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Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Royal Gurkha Rifles Anniversary Fundraising Raffle

The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) is celebrating 25 years since forming in 1994.  The RGR formed in 1994 when antecedent Regiments (2GR, 6GR, 7GR and 10GR) were amalgamated. 

As part of the 25th anniversary the RGR are holding a fundraising raffle for the RGR Regimental Trust.  This money is used to support the serving Gurkha personnel, veterans, those injured on recent operational tours and the families. 
The raffle is absolutely open to everyone, from anywhere in the world.  Everyone welcome to participate. 
Tickets cost £10 each and there is a special offer of 10 tickets for £50. 
Full details and a list of the prizes can be seen on the RGR 25 raffle website:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/RGR25Raffle 
Buying tickets is easy through the website.  You can also Google search:  RGR 25 raffle. 
Ticket sales for the raffle close on 15th July 2019. 
All those that have brought tickets through the website will receive an email within 24-48hrs informing them of their actual raffle ticket numbers. 
The raffle draw will be live on BFBS Gurkha Radio and streamed visually on RGR Facebook.  An email and social media advertising will inform everyone of the exact date/time of the live raffle draw.  It will be mid-late July. 

Major Rupert Anderson, 1 RGR A Coy OC -  Radio Interview.

TRBL Tri-Service Poppy Breaks 2019 - Final Places Available Closing Date 25th June 2019


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

ER Magazine - Latest Edition

Welcome to the Summer 2019 issue of Easy Resettlement magazine.... Within this issue we have some fantastic opportunities from various employers. Other regular features include Franchising for Veterans There are numerous Resettlement training opportunities with companies that can offer ELC funded training. As always, we include information from the Career Transition Partnership also known as the CTP about the resettlement process, we attend their employment fairs at various locations throughout the year and are always happy to speak face to face with our readers. You will find information at the back of every magazine about The ELC Scheme, informing you of your entitlements and how to apply for your funded training. We are sponsored by SSAFA bringing you their Charity News and updates, as well as information and case studies from other forces charities and organisations, these articles are really useful as they show the various networks of help and support that is available for those that need it most. Visit www.easyresettlement.com/subscription to subscribe, or you can keep up to date with us on various social media sites listed below Twitter @EasyResetMag Facebook Page https://lnkd.in/gxEE-re LinkedIn https://lnkd.in/dsv-nPN

Latest Moos and Special Offers from Hanley Farm Shop

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

AWS Youth Residential Plas Pencelli

£125 per person

National Neighbourhood Watch Week

National Neighbourhood Watch week commences on 17th June and runs until 23rd June.  During that week we will be visiting several locations around the county meeting existing Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators, and their members, and promoting the benefits of belonging to Neighbourhood Watch.

Closer to the time we will publish the program of visits giving you the opportunity to come along if you are available.  We will also asking for volunteers to come along and help if they are available.

As the National theme for the week is “More than you Expect”, we would like to hear from anyone involved in Neighbourhood Watch who goes the extra mile and does anything other than what we all regard as the traditional Neighbourhood Watch function of passing on information received from the police and vice versa. Do you, or does a member of your scheme do anything, for example, to prevent friends or neighbours falling victim to fraud, to educate young people about knife crime or personal safety, accompany a person to appointments or otherwise help vulnerable persons in the neighbourhood? If you do, could you please send me a brief description of those activities, by email or telephone, so that we can highlight those activities throughout the week? 

Many thanks for all the good work you do for Neighbourhood Watch and your communities across the whole of Gloucestershire.

Bob Lloyd
Neighbourhood Watch Officer
Hucclecote Police Station
Tel 01452 752086
Email  bob.lloyd@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

2019/20 Referees Courses

Army Football Association are offering Referee courses for the coming season 2019/2020.
The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.
As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.
If this is of some interest to you, please see the poster attached. 

Launch of First Defence Finance


The launch of First Defence Finance, part of Plane Saver Credit Union which is one of the three credit unions endorsed by the MOD under the Joining Forces initiative. 

Monday, 3 June 2019

Army rebasing - Salisbury Plain Training Area SFA info leaflet

AFF Army&You Summer 2019 ed - with iHIVE article

Don't miss the article on iHIVE!!



International HIVE - Overseas Relocation

National Memorial Arboretum Armed Forces Weekend - 29/30 June

Join us at this celebratory event to recognise the service and work of our Armed Forces.

With fun activities and entertainment for all ages, including Climbing Walls, Archery, Zipline, Veteran's Village, RAF Flypasts* and live music from Sincerely Yours, this is sure to be a fun weekend for the whole family.
We will also be joined by The Band of the King’s Division and The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals (Saturday 29 June) and Musician Connor Pereira of the Band of the Army Air Corps (Sunday 30 June).
Click HERE for full details
*Weather Dependent

National Employment and Careers Fair - Aldershot

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

TRBL Tri-Service Poppy Breaks 2019 - last places available

The Royal British Legion - We Are Life Works - Ex-Forces & Looking for Work

Do you know any unemployed veterans who could benefit from this fully-funded 5-day course from WeAreLifeWorks ?
They run every month across the UK
To register, call 0800 319 6844

Defence Discount Services - Drayton Manor Services Day 5th October 2019

We are hoping that members join us for the NEW Services Day event at Drayton Manor Theme Park, home to Europe’s only Thomas Land.  This event will take place on Saturday 5th October 2019, 10am to 5pm.
The Theme Park will remain closed to the members of the public and only available for Blue Light Card and Defence Discount Service members.  There is no opportunity to purchase tickets on the day.
 Join us and create fun family memories!
Whether you’re after a fun filled family ride or seeking adrenaline pumping fun, look no further than family favourites such as The Carousel or The Bounty Pirate Ship. Or why not take a flight on Maelstrom and Air Race, feel the full throttle of Shockwave our stand-up roller coaster or maybe give our heart stopping 54m drop tower Apocalypse a try for the fright of your life plus so many more.
If you prefer a bit of a slower pace, then remember you can have a wander around our 15-acre zoo and meet all of our creature friends as well. Africa, South America, Asia, there is no doubt that you will be able to find dozens of animals from across the world in our fascinating zoo. Our zoo will captivate you with the astounding variety of animal species. From Meerkats to Sumatran Tigers; you won’t believe your eyes at how close you are to these animals. 
And that’s not all……….IT'S FULL STEAM AHEAD TO THOMAS LAND™!
With over 25 rides and attractions, make sure you make enough time for your little Thomas fan to explore The Island of Sodor at Drayton Manor Park. The park is home to Europe’s only Thomas Land with the biggest Thomas Shop, and of course Thomas himself ‘PEEP PEEP-ing’ his way down the tracks - what more could any Thomas loving little engine want?!
Thomas fans can have the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy Thomas & Friends favourites such as Bertie Bus, Harold’s Helicopter Tour and Cranky’s Tower Drop as well as Toby’s Tram Express and Captain’s Seas Adventure to name a few!
*Rides subject to availability.
Go to offer HERE

Veterans' Gateway - Open 24/7

We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Further information can be found

Monday, 20 May 2019

Amey: Tempo Update 20th May 2019

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British Army Jazz Orchestra Competition - Closing Date 15th December 2019

Further details can be found

AFC Fund's Removing Barriers to Family Life

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund's new funding programme 'Removing Barriers to Family Life' is targeting new and existing projects which deliver support to young people with additional needs and special education needs and young people with disabilities.

ARMY - Discover My Benefits

SSAFA Family Break Oct 2019 - for children with additional needs and/or disability

Click HERE for more information

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

How to register a long term relationship in the Armed Forces

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

CEAS plays an integral role in delivering the Directorate Children & Young People’s (DCYP) vision that ‘All our children and young people flourish and achieve their full potential’. They offer educational advice, guidance and support to Service families around such areas as school transition and admissions, ‘retention of quarter’ for educational reasons, CEA and SENA (Special Educational and/or additional Needs) and education overseas, as well as many other areas of concern, enquiry or need.

A recent increase in the size of the CEAS team has provided an opportunity to review the work that is carried out and has also led to the addition of a satisfaction survey to email correspondence.
This is also an ideal opportunity to remind parents of the best ways of getting in contact with CEAS and the type of advice and support we can give. Whilst our email address is DCYP-CEAS-ENQUIRIES@mod.gov.uk, below are some suggestions that will enable us to deal with your queries: -

  • In your email, a brief outline of the query is helpful and then it can be allocated to the most appropriate member of staff. Emails are assigned several times a day.
  • PLEASE ensure that you have spelt the word ‘Enquiries’ correctly! It is often misspelt and hence the email doesn’t arrive.
  • We do prioritise urgent and safeguarding issues; again, information by email makes this more straightforward.
  • Please check all submitted forms carefully – delays occur when forms are sent in unsigned, electronically signed or with vital bits of information missing. We do want to help you as soon as possible, but some delays are preventable.
  • We take our responsibilities for the public purse, fairness and equity very seriously. When a decision is made in response to a request for CEA (SENA), or asked for a professional opinion by the PACCC, or even make a recommendation whether a child can be placed out of a chronological year group, this is always done with the child’s best interests in mind alongside associated regulations and the need to be accountable to the MOD.
  • Decisions regarding CEA are that of the PACCC and the Chain of Command not CEAS. We are part of the process which enables the Service Personnel to put in a CEA claim on JPA.
  • All families going overseas need to seek Educational Clearance for their children (0-18). This needs to be completed as soon as possible once you have received your travel pack to prevent any delays. We advise that it may take up to 9 weeks to process.
  • If you have a child with any Special Educational Needs and Disability or Additional Learning Needs, we have trained teachers and experienced staff who can give professional advice and support should you require it. (AGAI 108 mandates that all Army families who have a child with these needs register with CEAS to fully access their support and ensure that the child’s needs can be met upon a change of assignment/location.)
  • If you have a child going through public examinations such as GCSEs or A-levels or an educational or medical assessments, it may be possible that CEAS can supply you with an ‘Impact Statement’ to enable you to stay in your quarter during this period so that your child is not disadvantaged.
  • Due to the volume of telephone calls received, CEAS do use an answerphone service at times to take messages - the message advises to email if you can. (The reason for this is that numbers are not always clearly stated in messages and often the number we write down is incorrect. If you would like to speak to a member of staff please email with your telephone number asking someone to call you back.)

Telephone number: 01980 618244
Sue Smyth
Team Leader
Children’s Education Advisory Service

Royal Navy International Air Day Yeovilton - Saturday 13th July

RNAS Yeovilton, the spiritual home of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, will open their gates to up to 40,000 visitors to enjoy the magnificent five hour flying display, meet our Armed Forces personnel and see their equipment up close.
There will also be a huge array of educational ground attractions from interactive Service displays to engineering fairs and state-of-the-art defence technology exhibitions. Families will also be able to enjoy trade stalls, arena displays, helicopter pleasure flights, simulators and fairground rides.

Click link Airshow.
Save with advance tickets click link Tickets

Lifting the lid on transition - the families' experience

Lifting the Lid on Transition – The Families’ Experience

The Service Families’ Federations have worked collaboratively on a two-year project which has culminated with the publication of a comprehensive report into the experience of transition https://www.fim-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Transition-Final-Report-FINAL-ONLINE.pdf

The report, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, has revealed that more awareness about the unique experience and demands of transition is needed for the families of Service leavers. The report, the first to specifically look at the lived experience of Service families, reveals the complex nature of transition and affirms the six ‘elements’ of transition: housing, health, education and children, employment, finances and wellbeing.

For further, Service-specific, information, please contact:

Lucy Heaver
Naval Families Federation transition@nff.org.uk

Kate McCullough
Army Families Federation transition@aff.org.uk

Louise Briggs
RAF Families Federation Louise.Briggs@raf-ff.org.uk

BFPO Posting Dates for Fathers Day

Loss of entitlement to UK SFA - poster

SEND support for families

My child has SEND. We’re moving back to UK…Help!

Moving back to the UK from your overseas posting can leave you with mixed emotions. However, when you have children with SEND this can leave you with additional worries and anxieties. Below are some common questions asked by parents who have children with SEND moving back. To help ease your concerns, we have asked DCYP Assistant Head SEND Services, Anna Vrahimi to answer your questions.

1. Will my child’s SEND support and provision be replicated when we move back to the UK?

There are four nations in the UK and over 400 local authorities in England alone. Each area will have different resources available to them. It may not be possible to have the exact replication of support and provision when you are between any school in the UK and the same is true when children move back from overseas. Even though support may not look the same, it may be very similar but delivered in a different way. Each school and local authority in England will have their SEND Offer available on their websites. Take some time to look at these to get an understanding of what is available to meet your child’s specific needs.

2. My child has a SCAN (Service Children’s Assessment of Need) in their MOD School. Does that mean they will automatically get an EHCP? Will they receive 1:1 support?

At DCYP we have been working very closely with local authorities and agreeing processes and procedures for children moving back with a SCAN. Let your child’s SENDCO know which local authority you are moving to and they will contact the SEND Team there. An EHCP only exists in England. In Wales, Scotland and Ireland they will have a different name. The SCAN is only available in MOD Schools and does not guarantee that this will be transferred directly into an ECHP and does not mean they will receive 1:1 support. It does however give comprehensive information about your child, what they need to be successful in school and will have all the professional assessments.

3. My child is used to small class sizes. How will they cope in larger class sizes with less adults?

Having larger class sizes should not be seen as a disadvantage. There are many advantages including opportunities for more group work where children can learn to problem solve together, more activity options and it encourages independence in learning. Research also shows that classrooms who have additional adults do not outperform those classrooms with no additional adult support. There are also children who simply cope better by not constantly being in the spotlight and work better when being part of a larger group. Larger class sizes also benefits children’s social interactions, where children have more experiences to interact with a wider range of individuals, which then better prepares them for adult life. Some children could become over-reliant on the additional adults in the classroom and it’s important we teach our children to be independent and problem solvers. In MOD Schools, there are still classrooms with up to 30 children. They are not all small as is a common belief.

4. How do I find a school that will support my child’s SEND needs?

It is your responsibility as a parent to find a school for your child. Find out which schools will be in the catchment area of your house address. This information will be available on the local authority websites. My advice to parents is to look at the SEND Offer on the school websites. Phone the SENDCO of the school and have a chat. If you have the opportunity to go and visit the schools, this is also a good idea. Talk about your child’s needs and ask them how their school can support your child. As a parent, you will know your child best and you will know which school best suits your child.

Launch of MoD Education Support Fund

Army Basing Programme, Spring 2019 update