Friday, 13 October 2017

SSAFA Forces Additional Needs & Disability Forum - 2 November

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.

School - Apply now for September 2018

Don't forget to apply for your child's school place for 2018 

If your child is due to start secondary or upper school in September 2018, you must register and apply for their school place by 31 October 2017. 

If your child is due to start primary, junior or middle school in 2018 they have until 
15 January 2018 to apply.

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. 

Forces Travel Newsletter

Click HERE to view the latest newsletter from Forces Travel

Information about the MOD Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

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

Friday, 6 October 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

BFBS promoting Forces Money Week

BFBS are promoting Forces Money Week via their website, FB and Twitter and are now seeking questions to put to the panel of experts. 

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.

Each day from 1:45pm UK join us live all week on your radio and through Facebook as we answer your money questions from around the forces world. Each day we will be tackling a different subject.

See more here....

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Chepstow Community Fireworks

Chepstow & District Round Table in association with Chepstow Town Council and our other generous sponsors would like to invite you to join us once again at this year’s FREE ENTRY professional Firework display which will take place on 
Sunday November 5 from 1630, at Chepstow School Fields, Welsh Street, Chepstow, NP16 5LR.
Entertainment will include The Brothers Blue show band, Kre8tive Theatre Kidz and our very own Mr Bouncy on the PA.
We will have a number of excellent community causes and volunteers from the local area with stalls at the event.
Although this event is brought to you as a FREE ENTRY event we do rely heavily on the kind donations from members of the public for us to continue not charging.


Fri 13th Oct 17 - Tue 31st Oct 17
National Diving & Activity Centre, 
Chepstow NP16 7LH

Fear Fest Evil is the ultimate Halloween Scare Experience, taking place on select nights around Halloween at Chepstow's National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

FearFest is strictly for ages 16+ and not for those of a nervous disposition.

The Firework Code

Fireworks at Caldicot Castle at Caldicot Castle and Country Park

Sunday 5 November 2017
1630 - 2030
Caldicot Castle and Country Park, 
Church Road, 
NP26 4HU

There will be live music and entertainment from Capital FM, children's funfair rides, a licensed bar and performances from fire dancers. With lots of tasty winter treats to enjoy.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

Families Matter Newsletter - September

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

Families LifeWorks Programme 2017-2018

RBLI have an excellent website specifically for Lifeworks Families It has details of what the course involves, when courses are taking place and information about extra support RBLI can offer.

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.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Big White Wall: September social media campaign

Please find below materials for our September social media campaign focused on taking care of yourself, and those around, you with the hashtag #takecare. We have created lots of social media content for you to use. There are roughly 2/3 pieces a week.

-              This month we are focusing on the importance of taking care of both yourself & others around you #takecare #mentalhealth
-              It takes time to break negative thought patterns. @BigWhiteWall1 provide helpful resources #takecare #mentalhealth
-              #Ruminating can be exhausting & unhelpful. Help beat the cycle, get help with @BigWhiteWall1 #takecare #mentalhealth
-              It's important to #takecare of you, not just your loved ones. @BigWhiteWall1 provide 24/7 #mentalhealth support
-              Positive #mentalhealth takes practice. @BigWhiteWall1 can help you learn new coping skills #takecare
-              Worried about a fellow #comrade? Recommend #BWW for free 24/7 online support #takecare
-              Succeeding in your career & familylife is tough. Don't #sufferinsilence, use #BWW. #takecare
-              There's no shame talking about your #mentalhealth. If you/someone you know needs help, try @BigWhiteWall1 #takecare
-              It's not easy being #awayfromhome. Make sure you #takecare of your #mentalhealth with @BigWhiteWall1
-              Leaving the #armedforces is daunting - #takecare to prepare mentally. @BigWhiteWall1 provides 24/7 anonymous support

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS)

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the website can be found HERE

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

RAF Medical Reserves Clinical Seminar - 13th October at RAF Brize Norton

Friday, 11 August 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Summer Special: Great ideas for summer holiday fun! Across Gloucestershire

Beechenhurst Lodge & Picnic Site - Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior. 
Open from 8am every day. Free to enter: More details here
Berkeley Castle: School Holiday Activities - Story-telling, Jesters and 'Have a go' Archery. 
Monday-Wednesday, throughout the school holidays: More details here
Boogie Beat: Summer Sessions - Energetic and fun, combining music and dance with 
carefully structured learning at Bishops Cleeve Community Centre - 
31st July,  7th,  21st & 28th August: More details here
Cheltenham Library: Summer Reading Challenge - Join us at Cheltenham Children’s Library 
for crafts - 9th, 15th & 16th August: More details here
Cheltenham Science Group: Summer Science - Tuesday to Saturday until 2nd September 2017 
- including Be Creative Thursdays and Friday Fun: More details here
The Cheltenham Trust: National Play Day 2017 - 2 August from 11:00 at Pittville Park. 
a range of fun and engaging activities for children and families: More details here
Cleeve Common: Kite flying - Family Fun Friday: More details here
Edufun Gloucestershire: Culture Club for Kids - A bespoke languages and culture club 
for children and young people - 24th July to 25th August: More details here
Funky Warehouse: Parent & Toddler Mornings - Weekday mornings, 9am-12pm: More details here

Big White Wall: August social media campaign

  • #Veterans can find it hard to keep up #fitness after army life. @BigWhiteWall1 can help both your #mindandbody
  • Boost your mental fitness not just the physical with @BigWhiteWall1, the online #mentalhealth service #mindandbody
  • Pushing physical #fitness to the limit can impact your #mentalhealth. Get help with @BigWhiteWall1 #mindandbody
  • Keeping active boosts your #mentalwellbeing whilst your loved ones are away. @BigWhiteWall1 can help #mindandbody
  • Family fitness is an important part of #mentalwellbeing, @BigWhiteWall1 offer lots of programmes to help #mindandbody
  • #Exercise is proven to help manage #stress. If you want help to get more active @BigWhiteWall1 can help #mindandbody
  • Keeping #mindandbody active is key improved wellbeing. Get free #mentalhealth support with @BigWhiteWall1

August Hanley Moo's

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

Ex-Forces - Jobs at ASDA

Click HERE for more information
Ex-forces and looking for work? Did you know Asda will guarantee interviews to ex armed forces personnel