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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Royal Naval Station Yeovilton - International Air Day 7 July - Armed Forces Discount

Service Personnel and Veterans are entitled to purchase discounted Adult Tickets at £22 each (normal Advance Price £24 and Gate Price £30).  Child Tickets (aged 5-15) are available at £7 each (Gate Price £10). Please visit the Defence Discount Service website to acquire the discount code and book your tickets 2 July 2018.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

RBL Poppy Walk Birmingham Sunday 10th June 2018

The Royal British Legion are planning a Poppy Walk in Birmingham on Sunday 10th June.  The walk is 10km and can be done at your own pace, with families, with dogs or on your own.  There will be a Poppy Village at the start and end of the walk with refreshments and music and we would love as many people as possible to join us and make this a fabulous fundraising event.

We have also just launched a 50% off registration fees for April on our Royal British Legion Events page here:

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Queen Ethelburga's Open Day 28th April 2018

Queen Ethelburga’s Open day – 28th April
Visit us and see for yourself what makes us the most popular independent school for forces families.
Come along and meet our Principal Steven Jandrell, talk to the staff informally, meet our students, tour our campus and sample our award winning catering!
To book on the day please visit our open day page:

Friday, 13 April 2018

Police Clinic in the HIVE/Dixon Centre will be now be Held on Thursdays from 19th April 2018

Domestic Abuse- Guidance and Support for the Armed Forces Community-Additional Information in Nepali

Follow the website HERE

The Services Cotswold Centre

The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (AWS) and funded by Headquarters Support Commands (HQ Sp Comd) on behalf of the MOD. It provides short term transit accommodation for service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families.

The SCC accommodation comprises of 60 self contained chalet style homes and is located near Corsham, Wiltshire in the United Kingdom.

To Book Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521

Station Coffee Morning at the Beacon Tree Centre on Wednesday 18th April 2018

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Station coffee morning in the Beacon Tree Centre will be closed for the Easter Holidays it will reopen on Wednesday 18th April 2018  

Stay & Play in the Dixon Community Centre - Thursday 19th April 2018 - 09.30 to 11.30

Find Cheapest Petrol Prices in Your Local Area

Compare petrol prices in your local area by visiting 

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

Toby Carvery - Armed Forces Offer Receive 10% Off Your Food Bill Mon-Sat

Receive 10% off your food bill at Toby Carvery Monday-Saturday by showing your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90 and the voucher that can be downloaded  HERE
T&Cs apply

Recruit For Spouses

Extended Free Childcare Entitlement in Overseas Locations


1.               In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).
2.               The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge.  In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
3.         The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.
4.         The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Services Now Available for Armed Forces Personnel Approaching Discharge

Information for patients

Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support in close liaison with Defence Medical Services (DMS).  This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.  Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

To access these services whilst you are still in the armed forces, you must meet the following criteria:

·         be a resident in England
·         have an identified or diagnosed mental health illness / disorder; AND
·         have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
·         have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
·         have had their pre-release medical and been identified by their DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
·         have had a pre-release medical before they self-refer.

If you wish to access these services once you are a veteran, you must meet the following criteria instead:

Defence Discount Service - GO OUTDOORS Offers 10% Military Discount

Lost Your Keys To Your Service Families Accommodation?

Christians against Poverty

Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) - For Service Leavers and Veterans

RFEA provide career advice and have specialist case workers supporting those who need it.  They have thousands of job opportunities sourced for the aspirations and skills of ex forces men and women. They operate in every region of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so you can access their support in any area.

For further information and to register, click HERE

APM (Advanced Personnel Management)

We have programmes for those candidates looking for work or further training, eligibility is simply from 15 years old to 65 years;   As a minimum candidates can expect support below. Although we offer bespoke support to each candidate that is likely to exceed these services.

·         One to one support for job search/ applications/ employer engagement.
·         Vocational qualifications including (not exhaustive list); ITQ, English; Maths; Employability skills; bespoke employer led qualifications.
§  Support for all areas of wellbeing; Community (home life), financial (budgeting) career, (employability) physical, (including emotional and mental health) & social (stable relationships and communication).

We are keen to support as many local people as possible. Our commitment is to add value to all providers and partners.  We will engage with partners to safeguard this, sharing data and regular updates.

We have an open door policy at both centres between 9am and 5pm. If you require any additional information in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Suites 3, 5 & 6 Pioneer House, Mill Street Chambers, Mill Street, Cannock, WS11 0EF
1st Floor Britannia House, 6-7 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2NQ
Office: 01543 230030 or 01785 650050  Mobile 07825 919 052

Forces Car Direct and SSAFA (the Armed Forces Charity)

a new partnership with Forces Car Direct who are making a contribution to SSAFA for every car delivered.  For more information click HERE

Armed Forces Benefits On Divorce And Dissolution

This booklet explains the various options available to split or share an Armed Forces Pension on a divorce or civil partnership dissolution.  

Information is contained that is relevant to the Service person and the estranged spouse.
Solicitors dealing with an Armed Forces Pension on a marriage breakdown may also find this booklet useful.

To view other Armed Forces Pension guidance booklets (2005 scheme) please Click Here

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.

Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases. The above list is not exhaustive. Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet. From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public. Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:

North - Longside House :
South - Gildea House:
Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on

FAMCAS The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the website can be found HERE

Give Us Time Holidays - Military Families

You need to get away sometimes. Life is stressful: concerns at work, bills to pay, phone calls to make. Sometimes we need to talk to our spouse about the problems we face. But what if your spouse is away for most of the year and communicating is difficult? What if they are in a situation where they may never come back? Or, if they do, could return with physical or psychological wounds?

That is the situation that many people with significant others in the military have to face. An operational tour can last from three to six months, but in some cases people in the military have to spend most of the year away from their families.

Life at home goes on without them. Children grow up, spouses go through life experiences without their partner. Often, by the time they come home, the family has grown apart and the family dynamic has changed.
Often after months away from home, the family dynamic can change considerably and it can be stressful for both the service personnel and their families to readjust to a life together again, in a domestic situation that may be different to how it was before they left. Give Us Time helps service families reconnect to life after combat and provides them with the chance to spend time together and to reaffirm their family bond.

A respite break can make all the difference in restoring family relationships.

Give us Time was founded by former Defence Minister Liam Fox in 2012. Its mission is to give military families precious time together. The charity recognises the vital role family plays in providing a support system for our brave military personnel. Time together is crucial to strengthen this bond.
Give Us Time takes holidays donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection after tours of duty.

Scottish Government’s Plans for the Expansion of Early Learning & Childcare

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Toby Carvery Marches into Charity Partnership with The Royal British Legion

Toby Carvery Marches into Charity Partnership with The Royal British Legion

Toby Carvery is delighted to announce its charity partnership with The Royal British Legion, which it will be supporting with fundraising initiatives over the next two years.

Toby Carvery’s across the UK will be taking part in the fundraising initiative, adding a special charity pudding to their menus with 25p from each pudding sale being donated to The Legion. The jam and coconut sponge was voted for by Toby Carvery’s fans on Facebook to be the official charity pudding and received over 500 entries.  

Toby Carvery aims to raise £100,000 for The Royal British Legion by the end of 2018, and is encouraging everyone to tuck into a pudding and get involved in local fundraising activities to help support this great cause.

Martin Gosling, Brand Operations Director for Toby Carvery comments: “We couldn’t be happier to support The Royal British Legion and have this great cause as our brand charity partnership throughout the year. The Legion’s cause is close to both employees and guests of Toby Carvery up and down the country, and we can’t wait to start fundraising to support both past and current members of the Armed Forces as well as their families.”

The money raised will be used to support active, and veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families, remembering those fallen in the line of duty and ensuring their memory lives on, and that those left behind are fully supported within their community.

Claire Rowcliffe, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion said, "We’re incredibly pleased that Toby Carvery has chosen to support The Royal British Legion. We look forward to working together in a unique partnership, raising much-needed funds that will help us to continue our work providing vital support to the Armed Forces community.”

As well as fundraising initiatives, Toby Carvery is giving back to Armed Forces and their families by partnering with the Defences Discount Card which gives Armed Forces members, spouses and veterans 10% off their food bill.  As the official discount service for the Armed Forces, the Defence Community and Veterans, the card is also available to members of the community not previously supported, including spouses and partners of serving personnel.

Over 100,000 cards are currently in circulation across the UK since the launch, and this number is continuing to grow on a monthly basis.

For more information about Toby Carvery, please visit:

For more information about The Royal British Legion, please visit:

Useful Information / Links For Service Leavers/Veterans

  • Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and was created in 2007 to help ex-service personnel get appropriate support from government, local authorities, independent bodies and the charity sector
  • STOLL provides housing and support to vulnerable and disabled ex-service men and women, acknowledging the sacrifices they have made for our country
  • The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the armed forces community, serving men and women, veterans, and their families
  • HAIG Housing is the leading UK provider of rental housing for ex-service people and the strategic housing partner for Help for Heroes
  • Riverside is a group of complementary businesses, with a charitable housing association at its core making it a major service provider of affordable housing, care and support in England and Scotland
  • AlabarĂ© Homes for Veterans provide accommodation and specialist support for ex-service men and women who experience difficulty adjusting to civilian life.
  • AFV-Launchpad is a registered charity, providing affordable supported rental accommodation with on-site support to armed forces veterans of all ages and their partners
  • SSAFA provides lifelong support for veterans and their families
  • Veterans Aid is the major charity for UK veterans in crisis
  • Shelter gives practical housing advice and support online, in person and by phone
  • Citizens Advice provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities
  • Scottish Housing Guide for people leaving the armed forces and ex-service personnel
  • Housing Options Scotland helping disabled people, veterans and older people to find the right house, in the right place
  • Scottish Veterans Residences provides high quality, supported accommodation for veterans who are homeless or in need
  • Citizen Advice Scotland (CAS) provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive is the public housing authority for Northern Ireland
  • Army Families Federation is the independent voice of army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for army families around the world, on any aspect that is affected by the army lifestyle
  • Naval Families Federation is the independent voice of Royal Naval and Royal Marines families
  • Royal Air Force Families Federation provide a voice for the issues and concerns have about life in the RAF
  • Moneyforce the home of money guidance for UK service personnel and their families
  • Money Advice Service free and impartial advise to help you manage your money better
  • The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) provides a single point of contact for interaction with government, including local government and the devolved administrations; with the Royal Household; with the private sector; and, of course, with other members of the armed forces community.