Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

SPACES - Single Service Leavers


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

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 athttp://

New Postings and Accessing Healthcare

Healthcare advice for you and your family when relocating within the UK or returning home from an overseas posting.
If you are unsure about anything in relation to you or your family’s healthcare, you should speak to your unit or local HIVE as soon as possible.
The provision of healthcare to you and your family will depend on where you live.

Own Your Home

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Professional Guidance Launched: Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Military Families

This week Public Health England launched professional guidance aimed at health visitors and school nurses in identification and support for military children and young people. The guidance offers clarity on the key public health issues and unique situations this group may be exposed to and how public health nurses can support as part of the universal offer. Although aimed at health visitors and school nurses, the pathway will be of interest to others working with military families including early years, schools, primary and secondary care.

You can download the guidance here:

Friday, 18 November 2016

Affordable home ownership schemes

You may be able to get financial help from the government to buy a home.
You could get:

Buying your council or housing association property

There are also schemes for council tenants and housing association tenants.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

VSC Respite and Welfare Breaks

Victory Services Club (VSC)

We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.

Further information is available at this link 

and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here

Car Seat Safety & the Law

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Domestic Abuse: Guidance and Support

Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.

This site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.

A concerned family or friend?

Who can help?

Carilionamey Walk Away Cleaning and Gardening Scheme Schedule of Rates

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Amour Hair Studio Stafford Military Wives 50% Discount Voucher

In order for anyone to gain the discount all they have to do is show their ID card and if any of the family members do not have an ID card, they can just explain that they are a family members of the Armed Forces and put the family members name on the back of the leaflet as well. The Vouchers are in the HIVE so why not pop along and see Dawn.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Little Kickers Classes in Stafford

Army Welfare Service - HIVE Information Support For Military Personnel And Families.

Don't Forget.......Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

You can also let your HIVE Information Support Officer know of any concerns or issues you may experience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Stafford: 01785 258843 

Monday, 31 October 2016

Royal British Legion Support


The Royal British Legion provide practical support to serving men and women, 
veterans (ex-Service of all ages) and their families.
 Explore how we can help you and get in touch for advice, information and guidance at

We're here to serve you

Friday, 28 October 2016

MOD Veterans UK - Changes to Helpline Opening Hours

Changes to our helpline opening hours take effect on Monday 31 October 2016.

The opening hours for the Veterans UK helpline service will change to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Analysis has shown that there are relatively few calls received in the early morning and evening and so the service has been re-organised to make more advisers available during our busiest times.

Callers phoning outside of these hours will still be offered an option to speak to our partners in the charities Combat Stress or The Samaritans where urgent assistance is needed.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

TV Licence: Armed Forces Personnel

Find out how to check if you need a TV Licence when you’re on base, what it covers and how much it costs.

A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV – on any device. That includes TVs, computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.
It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
A TV Licence costs £145.50. You can spread the cost with a Direct Debit or pay in one go.

Armed Forces Covenant - Employment and Pension Support

X-Forces Business Start-Up Support for the Armed Forces and their Families


We support ex-forces and their families to start up businesses by providing
 them with Loans, Mentoring and Support


To view the X-Forces information brochure on-line please click HERE

To find out more visit the X-Forces website.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Friday, 7 October 2016

MOD ICE App - Have you Downloaded Yours yet??

12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched. The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The question is: Have you downloaded yours? If not then found out how HERE.

Service Complaints Ombudsman

Thursday, 29 September 2016

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
Tel: 01452 519951

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:
For pupils under the age of 18, to be completed with adult supervision:

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Help To Buy Information

To Read The Latest Issue Of The Help To Buy Guide Please click here.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

14 Day Observation Form

Please make sure that you complete your 14 Day Observation Report within the 14 day period after moving into your Service Family Accommodation. 

The form is not for reporting maintenance repairs but as a record for future reference. Make sure that you include anything you have identified that was not picked up at your Move In, and that you do not wish to be charged for when it comes to your Move Out. This includes stains on carpets, chips in skirting boards and damage to kitchen units etc. Do not include items that can be repaired, such as a dripping tap. 

These should be reported to the Helpdesk: 0800 707 6000. 

MoneyForce Homefinder Tool

Leaving the Services?  Where can you afford to live?  Click HERE to try Moneyforce's Homefinder tool to see.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Staffordshire Cares Information Guides

Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council have produced a selection of guides for residents & armed forces families moving into Staffordshire. The guides have been designed to highlight the 10 top information you need to be aware of.  They are user friendly and are intended to help new residents to live well and stay safe in Staffordshire, the cover topics such as;
  •    Education and Learning
  •    Healthcare
  •    Housing
  •    Looking After Your Money
  •    Police & Crime Prevention
  •    Practical Information for Living in the UK
  •    Public and Community Services
  •    Support for Families and Young People
  •    Travel and Transport
  •    Work
We hope that you will find the guides a useful resource: