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Monday, 19 December 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chartered Management Institute signs the Armed Forces Covenant

Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership


The Chartered Management Institute has pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining the leadership qualifications to help them further their career.


Ensuring that Service spouses and partners are not disadvantaged in finding and staying in employment due to service life is a key part of the Armed Force Covenant, which states that: The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has sought to uphold this promise by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. In their pledges, the CMI support Service spouses and civil partners through their MOD Family Membership Scheme, which provides access to Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching qualifications, helping Service spouses to gain the key skills and professional recognition which can help Service family members to find employment. The Scheme is also available free to children of Service personnel (aged 16-18) and allows them to become a Campus CMI Affiliate with access to all the benefits of online resources, including study support.


CMI’s pledge offers a discount on their qualifications and membership for family members of Service personnel who are CMI members, and a commitment to support Service spouses or Reservists who they employ with flexible working arrangements, where possible.

Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a CMI companion and participated in the signing of the Covenant at an event on 14 November. He said:
“The families of our Service personnel are an important part of the Covenant. We value and are grateful to them – the unsung heroes who support our Armed Forces. Knowing that the nation, and organisations like the Chartered Management Institute recognises this is extremely important and fundamental in making the Armed Forces Covenant work.”


Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said:
“We’re proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and helping families of the heroic men and women who serve our country get the support they need to develop their careers. Thousands of members of the Armed Forces who’ve gained CMI-accredited qualifications have benefited from improved performance in their roles, as well as from building confidence and gaining qualifications to help them resettle into civilian life at the end of their military career. Now, their families also have the chance to develop their own skills and qualifications.”


Full details on what membership can offer military families can be found on the CMI website at http://www.managers.org.uk/mod-membership.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Victory Services Club

Victory Services Club (VSC)

We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.
Further information is available at this link


and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here:


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Balmullo / Leuchars Health Visiting Team new telephone number

The new telephone number to access the Balmullo and Leuchars Health Visiting Team is
01334 465820.

Leuchars Station Hairdresser - Opening Hours


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016

Armed Forces Covenant - Employment and Pensions Support

Tesco Deliveries to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

BFPO addresses must be submitted in a specific format in order to ensure smooth delivery. When entering the address, you will need the following information:
  • Service Number, Rank and Name
  • Sub-Unit
  • Unit or Regiment
  • Operation or location name (if applicable)
  • BFPO Postcode
Upon entering a BFPO postcode when registering your address, you will be prompted with helpful tips on how to fill out the relevant fields.
Follow the below example to ensure you fill out each field correctly.
Company name – Service number, rank and name. (eg. 12345678 Lieutenant Col J. Smith)
Flat/Unit number – Sub unit, unit or regiment (eg. 1st Light Infantry Dragoons Squadron, Trafalgar Barracks)
Building number/name - Operation or location name (if applicable)
For further information please refer to https://www.gov.uk/bfpo/how-to-address-bfpo-mail

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Friday, 7 October 2016

MOD ICE App

                                                                  MOD ICE App
12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched. The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The question is: Have you downloaded yours? If not then found out how here.

Please Click Here for More Information and How to Download

Friday, 30 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Monday, 22 August 2016

Transiton Newsletter

Transition Newsletter

Transition Newletter Information Sheet - A Planning Guide to Secure Private Accommodation can be seen at the above link.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Leuchars Station SSAFA in service volunteers


Would you like to be a SSAFA in service volunteer?

If sufficient numbers interested we may have a course here at Leuchars in September.

SSAFA, formally known at the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, provides lifelong support to those who have served in the military and their families.  Changes in the needs of client’s means that SSAFA are looking for new volunteers to ensure that those who need help are properly supported.  This rewarding role is an opportunity to offer your time and expertise to benefit those in your community, as well as to develop new skills and meet some inspirational people.
Community volunteers are carefully selected, undergo mandatory training arranged by Central Office and work to a strict code of confidentiality. They report to the community volunteer coordinator, who allocates work and organises training. Duties include the following functions and responsibilities.

•             Practical support such as providing transport to local hospitals and elsewhere.
•             Visiting isolated and lonely families when the spouse is deployed.
•             Supporting the bereaved and helping estranged families.
•             Befriending those who need someone to listen and when necessary putting them in touch with an appropriate agency.
•             Advice to newlyweds, who may be unfamiliar with service life.
•             Assistance to those leaving the Armed Forces, who may be anxious about resettlement into civilian life.

To find out more about becoming an in service volunteer with SSAFA, collect a volunteer application pack from Vron at the HIVE.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Veterans' World News

The new issue of Veterans World is now online, you can view the magazine as a standard PDF on GOV.UK or via ISSUU, a digital publishing platform that’s free to access. We hope that this option will give you a more enjoyable and accessible way to read the magazine.
Veterans World raises awareness of help, advice and support available to veterans and their families via organisations, government, the voluntary and charitable sectors, and is aimed at people who work in an advisory capacity with the public. Its distribution includes HM Prisons, NHS Primary Trusts, Local Authorities, Resettlement Officers, Mental Health care workers, Citizen Advice Bureaux and those who work with veterans organisations.
At Veterans UK we want to make sure that as many Serving Personnel, Veterans and their families are aware of the many kinds of support and advice available to them, when they need it, and that it is up to date.  With that in mind please pass this email on to anyone else in your organisation or who you work with that advises or who may advise veterans and their families.
If you previously received a paper copy, and we had your e-mail address on record, you will be sent a link to each new issue.  If  you would like to receive a link, please send an e-mail to Veterans-UK-veteransworld@mod.uk telling us if you are a Veteran or an Advisor and any organisation you are linked with, and we will add you to our distribution list.
We are now accepting article submissions for issue 41, which will be published in November 2016. Contributions are most welcome. If you have an article or press release that is suitable for Veterans World, to raise awareness of an initiative, scheme or organisation that offers help, advice or support to veterans, contact the Editorial Team with details:
Email: veterans-uk-veteransworld@mod.uk
Please note these contacts are for Veterans World related enquiries only. Please direct any other questions to -
Veterans UK helpline
Veterans UK
Ministry of Defence
Norcross
Thornton-Cleveleys
FY5 3WP

Monday, 1 August 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

AWS Community Support in the News

Community Support Residential Activity on Forces TV

Forces TV visited  one of many AWS Community Support’s Poppy Adventure breaks at Robinwood Outdoor Activity Centre this week.
If you'd like to see what they got up to please tune in to Forces TV tomorrow (Friday 22nd July) at 1300hrs and 1730hrs. (Sky channel 264, Freesat 62 or online at forces.tv)
For details of other similar events in your area please contact your nearest HIVE or AWS Team.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Funding available for approved Community Projetcs at Leuchars

The CSO is looking for ideas for community projects either on Stn or with external partners?  There are a number of internal and external funding sources out there that we could tap into to fund community projects that enhance the welfare of our families and/or help build better relations with the external community.   If you have any ideas, no matter how big or small, the CSO would be interested in hearing about them.  Can you please forward any ideas to Miss Susan Budd, CSO on x7199.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Mental Health Flyer


Latest Offers from Defence Discount Service

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TALKTALK We are delighted to welcome TalkTalk to Defence Discount Service.
They are offering some amazing discounts for members, like this Half Price Plus TV for just £10 per month. To view the rest of the offers and see all the details please visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

NATIONAL INSURANCE CREDITS FOR SPOUSES

New National Insurance Credits for Service spouses and civil partners to help protect your future State Pension

From 6 April 2016, spouses and civil partners of Service personnel will be able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension.

The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced in recognition of the fact that accompanying on deployment overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions. This could potentially result in a gap in their NI record and could affect the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement. The new DWP credits have been taken forward under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant.

JCCC App

Have you got the MOD ICE app? 20,000 others have!

The MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app produced by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has now been downloaded 20,000 times by British service personnel and their families since its launch in October 2015.

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British Armed Forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. JCCC offers immediate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all in uniform and their loved ones should an incident occur.

As part of the JCCC’s work, the team developed the MOD ICE app that offers a ‘click and call’ facility to direct the user to the most appropriate source of help if they are faced with a family emergency. The app guides the user to the correct point of contact even if the emergency is to be managed outside of JCCC’s remit, for example by service welfare or a charity partner.
Available from the Defence Gateway internet site –www.defencegateway.mod.uk - MOD ICE has reached 20,000 downloads in just nine months, but the aim is for all members of the British Armed Forces and their families members to have the app on their phone or mobile device.

To download MOD ICE for Apple or Android devices, Service Personnel need to visit Defence Gateway on the mobile device that they wish to host the app. From the App Store, they can download the free app and then repeat the action with the relevant devices of family members. MOD ICE can be downloaded multiple times from the same Defence Gateway account.

Once downloaded, the Service Person’s name, rank and service number, together with the most relevant welfare officer’s details are entered into the app. It’s then ready for use by both the Service Person and their wider family at any time of day or night – whenever it is needed.

MOD ICE runs alongside the JPA P001 card. It is imperative that Service Personnel should also remember to keep their Emergency Contact and Next of Kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date and make and maintain a current Will.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Leuchars Station Medical Centre - Women's Helath Clinic

Leuchars Station Gym Civilian and Dependents membership

Quanta Project Management Courses - Reduced Prices for HM Forces

On-Call Firefighters

On-call Firefighters



Do you live or work within five minutes of a fire station? If so, then being a retained firefighter might be a possibility!

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service relies on retained (or on-call) firefighters to maintain its emergency response.

On-call firefighters make themselves available to respond to a pager when a 999 call is made, and cover is needed at all times. Contracted hours can vary, but personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

On-call firefighters receive the same training and development as wholetime colleagues, and can be called to all manner of emergencies, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and flooding.

The pay does vary, depending on how much cover is given, but it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and in a position to help people.

In order to be on-call, you need to be able to respond to the fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.

For more information on the opportunities that currently exist, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/working-for-us


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF)







MOD Veterans Support

MOD VETERANS SUPPORT

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this week, Defence Business Services has produced a short 30 second film to highlight MOD’s veterans support.

See the film on facebook at  www.facebook.com/modveteransuk or
search facebook for ‘MOD veterans uk’ where the film is pinned to the top.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Changes notified in Defence Instructions and Notices (DINs)

Changes Outlined in DINs

If you need to see one of the DINs listed below, please ask any HIVE for help


1.    Changes to Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) Regulations.
In April 2015, the Defence People and Training Board (DPTB) commissioned a review of Service children’s Continuity of Education exploring the ways by which the MOD assists Service Personnel to ensure continuity of education for their children; one of those is through the provision of CEA. The Review is not yet complete; however, it has identified some areas where the governance can be further tightened to strengthen the eligibility criteria for claiming CEA that do not need to wait until the review’s completion before implementing. The changes to CEA will be implemented from the beginning of academic year 2016/17. Please ensure you read 2016DIN01-100 to find out if any of the new regulations affect you.  Additional assistance is available from the Children’s Education Advisory Service www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service or their helpline 01980 618 244 (Military 94344 8244).

Monday, 20 June 2016

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Armed Forces Covenant website

Armed Forces Covenant Website

In January 2016 the Armed Forces Covenant was re-launched under a new, unified brand.

The new website lays out the support that is available to beneficiaries of the Covenant – current Regular and Reserve Service Personnel, Service families, former Service Personnel – with links to further information on individual Covenant measures on GOV.uk

The new website also contains information for supporters of the Covenant, including businesses, charities, the general public and local authorities, and regular news stories about how the Covenant is helping real people

See the website at this link

Changes to Enhanced Learning Credit schemes

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes
The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans’ community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Educaion scheme.  Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.
From 1 April 2016 there will be some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.
See more at this link
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/enhanced-learning-credits-further-and-higher-education-scheme-changes

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

RBL Count Them In Campaign

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Count Them In
The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppyscotland, have launched a campaign calling for additional questions to be included in the next census in 2021. These questions will seek to capture much needed data on the Armed Forces community - particularly Reservists and veterans, who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.
As you will be aware, unlike in the United States, the UK Government only really maintains records on Regulars and injured and pensionable veterans, whilst Reservists, ‘healthy’ working age veterans, and family members are generally missing from existing data collection methods. Sadly, even the data that we do have is rather patchy, providing no real indication as to the wellbeing and needs of this unique community. In contrast, we know a great deal about the UK’s Jedi community, as well as the numbers and location of our sheep and cattle.
In light of the above, the Legion and Poppyscotland have launched a new public-facing campaign. The campaign, which is called Count Them In, essentially seeks to establish a comprehensive snapshot of our Armed Forces community. By including questions about membership of the military community in the next census in 2021, we hope to not only develop a greater understanding of the needs, location and profile of the Armed Forces community, but also directly compare this group to their peers in the general population. This information will help the sector – local authorities, charities, statutory bodies - to more accurately identify areas where Service life presents a disadvantage, which will in turn enable the Government and other statutory providers to better allocate resources and deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant commitments.
How you can support ‘Count them in’:
1.    Follow the link  http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/count-them-in/ to the RBL website and hit the red Pledge Your Support button. Enter your postcode, which identifies your local MP and send them the support request letter.
2.    Encourage everyone you can to pledge their support individually as well.
The RBL believe that more accurate local data on the size and needs of the Armed Forces community will help ensure the Armed Forces Covenant delivers for our Armed Forces community and for everyone. If you agree, please support this campaign. The Legion would be happy to provide you with additional campaign material.
Thank you for your support.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Monday, 9 May 2016

VICTORY SERVICES CLUB - NEW WEBSITE

The VSC has launched a new website.  See more at this link

Friday, 29 April 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016

Defence Discount Service - Taste Card Offer

Free Tastecard for 2 months just for our members!
Tastecard offer 50% off or 2 for 1 at over 6500 restaurants and Defence Discount Service members can get a free 60 tastecard trial!
Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk and claim yours now.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Cadbury World correct prices

Cadbury World have confirmed the prices quoted on DDS are incorrect. The correct prices are: Adults: £11.72 Children: £8.61. DDS have been advised of the error.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

National Insurance Credits

New National Insurance Credits for Service spouses and civil partners to help protect your future State Pension 

From 6 April 2016, spouses and civil partners of Service personnel will be able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension.

The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced  in recognition of the fact that accompanying on deployment overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions. This could potentially result in a gap in their NI record and could affect the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement.

The new DWP credits have been taken forward under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant can be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant.

It is estimated that this could benefit up to 20,000 individuals, ensuring that they do not miss out on their State Pension.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“We are making sure that military spouses and partners who spend time based overseas get the State Pension they deserve. This is the latest step under the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that service personnel and their families are treated fairly.”
Am I eligible to apply for the new credits?
Service spouses and civil partners will be eligible to apply for the new Class 3 NI credits if they:
• Reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016, that means they were born on or after 6 April 1953 (if a woman) or 6 April 1951 (if a man); and
• Are or have been married to /in a civil partnership with a member of the Armed Forces; and
• Have accompanied their spouse or civil partner on a deployment outside the UK at any time since 6 April 1975; and
• At the time of the posting their spouse or civil partner must have paid, been treated as having paid or been credited with UK National Insurance
You can still apply if you are now widowed, divorced or have had your civil partnership dissolved, provided you were married or in a civil partnership at the time you accompanied your partner abroad.

Some Service spouses or civil partners who meet the above criteria will not have a gap in their NI records and so will not need to apply for the new credits. For example, you may not have a gap if you:

• were working in a job during the accompanied assignment where you paid UK NI contributions
• were self-employed and paying self-employed Class 2 NI contributions throughout the accompanied assignment
• received certain benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (previously called Incapacity Benefit or Invalidity Benefit) or Child Benefit for the whole of the accompanied assignment(s)outside the UK

To find out how much your State Pension is worth, and to check whether there are any gaps in your NI record for the periods you were overseas, you can use an online tool on GOV.uk called ‘Check your State Pension’(www). See related links.

How do I apply?
You can apply for the new Class 3 NI credits anytime from 6 April 2016. There is no time limit in applying for the credits, although if you apply after you reach State Pension age any increased State Pension might not be paid for periods before the date of your application.
For information about applying for the new Class 3 credit visit
www.gov.uk/dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners
The Class 1 NI Credit: A wider range of benefits for deployments since April 2010
The new Class 3 credits do not replace the existing Class 1 NI credit for those who have accompanied a partner on a posting since April 2010, and which contribute not only towards entitlement to new State Pension, but also towards Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Bereavement Benefits (to be replaced for new claimants by Bereavement Support Payments in April 2017).
More information
Further information about NI credits for Service spouses and civil partners is available online at www.gov.uk/dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners.
For more information about the New State Pension, visit
www.gov.uk/new-state-pension.


Friday, 18 March 2016

CIVILIAN AND DEPENDANTS GYM MEMBERSHIP

CIVILIAN AND DEPENDANTS GYM MEMBERSHIP   The gymnasium is now switching over to provide the insurance for civilians and dependants to train at the gym. A fee of £10 will be payable to the gym staff on induction which will cover them for third party liability and personal accident.  Members that already have insurance will be able to carry on until the contract ends which then they will have to go through the gym.  If they do not wish to pay the membership through the gymnasium then access will not be granted.  A key fob is also available from the gym for civilians, dependants and military, this will enable you access to the Cardio Vascular suit and main hall only for 24hrs all year round. A deposit of £5 will be needed to obtain a key fob.
For further information contact gym staff on 6108 or come to the gymnasium.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Donna McCartney, Parent Support OIfficer, Scotland.

CURRICULUM CONCERNS
EDUCATIONAL ALLOWANCES
ADMISSIONS TO SCHOOLS
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) support the MOD’s Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP) and work with the Service community, other government departments, local authorities, representatives of the boarding sector and schools to try and achieve strategic solutions to issues around the education of Service children.
CEAS has a Parent Support Officer, Donna McCartney, based in Scotland to advise and support Service families within Scotland on educational issues for their families. The Parent Support Officer can support with individual cases and offer information and advice about access to education within Scotland.

CEAS maintain a telephone helpline- 01980 618244 or email on enquiries@ceas.uk.com
PSO for Scotland- donna.mccartney101@mod.uk or 01334 857962

Regards,

Donna McCartney
Parent Support Officer (Scotland)
Children's Education Advisory Service
Leuchars Community Centre
Mil Tel No: 951517962
Civ Tel No: 01334 857962
Mobile No: 07767 870434