Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


Attached is an electronic version of the Adult Community Learning 2018 Spring Term Programme (including an enrolment form) for you to browse through and to think about the exciting courses coming up in the New Year 


Should you need further information or help, please contact the Enrolments Office on 01291 625340 (leave an answerphone message if there is no reply straightaway).

Army & You Winter 2017

Army Mediation Service

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for Military Personnel

SFA: Protecting your Family and Service Home in Winter

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund - Reaching Out campaign in Wales

This is a Neighbourhood Watch Message from Chrissie Parkes.

The District Neighbourhood Watch Association AGM is being held on Thursday 16thNovember at Coleford Police Station at 7pm, everyone is welcome. If anyone would like to serve on the committee they are looking for new members. 
Please contact me on 01452 753784. 
This year the Police Crime Commissioner Martin Surl is the main speaker.

Defence Discount Services - Alton Tower Services Day 2018 - 3/4 March

After the huge success of Services Day 2017 DDS are hoping that members join them for Services Day 2018 and this year have two dates for members to choose from.   

The Theme Park will remain closed to the members of the public and only available for Defence Discount Service and Blue Light Card members.  There is no opportunity to purchase tickets on the day.

Available dates: Saturday 3rd March or Sunday 4th March 2018
Ticket prices are just £18.50 for an adult, £17.00 for children (11 and under) and free for under 3's.  Members can also enjoy free car parking on the day which is normally £6 per car.
Tickets can be booked online via this link this will provide you your ticket electronically.  Alternatively you can book via the number 0871 222 4001 (13p per minute plus standard network fees, calls from mobiles may cost more).

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2018

Friday, 27 October 2017

Defence Discount Service - Exclusive Screening at ODEON Cinemas Paddington 2 on 11 November

Go onto the DDS Website HERE for more information. Log onto the DDS website to book online via the link provided on the DDS website.

Royal British Legion - Best Practice Guide - Support Service Children in School in England

Click HERE
to view and/or download the Guide

The Royal British Legion has produced a new best practice guide focusing on Service children in school. 
The guide looks at some of the big challenges facing Service children today and by sharing examples of good practice from across England (a separate Wales version will shortly be ready), recommends ways in which local authorities, schools and families themselves can improve the experience of Service children in education. Problems associated with admissions into schools and the adverse effects on a Service pupil’s wellbeing are explored, alongside information on the extra funding available to Service children through the Service Pupil Premium, Education Support Fund and more. Key recommendations include:
  • Encouraging schools to be creative with the use of funding available for Service pupils and share ideas and practice through networks of schools with Service children on the roll.
  • Suggesting that local authorities facilitate collaboration between schools, local military units, and local authority staff to ensure that everyone is aware of the challenges faced by Service children and what can be done to address them.
  • Encouraging Service families to make use of help available from the Ministry of Defence, Department of Education and charities and other organisations such as The Royal British Legion and the three families federations. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017

News from Reading Force

Click HERE for the latest RF newsletter for teachers, Service Pupil Champions, HIVE officers, and club leaders. It includes the chance to win £150 worth of books for your school!

Neighbourhood Alerts - A new service from Gloucestershire Constabulary

Your Community Alerts is Gloucestershire Constabulary's new, free messaging system that enables residents, businesses and community groups to participate in a two-way exchange of information about what is happening throughout the county. Whether you live in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud, the Forest of Dean or the Cotswolds you can receive up-to-date messaging about incidents that may affect you.
Don’t worry, we won’t bombard you with every incident. You can choose exactly the type of alert you wish to receive. For example, you can help tackle crime by registering for witness appeals or keep ahead of those traffic jams by registering for road closure alerts. The aim is to send relevant information which is chosen by you and together we can make a greater impact on the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.
The service is entirely free and you can receive the messages in a way that suits you. You may subscribe to alerts via text, an alert through the mobile app, a text or a voicemail. The choice is your hands.
To download the app visit the Apple store or Google Play store and search ‘Neighbourhood Alerts’

For more information, please visit the below web address and register your interest.

Natalie Lang 249206
Police Community Support Officer
Forest Local Policing Area
Gloucestershire Constabulary

Friday, 13 October 2017

Veterans' Housing Advice

SFA Compensation Scheme - High Street Vouchers UPDATED INFORMATION

DIO is pleased to announce that the problems surrounding the issue of High Street Vouchers to successful SFA Compensation Scheme claimants have now been resolved. Claimants are now being sent details of the appropriate codes to allow Vouchers to be redeemed from our supplier’s site.
The Compensation Team is working to clear the backlog of successful claims on a date approved basis; it is expected this will be cleared by mid-November.
We would like to apologise once again for the time taken to resolve this issue. The Compensation Scheme remains open for new claims.

Extended FREE childcare entitlement in overseas locations Are you posted overseas? Do you have children who are three or four years old?

The MOD has published a document giving information about free childcare entitlement in overseas locations. AFF has compiled a summary of the regulations. 
The MOD aims to provide services similar to those in England where possible, whilst recognising the support that is given elsewhere in the UK to all eligible Service Personnel.
Currently, the MOD provides 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for three and four year olds in places at MOD-provided settings, or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

citizenAID App

Simply download The free, no adds citizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store.
The citizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.
The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed initially for use in the UK.
 Click HERE for more information


Found an old £1 coin? Make it count. 

After the old pounds stop being accepted in UK shops on 15 October, you'll still be able to donate old coins to a Poppy Appeal collection near you from 26 October. Support veterans and Forces personnel. 

Information about the MOD Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

Latest details about FAM can be seen at this link. HERE 

Monday, 2 October 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

Victory Services Club offers

Click HERE for more information

Little Troopers 2018 Calendar Competition

Changes To Childcare Vouchers

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.

If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur. Click Here for more information

New SSAFA Single Point of Contact for RAF

As part of their contract to provide a Personal Support & Social Work Service (PS&SWS) to the Royal Air Force, SSAFA are introducing a new Single Point of Contact facility with effect from 4 September 2017.
This single point of contact will complement exisiting SSAFA contact arrangements and offer a telephone call handling and referral capability which particularly supports those Service personnel and families who are located away from on-station welfare provision.
Full contact details are in the poster.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFAs Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.

Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases. The above list is not exhaustive. Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet. From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public. Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:

North - Longside House : South - Gildea House: Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on

Bovis Homes - Armed Forces Offer

Friday, 4 August 2017

GO Outdoors Further Discount

With your Military ID we give an extra 10% off the discount card price, so that's 10% off with your defense discount card plus a further 10% discount.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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

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

Military Discount at Oasis Dental Care Gloucester


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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.

Carillionamey Applying for Service Accommodation

Winston's Wish - Supporting Bereaved Children of Military Families

Click on either image to enlarge it, and click HEREfor more information on Winston's Wish.

Moving Schools Pack

Forest of Dean - Men in Sheds

Service for people experiencing domestic abuse

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) and Green Square Housing are working together to provide Places of Safety - a service providing temporary short term accommodation for men or women and their families who are living in an abusive household where it would be unsafe for them to stay any longer.
In order to access this service, applicants must engage with a GDASS Support Worker who will be able to help with maximising income through the relevant benefit claims, support with a homelessness application and signpost to any other support services that may be useful. Places of Safety means that the applicant will have somewhere safe and secure of their own to stay while their homelessness application is being decided and will have the support to make plans for their next steps, whether that is resettling somewhere new or returning home. Working with GDASS also gives applicants access to their specialist legal advice, group support and an opportunity to be listened to. For more information, contact GDASS on 01452 726583 or email

Bank Staff Opportunities - Chepstow

Castle Court Residential Home, Welsh Street, Chepstow are looking for Bank Staff in various roles -

Care Assistant & Seniors.
Activities Person

If you are interested in any of the above positions please pop into the home and pick up an application form. 
Possibility of contracted hours for the right person.
Tel 01291 625597.

Crown Carveries Offer 10% Defence Discount

St John's on the Hill Military Boarding School

Discount for Beachley Barracks - Freedom Leisure

Families and those who work within Beachley Barracks are offered an MoD discount.

We are offering Direct Debit memberships to anyone currently associated with the Barracks at a discounted rate of £15 per month saving 25% off standard membership. 

Try before you buy with a free day pass.

Freedom Leisure Sedbury
01291 625347

Tickets for Troops

Tickets for Troops provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families.

For further information about Tickets for troops and all the latest ticket releases, visit:

Send-a-Hug with Little Troopers

As a charity Little Troopers have recently relaunched their new Separation Packs and Send a Hug Kits for military families. These are tangible resources to help the British Army through repeated separation periods from their service person.

You can see more at

Civvy Street - Job Vacancies for Service Leavers

If you are coming to the end of your period of Service or have recently left, CivvyStreet can help you to find out what you are entitled to, where to get expert help specifically for service leavers and provide information and information on settling back into civilian life.

Job vacancies for Service Leavers can be found on the Civvy Street website - please click HERE

There are also resources, news and events regarding resettlement and support to Service leavers on the main CivvyStreet website HERE

Dept Work and Pensions (DWP) Service Information including Armed Forces Champions Information

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Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families

If you're currently serving, or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can call our 24-Hour Helpline to talk about mental health. 

If you're a family member or carer worried about a loved one or are suffering yourself, you can use it too: 

0800 138 1619.

Keeping in Touch during Deployment, a reminder.

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Getting the most out of MoneyForce