Friday, 29 July 2016

Organising Removals for Service Relocations

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For further information on booking removals
 when moving on an 'entitled' Service relocation, 
please visit the MOD pages of theAgility GRMS website .  

This link also goes to the online removals booking form.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse MOD Website

Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the armed forces community

Stafford Borough Council Business Link

Please find below a link to information that Stafford Borough Council has access to in terms of setting up in business

Monday, 25 July 2016

Combat Stress: Support for the Military Community

There is often a large delay between Veterans leaving the military and seeking our help. In 1994 the average delay seeking help for Service-related mental health conditions was 24 years. By 2014 this had reduced to 12 years.

Through our work, and that of the military chain of command and other mental health charities, we are breaking down the stigma around mental illness, leading to more Veterans feeling able to come forward. 

For 96 years we’ve been here for the military community and we will be for decades to come. If you or a member of your family served in the UK Armed Forces and need to talk about mental health, please call our 24-hour Helpline on 0800 138 1619.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Victory Services Club (VSC) Respite and Welfare Breaks

The Victory Services Club (VSC) offers Respite and Welfare breaks for members of the UK Armed Forces. Here's some information to find out how you might be able to participate in this scheme.

The aim of this scheme is to relieve need, hardship or distress among personnel of all ranks by providing a break in the capital including complimentary:

  • Two nights accommodation
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Tickets to a top London Attraction
To find out more about the scheme and the nomination process, download our Respite Welfare Breaks Booklet or contacting our Membership Secretary on 0207 616 8302 or

Carillionamey: Process for Complaints about SFA Services

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SoldierNET for Single Living in Soldiers

Royal British Legion Free Military Membership

Job Vacancies Websites For Stafford

The following websites contain job vacancies in Stafford, as well as the wider area including the whole of the County and neighbouring towns.
Although some websites seem very specific, such as the Fire Service or the Police, they all contain a whole range of jobs including administrative and support roles.

Stafford Borough Council
The website for Stafford Borough Council, advertising jobs within the Council.
Cannock Chase District Council
The council website for Cannock, advertising jobs within the Council.
WM Jobs
This website is owned and managed by public sector organisations and advertises public sector jobs in the West Midlands.
LG Jobs
The official government website advertising council jobs throughout England.
Staffordshire County Council
The website for the County Council which covers the whole of Staffordshire, advertising their own jobs.

Stafford College
Stafford College is the further education college based in Stafford, and the website has their own vacancies on it.
The Sentinel
A newspaper advertising jobs in Stoke, Stafford and the wider area.

Staffordshire University
The University is based in Stoke and Stafford and advertises its own vacancies through this website.

Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Police’s website, advertising its own jobs.

The NHS website advertises their own jobs in all areas of England and Wales.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS Trust
The website for the local NHS Trust advertising their own jobs.

The Express and Star
A newspaper advertising jobs in Stafford and the West Midlands.

The Staffordshire Newsletter
A newspaper advertising jobs in Stafford and the West Midlands.

Staffordshire Fire Service
Staffordshire Fire Service’s website advertising their own jobs.

East Staffordshire Borough Council
The council website for East Staffordshire, advertising jobs within the Council.
South Staffordshire College
South Staffordshire College is based in areas near Stafford, and the website advertises their own jobs.
Day Nurseries
An independent organisation advertising jobs in the day care sector.

Uttoxeter Post and Times
A newspaper advertising jobs in Uttoxeter, Stafford and the surrounding areas.

Bullying, Harrassment and Discrimination Team

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Angelic Nails

Penny Brand "In Balance" Councellor

Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme for Service Personnel Launched

A new Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme has been launched (6 July 2015) to allow Service personnel (SP) to apply for a loan, in the form of an advance of pay. This is to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property, mirroring a similar scheme for civilian personnel.

Moving home within the private rental sector can be expensive, and sometimes affording a deposit can prevent personnel considering private rental as an accommodation option. The DCLG has developed a new initiative through which they allow staff to apply for an advance of salary to help meet the cost of a private rental deposit. The MOD has implemented a similar scheme for both Service and civilian personnel. For SP it will be provided through the Advance of Pay mechanism. All Regular and Full Time Reserve Service personnel, who have completed at least two months’ service, are eligible to apply for the scheme. However, overseas personnel are already eligible to apply for an advance of pay on assignment and are excluded from the scheme*; other detailed eligibility criteria may be found in the JSP 754 and in T Letter 315/15.

The initiative was developed by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to assist workers in meeting the cost of a deposit to support mobility. The MOD has adopted the scheme, recognising that this provides a further element of choice, especially for those SP who are not entitled to SFA.

It is limited only to the cost of the deposit and, aligned with current Advance of Pay policy (Chapter 2, Section 5 of JSP 754), must be repaid over 12 months.

* They would become eligible to apply on return assignment to UK.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Staffordshire Cares - Helping you every step of the Way

Since it was launched in 2011, over 100,000 people have used Staffordshire Cares to find out how to lead a happier, healthier and more independent life.
Staffordshire Cares provides a source of 24/7 information and advice for:
  • Carers - Information about the support and benefits they are entitled to, help in an emergency and health and wellbeing advice
  • Social care and health professionals - Information to support families with living healthier, safer and more independent lives
  • Parents - Education and school advice, things to do on a tight budget, online safety, bullying, healthy lifestyles
  • Everyone - Money management, planning for care, healthy lifestyles, things to do, cheaper travel, consumer protection, help at home and life on a budget
The website makes it easier to find the information you need in seconds, all in one place.
  • Easy-read pages are available for people with learning disabilities and hearing impairments; including videos with subtitles or sign language.
  • Staffordshire Cares provides a family of tools that help to find nearby activities, services and the right person to help with caring.
Staffordshire Cares is here to help; giving the answers to the worries and problems people have.
Staffordshire Cares acts as a 'Trusted Source' of information, advice and guidance for people of all ages.
Video: Staffordshire Cares and you (YouTube)
Our website is designed to be easy to use for all, but if you're not confident with finding the information you need, get in touch with us.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Hop-A-Croc Board Game for Service Children

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Hop-A-Croc is a child’s version of The Ministry of Defence’s Strategy and
 Improvement Plan, which underpins the work of the 
Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP).

Hop-A-Croc is a straight forward board game designed for children
 aged 6 years of age and above, where players need to cross a 
river avoiding crocodiles and electric eels.

The cards in the game are based on 5 of the 6 DCYP priority areas 
(Staying Safe, Exciting Learning, Being Heard, Healthy Lifestyles, 
Moving and Parents Working Away) and pose questions to be used 
when an adult is playing along. There are no right or wrong answers 
and the questions are designed to generate conversation between the players.

Hop-A-Croc aims to help Service children share with their non-Service peers
 some of their experiences and thoughts; which in turn may help to develop
 a deeper understanding of issues and challenges frequently faced by 
Service children, such as moving to a new school or home which happens
 to some Service children more frequently than their non-Service peers 
and friends, or how they feel when a parent is working away from home.

Games are still available to schools from their local HIVE 

Service Families Section of RBL CivvyStreet Website

Please note: 
There is a  Service Families section of the CivvyStreet website.

The Royal British Legion's CivvyStreet service recognises 
that having a family member in the Armed Forces 
can present unique civilian
 employment hurdles for the rest of the family. 
With that in mind, we have developed a new section on the website to 
highlight the services we offer to the partners/spouses and 
working age dependents of anyone who is serving or has served 
in the British Armed Forces.


Partners/spouses and working age dependents have access
 to all of the employment services on the CivvyStreet site,
 which include:
  • CivvyStreet Jobs
  • 150+ free learndirect training courses
  • CivvyStreet Careers Advice service
  • CivvyStreet Funding Advice service
  • Employment Support Grant funding
  • CivvyStreet online CV builder
  • CivvyStreet Virtual Careers Fairs
  • Access to entire CivvyStreet knowledge base


Partners, spouses and working age dependents
 can register with CivvyStreet by clicking here. 
Please note, they will need their family member's Service number.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Tri-Service Contact House Directory

The Tri-Service Contact House Directory contains details of who to contact to book a stay in a UK or overseas contact house.  

The directory is available to view, download or print from the HIVE website at

Monday, 4 July 2016

Have you organised your removals?

Agility Logistics Limited are the approved MOD provider

Carillionamey - Before you move..............

Call CarillionAmey on 0800 707 6000 to book a Pre-Move Out appointment