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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT - Forces Help to Buy - Scheme Ends December 2018



As announced by the former Secretary of State for Defence in October 2016,  the Forces Help To Buy scheme is due to close at the end of December 2018.  Applications can be submitted up to this date. Those contemplating applying under the current FHTB scheme should ensure that they adhere to these timelines.
What is the Forces Help to Buy Scheme? (UK) 

If you’re a regular serviceman or servicewoman in the armed forces, the Forces Help to Buy scheme could let you borrow up to 50% of your salary to a maximum of £25,000, interest free. This loan is for buying your first home or moving to another property on assignment or as your family’s needs change.
All regular service personnel are eligible who:
  • have completed the pre-requisite length of service
  • have more than 6 months left to serve at the time they apply
  • meet the right medical categories.
However, there may be instances where exceptions to the standard rules may be justifiable, especially where you have extenuating medical and personal circumstances.
You can apply for the loan online through the Joint Personnel Administration system and can seek advice on your application through your chain of command and personnel agency.


Further details https://www.ownyourhome.gov.uk/scheme/forces-help-to-buy/

Friday, 7 September 2018

MOD and Samaritans launch pocket support book for Armed Forces

Click HERE to access the pocket guide

A new pocket guide has been launched to help the Armed Forces spot and support those who may be struggling with their mental health and considering suicide.

The guide, jointly launched by Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence, gives advice on how to identify signs that someone may be having difficulties, suggests ways of offering support, and gives information on where help can be found.
The guide builds on the range of support already available to Service personnel who are struggling with their mental health, including access to specialist mental health care, training and education on good mental fitness.
Specifically designed to promote peer support amongst those serving, the guide champions “looking after your mates”, and covers:

* Identifying someone struggling to cope with mental health issues
* Understanding the complexity of suicide
* Knowing when to intervene, support and report
* Where to get further support, including the Samaritans service, whose volunteers are available any time, via phone and email or in person at the charity’s 201 branches, and the recently launched Combat Stress 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline.

Samaritans and the MOD have announced several joint initiatives to offer training and support to Serving personnel, veterans, and their families who are struggling with mental health issues.
The Samaritans programme has been funded by £3.5m of LIBOR money, and the guide is the latest part of this programme. A separate booklet is set to be launched for veterans, and the wider military community.
The next stage of the project will include the launch of other peer support tools, specially designed training courses for military personnel and a confidential webchat service. Training for Samaritans volunteers on how address mental health in a military environment will also be introduced.
The booklet will also help personnel spot signs that colleagues may be having suicidal thoughts and provides information on how such a situation should be approached, and where support is available.
The Ministry of Defence is now spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for personnel. In February of this year, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline for serving personnel and their families, funded by the MOD and run by the charity Combat Stress.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Messy Monkeys - Autumn Tern

Suitable from 6months to 3 years.Booking is essential via www.messy-monkeys.com/staffordshire

Lichfield Grub Club - 26 September

26 September from 17:00-23:00

Lichfield Winter Wonderland - 14 December to 4 January

Come to Beacon Park in Lichfield for the First Lichfield Christmas Market. We have hot food and drink stalls, a 300 square metre synthetic ice rink, fair rides, indoor HEATED seating, and so much more planned !

With over 40 traders selling, beer, prosecco, hot mulled wine, crepes, bratwurst, lebkuchen, pizza, stollen and so much more.
Visit Lichfield this Christmas, open EVERY DAY from 14 December to 4 January (Christmas Day Closed) with late night trading on certain evening and weekends.
We will even have DJs and the occasional band.
So wrap up, and come out. We will shift the snow and get the patio heaters on, or stay in our heated and furnished marquee for added comfort.
More attractions coming soon and being announced all the time so Follow on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest update.
We now have LIMITED TICKETS for our Ice Rink which gives you UNLIMITED ACCESS to the ice rink ALL SEASON ! Click here for details
So grab yours quick before they run out

Click HERE for all the information

Monday, 3 September 2018

Lichfield's Annual Art Fayre - Saturday 29 September, Lichfield Cathedral



Come along to the beautiful grounds of Lichfield Cathedral to see
an exciting new showcase of Artists and their artwork in the City of Lichfield. A day of Artist led workshops, talks, demonstrations and children's activities and handmade gifts for sale.

Lichfreld Arts Autumn Beer Festival - 14/15 September


Tuesday, 28 August 2018