Thursday, 29 June 2017

Little Troopers Treasures: NEW APP

Record your face, your voice and capture the beautifully illustrated book pages to well-known stories from Harper Collins Children’s Books, your child can then watch and listen over and over again to your recordings. 
Additional feature of a memory box where special messages can be recorded and saved for those days and occasions that might be missed.
Although we believe all ages will love using Little Troopers Treasures, the app has been designed with Little Troopers under 9 years old in mind.

Staffordshire Police Latest Smart Alert Advice: Be Aware - Bogus Officials

We are urging residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard as we continue to receive reports of bogus officials and distraction burglaries across the County.

We are reminding residents to never allow any unsolicited visitors into their home, however convincing they may sound.  Always check the identity of callers first and, if you are unsure, or suspicious about their intent, please contact us immediately on 999.

Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people's homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere.
Examples of this would include bogus officials, people claiming to come from the council, water-board or tradesmen/workmen claiming that the property or garden needs essential/urgent maintenance.

They often work in pairs; one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window. Some might even plead for help, such as asking for a glass of water.

Remember - it's your home and you can say 'no' and ask them to leave.

These types of criminals often target the elderly and vulnerable so we ask that you also remind your relatives, friends and neighbours of the need to be wary of these types of callers.

We take this type of crime very seriously and are working hard to catch these criminals, which is why it is important that anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101.

Further information support and guidance can be found on our website

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Direct Health Telford Needs You.

Direct Health will visit the Beacon Tree every 3rd Wednesday of the month during coffee mornings. They are offering training and employment within the health and social sector with a full understanding that military spouses can be posted at short notice. They are keen to recruit in our area and answer any questions you may have. You do not need to book to chat to the team, just turn up on the morning. Should you have any questions prior to their visit do not hesitate to contact a member of the Welfare team on 01785 787872. This affords an excellent opportunity for employment within Staffordshire.

Stafford and Stone Baby Clinics New Timings

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Road Safety Reminder for Young Cyclists from Staffordshire Police

As summer approaches and more people are out on the roads, we're issuing a timely reminder to cyclists on how to stay safe and cycle responsibly.

We've received a number of calls from parents and local residents recently regarding large groups of young cyclists riding their bikes in an anti-social manner on pavements and highways, and engaging in dangerous activities.

PCSO Jordan Hayes, who polices the Wilnecote and Trinity area of Tamworth, said, "We don't want to discourage young people from riding their bikes, but we do want to make parents aware of the dangers of such reckless activities and to ensure the safety of their children and other road users.

"As a cyclist, you still need to follow the Highway Code including observing 'stop' and 'give way' signs and traffic lights and remembering to wear the appropriate protective and reflective biking gear. But ultimately, ride positively, be sensible and stay safe."

For more information on this subject please visit

Calvert Trust: Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

The Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside.
We aim to do this by providing:
  • A wide range of adventurous outdoor activities, meaningful challenge and adventure within a framework of safety
  • Skilled, qualified and caring staff able to fulfil the needs of visitors
  • Accommodation appropriate to the needs of the visitors
  • Facilities for families and friends to share the enjoyment and experience
The benefits and enjoyment of the activities will be offered to all, irrespective of ability.  These benefits include:
  • The enrichment in the life of each individual through adventure and personal achievement
  • The chance to enjoy countryside of exceptional natural beauty
  • Recreational opportunities that can be transferred into everyday living
  • Personal development and rehabilitation leading to integration

Patrick's Hair Academy 10% Discount for Military Families

Hair Academy

Hair design for ladies & gents

91 Wolverhampton Rd

Open Monday - Saturday

For an appointment call:

01785 252387
 Discount voucher Available in the HIVE

Thursday, 22 June 2017

AFF Reassured about Housing Safety for Army Families

AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.

Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.

AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”

Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit

Warm Weather Advice from Staffordshire Police

Your latest Smart Alert.

As the warm weather continues, it is important to remember to keep safe as opportunist thieves will seize the chance to burgle your property.

We would remind all residents to ensure all doors and windows are closed and secure - even if you are in the garden or upstairs - thieves can 'sneak in' and take your property.

Store valuables and keys away out of view of doors and windows.

Ensure all bikes, toys and garden furniture are securely stored away and/or suitable locking devices used.

Please ensure all sheds and garages are left secure - always use good quality locks.
Remember to keep hydrated - plan your journey and allow extra time for stops.

If you see an unattended child in a locked car or a distressed animal call 999 immediately. 

For further information about crime prevention and how to stay safe at home visit the force website at

Always report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency or if a crime is taking place.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Veterans' Gateway Officially Launched 20th June 2017

The first point of contact for veterans seeking support

We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Defence Discount Service - Nissan are Offering Discount on their New Cars, Available in all Nissan Dealers!

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Summer Issue of Easy Resettlement Magazine is Out Now...

Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication.
Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop

We are proud to announce our partnership with DSEI who run the largest Defence and Security Expo in Europe, the event is free for military personnel and it will be taking place between the 12th-15th September at the Excel arena in London. You will be able to pick up free copies of the summer issue at this event.

You may have heard our Sales Manager, James Atkins, on the Hal Stewart BFBS show earlier this month, if you missed it and would like to listen to what we are doing to help our readers simply click this link

We are especially proud to announce some new partnerships with companies who will be offering employment opportunities to our readers through our magazine. These include The AA, Aspire Defence, Amazon Web Services known as AWS, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Jaguar Land Rover. These are a welcome addition to those already recruiting our readers such as The East of England Ambulance Service, Maritime Transport and KLM UK Engineering.
Each issue we include a Franchising for Veterans feature with the BFA giving some valuable insights in to what makes a good franchise, some great franchises that have already recruited veterans and service leavers include Action Coach, Chips Away, Gas Elec and Snap on Tools.

Take a look at the summer issue to read some great case studies.
Finally we will be attending various events where we get the chance to speak with our readers, these include the CTP and Security Cleared Jobs Expos as well as the DSEI event. Please do come along and speak with the team and let us know what else you would like to know about in future issues.

All of this is only possible thanks to our advertisers so please mention our magazine when speaking with anyone. Also join our social media groups, subscribe to the magazine for free and let any friends and family know about how we can help.

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The government is committed to supporting the armed forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the covenant. The covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.
For more information please visit Armed Forces Covenant.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Move in/out

Forms and check sheets: Moving in/furniture
Forms and check sheets: Moving out/furniture:

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Protecting your Family and Service Home in Winter

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Repairs & Maintenance

 We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so if something needs to be fixed, you can contact us anytime.

Use the links below to find out more.....



Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Problems with your Boiler or Heating?

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Utility Bill Management

The following guides are available on the Carillionamey website: 

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Furniture Service

SFA: Furniture Service

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Vital Safety Inspections

Safety inspections on your SFA are essential in order to keep your property running safely and efficiently. CarillionAmey run a number of safety checks and inspections during the lifetime of your property.

Read the full details: Vital Safety Inspections 

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Safety in the Home

Read the full details: Safety in the home 

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Running a Business in your Service Home

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Pets in your Home

If you wish to keep a domestic pet in your Service Family Accommodation (SFA) you must seek permission. 
Read the full details: Pets in your Service home 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation: Self Help Video Guides: Boilers, Radiators & Electricity

CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Boilers

CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Radiators

CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Electricity

Click on the play icon to watch....

RBL Byng House Breaks

See full details of RBL breaks at Byng House at this link 

Big White Wall

Click HERE for full details