Sunday, 31 July 2016

Good Neighbour Scheme for Whittington and Fisherwick

Whittington and Fisherwick is one of three areas in Staffordshire where a Good Neighbour Scheme is being piloted, the others being Baswich in Stafford and Blake in Cannock. This work is being funded by the County Council with the initiative being led by the Community Council of Staffordshire and supported by Lichfield District voluntary and statutory agencies.

Practical help can make all the difference to older people – whether it’s collecting a pension or a repeat prescription, walking the dog, food shopping, light gardening or changing a light bulb.

Often family members might live too far away to visit regularly so Staffordshire Good Neighbour Schemes aim to provide valuable company and friendship as well as making sure the older person is safe and well. It’s a way of helping people stay independent whilst providing friendly, social contact and making sure they’re safe and well.

This will be done through identifying members (older people and vulnerable adults) who require low level support, as identified above and matching them with helpers (volunteers) who are local residents with the appropriate skills and knowledge.

Membership is free! Helpers will be able to give as much time as they want, when they want; will be well supported with reasonable expenses being covered.

By developing existing social networks and using existing community resources to enable residents to help each other and take advantage of opportunities to meet other local residents through social activities or shared interests, it is hoped that the Staffordshire Good Neighbour Scheme model will improve health and community wellbeing and reduce the isolation experienced by many older people.

Find out more

For more information about becoming a volunteer or if you might need some help, call Gill Wyatt, Staffordshire Good Neighbour Scheme Co-ordinator, on 07740 418647 or leave a message for her at the Community Council of Staffordshire on 01785 242525.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Nikki Scott lost her  Husband and father of two, Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009.
Having witnessed first hand the devastation losing a serving parent can have on a child she has founded Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to provide support for bereaved British Forces children.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Hungry Horse - Defence Discount Service

Defence Discount Service are excited to welcome Hungry Horse to Defence Discount Service!
They are offering members an exclusive 20% discount off food Monday - Friday at over 280 family-friendly pubs nationwide.
For all the information on how to redeem this please

Saturday, 16 July 2016

100% Army Fit Smartphone App

The 100% Army Fit app is available on Google Play and the Apple Store. A Spotify playlist has been created inspired by the favourite workout tracks of real soldiers and officers. Listen to it here.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Morrisons Cafe 10% Forces Discount (Card holder only)

Morrisons are offering members 10% off in their cafes.  In order to redeem this offer simply show your Defence Discount Service Privilege Card or MOD90 in the cafe.

T&Cs: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. 10% off is available to the card holder only. 

There is no limitation to how many times this can be redeemed during the time frame.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Cadbury World - Armed Forces Discount

Tickets must be pre booked by calling 0844 880 7667. Please note that this promotion can be used for up to six persons, upon production of the relevant  documentation upon arrival at reception,and payment will be taken at the time of booking.
We would advise that this cannot be booked online, but please contact our Reservations Dept on 0844 880 7667, and they will be happy to assist you further.

Normal Adult Price £16.75 Our Price £10.85
Normal Child Price £12.30 our Price £7.95
Under 4's Free

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Forces Run game for the Military

The game can  be played on desktop, mobile and tablet via our website using the below link:

Monday, 11 July 2016

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Have you got the MOD ICE app? 20,000 others have!

The MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app produced by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has now been downloaded 20,000 times by British service personnel and their families since its launch in October 2015.  

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British Armed Forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. JCCC offers immediate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all in uniform and their loved ones should an incident occur. 

As part of the JCCC’s work, the team developed the MOD ICE app that offers a ‘click and call’ facility to direct the user to the most appropriate source of help if they are faced with a family emergency. The app guides the user to the correct point of contact even if the emergency is to be managed outside of JCCC’s remit, for example by service welfare or a charity partner. 

Available from the Defence Gateway internet site – MOD ICE has reached 20,000 downloads in just nine months, but the aim is for all members of the British Armed Forces and their families members to have the app on their phone or mobile device. 

To download MOD ICE for Apple or Android devices, Service Personnel need to visit Defence Gateway on the mobile device that they wish to host the app. From the App Store, they can download the free app and then repeat the action with the relevant devices of family members. MOD ICE can be downloaded multiple times from the same Defence Gateway account. 

Once downloaded, the Service Person’s name, rank and service number, together with the most relevant welfare officer’s details are entered into the app. It’s then ready for use by both the Service Person and their wider family at any time of day or night – whenever it is needed.  

MOD ICE runs alongside the JPA P001 card. It is imperative that Service Personnel should also remember to keep their Emergency Contact and Next of Kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date and make and maintain a current Will. 

NSPCC: Online safety

Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children doalso face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.
NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online.
Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.
It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.

CLICK HERE to visit the website and find out more.....

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Help

If you are feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. Our friendly team will give you a listening ear in the privacy of your own home and provide a real solution to your debts.
Since we started helping people out of debt in 1996, we’ve helped thousands in situations like yours through our professional service offered by 306 CAP Debt Centres. 
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