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 gov.uk 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 : longside@ssafa.org.uk South - Gildea House: gildea@ssafa.org.uk Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on Amanda.d@ssafa.org.uk


Bovis Homes - Armed Forces Offer



www.bovishomes.co.uk

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 http://bit.ly/2tQfev4
  • Boost your mental fitness not just the physical with @BigWhiteWall1, the online #mentalhealth service #mindandbody http://bit.ly/2tQfev4
  • Pushing physical #fitness to the limit can impact your #mentalhealth. Get help with @BigWhiteWall1 #mindandbody http://bit.ly/2tQfev4
  • Keeping active boosts your #mentalwellbeing whilst your loved ones are away. @BigWhiteWall1 can help #mindandbody http://bit.ly/2tQfev4
  • Family fitness is an important part of #mentalwellbeing, @BigWhiteWall1 offer lots of programmes to help #mindandbody http://bit.ly/2tQfev4
  • #Exercise is proven to help manage #stress. If you want help to get more active @BigWhiteWall1 can help #mindandbody http://bit.ly/2tQfev4
  • Keeping #mindandbody active is key improved wellbeing. Get free #mentalhealth support with @BigWhiteWall1 http://bit.ly/2tQfev4

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 GOV.uk

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

ToddlerCalm



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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



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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 gdass.pos@gsg.cjsm.net.

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 

Bank Staff Opportunities - Chepstow

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

Care Assistant & Seniors.
Cooks.
Cleaners
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

http://www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/

Families Lifeworks – Employment Support for Spouses



Families Lifeworks – Employment Support for Spouses


RBLI Families Lifeworks provides a free employment support service for military spouses and partners


For details see this link

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:
www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk

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 www.littletroopers.net

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.
http://www.combatstress.org.uk/veterans/24-hour-helpline/?platform=hootsuite

Keeping in Touch during Deployment, a reminder.





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Volunteer with Forces Children through SSAFA

Getting the most out of MoneyForce

Keeping Families Safe on Social Media



It's always a good idea to keep yourself safe on social media so here's some good 
help and advice to make sure your privacy settings are set correctly.
Perhaps a quick safety check idea for all the family, after dinner.
YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL:
Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends,
 and letting the world know what you’re up to.
The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage the safe
 and responsible use of social networking sites.
This page contains guidance on how to stay safe and to think about
 what you post online. Remember, that there may be those who use such sites
 for unsavoury reasons.
BE EXTRA CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED YOURSELF 
AS BEING A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY OR AN MOD CIVILIAN.
There is a short guide to appropriate social media behaviour for defence personnel.
You can also download the Personal security online (PDF, 1.55MB, 11 pages)
file which contains some more detailed guidance.

NHS England to ask Military Veterans How to Improve Mental Health Services




NHS England is today asking armed forces veterans to share their experience of mental health services and help improve future care across the country.

The launch of a national survey will help improve the care available for veterans as they move from military to civilian life.

The survey is a chance for veterans to share their experiences and views of existing mental health services and to understand the reasons why some people have not sought or received support and treatment. In addition to seeking views from veterans, family members and carers, as well as staff and organisations that are providing treatment and support in this area are all able to take part.

The NHS currently provides 12 mental health services across England specifically for veterans. They enable specialist staff to care for ex-forces personnel with mental health needs, direct them to the most appropriate service and give them effective treatment. With new contracts due in the next year, this is an opportunity to develop future services that take account of current experiences.

To view the full article on this topic visit:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/01/veterans-mental-health-2/

More information about the survey is at this link:https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/veterans-mental-health-services

To complete the survey click HERE

Furniture and Removals - A Step by Step Guide

Make a New Start with Big White Wall

Visas, citizenship and passport applications made easy

StepChange Debt Charity: 7 Days, 7 Ways Debt Support Programme

One week. Make it count.

Take control of your finances in 2016 with our 7-day email programme of support and practical advice.

Feeling like your finances are unmanageable can make dealing with your debt a daunting prospect. But you can take control of your finances again with our 7 Days, 7 Ways email programme.

What is 7 Days, 7 Ways?

Each day for a week we'll send you an email linking to practical advice to help you with your finances. Written by our expert debt advisors, the programme is the perfect starting point in dealing with your debt.

The 7 Days, 7 Ways email programme will talk through a range of different subjects that will help you take steps to deal with your debt. By following the steps, at the end of the 7 day programme you will:
  • know exactly what you owe
  • understand where you spend your money each month
  • know which payments are priorities
  • have ideas to boost your income
  • know what to do next
Not only will the 7 Days, 7 Ways programme help you to identify the financial challenges you face, but more importantly it’ll enable you to confront your debt with confidence.

Huggable Heroes

Action-Armed Forces Employment and Information Event 07 Sept


FREE APP launched by the NHS in Gloucestershire

If you or any of your family have an illness or injury and you’re not sure what to do, a website and free app have just been launched by the NHS in Gloucestershire to help. Advice ASAP lets you search for symptoms specific to adults or children and gives advice on self-care and remedies to try at home. 
Alternatively, if you need further medical attention, there are links to the opening hours, contact details and directions to your nearest GP, pharmacy, health access centre, out of hours clinic or emergency department. 
Visit www.asapglos.nhs.uk today to try it out.


The Royal British Legion

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