

Armed Forces Information on applying for British Citizenship

Looking for Armed Forces Information on applying for British Citizenship?

Use this link to the Army Families federation website:

If you need further information please contact the HIVE.

Challenge Forces Advice to Save You Money on Military Insurances

For further information about Forces Advice visit:

Please note:
Forces Advice are members of SIIAP. 
SIIAP members provide specialist insurance and financial advice to members of 
HM Forces  By purchasing an insurance or financial product from a SIIAP member, 
customers have the peace of mind that they are dealing with a competent organisation
 who has made all the necessary arrangements to look after their interests - 
whether they are based in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
For further information about SIIAP and details of their other members visit:

Monday, 11 January 2016

TV Licence - Have You Got One?

In Ministry of Defence (MOD) accommodation, on or off base, anyone who watches or records television programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any device, must be covered by a TV Licence. This includes computers, laptops, TVs, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.

For further information, visit:



Project Information
The Project
The project has been created specifically for young people as a way to involve them in how young people in Suffolk access information about activities, events and guidance across the county. We have heard young people mention countless times that there isn't anything to do in their local area. We know that there is a vast array of activities but they are not promoted or accessed as well as they could be.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

New Home Email Assistance With New F&C Immigration Rules

There is now a dedicated enquiries mailbox for all email enquiries about the changes announced on 4th July. All enquiries should be sent to the following address: 


You need to include your name, date of birth and nationality. You should receive a response within 14 days. 

If you do not receive a response or it does not answer your question then please contact the F&C Assistant fcassist@aff.org.uk

Information extracted from AFF F&C Specialist webpage 'New Immigration Rules' at http://www.aff.org.uk/army_family_life/foreign_commonwealh/newimmigrationrules.htm