Wednesday, 16 December 2015

BIG WHITE WALL

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For more information
click on the link
Big White Wall

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Monday, 7 December 2015

ARMY BASING NEWSLETTER







 .. see Edition 9 of the Army Basing Programme Newletter at this link ...

Army Basing Programme Newsletter

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Monday, 30 November 2015

AA AND THE ARMED SERVICES


HOW CAN YOU CONTACT AA?


Call: 0845 769 7555
Email: help@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

DOMESTIC ABUSE - GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY

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RAF CRANWELL WARGAMING CLUB - WELCOMES PWOG BKS



The  RAF Club has a permanent building to game in and is located inside the wire at Cranwell. 

Wednesdays from 19.00-22.00ish and play everything from board games to large historical actions sometime involving up to 3000 figures.

Our policy is that “if you have the kit – put it on the table and we will play”.

We also attend local wargaming shows such as Newark and Donnington.

Serving personnel can gain access using their ID card, but would need to book in at the Guardroom.  A club member will meet you at the guardroom and escort you in.

Dependents of serving personnel  aged 16 years and older are also welcome provided they are accompanied by their parent/guardian.

Contact details are:  David H Frampton, telephone (01476) 531203 (Work) or (01476) 591772 (Home).

Friday, 27 November 2015

RBL - LIPREADING AND MANAGING HEARING LOSS FOR ARMED SERVICES AND EX-SERVICES PERSONNEL





















A unique programme from Citylit in partnership with The Royal British Legion and open to all who are happy to commute and not just those who live in London.

For more information and an application form log onto  www.citylit.ac.uk/lipreadingarmedservices


To read the documents in full click on the links below
HEARING
FAQ'S HEARING



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

MONEYFORCE

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For more information click on the link
moneyforce

ARMY BASING PROGRAMME SURVEY

Army Basing Programme Survey

The 2015 moves as part of the Army Basing Programme are now complete.  The Army has now successfully relocated around 74% of its personnel from Germany since 2010, with over 5,000 Service personnel, plus their families, having relocated to the UK in 2015. 

Following the rebasing of personnel and their families, by the end of 2015 HQ BFG will have closed and handed back to the German authorities: 11 barracks with over 5,000 bed spaces, 6 SCE schools, 4 Medical Centres, and over 3,000 married quarters, ending the British military presence in Bergen-Hohne, Bad Fallingbostel, Herford , and Elmpt.

The Army Basing Programme Management Office has been working with colleagues in the Army Families Federation to produce a survey for families that have moved as part of Army Basing during 2015. The purpose of the survey is to assess the families’ experience of moving and how this can be improved upon for future moves. 


The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/armyrebasing

Monday, 23 November 2015

APPLY FOR A NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER

If you’re moving to the UK you can only apply once you’re here. You must have the right to work or study in the UK to get a National Insurance number.
National Insurance number application line
Telephone: 0345 600 0643
Textphone: 0345 600 0644
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Welsh language: 0345 602 1491
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Find out about call charges
To apply for benefits without a National Insurance number, contactJobcentre Plus instead.

If you’ve lost your National Insurance number

If you already have a National Insurance number and you’ve lost it, you should fill in form CA5403 or call the National Insurance numbers helpline.

Working without a National Insurance number

You can start work before your National Insurance number arrives if you canprove you can work in the UK. You should tell your employer that you’ve applied for one, and give it to them when you have it.

National Insurance number interview

Jobcentre Plus may write to you and ask you to come to an interview where you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number.
The letter will also tell you which documents to bring to prove your identity, eg:
  • passport or identity card
  • residence permit
  • birth or adoption certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • driving licence
You’ll be told at the interview how long it’ll take to receive your National Insurance number.

If you turned 16 and didn’t get a number

You should be sent a National Insurance number automatically just before your 16th birthday if you live in the UK.
Call the National Insurance numbers helpline if you didn’t get one and you’re under 20.
If you’re over 20 and haven’t been sent one, call the Jobcentre Plus application line.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

THE ARMY BASING TEAM - ARMY MOVING GUIDE






















MOVING FROM BFG TO THE UK

The Army Basing Team (ABT) has produced a film titled Army Movement Guide which covers the end to end process of moving from Germany to the UK under the Army Basing Programme. This is aimed at Service personnel, civilians and their families to support them during their move.

The film is available on YouTube at this link

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

SSAFA AT GRANTHAM, PWOG BKS

























BUILDING 48
PWOG BKS

SSAFA help with
Current Forces
Veterans
Health & Social Work
Housing
Support Groups
Adoption & Fostering
Mentoring
Children with Additional Needs
Mental Health First Aid
Service Support Overseas
Offenders & Ex Offenders
Forcesline

Get involved
Donate
Fundraise
Volunteer

RBL - ROYAL BRITISH LEGION COVERING GRANTHAM






















For more information visit
Royal British Legion

GRANTHAM FARMERS MARKET - 2ND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH & LINK TO FIND YOUR LOCAL FARM SHOP




Grantham Farmers Market
Conduit Lane
NG32 2AA
United Kingdom

2nd Saturday monthly 9:00am onwards


Find your local farm shop, click on the link

LINCOLNSHIRE'S CYCLE AND WATERWAYS


Monday, 2 November 2015

TRANSITION NEWSLETTER - IMMIGRATION








To read the whole document click on the link
Transition Information sheet 5

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

STATE BOARDING SCHOOLS

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK ON THE LINK
SBSA

X-FORCES BUSINESS SUPPORT

For more information click on the link
X-FORCES BUSINESS SUPPORT

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

JCCC - NEW FILMS AND APP LAUNCHED

JCCC films and app launched

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? Download the new Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) app ‘MOD ICE’ to guide you through the most common types of family emergency and how JCCC can help. Two new JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages. http://bit.ly/1WHLdGJ

MOD JCCC'S LAUNCHES NEW APP AND BRIEFING FILMS

MOD’s JCCC launches new app and briefing films

The Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has launched a new mobile app, MOD ICE, and two briefing films to help service personnel and their families access their services, with support from the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE ADC DL BA MPhil DTech DLitt RAF.

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.

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said: “The role that the JCCC undertakes in Defence is a key part of the Military Covenant. Service Personnel must be confident that there is a dedicated organisation providing immediate support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all in uniform and their loved ones, should an incident occur.

To ensure everyone who is involved in an emergency are given the care and attention needed, it is important you know what you must do: keep your Emergency Contact and Next of Kin details on JPA up to date and make and maintain a current Will.

I encourage the Armed Forces community to watch the JCCC Briefing Films and download the ‘MOD ICE’ App.”

The app can be downloaded to a mobile phone or device and provides a very simplistic ‘click and call’ facility that will direct the user to the most appropriate organisation who can help them if or when they are faced with a family emergency. The app, which will run alongside the JPA P001 card, guides the user to talk 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.

The JCCC MOD ICE app is now available to download by visiting the ‘Defence Gateway’ website. Service personnel can login using their details. The user will need to visit ‘Defence Gateway’ on the mobile device that they wish to host the app. They can then repeat the action with the relevant devices of family members and the app can be downloaded multiple times from the same ‘Defence Gateway’ account.

Once it has been 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 can be used by both the service person and their wider family at any time of day or night – whenever it is needed.

Alongside the new app, DBS has produced two short films to highlight JCCC’s work, the types of support provided and to explain some key actions personnel should take now to update Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system and make a Will. Both films are introduced by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC GEN, who encourages all personnel and their families to watch them and take the actions recommended. One film is aimed directly at service personnel with the other more relevant to their families.


The service personnel film is presented by popular BBC presenter Ellie Harrison and explains the role of JCCC and the services provided. It details what happens if a service person becomes a casualty, or a fatality, the role of a Casualty Notifying Officer and Visiting Officer, information about the Dangerously Ill Forwarding of Relatives (DILFOR) process and the support JCCC provides during a family emergency. The film explains the important difference between an Emergency Contact – which is a personal choice - and Next of Kin, which is a spouse or blood relative. The film also highlights how it is essential to make a Will and ensure all these details are accurately recorded on JPA.

The families’ film is presented by adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle. It highlights similar issues to the service personnel film but focuses on information specifically relevant to families, including encouraging families to make sure the service person has updated JPA and made a Will.   

Both films explain how to contact the JCCC, use of the JPA P001 card and the MOD ICE app. The films are being distributed via DVD to Units and can also be viewed by visiting www.gov.uk and searching for “JCCC”.

Friday, 9 October 2015

ARMED FORCES CVS



“Are you leaving the Armed Forces

in the next 6 – 12 months? Maybe

you’ve already left? 

For more information click

on the link  Armed Forces CV's

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

JOINT CASUALTY & COMPASSIONATE CENTRE (JCCC)

When families experience incidents at home while loved ones are
serving overseas it is very important that everyone is aware of the
process in place that can facilitate their immediate return home.

This short Families Brief is to explain the role the Joint Casualty
and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) undertakes 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year to help families when incidents
occur involving Service Personnel or someone at home.


For further information contact:
Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre
Imjin Barracks
Gloucester
GL3 1HW
Tel: 01452 519951

ARMY ARTS SOCIETY EXHIBITIONS

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Details on how to enter the Army Arts Society Exhibitions
can be found at 

Exhibitions are open to serving soldiers, veterans, WIS,
their families and cadets.

Dates for the exhibitions are:
  
Westminster 21 Oct-13 Nov

Salisbury Library 6 – 28 Nov

HMS HEROES


HMS Heroes

HMS Heroes is a national support group for the children of Service men and women and their relatives. A tri-Service network of after-school clubs, HMS Heroes brings together members of Service families aged between three and 18 years old from all over the country. Our members are ambassadors and young advocates for Service families across the United Kingdom, and most importantly, they are friends who are there for each other, especially in times of need. Any school can sign up to HMS Heroes – read on to discover how your school can join in the fun… 

Click HERE for more information

Friday, 25 September 2015

MONEY FORCE SURVEY - LEAVING THE ARMED FORCES



MoneyForce is developing a new decision tree tool aimed at those preparing to leave the Armed Forces or already in the process of leaving. 

The aim is to advise users
a) what to expect; and
b) what they need to do, at different stages of the leaving process.


In order to make the tool as effective as possible, a survey has been created to gather information about the important considerations during the discharge process.   Answering the survey questions will help MoneyForce to ensure that they cover the relevant topics and provide the best possible advice.



Your answers are entirely anonymous. 



Please click HERE to download the survey form.

Click on 'Open With', select 'Google Docs'.  Using the File menu, the document can then be downloaded, saved and completed electronically.

Completed surveys should be emailed to cgavin@britishlegion.org.uk


Thursday, 24 September 2015

READING FORCE - ENHANCE YOUR READING SKILLS

 READING FORCE

ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS FOLLOW THESE 3 EASY STEPS

1 - ASK YOUR FAMILY TO JOIN YOUR OWN MINI BOOK GROUP

2 - CHOOSE A BOOK THAT YOU WILL ALL ENJOY READING

3 - TALK ABOUT THE BOOK AND FILL THE SCRAPBOOK IN ANY WAY YOU WANT

Whether your family is at home together or apart because of deployment, training, or distance, doing reading force brings you all closer and enhances your reading skills and stamina.

GET YOUR FREE COPY FROM THE HIVE

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Monday, 21 September 2015

EX-REGULAR? GET A £10,000 ARMY RESERVE INCENTIVE FOR REJOINERS


A few things you might not know about Army apprenticeships


Soldiers



Ex-Regular? Get a £10,000 Army reserve incentive for rejoiners

A nationally recruited Reserve Unit, 167 Regiment RLC is recruiting
now and only requires a minimum 19 days service per year. With
continuous opportunities for tasking as well as exciting travel,
good pay and great benefits, the Army Reserve has lots more if
you want it.
  • We pay your travel from wherever you live in the UK
  • Each day served is paid at Regular Army rates
  • Gain civilian qualifications at no cost to you
  • Network with business owners and employers
  • Earn an annual tax-free bounty that rises with each year served
What if I am not ex-Army?
The opportunities and benefits for new personnel coming into the
Army are just as great as for rejoiners. You'll make friends who'll
be mates for life and get paid to explore your interests. The value
which the Army places on reservists means that you will be able
to enhance your career prospects by making your CV stand out.
Apply Now

GRANTHAM - KEVESTEVEN RUGBY CLUB

FUN DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CLUB

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK ON THE LINK
www.pitchero.com/clubs/kestevenrfc

Kesteven RFC
Woodnook
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG33 5AA
Tel: 01476 564887

Friday, 18 September 2015

GRANTHAM - GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND - PWOG BKS & SAINSBURY'S

Sainsbury's staff and Armed Forces from PWOG Bks raised £5,295.64 for guide dogs for the blind.

They cycled 3000 miles on static bikes over 2 days.

COMEDY IN GRANTHAM - NEW VENUE - THE GUILDHALL HALL

TOP COMEDIANS IN A FANTASTIC, ICONIC VENUE

You can reserve tickets at £9 each by replying to this email and they will be saved for you to pay on the door.

For info on all our shows and to book tickets visit the website here http://www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_grantham.htm

Doors 7.30pm
Show 8.15pm

Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom
St Peter's Hill
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG31 6PZ

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

ARMY FAMILIES FEDERATION CO-ORDINATOR FOR GRANTHAM & CHILWELL


SHE SEWS YOU KNOW - GRANTHAM - SEWING CLASSES

DROP IN CLASSES
BEGINNERS CLASSES
MINI MAKES
PRIVATE LESSONS
FABRIC BOX

CALL PAULA ON:
07976 670858

LIBERTY ROSE'S TEA ROOM AND FANCY GOODS SHOP

THE BOUTIQUE - GRANTHAM

LADIES FASHION
HANDBAGS
ACCESORIES
FOOTWEAR

PARTY SEASON IS UPON US - ARRANGE A
PARTY NIGHT WITH FRIENDS


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

BFPO - ENDURING FREE MAIL SERVICE

In response to feedback received from personnel, the MOD has taken the step to extend its Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) from 1 September 2015.

It will allow a further 1,200 personnel serving on joint operations on land, sea, and air to benefit from the opportunity to receive letters and parcels from their family and friends for free.

The EFFMS is delivered by the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) in conjunction with Royal Mail, and allows family and friends to send letters and items roughly the size of a shoe box and weighing up to 2kg from one of the 11,500 post offices throughout the UK to Defence personnel around the world.

See full details at this link



Note:  Postal charges apply for parcels to certain areas.  Download the App to your tablet or smart phone to see details:







Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Thursday, 20 August 2015

NHS HEALTH CARE FOR THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY



The latest NHS Choices pages are now themed towards Serving, Transition and Veteran areas and all the pages have been reviewed to reflect the current commissioning and provision arrangements, as well as a significant refresh of the in-service and wider welfare/charity support elements.  (The pages will remain under continual review to ensure all information is accurate and current.)

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

BIG WHITE WALL - SUPPORT FOR ARMED FORCES, VETERANS & FAMILIES

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For more information click on the link below
www.bigwhitewall.com

Thursday, 6 August 2015

MY DADDY'S GOING AWAY & MUMMY'S HOME BOOKS


















For more information on BOTH books, click on the link below
www.mydaddysgoingaway.co.uk