Wednesday, 14 December 2016

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://

GKR Karate Self Defence For All Ages

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

FREE Employability Course for Armed Forces Spouses

Please note: Course dates have not been set for 2017

LifeWorks Families is a free support service to help military spouses and partners get the job they want.
It is available to all spouses and partners of any serving (or recently discharged) member of the Armed Forces, including Reserves.

LifeWorks Families will help you:
Our online assessment, completed at home and in your own time, helps identify your strengths as well as potential career and training opportunities.
We help you understand and manage the impact of a change in a location or situation, increasing your confidence and motivation, so you can move towards employment.
Develop key skills and tools, including: job searching, C.V. writing, interview skills, application forms.
How LifeWorks Families Can Support You
The LifeWorks Families Team is able to provide employment support by phone, email and through courses. Online support will also be available in the near future.
Our Employability Coaches will lead you through an enjoyable programme of information, advice and guidance, taking into account your own situation and employment history.
Continued Support
Support is provided on an ongoing basis, so if you need help with anything, from writing your CV to preparing for an interview, the LifeWorks Families Team is here to help.
You will also have the opportunity to share your experiences with other military spouses and partners.
LifeWorks Families Courses
The Lifeworks Families course is designed around the often difficult circumstances of coping with existing family commitments and equips military spouses/partners with the skills and confidence to find employment and/or develop a career.

Delivered by Royal British Legion Industries, the courses take place in various locations around the UK, as well as abroad, are free for all spouses and partners of serving personnel.

Friday, 25 November 2016


This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England. If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools; with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 19 January 2017 and children must be registered with the school before this date. You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database.

For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Royal British Legion

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:

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

Cyber Bullying

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

NCT Stafford, Chase and District Branch Baby and Toddler Groups

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.

Turning Point - Full and Part time Vacancies

Please note we have Full and part time vacancies available.

At Turning Point, we support people with learning disabilities across the UK. As a Support Worker, you’ll make a real difference as you provide support and advice to help each of the people who use our services to achieve their potential. Passionate about people, you’ll enjoy the scope and support to enhance your own experience too, as you make the role your own as part of a friendly team.

This is a hands–on job in which you’ll support individuals with personal care, helping with medication as well as a full range of daily activities, including cleaning and cooking, working alongside an individual on your own or with colleagues. You’ll arrange activities in the home and in the local community, set up appointments, and support people to make small and big decisions in their day–to–day lives. Our Support Workers are committed to ensuring that people with learning disabilities lead varied and rewarding lives, and are actively engaged in making sure that can happen. As we make the transition towards more independent supported living, that could mean getting involved with anything from accompanying people to the shops to organising a day out, or going away on holiday.

While some knowledge of supporting people with learning disabilities and complex needs would be beneficial, it isn’t essential. What is essential is that you are flexible and patient and are able to view situations from a service user’s perspective. Situations can sometimes be difficult and challenging, so you’ll need to be non–judgemental, with a sensitive approach and a good understanding of how to support people during these times. At a practical level, you’ll need good IT and communication skills including numeracy and literacy in order to produce reports and support plans. You must also be fit enough to take on the more physical aspects of the role, like manual handling.

Running services on a not–for–profit basis, we invest every penny back into our services– and our people. So if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to supporting people with learning disabilities to live fulfilling lives Turning Point offers you a great career opportunity.

Learning Disability Business Unit
Turning Point
Unit 5 Rutherford Court | Staffordshire Technology Park | Stafford | ST18 0GP
T: 01785 255071

Friday, 11 November 2016

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 

Blooms of Stafford Offer 10% Discount to the MOD and MOD Civilians

Blooms by Daniel Clarke Ltd

Blooms of Stafford are offering a 10% discount to the MOD and MOD civilians on production of Valid ID card.

Monday, 31 October 2016

EMR Recruitment

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.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Recruit for Spouses

If you would like to access the Recruit for Spouses website please use the link below:

Recruit for Spouses

Website link;

Website “register with us”  link ;

The State Boarding School Association

Friday, 21 October 2016

Thursday, 20 October 2016

BBC iPlayer – TV Licence

A change in the law – You need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer
As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand - including catch up TV - on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console. 

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.