Thursday, 19 October 2017

CAB Survey

 The Citizens Advice Bureau is conducting a survey to look at what services are needed to help armed forces families when facing stressful and life-changing events.

The aim of the survey is to get direct input from serving personnel and their families, so the CAB can shape plans to meet real needs.

The CAB are looking for responses by 3rd November – there are just 10 short questions, which are all fairly straightforward, so I hope you can help by completing it and/ or passing on to relevant people for completion.

To complete this survey –

Many thanks in advance for your help with developing this important service.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Your Government - How it works for you

Forces Money Week - 16th to 20th October 2017

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.
From pensions to debt, investments to mortgages. If you have something you want to ask email

Each day from 1:45pm UKT 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.

Find out more about getting MoneyFit with MoneyForce, a service provided by the Royal British Legion.

Listen to Forces Radio BFBS on FM, online or via the free app -
Apple > or Android >

For further information CLICK HERE

Defence Discount Service (DDS)


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Offers for forthcoming events in London

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FREE entry to Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular at Manor Park, Aldershot - Saturday 28th October 2017

The Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular is back again at Manor Park, Aldershot on Saturday, 28 October – with free entry!
The event, organised by Rushmoor Borough Council is one of the biggest and best firework displays in the area and last year a record crowd of 14,000 people filled the park to enjoy a superb display set to music.

The format of the event is the same as last year, with gates opening at 5pm. A large funfair, with catering vehicles offering food and refreshments, will be available leading up to the 20-minute firework spectacular at 7.30pm. Free parking will be available from 3pm at the Parsons Barracks and High Street car parks.

Savings with Vauxhall

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Additional Needs Support Group at Maurice Toye House - Tuesday 10th October 2017

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Beach Motorcross - Sunday 22 Oct (Weymouth) FREE Event

Don’t miss this exciting and spectacular event, Entries are racing in from across the south of England, with more than 300 riders set to test their mettle in the race hosted by the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club and the Purbeck Motocross Club.

Practice starts at 12.00 first race will be at 1.00 pm. In addition to the racing there will lots of stalls along the Esplanade, a Fun Fair by the Jubilee Clock and a display of Classic Cars.

This is the largest event of its kind along the South Coast and it is FREE to watch, all the Lions ask for is you to purchase a programme at £2 or make a donation to their Charity Fund

Thames Valley Alert - Hidden Harms - Open your eyes to abuse

Three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week across Thames Valley*.
Could you spot the signs?

Today (2/10) we are launching our Hidden Harm campaign, raising awareness of abuse in the heart of our communities.

Over the next 18 months we will be bringing a number of different abuse-related crimes, which often go undetected or unreported, into the spotlight. The first focus is modern slavery.

The message at the centre of this campaign is simple – Open your eyes to abuse.

It could be happening in your community, so if you suspect it, report it.

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain.
Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation.

Spot the signs

Modern slavery could be happening in your community so it’s important you know the signs that could indicate someone is a victim of this crime.

•    How do they look? Scruffy, dirty, malnourished, injured?
•    How are they acting? Anxious, afraid, reluctant to talk?
•    What’s their work situation like? Long hours, unsuitable clothing, wrong equipment?
•    How’s their accommodation? Overcrowded, poorly maintained, curtains always closed?
•    What are their movements like? Never leave the house alone, limited contact with
     friends and family, no access to money or identification?

Report it

We all have a role to play in keeping people safe from harm. If you think someone may be a victim of modern slavery tell someone. You will always be taken seriously.

You can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700 or the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

For more information about the campaign please visit our website.

*Figures are a weekly average of recorded crime between 01/10/16 – 31/03/17

Scottish Veterans Residences

SVR have vacancies in both our Glasgow & Edinburgh sites
At SVR we can take all veterans from all services including the Merchant Navy and Reservists
You do not need to be Scottish to move here and our only criteria is that you have served one day in the Armed Forces
Feel free to contact the Allocations and Void Officer if you have any further questions
Scottish Veterans Housing Association
Tel No: 0131 556 0091 ext 230
Mob No: 07469660019
A member of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Registered Charity No 12739
Registered under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 & with The Scottish Housing Regulator

Poppypound - Don't Let Your Old £1 Coins Go to Waste

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. 

A Guide for Service Families: UK Education Systems

Free Help For Military Spouses Looking For Work

Monday, 2 October 2017

CivvyStreet - September 2017 Issue

The September 2017 issue of CivvyStreet Magazine is available online and in the Sandhurst HIVE.

To read this issue online

Boo at the Zoo: Marwell

21st - 29th October 2017

Armed Forces Pension - Handy Information At Your Fingertips

Using your smartphone, you can now access all things to do with the Armed Forces Pension super quickly, and in one nifty place including the Pension Calculator. 
This facility is quick and easy access to enable you to find out more about your Armed Forces pension and what it is worth.  It provides handy links to more in depth pension information and booklets if required and the pension calculator where a personalised forecast can be generated in a matter of minutes.  It is a one stop shop for you as current serving personnel and veterans accessible anywhere via your Smartphones.
To save it to your smartphone, simply load the website by typing in to your browser. Then click on the 'menu' button (Android) or tap on the 'add to homescreen' function on the Safari control bar (Apple) and then you will see your own icon appear to use as you need it!

Transition Survey

With a focus on transition out of the Armed Forces, the Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations are working together to garner a wide response from those families who have left in the last two years, or those who plan to leave before September 2019.
Our survey will cover all aspects of your transition journey; from your reasons for leaving to the impact transition has on your family. We’ll also explore your main transition challenges and invite you to tell us your ideas about how transition support can be improved.

Please follow the link to complete the survey that applies to your situation:

Southampton Help to Buy Show- 28th October 2017

Register online

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Assistance Dogs

Supporting members of the Armed Forces and Veterans who have PTSD, 
to find out more please click HERE

Career Transition Partnership Vocational Training And Events

Community Learning at Bracknell Open Learning Centre

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Defence Discount Service (DDS)

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QUEST Magazine - September 2017 issue

For the latest QUEST magazine visit Sandhurst HIVE, or alternatively see

Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine - latest edition

For your latest copy of Pathfinder Magazine, visit the Aldershot HIVE or alternatively see:

BFBS promoting Forces Money Week from 16th -20th October 2017

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:

Five Free Pitches at Farnborough Frost Fair

Local community groups and charities are invited to apply for a stall at the second Farnborough Frost Fair...

Farnborough Frost Fair is the biggest event in a 5 week 'Countdown to Christmas' celebration. The festival will include the large festive Christmas market, the Princes Mead Shopping Centre light switch-on with a visit from the man himself - Santa, a full programme of live music, a petting farm, stunning street performers, family craft activities and a small fun fair.

The event is free and we expect around 21k visitors to come along, based on last year's footfall.

We are offering 5 community stalls a free pitch. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 November 2017 at 5pm, but free pitches are offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so get in quick!
To apply, please download the application form at