Monday, 31 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Armed Forces Covenant Survey


The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page,

https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk   

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Community Engagement Award - Weeton


The 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment 
Weeton Community Award

Capt Adam Diver, 2 LANCS Unit Welfare Officer, has introduced a Community Engagement Award.
The award is for Children under 16 years of age and they can be nominated by an adult (other than in their family) for anything which they have done to help the Community at Weeton e.g. helping to do gardens, picking up litter, helping with youth clubs or with younger siblings. Nominations can also be submitted from local schools and Honeypots under fives centre.
The first winner of the award was Andrew Gray. He was nominated for helping to tidy the Community Centre Cafe area every morning before he goes to School. Well done Adam!

The award was presented by Fleetwood Town FC goalkeeper, Billy Crellin, and was followed by a penalty shootout for children.

NHS veterans’ mental health services now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge


Information for patients

Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support in close liaison with Defence Medical Services (DMS).  This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.  Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

To access these services whilst you are still in the armed forces, you must meet the following criteria:

·         be a resident in England
·         have an identified or diagnosed mental health illness / disorder; AND
·         have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
·         have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
·         have had their pre-release medical and been identified by their DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
·         have had a pre-release medical before they self-refer.

If you wish to access these services once you are a veteran, you must meet the following criteria instead:

EXTENDED FREE CHILDCARE ENTITLEMENT IN OVERSEAS LOCATIONS

BACKGROUND
1.               In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).
2.               The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge.  In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
3.         The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.
4.         The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Veterans' Housing Advice


AF Bereavement Scholarship Scheme



DCYP - Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. 
Voucher schemes remain open to existing members. Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year. 
Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017. 

Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible. Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so. 
To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/  where you will find the childcare calculator https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family. 
MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage. Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Report

Our Community Our Covenant  
See the 2nd edition of the Covenant Report using the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byzl6Xo40sI9WXFDYVJfQWRsakE/view?usp=sharing

DIO Information about Families Accommodation

See information from DIO about Service Families Accommodation in these video links

Monday, 3 July 2017

Learn to speak another Language


Little Troopers launch free easy to use app

Little Troopers Treasures

This weekend we launched a brand new, free, easy to use iPad app that is available now exclusively to serving British Armed Forces families. We'd love you to spread the word to your families about this new resource.

We know that serving parents are so frequently away from home and often communications can be limited or sporadic. We also know that a bedtime story is one of the most important times to a child.

So.....we teamed up with Harper Collins Children's Books to bring families Little Troopers Treasures; it will make story time precious every day and will ensure children never miss a bedtime story from their parents again; they can watch the recordings over and over whenever they miss their mummy or daddy.

Download the app on your iPad HERE

Once you are registered (only register once you just need a family login) you can log in and view the bookshelf with various titles available, then simply record a story. The app will capture your face, your voice and the story book pages while your record, it will all then be immediately wrapped up with love and saved on your device and can be watched or listened to or both over and over again.

There is also some supporting resources such as a weekly planner, separation diaries and time difference sheet for you to print and use to compliment the app.

View more on the Little Troopers Treasures web-page HERE