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

Big White Wall

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

Recruit for Spouses Newsletter

Please click here for the latest Recruit For Spouses Newsletter

Ten Pin Bowling Leagues

TEN PIN BOWLING LEAGUES.  Leuchars Station would like to re-start inter-department ten-pin bowling leagues on Thursday evenings.  The league will be run on a weekly basis for 20 weeks starting at 1900hrs, teams are to consist of 4 personnel and will cost £2 per person per game.  Scots DG QM Dept have submitted names but more are required to set this up.  Can individuals/departments/sections please send names of interested personnel to the DSSO by e-mail, 51X-LEU-SSU-DSSO, by Fri 30 Sep 2016.  Further information, please contact the DSSO (extn 7303).

Eden Estuary Wildfowling 01 September to 28 February 2017

EDEN ESTUARY WILDFOWLING.  All Units are to note that the Wildfowl season on the Eden Estuary SSSI site, will take place from 01 Sept 16 to 28th February 2017. During this period, civilians with guns may be in the vicinity of the Station security fence and, whilst ensuring that the security of the site remains intact, should be ignored. If there are any further enquiries or uncertainties, then please contact the Station SHE SD Advisor, Mr Martin Stephen x 7475.

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.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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

JSHAO Housing Briefs

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

Future Accommodation Model

New Discounts from Defence Discount Service (DDS)

HUNGRY HORSE
Defence Discount Service welcomes the
Greene King brands Hungry Horse, Fayre & Square and Flaming Grill

They are offering 20% discount off food from Monday-Friday when you show the voucher on our website along with your Defence Privilege Card.  The voucher can be printed off or shown on the mobile app to staff.

Please visit
www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for all the details.
MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United are offering discounted tickets for Wayne Rooney's Testimonial 3rd August 8pm KO.
Tickets are priced £15 for adults and just £5 for under 16s.
Please visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for all the details.

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.

Scotty's Little Soldiers - A Charity for Bereaved UK Forces Children


Nikki Scott lost her  Husband and father of two, Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009.
Having witnessed first hand the devastation losing a serving parent can have on a child she has founded Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to provide support for bereaved British Forces children.



Funding Scotland now better and faster

Funding Scotland now better and faster
Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.
Funding Scotland  http://www.fundingscotland.com  is now faster and returns better search results. We've recently upgraded the free funding search website to include a number of improvements and enhancements.

After listening to user feedback and using the results of last year's survey we've made improvements that will make searching more effective, faster and more user friendly.

Apart from looking just a bit cleaner and more professional there are lots of new features to enjoy:
  • The most recently updated funds appear on the search page
  • Using keywords and search terms is much more powerful meaning you will often just need to plug a term like “grants for music for young people” to find what you’re looking for
  • Advanced filters are still there but they’re organised a bit better
  • Fund information is presented in a clearer way with more information than before
  • There are FAQs to help you use the search and to find further information on funding
And, most importantly, the annoying quirks of the old search have gone!

The upgrade has also allowed us to develop new products with extra features that we’ll be announcing soon.

For existing users, although things will look a bit different, accessing the site should be the same as before, using the same login information.

We hope you’ll go and take a look at the new Funding Scotland search soon, there’s a lot to like. We'd also welcome any feedback at fundingscotland@scvo.org.uk

The above information was published in the LAYC e-bulletin on 15 July 2016

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

FRESCO HOLIDAYS
Al Fresco Holidays are offering some great discounts at the moment for members, like this 7 nights in France from £644 per family.
Remember, members also get an extra 10% saving too! Log intowww.defencediscountservice.co.uk to find out all the details.

BOARDMAN BIKES We would like to welcome Boardman Bikes to Defence Discount Service!
They are offering a FURTHER 5% OFF already reduced prices on any of their Factory Outlet bikes. For the link and code please visitwww.defencediscountservice.co.uk
Hotels.com Save an additional 10% with Hotels.com for the code and Terms and Conditions please 
visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

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.

Walk Away Cleaning Scheme

Future Accommodation Model - Survey

Future Accommodation Model – Survey for Service Personnel and Spouses
The Ministry of Defence is thinking about how it provides Service Personnel with accommodation in the future. This follows the SDSR commitment to make a new accommodation offer to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership. The proposals are still in development. Future Accommodation Model (FAM) is still at an early stage. No decisions have been finalised, and the details are likely to change.

It is important that Service families, wherever they are in the world, have a chance to feedback their views on how they would like accommodation to be provided. Families are requested to complete the AFF survey to provide their views and feedback and to help influence the decisions being made.
Service Families Federations are hosting the Big Survey 2016 – Future of Housing. AFF has three Fitbit Flex to giveaway for those taking the survey (those wanting to be entered for a chance to win one will need to include their details at the end of the survey).
See the survey herehttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/affbigsurvey2016web
For more information on the Future Accommodation Model, visit the AFF website -http://www.aff.org.uk/linkedfiles/aff/latest_news_information/20160623-futureaccommodationmodelbriefingforfamfeds.pdf

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