Friday, 27 January 2017

Service to Civvy Are You Pension Ready?

The “Are you Pension Ready Campaign” recently launched by Veterans UK is a welcome initiative to raise awareness amongst Armed Forces personnel of their pension entitlements.

Important Information for Parents and Schools

Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4) 

Details can be seen at this link: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report

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To view the AFC Annual Report 2016 please click HERE

Monday, 23 January 2017

Changes to SENA

Important Information for Parents and Schools

Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4)

Details can be seen at this link

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Stafford's Royal British Legion Club Needs You !

Use it or lose it - Your Legion needs you!
Dwindling membership and patrons are seriously affecting the Royal British Legion Club in Stafford and has to improve or the club may have to close its doors
Situated on Eastgate Street between the Shrewsbury Arms and County Staffs Club, the Club first opened its doors back in 1943, over the years the club has under gone numerous changes , including the addition of a function room in the late 1980's and is available to hire for events and parties We wavier the cost or give discounts for charities and fundraisers.
The club is filled with memorabilia from days gone by and is home to a number of groups and associations the Royal Air Force Association meet monthly the Royal Artillery Association , Naval Association, Engineers Association and Stafford Camera Club as well as meetings held by the Philanthropic and Charitable fraternal order of the 'Buffs' - The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes . We also have pool, domino, darts and crib teams and would welcome more teams to use the club facilities.
Louise Lovatt the stewardess of the club said,
"Over the recent years we have seen a decline in membership for a number of reasons one being our ageing member's and decline of social clubs in general, look at the St Leonards Social Club (MRI club). The Club is a great place and we would like to encourage people to come and see us and try us out
Our town centre location makes us a great place for meeting up during the day for a coffee or for a night out, with social club prices too. We have some fantastic events on throughout the year for all ages, from the annual summer fair to gentleman's evenings and pamper days. We have live entertainment twice a month on a Saturday night which you also can have a quick game of bingo in the interval and a fun quiz.
Families are welcome at the club at all times Membership is open to everyone membership if you wish to join after giving us the once over is only £2.50 to become a club member and £17 to become a branch member. We ask all members new past and present to support the club, everyone is welcome to come and use the facilities we have available, and we would love to see some new members at the club. After being open for over 70 years it would be a sad day to close our doors for the last time however without new members we may not be able to carry on."
To contact Louise please call 01785 252703 between the pub opening hours
Find them on Twitter BritishLegionStaffs and Facebook The Royal British Legion Club Stafford 

Monday, 9 January 2017

Staffordshire Service Community Official Guide 2016/17

Available in the HIVE.

Money Force Needs You

My Staffs App

Get ready to access all your council services on the move. 
The ‘My Staffs App’ is free and is available on Apple devices, android and Google platforms.
 Download it now on your device from the Apple App store and Google Play.





MyStaffs is a new mobile app which can be downloaded for free and is accessed using a smartphone or tablet.
So, whether you need to report an issue, make a transaction, or request information, 
simply download the free app and access key services anytime, anywhere.
You can even specify your location so that you receive information about the services which just apply in your area.
What’s more is that the app doesn’t just feature key county services but some at district and borough level too, 
which means you can access everything all in one place, at the touch of a button.
So far, we have partnered up with South Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth to deliver this service.


Services available through the app include:
  • School Term Date Information
  • School Closures
  • Childcare
  • Advice and information for parents of under 5s
  • Local Venues and Attractions
  • Waste Services
  • School Meal Menus and Pricing
  • Registration Services
  • Council Tax Information (only available in Lichfield and Tamworth)
  • Roads and Highways
  • So, if you’re always on the go – save time today and download the MyStaffs App for Apple and Android devices

Citizens Advice Need Volunteers from the Staffordshire Area

Friday, 6 January 2017

Big White Wall Website and App


FREE for UK Armed Forces

Big White Wall is an online community support network for people experiencing emotional distress,
 free to all UK serving personnel, veterans and family members.  
It provides a safe, anonymous space 24/7 to express how you are feeling and share with others
 experiencing similar issues.  There is a range of self-care resources including practical coping
strategies and guided self-help courses to help improve your mental wellbeing. 

Tablet and smartphone users can now download the BWW app for Android and iOS.
 The app will enable you to access Big White Wall on the go, at any time.

The apps are free to download and use,
 but you will still need to join via the desktop version of the site when you sign up for the first time.

Download the app by searching for ‘Big White Wall’ in the itunes app store or google play store.

To join Big White Wall for the first time, go to:

Staffordshire New Charges for Non-Household Waste

Small charges to cover the cost of recycling non-household waste will be introduced tomorrow, November 1st at Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres.
Certain waste generated by DIY, home improvements or extensive landscaping of gardens, such as soil and rubble, or sinks and toilets, or plasterboard, is not legally regarded as household rubbish and we will be making a small charge to cover the cost of processing it.
A big bag of soil and or rubble, or a sink or toilet, will cost £3; plasterboard will cost £4 per sheet or big bag; and tyres will cost £4 each.
The centres will continue to take domestic waste free of charge. This includes materials like hedge clippings or a few tree branches, mattresses, electrical appliances and household furniture.