Thursday, 21 April 2016

Riverside Farm Cattery 10% Forces Discount

Riverside Cattery Worston Lane Stafford ST18 9QA is offering a 10% Discount for members of the Armed Forces.  The Cattery has spacious Chalets indoors and outdoors all heated. There is also a webcam fitted for those who want to see their cat whilst on holiday, its fully licensed. Why not visit www.riversidefarmcattery.co.uk Tel 01785 282002

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

British Forces Resettlement Services - How do we Help?



For more information on how British Forces Resettlement Service can help please visit the BFRS website

BFRS Transition Support

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families

If you're currently serving, or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can call our 24-Hour Helpline to talk about mental health. 

If you're a family member or carer worried about a loved one or are suffering yourself, you can use it too: 

0800 138 1619.
http://www.combatstress.org.uk/veterans/24-hour-helpline/?platform=hootsuite

Make a Difference: Volunteer for The Royal British Legion

Make a Difference: #Volunteer for The Royal British Legion. We have opportunities Nationwide from Fund Raising to helping our beneficiaries directly. Please log onto our webpage or call the Contact Centre (free phone) 0808 802 8080.

Think before you share - online security healthcheck










GOV.UK provides some really useful guidance to defence personnel
 and their families when using social networking sites etc.

Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family
and friends,
 and letting the world know what you’re up to.
The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage
the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.

This page contains guidance on how to stay safe and to think about
what you post online. Remember, that there may be those who use
such sites for unsavoury reasons.

Be extra careful if you have identified yourself as being a member
of the military or an MOD civilian.

There is a short guide to appropriate social media behaviour for
defence  personnel.

You can also download the Personal security online
 (PDF, 1.55MB, 11 pages) file which contains some more
 detailed guidance.

Security and privacy settings

When ever you join a social network, you should always look at the
privacy and security settings. Do this frequently as settings
are subject to change.

Each social network deals with privacy and security in different ways,
 and you shouldn’t share information on their service until you know
where that could end up.

Pictures and videos

Pictures are powerful and often revealing assets that can also
 pose a risk to personal and operational security if placed in the
wrong hands.

Whether in a professional or personal capacity, you should always
 consider what information you are revealing through imagery
 you publish online.

Always consider how the images and videos you publish
might be interpreted, and what level of information they are displaying.
 Remember, unless you have appropriate privacy settings activated,
 there is a strong chance your images can be viewed by the wider public.
 Consider whether you wish to identify yourself, your colleagues,
 family members or your location, and how you are representing
your profession.

There are video clips and lots more information

 on the GOV.UK website.

Keeping Families Safe on Social Media




It's always a good idea to keep yourself safe on social media so here's some good 
help and advice to make sure your privacy settings are set correctly.
Perhaps a quick safety check idea for all the family, after dinner.
YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL:
Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends,
 and letting the world know what you’re up to.
The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage the safe
 and responsible use of social networking sites.
This page contains guidance on how to stay safe and to think about
 what you post online. Remember, that there may be those who use such sites
 for unsavoury reasons.
BE EXTRA CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED YOURSELF 
AS BEING A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY OR AN MOD CIVILIAN.
There is a short guide to appropriate social media behaviour for defence personnel.
You can also download the Personal security online (PDF, 1.55MB, 11 pages)
file which contains some more detailed guidance.
SECURITY AND PRIVACY SETTINGS
Whenever you join a social network, you should always look at the privacy
and security settings. Do this frequently as settings are subject to change.
 For example, on Facebook, access to friends only
 (Friends except Acquaintances) is always a good option as means others
(friends of your friends) can't browse your pages, who you potentially don't know.
Each social network deals with privacy and security in different ways,
 and you shouldn’t share information on their service until you know
 where that could end up.
PICTURES AND VIDEOS
Pictures are powerful and often revealing assets that can also pose a risk
 to personal and operational security if placed in the wrong hands.
Whether in a professional or personal capacity, you should always consider
 what information you are revealing through imagery you publish online.
Always consider how the images and videos you publish might be interpreted,
 and what level of information they are displaying. Remember,
unless you have appropriate privacy settings activated,
there is a strong chance your images can be viewed by the wider public.
Consider whether you wish to identify yourself, your colleagues,
 family members or your location, and how you are representing your profession.
There are video clips and lots more information on the GOV.UK website.
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Moving Schools Pack

Furniture & Removals: Step by Step Guide


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Forces Help To Buy: Home Purchase Loan Scheme

Regular armed forces personnel can benefit from a  scheme to help them get on the property ladder. The Forces Help to Buy scheme enables servicemen and servicewomen to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment or as their families needs change.

details of the Forces Help to Buy Scheme are available at the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/forces-help-to-buy

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Barlaston Golf Club New Member Introductory Offer


Defence Discount Service APP

Resettlement Support for Service Leavers




Resettlement Support for Service Leavers: Career Transition Partnership
The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup. 
The CTP provides free resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of rank, time served, or reason for leaving, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

Resettlement support through the CTP covers three broad areas: Transition, Training and Employment. From creating a CV through to completing relevant vocational training, learning interview skills plus researching and applying for jobs, what the CTP offers can help Service leavers not just with their first civilian job, but throughout their working lifetime.

Additionally, specialist support is provided to Wounded, Injured and Sick personnel via CTP Assist, and to Early Service Leavers via CTP Future Horizons.

The programme is delivered at nine Resettlement Centres in the UK and one in Germany, along with the Resettlement Training Centre in Aldershot, and includes face-to face support, online resettlement planning via myPlan, the personalised area of the CTP website, and access to the CTP’s ex-military job board, CTP RightJob.

CTP RightJob lists thousands of live vacancies for Service leavers from local, national and international employers, with opportunities ranging from apprenticeship to executive. The CTP works with hundreds of organisations who recognise the benefits of recruiting from the ex-military talent pool, and value the experience and strong working ethos Service leavers bring with them.

CTP support is provided to Service leavers from two years prior to discharge, and up until two years after discharge. Click here to check eligibility.

It is vital that Service leavers register for resettlement with their Second Line Service Resettlement Advisor prior to discharge. Visit www.ctp.org.uk to find out more.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Changes to Rules on Travelling to United States of America




New National Insurance Credits for Service spouses and civil partners to help protect your future State Pension

From 6 April 2016, spouses and civil partners of Service personnel will be able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension.

The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced  in recognition of the fact that accompanying on deployment overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions. This could potentially result in a gap in their NI record and could affect the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement.

The new DWP credits have been taken forward under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant can be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant.

It is estimated that this could benefit up to 20,000 individuals, ensuring that they do not miss out on their State Pension.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“We are making sure that military spouses and partners who spend time based overseas get the State Pension they deserve. This is the latest step under the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that service personnel and their families are treated fairly.”
Am I eligible to apply for the new credits?Service spouses and civil partners will be eligible to apply for the new Class 3 NI credits if they:
• Reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016, that means they were born on or after 6 April 1953 (if a woman) or 6 April 1951 (if a man); and
• Are or have been married to /in a civil partnership with a member of the Armed Forces; and
• Have accompanied their spouse or civil partner on a deployment outside the UK at any time since 6 April 1975; and
• At the time of the posting their spouse or civil partner must have paid, been treated as having paid or been credited with UK National Insurance
You can still apply if you are now widowed, divorced or have had your civil partnership dissolved, provided you were married or in a civil partnership at the time you accompanied your partner abroad.

Some Service spouses or civil partners who meet the above criteria will not have a gap in their NI records and so will not need to apply for the new credits. For example, you may not have a gap if you:

• were working in a job during the accompanied assignment where you paid UK NI contributions 
• were self-employed and paying self-employed Class 2 NI contributions throughout the accompanied assignment 
• received certain benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (previously called Incapacity Benefit or Invalidity Benefit) or Child Benefit for the whole of the accompanied assignment(s)outside the UK

To find out how much your State Pension is worth, and to check whether there are any gaps in your NI record for the periods you were overseas, you can use an on-line tool on GOV.uk called ‘Check your State Pension’(www). See related links.

How do I apply?You can apply for the new Class 3 NI credits any time from 6 April 2016. There is no time limit in applying for the credits, although if you apply after you reach State Pension age any increased State Pension might not be paid for periods before the date of your application.
For information about applying for the new Class 3 credit visitwww.gov.uk/dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners

The Class 1 NI Credit: A wider range of benefits for deployments since April 2010The new Class 3 credits do not replace the existing Class 1 NI credit for those who have accompanied a partner on a posting since April 2010, and which contribute not only towards entitlement to new State Pension, but also towards Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Bereavement Benefits (to be replaced for new claimants by Bereavement Support Payments in April 2017).

More informationFurther information about NI credits for Service spouses and civil partners is available online at www.gov.uk/dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners.
For more information about the New State Pension, visit 
www.gov.uk/new-state-pension

Friday, 8 April 2016

Fallon's Bar and Brasserie Stoke-on-Trent 15% Military Discount





















We at Fallon's Bar and Brasserie in Stoke-on-Trent would like to offer a 15% discount to MOD 90 holders and dependents with current dependents card.

 We will offer the same discount to MOD Civil Servants showing a valid civilian ID card.

We have a Facebook page - Fallon's Bar Brasserie, with an evening menu and some photos on it if you want to take a look.

We are opening from  12-4 on Mothers day, the 15% discount will apply, under 12's eat for half price.

If you require any information please contact

Fallons on 01782 719077

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Poppy Pod Project: Camping Village for Armed Forces Personnel and their Families- Tile Barn Outdoor Centre-Brockenhurst

Microchip Your Dog or face up to £500 Fine

From 6 April it will be compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped


Find out more by clicking on the picture below;



Enjoy Staffordshire Discount Card


Enjoy Staffordshire for Great Days Out & Holidays
















For a fantastic short break or family holiday, a visit to Staffordshire offers you some unforgettable experiences, excitement, fun days out and incredible adventures, plus great money-off discounts and special offers from Staffordshire's top attractions,accommodationrestaurants and shops.
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Staffordshire is a unique and beautiful county - right at the heart of the English experience. It has a unique blend of countryside, culture, food and entertainment second to none. 
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