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