Thursday, 30 June 2016

MOD Veterans Support

MOD VETERANS SUPPORT

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this week, Defence Business Services has produced a short 30 second film to highlight MOD’s veterans support.

See the film on facebook at  www.facebook.com/modveteransuk or

search facebook for ‘MOD veterans uk’ where the film is pinned to the top.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

XForces



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

Monday, 20 June 2016

Changes Outlined in DINs

Changes Outlined in DINs

If you need to see one of the DINs listed below, please ask any HIVE for help
  
1.    Changes to Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) Regulations.
In April 2015, the Defence People and Training Board (DPTB) commissioned a review of Service children’s Continuity of Education exploring the ways by which the MOD assists Service Personnel to ensure continuity of education for their children; one of those is through the provision of CEA. The Review is not yet complete; however, it has identified some areas where the governance can be further tightened to strengthen the eligibility criteria for claiming CEA that do not need to wait until the review’s completion before implementing. The changes to CEA will be implemented from the beginning of academic year 2016/17. Please ensure you read 2016DIN01-100 to find out if any of the new regulations affect you.  Additional assistance is available from the Children’s Education Advisory Service www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service or their helpline 01980 618 244 (Military 94344 8244).

2.    School Children’s Visits (SCV) – Unaccompanied Minors (UNMIN). 
On 24 February 2016 British Airways (BA) announced that its Skyflyer Solo UNMIN service will no longer be available. Pre-existing bookings will be honoured if the service has already been booked and paid for, providing the journey is completed by 31 January 2017. BA will now only accept children aged 12-18 years to fly alone. 2016DIN01-103 has been released and gives full details of options available to parents.

3.    Recruitment of Commonwealth Nationals into the Armed Forces.
The aim of this DIN, which is targeted at all Armed Forces personnel, the chain of command and those with responsibility for recruitment, is to confirm the UK residency criteria for recruitment into the Regular and Reserve Armed Forces and also to explain the circumstances in which an exemption to the criteria will be granted for individuals recruited into roles that require specialist skills. The new DIN 2016DIN01-086 replaces  2013DIN01-149.


Go Outdoors Discount


Friday, 17 June 2016

CarillionAmey - Your Accommodation Officer

Your Accommodation Officer – 
your key housing person

If you are living in Service Family Accommodation, your CarillionAmey Accommodation Officer (AO) is your key point of contact on the ground.  Their role is instrumental in making sure that you and we are looking after your home from the moment you move into it to the moment you move out.  Our AOs are often your first point of contact and make a real difference to the smooth running of your move in and out. We now have a large team of 138 people working as AOs or in supporting roles and we’re running on-going training to ensure they have both the technical expertise you need as well as being customer focused.

Each AO looks after between 250 to 300 properties and is responsible for moving families into and out of them as well as looking after you whilst you are living in the property. They also ensure local play parks, street lighting and communal grounds areas are well maintained.


If you have an ongoing issue with your property or surrounding areas, please call the Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 on either option 1 or option 3 and ask our advisor to contact your AO to arrange a home visit.  By working together, we can try and make sure that your stay in your property is an enjoyable one.    

CarillionAmey - Window Restrictors


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

CarillionAmey Films

Carillion Amey Films

Four new films have been added to our website and can be found at the following link. http://www.carillionamey.co.uk/service-family-accommodation/guides,-booklets-and-films/you-tube-films.aspx

The Move In – this film has been created to help customers understand what happens during their Move In appointment.


Self-Help Films - These films provide simple instructions to help customers with everyday household issues that they can try and fix themselves and include how to reset the electric trip switch, how to bleed a radiator and how to reset a boiler.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Enhanced Learning Credits

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes.

The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans’ community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Education scheme.  Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.
From 1 April 2016 there will be some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.
See more at this link



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

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

RBL - Count Them In

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Count Them In
The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppyscotland, have launched a campaign calling for additional questions to be included in the next census in 2021. These questions will seek to capture much needed data on the Armed Forces community - particularly Reservists and veterans, who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.
As you will be aware, unlike in the United States, the UK Government only really maintains records on Regulars and injured and pensionable veterans, whilst Reservists, ‘healthy’ working age veterans, and family members are generally missing from existing data collection methods. Sadly, even the data that we do have is rather patchy, providing no real indication as to the wellbeing and needs of this unique community. In contrast, we know a great deal about the UK’s Jedi community, as well as the numbers and location of our sheep and cattle.
In light of the above, the Legion and Poppyscotland have launched a new public-facing campaign. The campaign, which is called Count Them In, essentially seeks to establish a comprehensive snapshot of our Armed Forces community. By including questions about membership of the military community in the next census in 2021, we hope to not only develop a greater understanding of the needs, location and profile of the Armed Forces community, but also directly compare this group to their peers in the general population. This information will help the sector – local authorities, charities, statutory bodies - to more accurately identify areas where Service life presents a disadvantage, which will in turn enable the Government and other statutory providers to better allocate resources and deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant commitments.
How you can support ‘Count them in’:
1.    Follow the link  http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/count-them-in/ to the RBL website and hit the red Pledge Your Support button. Enter your postcode, which identifies your local MP and send them the support request letter.
2.    Encourage everyone you can to pledge their support individually as well.
The RBL believe that more accurate local data on the size and needs of the Armed Forces community will help ensure the Armed Forces Covenant delivers for our Armed Forces community and for everyone. If you agree, please support this campaign. The Legion would be happy to provide you with additional campaign material.

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

CarillionAmey - Helping to make a difference to SFA


Helping to make a difference to Service Family Homes

Improving homes is a great job because it helps to make lives better. Our project teams at CarillionAmey are responsible for running improvement projects as and when DIO give us the green light to start a project and when MOD funding is made available. The projects run throughout the Government’s financial year which runs from 31st March to 1st April.
Project work is very satisfying, the teams really enjoy what they do because it involves making Service homes better, modernising them and helping to make them more energy efficient. Project work means our teams often spend a lot of time with the families and unit personnel which helps them to understand what Service families’ lives are like and why what they do is so important. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

WEETON CAMP BARBER SHOP

The barbers shop on Camp for soldiers and dependant's has undergone a full refurbishment.
It will re-open on Monday 27th June 2016.
 

Lancashire Army Cadet Force

LANCASHIRE ARMY CADET FORCE








Lancashire Army Cadet Force is the largest youth organisation in Lancashire. When it comes to action, adventure and leadership, it's hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadet Force.
If you aged between 12 and 18 years you can join your local Army Cadet Force.

For further details call 01772 717078 or visit the website:
Lancashire Army Cadets