Friday, 24 February 2017

Weeton Primary School - Drop off and parking

REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS
WEETON SCHOOL PARENTS VEHICLE ACCESS
On 27th February 2017 the access to Weeton School for vehicles via Minden Road will be a one way system, parking areas will be provided on the left hand side of the road directly opposite the main School building.
Once your child has been dropped off at School, you are to proceed towards the rear gate on Minden Road. The gate will be open from 8:45am to 9:15am and 3:15pm to 3:45pm.
HONEYPOTS NURSERY CAR PARK
This car park is only for parents of children that attend Honeypots Nursery.
Marshalls from Weeton School and 2 LANCS UWO will be in attendance for the first couple of days to make sure the new access route is adhered to.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

New CA Housing Portal - SFA customer message


The new CA housing portal


SFA customer message

CarillionAmey housing portal launches on 6 March
CarillionAmey (CA) will be launching their new Intranet based SFA application system for Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK at 08:30 on Monday 6 March 2017 as part of their new online ‘housing portal’.

What happens next?
·         CA need to transfer existing SFA applications and occupancy records over to the new housing portal. While they transfer these, the e1132 system will be unavailable.
·         The applications system will be unavailable from 17:00 on Wednesday 1 March 2017 - 08:30 on Monday 6 March 2017. During this time, the CA Occupancy Services phone line will also be closed.
·         If you have an urgent query relating to an existing application for SFA, or your  current SFA property, please contact the Occupancy Services team before lines close on 1 March at 15:00. Contact the Occupancy Services team on 0800 707 6000.
·         The CarillionAmey 24-hour repairs and maintenance Helpdesk will remain open as usual throughout.
·         The DIO SD Accommodation Loss of Entitlement (LOE) team phone line will also be suspended between 16:00 on Wednesday 1 March to 09:00 on Monday 6 March.

Registering for the new portal
·         Week commencing 20 February, all Service personnel with SFA applications already in progress will receive an email from CarillionAmey containing clear instructions about how to register for the new housing portal.
·         To register, those with existing SFA applications will simply be asked to change their password. Their username will remain the same.
·         In the near future, customers will also be able to use the new portal to log repair and maintenance jobs online. CA will release further information about how this will work in due course.

For further information about the housing portal, please email CA:occupancyservices@carillionamey.co.uk


Monday, 20 February 2017

AFC - Education for Children



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Are You Pension Ready?




 
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SERVICE TO CIVVY - 
ARE YOU PENSION READY?

MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), has launched a campaign to encourage Service Personnel, Veterans and their families to get ‘Pension Ready’.

The campaign aims to promote the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, which are administered by Veterans UK, and motivate the Armed Forces Community to start thinking about their Pension throughout their Service career and not just as they are reaching the end of it.

Veterans UK provide several tools for Serving Personnel including; a yearly Pension Benefit Information Statement (BIS), one free Pension Forecast per year and the online Armed Forces Pension Scheme Calculator. Our Armed Forces are also encouraged to keep their Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) record up-to-date so when it’s time to apply for their Pension there will be no delays.

Monday, 13 February 2017

DIO Service Delivery - Information for the MOD Housing Community

 13 February



Information for the MOD housing community
This is the first issue of our new Stakeholder Briefing, which aims to keep people in the MOD housing community informed about the service we provide and any changes, for example in relation to policy, charging, entitlement etc, which may impact on those living in SFA. The format is simple and includes two elements:

- The text in the white areas is for your information – to provide context rather than to share further.
- Information in the shaded boxes are customer messages that we would be grateful if you would consider sharing on your channels and through your chain of command.  We have kept these messages short so they are suitable for online channels, although we will provide links to more detailed information where this is appropriate.

I welcome your views on how useful you have found this update, including any suggestions you have for improving the content, or ideas for how best to share and cascade this information, along with any thoughts you have on the kind of subjects you would be interested in reading about in future updates. Thanks.

Air Commodore Ian Tolfts, Head of DIO Service Delivery Accommodation

Charges for Service Family Accommodation
We received some feedback that the charges for Service Family Accommodation were difficult to find. So we have extracted the information provided by MOD and published this on the SFA website to make it easier to find.
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Charges for Service Family Accommodation
Customers who want to find the current list of charges for Service Family Accommodation can now find them more easily on the online or at www.gov.uk/dio/sfa (under Entitlement for SFA).


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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

FAM Survey Result








Details of the FAM survey can be viewed HERE

Monday, 6 February 2017

Free Media Course for Service Leavers and Veterans


FORCES MEDIA ACADEMY
Service Leavers and Veterans Offered Free Media Course

The Forces Media Academy has launched a unique media course for service leavers and veterans which will be taught in a live media environment.
Students on the free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course also receive a bursary of £18k to help with living costs. 
Forces Media Academy Director, Alistair Halliday, said: “We are delighted to offer this bespoke course to service leavers and veterans who are interested in pursuing a second career in the media. This will include those who’ve suffered injuries or sickness while in service.”
Work experience and practical skills feature heavily in the course, which has modules such as: Development and Techniques of Film and Video Editing, Promotional Video Production and Production of Multi-Platform Radio Programmes.
“The Forces Media Academy is part of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), which has a proven history of media production with long-established and close links with the media, digital, and broadcast industries. We’ll harness these to set up high quality work experience which will enhance the ability of the students to get a good job afterwards,” added Halliday.
“We are most grateful for the support of charities and companies, in particular The Royal British Legion, which has most generously provided the bursary.  
“This course is a perfect fit for service leavers and veterans with an interest in, and aptitude for, the media. It will equip them with skills for a range of roles such as a producer, multimedia journalist, and content creator.”          
The Royal British Legion's Head of Grants and Social Policy, Daniel Elser, said: "The Academy’s work is innovative and practical, building on the existing and highly transferrable skills of those who serve in HM Armed Forces. We’re eager to follow the first cohort’s progress, and proud to provide bursary funding to make the course accessible to as many future media professionals as possible."
SSVC is also the parent company of the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and Forces TV, and specialises in providing media services to the UK Armed Forces around the globe.                                                                                                                       

The first course starts on 25th September 2017 and will run until July 2018 at SSVC’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire, so students will have the opportunity to work with award-winning media teams alongside the programme of lectures.

For more information about entry requirements and applications, and for full details of course modules,  go online to www.forcesacademy.com.  

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Forces TV - changing Channel on Freesat


Forces TV Channel Change on Freesat

From Tuesday 7th February, Forces TV will be changing channels on Freesat.

It will move to Channel 165 in Entertainment.

  
Watch Forces TV on Sky 264, Virgin 277 or Freesat 165 (after 7th February) or online at www.forces.tv.
Forces TV is carried on the BFBS TV overseas satellite service so is available to entitled servicemen and women all over the world.

Note to Editors:
For more information please contact Mikaela Roche Mikaela.Roche@ssvc.com or Samantha Hughes Samantha.Hughes@ssvc.com