Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Community Centre now open again

Leuchars Education Centre - Open Day 26 June 0900 to 1600hrs.

Leuchars Education Centre is having an open day, as part of the Festival of Learning, on Mon 26 Jun from 0900-1600hrs.  There will be representatives to offer advice on resettlement, career courses, enhanced learning credits, standard learning credits and functional skills.  I will also provide refreshments J.

In addition there will be an opportunity to try the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) course and make appointments to enrol if required.  The ECDL is being offered at £124.05 (only £24.81 if using Standard Learning Credits). 

Military personnel can complete paperwork to apply for free civilian qualification, as part of the Army Skills Offer, if they have completed military career courses such as CLM.  The Centre language room will be opened and people can try the Rosetta Stone language software which is available in many languages including French, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, German and Pashto. 


The eLearning Centre is a resource available to anybody who has access to camp.  I would also like to take this opportunity to ask that you encourage your personnel, both civilian and military, to use the Centre for mandatory training on the Defence Learning Portal, self-study as part of personal/professional development or for any other computer use/study requirements they have.  The suite consists of 12 PC’s, all connected to the internet, a language room and kitchen and restroom facilities.

Leanne Caplis

Monday, 19 June 2017

Easy Resettlement Magazine



The summer issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now...
Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication. Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop www.easyresettlement.com/magazine/

We are proud to announce our partnership with DSEI who run the largest Defence and Security Expo in Europe, the event is free for military personnel and it will be taking place between the 12th-15th September at the Excel arena in London. You will be able to pick up free copies of the summer issue at this event.

You may have heard our Sales Manager, James Atkins, on the Hal Stewart BFBS show earlier this month, if you missed it and would like to listen to what we are doing to help our readers simply click this link http://www.easyresettlement.com/bfbs/

We are especially proud to announce some new partnerships with companies who will be offering employment opportunities to our readers through our magazine. These include The AA, Aspire Defence, Amazon Web Services known as AWS, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Jaguar Land Rover. These are a welcome addition to those already recruiting our readers such as The East of England Ambulance Service, Maritime Transport and KLM UK Engineering. Each issue we include a Franchising for Veterans feature with the BFA giving some valuable insights in to what makes a good franchise, some great franchises that have already recruited veterans and service leavers include Action Coach, Chips Away, Gas Elec and Snap on Tools.


Take a look at the summer issue to read some great case studies. Finally we will be attending various events where we get the chance to speak with our readers, these include the CTP and Security Cleared Jobs Expos as well as the DSEI event. Please do come along and speak with the team and let us know what else you would like to know about in future issues.

All of this is only possible thanks to our advertisers so please mention our magazine when speaking with anyone. Also join our social media groups, subscribe to the magazine for free and let any friends and family know about how we can help.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

RAF Wings Appeal Coffee Morning Hope Park Martyrs Church, St Andrews, Saturday 17 June 1000 til 1500hrs


Toby Carvery -Free Breakfast or Carvery for Forces Personnel on Armed Forces Day Saturday 24 June

Hi there,

I wanted to get in touch on behalf of Toby Carvery, as it’s celebrating Armed Forces Day this year by offering all armed forces personnel a free breakfast or carvery on Saturday 24th June.

I thought this may be of interest to your readers, as the offer is open to those currently serving, reserves, veterans and cadets.

Toby Carvery Salutes the Armed Forces with free meal on Armed Forces Day

Toby Carvery is showing its support to the armed forces by offering all military personnel a free carvery on Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June.
Toby Carvery, which operates 168 sites across the UK is inviting local armed forces personnel to enjoy a free breakfast or carvery on Saturday 24th June, as a way of saying thank you for all their hard work.

For military personnel who can’t attend, local Toby Carvery’s will be hosting a Veterans Breakfast Club all week from Monday 19th June, where former and current members of the Armed Forces can book to enjoy breakfast for £1.

Armed Forces Day helps the country to show its support to the men and women who represent the UK in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

Toby Carvery’s offer is open to all military personnel, from serving troops and reserves to veterans and cadets, and can be claimed by downloading a voucher and presenting this along with their military ID or veteran’s card.

Martin Gosling, Brand Operations Director for Toby Carvery comments, said: “Armed Forces Day is a brilliant opportunity to show our thanks for the work both serving and ex-military have done for our country.

“We are proud to support our troops and can’t think of a better way to thank all those involved than by giving them a roast dinner on us.”

Toby Carvery has also announced its charity partnership with The Royal British Legion, which will see it support the charity with fundraising initiatives over the next two years, and has added a special charity pudding to its menus with 25p from each pudding sale being donated to The Legion. It is aiming to raise £100,000 for The Royal British Legion by the end of 2018.
To download your Armed Forces Day voucher, to book a table or to find out more about the offer, visit the Toby Carvery website.
For more information about Toby Carvery, please visit www.tobycarvery.co.uk

Volunteer Marshalls wanted for Eliminator mountain bike event at Newburgh 24 June

We are looking for volunteer marshalls for the Eliminator mountain bike event at Newburgh, see details here . Its a big racing and fun family weekend which heads out along the coastal path etc. They need marshalls simply to open and close gates.  The details are:

Volunteer Marshalls:

Here's some info for any one interested in helping out on the 24th June:

1. Report for duty at 9:30 am at Event Village, Parkhill Farm and receive event pass, course map, and briefing.
2. Walk/bike/drive to your designated spot on course
3. You will be responsible for keeping gate open - or closing gate if livestock near - and putting gate back to normal position after the sweep (last) rider has passed; to help riders with the general direction of the course; to telephone for assistance in the event of injury or mechanical (there will be first aid and staff at other designated locations on the course where there is vehicle access); cheer the riders helping to keep them motivated; return to event village for some GTs (good times), complimentary packed lunch, and large pat on the back.
4. Race starts at 10:45am with a 5km run, then the 20km ride on the coastal path between Parkhill and Fliskmillan, ending with the 5km run at Parkhill.
5. Sweep rider (member of staff at back of pack) should pass between 11:45 and 12:45 depending how far along path you are located.
6. Total time required approx 3 - 4 hours.
7. Expecting between 50 and 75 race participants.

If you are interested get in touch with aaron@muckmedden.co.uk.

WAVE 102 Forthill Community Sports Club Beer and Music Festival 23 & 24 June 2017

WAVE 102 Forthill Community Sports Club Beer and Music Festival 23 & 24 June 2017.  For more information click here

WAVE 102 Afternoon Tea at Verdant Works 1 July

WAVE 102 Afternoon Tea at Verdant Works, Dundee, 1 July.  For more information click here

WAVE 102 Help for kids Ladies Day 22 September 2017

See link to Help for Kids  Ladies Day

If you are interested in attending please contact Vron in the HIVE as if enough interest we may run transport to this event.

Monday, 12 June 2017

RSPB Sea Eagle Walks Tentsmuir 26/07, 29/07, 05/08, 09/08

Sea Eagle Walks

Wednesday 26 July to Wednesday 9 August
10 am - 12 pm
Price: Donations welcome. £2 car parking charge
Booking essential
Join RSPB Scotland and Forest Enterprise Scotland for a guided walk in the search for sea eagles at Tentsmuir beach. Learn more about these magnificent birds and their return to East Scotland after a successful reintroduction project. The walk is approximately 2.5 miles altogether, heading out along the beach and back on forest tracks.
Map data ©2017 Google

Directions

Kinshaldy Beach car park, Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

Full list of dates

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • Saturday 29 July 2017
  • Saturday 5 August 2017
  • Wednesday 9 August 2017


Contact us

Royal British Legion Breaks

See full details of RBL breaks at Byng House at this link


Eden Estuary Newsletter June 2017


Friday, 9 June 2017

St Andrews University job vacancies - Heating Engineer- closing date 23 June

Heating Engineer - MT5232ML 

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated time served HEATING ENGINEER to join our multi-disciplinary maintenance team responsible for the operation and maintenance of a wide range of services throughout the University Estate. 

You should be qualified to a minimum of SVQ level 3 Heating and Ventilation Servicing along with Commercial Gas Safe qualifications or equivalent with extensive post qualification experience.  Primarily a maintenance role, you should have previous experience of a wide range of large scale heating and hot water installations and be familiar with maintenance duties encompassing a varied and sizeable estate. You should have experience in maintaining and resolving faults in heating systems, hot water systems, air handling units, pump and control systems and the like. You will be well organized, methodical and ideally have knowledge of other associated construction trades.

You should have excellent communication skills and be motivated and have a helpful manner. The ability to cope well when under pressure and the ability to demonstrate a flexible approach without supervision is essential. You should be able to work effectively both independently and as a team member.

You will be required to participate in the Estates Emergency Call Out Service.Excellent terms and conditions apply – 36.25 hours/week (normal working hours generally apply but specific timings will vary between work colleagues to suit any operational needs); additional payments for out of normal work hours rota; 39 days annual leave; contributory pension scheme.

Applications are particularly welcome from women who are under-represented in trade posts at the University.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;  http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers.  If you do not have permission to work in the UK, the University of St Andrews will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship from the UKVI for you to take up this post.   All non EEA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid in order to commence work at the University.  Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside all other applications.   For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas.

Please quote ref:  MT5232ML

Closing Date:  23 June 2016

Further Particulars:
MT5232ML FPs.doc

Estates
Salary:  £26,052 - £31,076 per annum
Start Date:  As soon as possible
Apply


St Andrews University job vacancies - Clerical Assistant -closing date 26 June

Clerical Assistant - CG1456ML 

You will join the General Office team in Estates.  This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the development, implementation and provision of an efficient and effective, customer orientated administration service to the Trades/Grounds Team, working closely with the Trades/Grounds Manager.  You will be required to respond to and deal with a diverse and complex range of issues within an extremely busy working environment.

You should be qualified to SVQ level III/HNC in a relevant administrative discipline or equivalent and have relevant experience in complex busy office environment.  You should have excellent IT skills and be able to cope well when under pressure.  You should have proven analytical skills and the ability to prioritise workloads. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and patience are essential as is a flexible attitude and the ability to work in a well organised and methodical manner with a minimum of supervision. 

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;  http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers.  If you do not have permission to work in the UK, the University of St Andrews will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship from the UKVI for you to take up this post.   All non EEA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid in order to commence work at the University.  Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside all other applications.   For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas.

Interview Date: 1 August 2017

Please quote ref:  CG1456ML

Closing Date:  26 June 2017

Further Particulars:
CG1456ML FPs.doc

Estates
Salary:  £18,412 - £21,220 per annum,
tart Date:  As soon as possible
Apply


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Charity Raffle for Ewan Fellows, 13 years old, suffering from Ewing's Sarcoma, Community Centre, 22 June , 1100hrs to 1300hrs.


Ewing sarcoma is the second most common type of bone tumour in children. It is actually a group of four different types of cancer, known collectively as the Ewing family of tumours.  Ewing sarcoma of bone affects up to 25 children a year in the UK..
£1.00 a ticket or a strip of 5 for £4.00.

Prizes include the following;

Pamper baskets, Prosecco, Wine & wine glasses, Golf accessories, £30 gift voucher for Halycon, Beer Buckets, Mens shaving kits.

All money raised will go towards Ewan's treatment in America.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

ASAP drop ins+

The ASAP (Armed Services Advice Project) Rep will not be holding a Drop-in Clinic on Weds 28 June 17.
The last clinic before summer break will be Weds 05 July 17.
Drop-In Clinic will re-commence Weds 06 Sept 17, 1000 – 1400hrs in Community Centre Coffee Shop. It will then operate on a fortnightly basis.

ASAP Advice Line : 0808 800 1007

ASAP Local Rep: 07702 917866

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 3 August- tickets available from SCOTS DG Welfare Clerk


Friday, 19 May 2017

Delta Bowling Alley closing 9 June indefinately

DELTA BOWLING ALLEY.  The bowling alley in the Delta facility will be closed after the final game on Fri 9 Jun 17.  The Station is currently looking at a couple of options for re-opening the facility when a viable staffing solution can be identified. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Jogging Group

This group has been set up to allow mums, dads, grannies, grandads , childminders, guardians to get out and about with the buggies and either walk, jog or run.

It is part of STAART (St Andrews Adventure Running Team, Jog Scotland)

The group will be meeting at 10am on a Wed morning at the main entrance to Craigtoun Park and will be run free of charge.

There is a Facebook page to get more info or message  -  Mums On The Run (staart)


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

URGENT - Local Vandalism

NOTICE

Over the past week, two windows have been smashed in the Community Centre. Clearly the individuals involved in damaging the SFA have moved onto new targets. If your children are caught committing criminal damage then they will be dealt with by the civil police, there will be no second chances and no protection from your unit. Serving personnel will be held to account for their children's actions.

Shell Shock -Edinburgh Fringe



Friday, 5 May 2017

JSHAO Housing Briefs Windsor


JSHAO Housing Briefs Sandhurst


Sub-Letting of excess UK SFA



Help for Heroes BBQ Campaign - July 2017



AFF celebrates 35 years of support for Army families

AFF celebrates 35 years of support for Army families
This year, military charity the Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating 35 years of support for Army families.

Since its inception as the Federation of Army Wives Clubs back in 1982, AFF has evolved into a worldwide charity, working on behalf of all Army families – Regular and Reserve, wherever they are based, whatever their family make-up.

Facing challenge together
The charity has supported numerous families both through times of peace and during times of conflict, including in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Kosovo and, more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over time, they’ve expanded into more locations across the globe including Germany since 1989, Cyprus since 1994 and now Canada, Kenya and EJSU too. With the addition of volunteer support, AFF’s footprint reaches even further. So many Army families have since passed through these locations on posting and, no matter where the Army sends them, AFF wants families to know that, with their team of dedicated overseas staff, they are never far from friendly, accessible support.

Becoming AFF
In May 1996, the charity became the Army Families Federation and continued their hard work to improve the lives of Army families, tackling the issues families face and ensuring the Army family voice is heard by the MOD, government and other decision makers.

Their work encompasses any area of a family’s life affected by the Army; this includes housing, employment, education, money, health, Foreign & Commonwealth and more.

In addition to their work on the ground, their quarterly magazine Army&You provides a great snapshot of the Army community and has developed over the years into a professional publication dedicated to the families they serve.

Making sense of Army life’s changes
Army family life is constantly changing and AFF strives to secure, and then make families aware of, positive developments, which they hope improve the Army family experience.

AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “At AFF, we are immensely proud of the work we do in support of Army families, but our work never stops. As Army life changes, so must our work evolve to make sure we remain a relevant and trusted source of information and guidance. We remain committed to putting families’ needs at the heart of all we do and, on your Army family journey, we’ll be with you every step of the way.”

With the development of the Armed Forces Covenant, AFF continues to make sure the nation’s promise is truly meaningful, and works in collaboration with other businesses, charities and local authorities to bring the promises of the Covenant to life.




Watch AFF’s anniversary film
In celebration of how far they have come, AFF invites you to take a step through history with their special, 35th anniversary film here: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyFamiliesFederation/videos/1513109558728626/

To find out more about the work AFF does in support of Army families, visit www.aff.org.uk 

Education Spotlight on Scotland May 2017



Summer 2017 Bungee Jump Challenge Event!!!!



Eden Estuary News May 2017


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Youth Club Announcement

YOUTH CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT
Due to staff shortages and school events the P1-P2 and P3-P4 groups will be closed on Tue 9th May and the P5-P7 group will be closed on Thur 11th May.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Youth Club Residential information

YOUTH RESIDENTIAL
Due to a high level of interest for the Youth Club residential to Abernethy 31st July to 4th Aug, it has been decided to expand the age group to include 9 to 17 years of age. However it still remains that the oldest will take priority.

Also the cut-off date has been extended to Fri 12th May so collect your application forms from Mitch in the Community centre to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Childcare Tax Options



Bereavement Scholarship


Broadband Cancellation Fees for Armed Forces Personnel

Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for armed forces personnel 17/03/2017 Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel has announced that armed forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK not covered by their current provider. The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of forces households in the UK and abroad. The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts. Up until now, members of the armed forces deployed overseas or to different part of the UK not covered by their provider could be forced to pay a cancellation fee. They will no longer have to face this cost and be disadvantaged due to the mobile nature of service life The Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel said: “Our armed forces are sent all over the world and across the country to help keep our country safe and they should never be disadvantaged because of this. The removal of cancellation fees by leading broadband providers is yet another example of the Covenant in action, which is making sure our brave personnel are treated fairly. It’s a welcome move and we’re looking forward to seeing what more British businesses can do to support our military.” The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. Delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments.

NHS Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service


DIO - Service Families Accommodation Compensation Claim Fact Sheet




Lifeworks



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

DIO - Service Families Accommodation Compensation Claim Fact Sheet




Broadband Cancellation Fees for Armed Forces Personnel

Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel has announced that armed forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK not covered by their current provider.

The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of forces households in the UK and abroad.

The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts.

Up until now, members of the armed forces deployed overseas or to different part of the UK not covered by their provider could be forced to pay a cancellation fee. They will no longer have to face this cost and be disadvantaged due to the mobile nature of service life.

The Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel said: “Our armed forces are sent all over the world and across the country to help keep our country safe and they should never be disadvantaged because of this. The removal of cancellation fees by leading broadband providers is yet another example of the Covenant in action, which is making sure our brave personnel are treated fairly. It’s a welcome move and we’re looking forward to seeing what more British businesses can do to support our military.”

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. Delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments.

Bereavement Scholarship


Childcare Tax Options




Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.

Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.

Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

INtouch replaces E-Blueys

INtouch replaces E-Blueys


INtouch replaces E-Blueys - see a Quick Start Guide at this link ..

Youth Club closed for Easter Break - opens again 2 May 2017

Youth Club Announcement

The Youth club will be closed for the next 3 weeks; this is due to unit leave, staff leave and to allow our hard working volunteers a break.
The clubs will recommence on Tues 2nd May.

Apologies for any inconvience