Thursday, 10 December 2015

Busy Bears Nursery Preston - Discount

Do you work in for the NHS, Emergency services or Military?

We offer families a 10% discount so why not enquire today…
We have recently enhanced our provision and created a new and fresh 2 years old unit, we have a team of highly dedicated staff that has the ability to support and encourage continued learning opportunities for you and your family.

Here at Busy Bears we work together to support and encourage quality learning opportunities; we have baby sign lessons, dancing lessons, swimming lessons and an exciting outdoor garden.
Come and have a look and get any support or information you might need when looking for a nursery.

We can also help you look find out more information about free funded sessions for the 2,3&4 year olds.

Contact Kirsty on 01772 795286 or
2A Manor House Ln, Preston PR1 6HL

Monday, 7 December 2015

Little Troopers - Brand New Seperation Pack

BRAND NEW Tri-service Separation Packs

Our BRAND NEW tri-service Separation Packs are now available!
Perfect for any British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force family
(regular or reserve)
Suitable for short or long separations;
World map & Stickers
10 x Chuff Charts Sheets & complete stickers
6 x Illustrated Postcards
Photo Frame
Little Trooper passport
Separation Booklet
View more and order here

Friday, 4 December 2015

Reading Force - Free for all Service Families

Football 4 Forces

Asda signs up to the Military Covenant

When you look at our culture, you will understand why so many ex-armed forces personnel build exciting careers with Asda. We truly value the experience that ex-armed forces people, veterans, reservists and their families can bring, so we are signing the Military Covenant because we're always looking for great talent.

For more information and job search visit  ASDA Jobs

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Defence Discount Services - LLoyds Pharmacy

Lloyds Pharmacy - Exclusive 10% discount both online and on the high street with a Defence Privilege Card.

Defence Discount Services - Papa Johns

Papa Johns - Buy One, Get One Free both online and in store with your Defence Privilege Card. This is on both collection and delivery (min £10.99 for delivery) and excludes smalls. For offer details and your onlinecode or open our app to find your nearest store.

Log on and sign up for great savings with the Defence Discount Card:

Friday, 27 November 2015

CityLit Programme

A unique programme from Citylit in partnership with The Royal British Legion and open to all who are happy to commute and not just those who live in London. For more information and an application form log onto 

To view the leaflet and F&Q document click on the links below:


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Monday, 23 November 2015

New VETS Programme launched in London

Helping Veterans Get Into Employment
A new programme to help veterans get into employment has been launched in London.  

The Veterans Employment Transition Support (VETS) Programme helps those leaving the forces.

It follows a recent survey that found 61 per cent of ex-service personnel felt their skills were not being fully utilised by their employer.  

Watch the  FORCES TV REPORT  here.

MOD Discount of 30% at Harry Ramsden's

We are very excited to welcome Harry Ramsden's to Defence Discount Service! 
They are giving a very generous 30% discount off their World Famous fish'n'chips when members show their Defence Privilege Card or MOD90. 

Please note: Your nearest Harry Ramsden is located in Blackpool on the Promenade.
To view the restaurants webpage and/or locations of Harry Ramsden's Restaurants click HERE

For more details or how to sign up to your Defence Discount Service visit 

FlexiMax Sports - 30% Discount to MOD

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Employment Opportunity - Contact Transport Ltd

Mutli Drop Courier

We at Contact Transport Ltd are recruiting very heavily for Multi drop couriers to come and work on a sub-contractor basis for one of our major contacts working on behalf of Amazon Logistics UK, the candidate must possess the ability to work within a team environment and also on their own iniative and possess excellent customer service skills. It is a very demanding role and a flexible approach to work load and working hours is a must, in return we offer excellent rates of pay set out below:

Day rate of £100 per day + fuel used on route
We can offer a van to hire off us with all relevant insurances with a charge of £165 per week all in.
We sign all drivers up to an umbrella company to pay tax and NI contributions.

For further info or to apply please call Patrick Nicholls on 07841405272.

Patrick Nicholls
DPR1 Manager

M:07841405272    | A: Unit 3.1B, Red Rose Drive, PR26 6TZ
W:    | P:0121 789 9999    |
A: Contact Transport Ltd, Bannerley Road, Garretts Green, Birmingham, B33 0SL

Monday, 16 November 2015

Nuffield Centre - North Wales

Nuffield Centre – North Wales

All members of the UK Regular and Reserve Forces (including UOTC and Cadet adults, but not Cadets) are entitled to use the Nuffield Centre and its recreational facilities at JSMTC.  Dependants of those members listed above may use the Nuffield Centre in a non-entitled capacity.  MOD Civil Servants and other civilians who have a very close connection with the Services may also be authorised by CO JSMTC to use these Service welfare and recreational facilities.

Visit the website at

CA - Winter Freeze

CA - The Walk Away Scheme

New DDS Discounts

Discount Offers from the Defence Discount Service

Superdry is back for a 10 days special and offering 20% discount online and in store
MK Dons V Fulham
MkDons are running a special Armed Forces Day event on the 21st November 2015 against Fulham FC
Loch Fyne Restaurants
Loch Fyne offers a new 20% discount

For full details see

Thursday, 5 November 2015

DDS - KFC Discount

KFC  offer members 10% off everything in store.  
To redeem the offer simply show your privilege card in store.

For further details, visit:

DDS - National Express Discount

National Express offer an exclusive offer of 60% off for Serving Personnel with their MoD 90 and 30% off for other Defence Discount Service members (spouses/partners, veterans etc) with a defence privilege card.
Book through the exclusive booking portal via:
(this offer expires on 31st Dec 2015)

Not a member already? Sign up for FREE to the UK's only official Armed Forces and Veterans discount Service via:

Tax Free Childcare to Replace Childcare Vouchers

Tax free childcare is due to replace the existing childcare voucher scheme in 2017. Time is running out. Parents who take childcare vouchers now will have the choice between the two schemes when tax free childcare comes in to effect. Decide now on what scheme and start saving.

For more information on the changes to childcare vouchers and how you could be affected, visit or contact or call 0800 3287411

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Jobseeker's Allowance on Return to the UK

Spouses and older children of personnel will now be able to claim income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) as soon as they return to the UK

For more information click on the link below;

Monday, 2 November 2015

HQ Regional Command - Immigration Information - Transition Information

To view the document please click on link below;

Transition Newsletter - Immigration

The Original Factory Shop - DDS - New 10% Discount

We would like to welcome The Original Factory Shop to Defence Discount Service who are offering members 10% discount both online and on the high street with your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90. 

For further details please

DDS - Who is eligible for the service?

Speak Out !!

Lancashire Military Veterans' Service

Change of Procedure for BFG Good Conduct Certificate On Returning To The UK

Individuals returning to the UK from BFG, and looking for employment or volunteer opportunities working with children or vulnerable adults may be asked by prospective employers to provide a “Good Conduct Certificate” for the period covering their stay in Germany. This is also likely to happen if you are applying for a further/higher education course or to join the Armed Forces. If there’s a possibility that you may fall into any of these categories you should read on.

Boxing Club for Military Personnel - Fulwood Barracks

Friday, 23 October 2015

DDS - Lenovo Discount

Lenovo have some great new offers for members of Defence Discount Service. 

Visit for details and the link.

Lancashire Infantry Museum - Fulwood Barracks

At last, visitors to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Lancashire Infantry Museum* at Fulwood Barracks, Preston can take home a fully illustrated souvenir of some of the treasures that they have seen, thanks to Heritage Lottery funding.   

‘We wanted our guests to be able to have a souvenir of our treasures in an easily handlable form to complement the huge amount of detail that is in our cabinets, available on screen in the museum and on the website’ said Publicity Officer, Roger Goodwin.
So Jane Davies the Curator, Dominic Butler, her deputy, and the Trustees approved a selection of the treasures to be featured, from the East Lancashire, South Lancashire and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments through to their eventual successor – the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. Collections continue onwards to the present Duke of Lancashire’s Regiment.
There’s a time line sequence from 1689 onwards and a celebration of the 17 Victoria Cross winners. A sequence of Heroes includes Major General Charles Willis who had to borrow£300 to feed and pay his men in 1713; Private John Readitt, who joined the South Lancashires at age 17 from being Manchester United FC’s boot boy and who won the VC two years later in Mesopotamia; and closes with ‘today’s heroes – the highly trained members of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment – ready as ever to live up to their famous motto ‘difficulties be damned.’

A specially-commissioned composition, hanging in the museum, shows 17 of the Regiment’s 19 Victoria Cross winners

Photographs include the Museum’s greatest treasure – the Salamanca Eagle captured in 1812, one of only five ever taken by the British from Napoleon’s legions; the WW1 German machine gun seized by VC winner Private William Radcliffe from Liverpool –“The Dockers’ VC” – and turned on the enemy with deadly effect; and part of the Berlin Wall. The unique record of having fought on every inhabited continent is complete with detail of the ‘battle’ of Eureka Stockade in the Australian goldfields in 1854.

The Museum is open 10.00 – 16.00 Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday. Free admission and free parking. Adult visitors will be asked to produce personal identification such as a photo ID driving licence.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

State Boarding Schools

To view the document click on the link below;

Boarding School Leaflet

Monday, 19 October 2015


 SORTED! comprises of seven well established charities, which provide a wide range of employment 
 related services and support for the Forces community (including  spouses/partners and
 dependents) to find and stay in work.  These services have now been integrated into seamless 
 employability support and guidance.

 SORTED! will focus on you if you are actively seeking employment and ensure that you get
 the right information, advice and guidance to make your employment journey easier and more effective. 
 We do this by linking you directly with a member of the SORTED! team who can walk you through your
 options and direct you to services that are being provided either by the SORTED! team or through
 appropriate associates and providers.  SORTED! also has direct links with a large number of employers 
 providing access to a wide range of vacancies. Equally if it is training you are looking for or simply any 
 other employability advice,  SORTED! can help.

To find out more please visit the SORTED! website at: 


To view the document providing an overview to XForces click HERE.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

MOD's JCCC launches new app and briefing films

MOD’s JCCC launches new app and briefing films

The Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has launched a new mobile app, MOD ICE, and two briefing films to help service personnel and their families access their services, with support from the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE ADC DL BA MPhil DTech DLitt RAF.

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British armed forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs.


JCCC films and app launched

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? Download the new Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) app ‘MOD ICE’ to guide you through the most common types of family emergency and how JCCC can help. Two new JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Recruit for Spouses

visit the Recruit for Spouses webpage by clicking  HERE

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Childcare New Business Grants Scheme

The Childcare New Business Grants Scheme

Future nursery owners or childminders are being encouraged by the Government to apply for a chunk of £2 million that has been allocated to help them set up their own businesses.
The Childcare New Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. The Scheme allows people to apply for grants of up to £500 to help start a new nursery or childminding business, £1000 for a new childminding business that will provide care for disabled children and £1000 for a new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises. The scheme is available to those new enterprises setting up in England only and the grant is designed to cover start-up costs such as insurance, training and equipment etc.

Applications are required before the end of Dec 2015.

For more information please visit

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

DDS Top Uk Attractions This October

The Discount Code can be obtained from your local HIVE office.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Monday, 21 September 2015

BFPO - Enduring Free Mail Service

BFPO - Enduring Free Mail Service

In response to feedback received from personnel, the MOD has taken the step to extend its Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) from 1 September 2015.
It will allow a further 1,200 personnel serving on joint operations on land, sea, and air to benefit from the opportunity to receive letters and parcels from their family and friends for free.
The EFFMS is delivered by the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) in conjunction with Royal Mail, and allows family and friends to send letters and items roughly the size of a shoe box and weighing up to 2kg from one of the 11,500 post offices throughout the UK to Defence personnel around the world.
See full details at this link

Note:  Postal charges apply for parcels to certain areas.  Download the App to your tablet or smart phone to see details:

Click on Link below to view:

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Durham Uni - Undergraduate Military Scholarships

Opportunities for ex-service men & women. 

To find out more click on the link below:

Undergraduate Military Scholarships

Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday, 21 August 2015

New Stage 2 SFA Complaint Form

DIO Customer Message

New Stage 2 Service Family Accommodation complaint form

A new electronic Stage 2 SFA complaint form is now available on the Defence Intranet. The online form features simple text boxes with a clear indication of what information needed to be provided before the form can be submitted by email to the DIO Service delivery Customer Service Team at RAF Wyto.

Stage 2 process

If your complaint has been formally closed at stage 1 and you are not satisfied with the response, you can then escalate your complaint to the DIO Customer Services Team. You can now do this in two ways:
1.      Online - by completing the online stage 2 complaint form which is available on the MOD Intranet. For security reasons, you will need to logged onto an MOD Dii computer to complete and submit the form. The form is available on the DIO Service Delivery Accommodation Homepage on the Intranet: 

2.      Letter - by writing to the Customer Service Team, DIO Service Delivery Accommodation, Ground Floor, Swales Pavilion, RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire PE28 2EA. Quoting the stage 1 complaint reference number - you should briefly set out your complaint, and why you are not satisfied with the Stage 1 response and what outcome you would like.

DIO will acknowledge your Stage 2 complaint within 3 working days and provide you with a reference number. An investigation will then be carried out - but depending on the nature of the complaint - this can take some time

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

CarillionAmey - In the Know

CASS - Message to Customers

CASS – Message to Customers

Surveys ongoing to support the introduction of the Combined Accommodation Assessment System
Estimated CAAS Band letters were sent to all Service Family Accommodation (SFA) customers in the UK at the end of July 2015.  This information was provided so you had an understanding of the new charging system and an estimate of the charge that your current home may attract when CAAS is introduced in April 2016. 

However, the survey programme to gather information about SFA continues and even though you now have an estimate, we may still need to access and survey your SFA. That’s because the estimate you have received was made using existing data held, some of which is fully up to date, and some of which continues to be updated using the survey programme.  

So if you receive a letter about surveying your SFA please permit access to the surveyor, which the Chain of Command has agreed to support, so we can ensure that the final CAAS bands are accurate. Thank you.