Friday, 28 April 2017

we are now looking for brave teams of volunteers to come forward and have a go at our next Reserve Challenge over the 8-10 June


We have completed the April Reserve Challenge with great success and now looking for brave teams of volunteers to come forward and have a go at our next Reserve Challenge over the 8-10 June.

The Exercise will be held in Swynnerton in Staffordshire and as ever is completely free!

We will take all comers from 18 and over and I can guarantee you and your team will have a great time.

Please contact Lt Col Peter Jones if you want to join in

UK CAAS Transition Letters and Location on SFA

Serving personnel living in SFA as may notice a change in your pay slip due to the Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) Transition process.
There will be comms shared on the CAAS DII Website (ie this link will not work externally) with regards to UK CAAS Transition letters. These letters will outline the charges for each successive year as a result of CAAS so if your property is due an incremental increase, or a decrease in your monthly SFA charge, this letter will explain.

From DIO:

UK Transition letters
Due to delays beyond our control, these letters have been delayed, hence they have not been sent out prior to this pay run. We are aware that occupants will have received their pay slips which may reflect changes to their BfC.
The original CAAS letters (Apr 2016) that were issued to occupants provide the details of the transition, outlining the charges for each successive year. We expect that these letters will be sent out to occupants by no later than the middle of May 2017. Please accept our sincere apologies for this delay.

Review of Location 2017

A Challenge can be raised if your Location factor has changed following the review. Any changes to the location data will not be reflected in your 2017 CAAS band transition letters. Any SFA affected by the revised location data will receive a new CAAS band transition letter later this year.
DII link is only available to Serving Personnel.
General information on CAAS can be found on GOV.UK 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for Armed Forces personnel

Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel has announced that armed forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK not covered by their current provider. The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of forces households in the UK and abroad. 
The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts. Up until now, members of the armed forces deployed overseas or to different part of the UK not covered by their provider could be forced to pay a cancellation fee. They will no longer have to face this cost and be disadvantaged due to the mobile nature of service life 
The Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel said: “Our armed forces are sent all over the world and across the country to help keep our country safe and they should never be disadvantaged because of this. The removal of cancellation fees by leading broadband providers is yet another example of the Covenant in action, which is making sure our brave personnel are treated fairly. It’s a welcome move and we’re looking forward to seeing what more British businesses can do to support our military.” 
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. Delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Transition Information Sheet 10 - Resilience and Well-being


To view and/or download this Info Sheet, please click HERE

Imail INtouch - New Mailing Service following Cessation of E-Bluey


Imail INtouch provides a free service to deployed personnel, to send or receive mail from an entitled British Forces Post Office (BFPO) number. The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017. INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.
 Click HERE for full details

Veterans' Gateway

There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.
The Veterans Gateway makes it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.
Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
For more information on this fantastic service please click below

Education in Scotland - An Introductory Guide for Service Families

​Education in Scotland - An Introductory Guide has been produced with the full backing of the Scottish Government, and provides personnel either in Scotland or moving to Scotland with a comprehensive guide to all phases of education, with handy information and advice.  The document can be viewed here

Lightwater Valley - 2017 Season Military Discount


DISCOUNT AT LIGHTWATER VALLEY
Military Discount Available
For more information please use the following link:


Joint Services Housing Advice Office - Spring 17 Issue of Housing Matters


Click HERE to view/download latest Issue
Hard copies are available from your local HIVE



SSAFA - Need to Talk?


Get in2 It - Multi sports sessions for young people


Delivered by fully qualified coaches, who tailor the session’s activities to the young people who turn up on the evening, there are lots of activities and games on offer.

Sessions are just £1 and there is no need to book – just turn up!

To find out more about Lichfield District Council’s Getin2it programme of activities for young people, visit http://www.activelichfield.co.uk/getin2ithomepage/getin2it-young-people/getin2it-activities-lichfield/

Getin2it

Getin2it delivers positive activities and youth work for young people aged between 9 and 25 who live in Lichfield and Burntwood.

The activities not only act as a diversionary tool to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime, but also helps to support healthier lifestyles and to promote physical activity.

Looking for Things to do in Birmingham?


Take a look at our event listings website ‘Things to do in Birmingham’, so you can see all our events at a glance. You can also submit your own events, however big or small, for FREE www.birmingham.gov.uk/events

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Freedom Trail - 18-24th September

www.rbl.org.uk/freedomtrail

The Deep, Hull - Free Entry for Armed |Forces

EASTER ACTIVITIES AT THE DEEP HULL - FREE ENTRY FOR SERVING PERSONNEL WHEN THEY PRODUCE THEIR MILITARY ID 

FREE ENTRY FOR SERVING SOLDIERS WHEN THEY PRODUCE THEIR MILITARY ID