Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Lipreading & Managing Hearing loss for Armed Forces and Ex-Services Personnel - Free Course

An exciting new opportunity is being offered by City Lit who are running a unique free programme specially designed for armed Services and ex-Services personnel - fully funded by The Royal British Legion. The content is specifically geared to this group and the problems typically associated with noise induced hearing loss.
The programme, which will run once a week from 27th Sept 2016 – March 21st 2017 in London is set up to support those with an acquired hearing loss, providing skills and techniques required to lipread and manage the everyday challenges of this hidden disability.
The course has been fully funded by the Royal British Legion and is open to anyone who has served, or is serving, with the armed forces and who is having difficulty hearing. For details and to apply, go to www.citylit.ac.uk/lipreadingarmedservices (www) or contact City Lit atdeafedu@citylit.ac.uk tel: 0207 492 2725.

Monday, 5 December 2016

NFF Homeport Magazine - Winter 2016

The winter edition of Homeport is out now! Including a 'pull-out and keep' resource for parents, carers and schools supporting Service children and a chance to win a family ticket to the 100th Army vs Navy rugby match.

Click HERE to view latest issue

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Little Troopers Trip to Lapland

Little Troopers will be taking a group of very lucky Little Troopers to LapLand UK http://www.laplanduk.co.uk/#1 this December to sprinkle some smiles to those who have experienced separation recently, we’d love you to let all your families know about this opportunity, the closing date is 30TH NOVEMBER 2016 1200HRS

For all the application details and conditions please forward the below to military families;
LapLand UK for Little Troopers - http://eepurl.com/cqYjcb

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Recruiting Now - The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

The Chartered Management Institute has pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining the leadership qualifications to help them further their career.

Ensuring that Service spouses and partners are not disadvantaged in finding and staying in employment due to service life is a key part of the Armed Force Covenant, which states that: The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has sought to uphold this promise by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. In their pledges, the CMI support Service spouses and civil partners through their MOD Family Membership Scheme, which provides access to Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching qualifications, helping Service spouses to gain the key skills and professional recognition which can help Service family members to find employment. The Scheme is also available free to children of Service personnel (aged 16-18) and allows them to become a Campus CMI Affiliate with access to all the benefits of online resources, including study support.

CMI’s pledge offers a discount on their qualifications and membership for family members of Service personnel who are CMI members, and a commitment to support Service spouses or Reservists who they employ with flexible working arrangements, where possible. Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a CMI companion and participated in the signing of the Covenant at an event on 14 November. He said:
“The families of our Service personnel are an important part of the Covenant. We value and are grateful to them – the unsung heroes who support our Armed Forces. Knowing that the nation, and organisations like the Chartered Management Institute recognises this is extremely important and fundamental in making the Armed Forces Covenant work.”

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said:
“We’re proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and helping families of the heroic men and women who serve our country get the support they need to develop their careers. Thousands of members of the Armed Forces who’ve gained CMI-accredited qualifications have benefited from improved performance in their roles, as well as from building confidence and gaining qualifications to help them resettle into civilian life at the end of their military career. Now, their families also have the chance to develop their own skills and qualifications.”

Full details on what membership can offer military families can be found on the CMI website at www.managers.org.uk/mod-membership.

Military Personnel: Thinking of Doing a Course?

22.      Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Service personnel may make SLC claims each financial year for 80% of any course fees; up to a maximum of £175 per year for approved vocational and academic courses.  This is a “use it or lose it” allowance, as the funding does not roll-over into the next financial year. Before starting any course, individuals must obtain prior approval.  Further details can be found in JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 4 or by contacting your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) The ELC allowance provides funding support to Service personnel who want to enhance their educational or vocational achievements for long-term personal development.  It may only be used to gain National Qualification Level 3 or higher qualifications. (i.e. A Level & some NVQ Level 4 or 5, 1st Degree, Post Graduate studies and Doctorate)  Candidates must have registered while serving and strict criteria apply when making a claim. Depending on a number of factors, this can amount to up to as much as £2000 per year, over a 3 year course. Again, individuals must both have registered and made their claim prior to starting any course.  Also, provided you registered whilst still serving , you may also claim for up to 10 years after leaving the service. See JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 3 for details or visit http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/  or contact your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.  

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Black Country Living Museum - Forces Discount

25% Armed Forces Discount - for the serving person only.  Take your MOD90 to show. (this does not entitled other member of your party to a discount).

Thursday, 3 November 2016

TT Autos Limited - DMS Whittington Personnel Discount


Please click HERE to go straight to their website

Garfunkel's Restaurant - 20% MOD Discount

20% off total food bill - Show MOD 90 or Defence Discount Card in store

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Staffordshire New Charges for Non-Household Waste

Small charges to cover the cost of recycling non-household waste will be introduced tomorrow, November 1st at Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres.
Certain waste generated by DIY, home improvements or extensive landscaping of gardens, such as soil and rubble, or sinks and toilets, or plasterboard, is not legally regarded as household rubbish and we will be making a small charge to cover the cost of processing it.
A big bag of soil and or rubble, or a sink or toilet, will cost £3; plasterboard will cost £4 per sheet or big bag; and tyres will cost £4 each.
The centres will continue to take domestic waste free of charge. This includes materials like hedge clippings or a few tree branches, mattresses, electrical appliances and household furniture.

The Royal British Legion's Birmingham Memorial Walk

The Royal British Legion will be launching their EXCITING new venture on Wednesday 2nd November during Birmingham Poppy Day

A self-guided Booklet for the walk is available from their Pop In Centre at 87 New Street (by Victoria Square, Birmingham) & includes a list of the significant remembrance sites across the city that the walk takes in. There is a description of each site, simple directions and a double-page colour map.
The walk starts and finishes at The royal British Legion ‘Pop-In Centre’ situated at 87 New Street, in Birmingham City Centre.

The City has always had strong links with the Armed Forces - Birmingham men served aboard many of Nelson’s ships at Trafalgar and during the First world war 150,000 men from the City served in the armned forces of whom over 12,000 were killed. Birmingham has wealth of memorials that commemorate the men and women of Birmingham who proudly served their country.
The walk includes a list of places to visit, a brief description of what there is of interest, simple directions and for the younger walkers, a quiz sheet to complete if they wish?

Our objective is to provide visitors with an interesting self-guided walk around the city centre, visiting sites connected with Birmingham’s military heritage, and seeing the memorials to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

If you would like to be one of the first people to undertake the walk on launch day, please contact westmidlands@britishlegion.org.uk

Thursday, 27 October 2016

RAF Stations Challenge Cup 2017

Tesco Direct delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

SSAFA - Additional Needs and Disability - A Guide for Service Families

To view this Guide online please click HERE
Lichfield HIVE has hard copies of the Guide available to pick up

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

PS4 Welfare iHub Survey

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Monday, 24 October 2016

O2 and the NSPCC - Let's Keep Kids Safe Online

As part of a joint initiative between the NSPCC and O2, parents can get online safety advice at the O2 store on Baker's Lane, Lichfield, from a specially trained advisor known as an 'O2 Guru'.
During the pre-booked session the NSPCC trained O2 Guru, can explain how to set up parental controls on phones, tablets and PCs as well as how to make devices safer for a child to use.
Appointments can be booked in advance by visiting online and selecting the Lichfield option.

Little Troopers Calendar 2017

Click HERE to place your order

Birmingham's Active Parks with Coca Cola Zero Park Lives

Active Parks provides free physical activity opportunities for local people through Birmingham's network of parks and open spaces. A key strand of Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Service, the scheme is run in conjunction with the friends of parks networks across the city, supported by Birmingham Open Spaces Forum.
Regular physical activity can help you to feel good about yourself and has a number of health benefits. The activities on offer have been chosen by the local community and include – among others – conservation, bush craft, walking, tai chi, Zumba, running, tennis, canoeing and rowing*.
All Active Parks activities are: free, fun, local, welcoming, and suitable for beginners.
* For rowing, canoeing and cycling, please book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997. You won't be able to register for these three activities online.
For more information please click HERE

Kids Run Free Tamworth

For more information click on link:


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Defence Discount Service - The Perfume Shop

Register with DDS or sign in here for the discount code

Cyber Safe Staffordshire

Click HERE for more information

Armed Forces Covenant - Employment and Pensions Support

To learn more about employment & pensions support visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/ and follow the link to "support and advice"

SSAFA Short Break Service - 2017 Dates

Our Short Break Service at SSAFA offers week long breaks for children and current serving families or reservists with a dependent with an additional need and/or disability. We provide two, annual, residential adventure breaks, one for siblings and young carers and an additional needs and disability break for the whole family. These breaks are an opportunity for families and children to get away from the home environment, try new activities, challenge themselves and make new friends. 
2017 Short Breaks are as follows
Siblings and Young Carers Break: 28th May – 3rd June 2017
Family Break: 29th July – 4th August 2017.
Please contact Hannah Wiltshire, Short Breaks Support Officer onHannah.w@ssafa.org.uk  for further information.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Staffordshire Service Community Official Guide - Available from the HIVE

Your local Service Community Guide is the official reference source for the Staffordshire area.
The Guide is available from your HIVE and is free of charge to serving personnel and their families 
The Guide contains useful information about Housing, Welfare, Medical facilities, Military/Civil amenities and the local area.
These Guides have been produced by Method Publishing since 1964 with over 50 different Armed Forces locations in the UK having their own Guide.

Tickets for Troops

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


Are you a MoneyForce fan that likes to help others get MoneyFit?

Would you like to play a part in shaping the future direction of MoneyForce?
Think you can help us with the design of new digital tools and apps?
Or even if you’re not a fan, but think you know what’s missing from MoneyForce, we want to hear from you!
We’re aiming to set up a small group of 6-8 MoneyForce ‘Super users’ to meet up twice a year to discuss MoneyForce and for you to feed back to us the views of your friends and colleagues. 
Click HERE for more information

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Costco Wholesale - Armed Forces Membership

Members of the Armed Forces' are eligible to apply for membership of Costco Wholesale.  Your spouse or domestic partner also gets a complimentary partner card.
Click here for more information: Costco Wholesale Membersip

Gap Fitness Class Timetable

Monday, 10 October 2016

Pets at Home Tamworth - Companion Care Vet Surgery Armed Forces Discount

10% off Neutering Procedures
10% off Vaccinations
10% off Consultations

Proof of membership is required.
Terms & Conditions apply. At Participating surgeries only.Please call the surgery for an appointment.

Please click HERE for more information

Insignia Underwriting - Insurances for the Military Community

Click HERE to go to website

Friday, 7 October 2016

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended to 2018

The Secretary of State for Defence today announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.

The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/housing-development/ and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefitted from the scheme.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

HM Forces Bovis Homes offer

Click HERE to view and/or download the leaflet

Thursday, 22 September 2016


The new issue of Veterans World is now online, you can view the magazine as a standard PDF on GOV.UK or via ISSUU, a digital publishing platform that’s free to access. We hope that this option will give you a more enjoyable and accessible way to read the magazine.
Veterans World raises awareness of help, advice and support available to veterans and their families via organisations, government, the voluntary and charitable sectors, and is aimed at people who work in an advisory capacity with the public. Its distribution includes HM Prisons, NHS Primary Trusts, Local Authorities, Resettlement Officers, Mental Health care workers, Citizen Advice Bureaux and those who work with veterans organisations.
At Veterans UK we want to make sure that as many Serving Personnel, Veterans and their families are aware of the many kinds of support and advice available to them, when they need it, and that it is up to date. With that in mind please pass this email on to anyone else in your organisation or who you work with that advises or who may advise veterans and their families.
If you previously received a paper copy, and we had your e-mail address on record, you will be sent a link to each new issue. If you would like to receive a link, please send an e-mail to Veterans-UK-veteransworld@mod.uk telling us if you are a Veteran or an Advisor and any organisation you are linked with, and we will add you to our distribution list.
If you have an article or press release that is suitable for Veterans World, to raise awareness of an initiative, scheme or organisation that offers help, advice or support to veterans, contact the Editorial Team with details:
Email: veterans-uk-veteransworld@mod.uk
Please note these contacts are for Veterans World related enquiries only. Please direct any other questions to -
Veterans UK helpline
Veterans UK
Ministry of Defence

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Do you live in Staffordshire and have a child/children under the age of 18?

Below are links to two questionnaires which will take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Your participation will help enormously in providing data for a funding application. If you are eligible to take part, and respond before the end of September 2016, you will be entered into a draw for a £100 Amazon voucher as a thank you for your time.

The Signals Regiment is representing the Army as a partner on a funding bid, alongside The University of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire County Council and key employers in the region. The application is to the Department for Education for permission and funding to build and open a brand new University Technical College (UTC) in Stafford, offering 14-18 year olds specialist technical education alongside the national curriculum. The new UTC will teach the national curriculum, with a particular emphasis on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The application requires us to show whether parents would support the establishment of this type of school in Staffordshire and also if potential pupils would want to attend a specialist school such as this. We would be extremely grateful if you and your child(ren) would complete one of the following online surveys:

For parents of children under the age of 18:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parentsofpupils
For pupils under the age of 18, to be completed with adult supervision:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/schoolpupils

Snapshot of New Employment Model - 4th Edition

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Lichfield Karate Academy

ENROLLING NOW: CLASSES STARTING SEPTEMBER 2016 MONDAY 5.30-6.30 AND 6.30-7.30@Wade Street Church Hall off Frog Lane (opposite police station)
Thursday 7-8pm (Mix class)
unit 6, Shires industrial estate, Essington Close, Lichfield. WS14 9AZ
Lichfield Karate Academy offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere to new comers this especially applies in the case of children. DBS checked and approved, member of United Styles Association (USA) Affiliated English Karate Federation.
For further information please contact us on the following number/email address
Tel: 01543 480 990/07894 948010 or
email: info@lichfieldkarateacademy.co.uk
WADE STREET CHURCH HALL LICHFIELD off Frog Lane(opposite the Police Station)
Off road parking 30 minutes up to 6.30pm, Multi Storey car park 100 yards 3 minutes bus and train services.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Storybook Soldiers

Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 8 September 2016

BBC iPlayer – TV Licence

A change in the law – You need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer
As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand - including catch up TV - on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console. 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Go Ape - Defence Discount Service

Go Ape offer members of Defence Discount Service a 10% discount on Forest Segways and Tree Top Adventures Sundays to Fridays inclusive. To find out more and how to book visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Rugeley and Chase Leisure Centres - Free Memberships for Armed Forces Personnel and Reservists