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Friday, 26 February 2016

HM Forces - UK School Directory

Veterans World - Issue 37

To view latest issue please click HERE

Family Activity Breaks (FAB) For Bereaved Military Families Are Looking For Volunteers

New volunteers required for Summer 2016!! 
If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer for FAB this year please visit the website and complete the online application form. 
We accept applications from those who are currently serving with the Army/Navy/RAF, Veterans, MoD Civil Servants. 
Family members of Service Personnel are also welcome to also apply. 
You must be over 18 to volunteer.
See www.fabcamps.org.uk for more details.

BFBS Colchester with Liz Mullen - Win a Mother's Day Lunch for 4 at Colchester's Red Lion

 Just listen to Breakfast with Liz on 107fm, 6.30am - 10am.  Great competitions most weeks, you only need to enter ONCE during the  week.
Text is 07740 377377 starting Col then a space, then the password - listen to Liz to find out this week's password or check the facebook page.

Could You Be A British Army Photgrapher?

Are you fit, motivated, confident and work well under pressure? Have you got an eye for detail and a passion for photography? If so, you COULD be a British Army Photographer.

We are looking for senior LCpl - Sgt, regular soldiers.
Please contact Sgt Steve Blake for further information via the Facebook Page British Army Photographers


Useful Support Organisations For Service Leavers, Veterans And Families

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and was created in 2007 to help ex-service personnel get appropriate support from government, local authorities, independent bodies and the charity sector
STOLL provides housing and support to vulnerable and disabled ex-service men and women, acknowledging the sacrifices they have made for our country
The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the armed forces community, serving men and women, veterans, and their families
HAIG Housing is the leading UK provider of rental housing for ex-service people and the strategic housing partner for Help for Heroes
Riverside is a group of complementary businesses, with a charitable housing association at its core making it a major service provider of affordable housing, care and support in England and Scotland
AlabarĂ© Homes for Veterans provide accommodation and specialist support for ex-service men and women who experience difficulty adjusting to civilian life.
 AFV-Launchpad is a registered charity, providing affordable supported rental accommodation with on-site support to armed forces veterans of all ages and their partners
SSAFA provides lifelong support for veterans and their families
Veterans Aid is the major charity for UK veterans in crisis
Shelter gives practical housing advice and support online, in person and by phone
Citizens Advice provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities
Naval Families Federation is the independent voice of Royal Naval and Royal Marines families
Royal Air Force Families Federation provide a voice for the issues and concerns have about life in the RAF
Moneyforce the home of money guidance for UK service personnel and their families
Money Advice Service free and impartial advise to help you manage your money better
The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) provides a single point of contact for interaction with government, including local government and the devolved administrations; with the Royal Household; with the private sector; and, of course, with other members of the armed forces community.

Defence Discount Service Card

Who qualifies for the service?

The official Ministry of Defence discount service is available for all members of the Defence Community and you can join for free and start saving £100's a year. The Service is available for the follow:

- Serving Armed Forces - Reserve Forces - Spouses/Partners of serving personnel - Forces Veterans - MOD Civil Servants
- Bereaved Family Members - War/Service Widow(er)s - Cadet Forces (over 16) - NATO Personnel in the UK

For more information and to apply for a card go tohttps://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

NASA is giving away free posters to download for free


Template letter to appeal against CAAS Grading

Please press THIS LINK to see the template Challenge Letter for the new CAAS grading.

Should you wish to appeal against your recent CAAS grading you can use this template to do so.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) - Now Defence Relationship Management

DRM is a single point of contact linking employers with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

About DRM

We offer advice and support on employing members of the armed forces community, and enable organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the MOD. DRM builds on the successful SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) information campaign and continues defence’s work with reservists, their employers, and those organisations who want to partner with defence.

Find out more about rights and responsibilities for employers and reservists.

Defence is keen to establish open, strategic relationships with employers, tailoring partnering opportunities to mutual needs and business goals.

The ways we offer support include:

  • employment of reservists and support through flexible HR policies
  • employment of regular service personnel at the end of their engagements, in collaboration with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
  • employment opportunities for service leavers with more challenging transitions including the wounded, injured and sick
  • employment of spouses/civil partners of service personnel
  • joint development of skills in areas such as engineering, medical, communications and cyber security
  • career opportunities and support for cadet adult instructors
  • tackling disadvantages faced by service personnel in the consumer market

To find out more visit the DRM website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/defence-relationship-management 

Legal Requirement For Dogs To Be Microchipped In England From 6th April 2016

From the 6th of April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.

For every dog that is currently not microchipped, you will have until 6th of April to get them microchipped and registered on an approved database.

If a keeper of a dog which is not microchipped gets served with a notice requiring them to have the dog chipped, they will have 21 days to do this.

For information about FREE microchipping please visit:


MOD Health Campaign - Time To Quit Smoking

For more information visit:

Maintaining fitness is essential to being healthy. Boost your fitness and go#smokefree http://ow.ly/WBaEG

Career Transition Partnership - Resettlement Support for up to Two Years Post-Service

Resettlement support continues
Resettlement support doesn't end when you leave the Armed Forces.You can seek help if eligible from your Regional Resettlement Centre for up to two years after your discharge date.
Career advice and guidance

If you attended a Career Transition Workshop or worked with a CTP Career Consultant on a one-to-one basis prior to leaving, you’re eligible for advice and information from your Career Consultant for up to two years post-discharge.

You can contact them by phone, email, or in person, whether it’s to discuss a job application, get feedback on your CV, or simply review your career direction.

You may also be able to attend CTP Employment Fairs or seminars, interview techniques workshops or other events, depending on availability of places.

If you didn’t access resettlement services prior to leaving, you may still be eligible for job finding assistance. To check your eligibility and find out more, contact your nearest Regional Resettlement Centre.


Information extracted fromhttps://www.ctp.org.uk/continued-support. Please visit this link for further details.


Rewards for Forces - up to 15% Off Sixt Worldwide Car Hire

Get up to 15% off worldwide car hire with Sixt, find them in the Travel section of thewebsite for more info on how to obtain this discount.

Service Children's Education Advisory Service Moving School Packs

Moving School Packs are available from the HIVE

Service Children's Education Advisory Service
The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.
CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.



Pathfinder: Available online

Latest issue (January) of Pathfinder now available to view online:
Click here for January's issue
Hard copies also available from the HIVE