Friday, 30 June 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Report

Our Community Our Covenant.  See the 2nd edition of the Covenant Report here


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Forces Help to Buy: help to get on the property ladder

What is the scheme?

Regular armed forces personnel can benefit from a £200 million 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.
The pilot scheme, which launched in April 2014 and has now been extended to 2018, aims to address the low rate of home ownership in the armed forces.

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

North Hampshire Young Carers Support

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Army Families Federation (AFF) are seeking a Co-ordinator for the Hampshire area

Hampshire Co-ordinator

AFF is currently seeking a Co-ordinator for the Hampshire area (including but not limited to Andover, Bordon, Gosport, Marchwood, Middle Wallop, Odiham, Portsmouth, Thorney Island, Winchester Garrison and Worthy Down). Read more

AFF Co-ordinators in the UK cover specific geographical regions. Co-ordinators assist Service families with enquiries and concerns, helping families access the right services and support. The role involves representing the families’ viewpoint to the chain of command and local authorities and attendance at meetings within the area.
The role is community- and home-based, reaching families and other contacts through visits to stations within the area and via e-mail, phone and Facebook contact.
The post is part-time with flexible hours (15 per week) and paid on an hourly basis.

Poppy Pods

These Pods are here in perpetuity to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.
The wooden camping Pods are sustainable and environmentally friendly with solar panels. The Pods provide residential holiday/respite facilities for service personnel, veterans and their families. The Pod Village has been designed with accessibility in mind.

for more information, please visit:

Become a volunteer with the Army Cadet Force (ACF)

Are your travel vaccinations up to date?

If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

Please click HERE to find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

What is AA?

AA & Alcoholism

AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. Alcoholics Anonymous does not engage in the fields of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or advocacy in any form, although members may participate in such activities as individuals.

What is the Army Families Federation (AFF) ?

What We Do

The Army Families Federation (AFF) 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.
AFF is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice. We will deal with your enquiry without revealing your identity.
AFF is often pivotal in achieving improvements for Army families such as changes to Government and military policy and changes to the delivery of how things are provided for families. AFF does not do this by itself; our role is to highlight problems to the chain of command or service providers, and to work with them and other agencies to improve the support they provide to Service families.
AFF also provides a signposting service to help you find the right person to speak to, as well as providing useful information for Army families through its website and magazine, Army&You

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Little Troopers

Little Troopers Treasures

This weekend we launched a brand new, free, easy to use iPad app that is available now exclusively to serving British Armed Forces families.

We know that serving parents are so frequently away from home and often communications can be limited or sporadic. We also know that a bedtime story is one of the most important times to a child.

So.....we teamed up with Harper Collins Children's Books to bring you Little Troopers Treasures; it will make story time precious every day and will ensure children never miss a bedtime story from their parents again; they can watch the recordings over and over whenever they miss their mummy or daddy.

Download the app on your iPad

Once you are registered (only register once you just need a family login) you can log in and view the bookshelf with various titles available, then simply record a story. The app will capture your face, your voice and the story book pages while your record, it will all then be immediately wrapped up with love and saved on your device and can be watched or listened to or both over and over again.

There is also some supporting resources such as a weekly planner, separation diaries and time difference sheet for you to print and use to compliment the app.

View more on the Little Troopers Treasures web-page

Fijian domestic and sexual abuse booklet

If you would like to view this booklet, please visit:

Safer North Hampshire - advise on keeping property secure this summer to avoid becoming a victim of crime

Residents and car owners are being reminded to be vigilant about closing windows and locking doors over the summer holiday period to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
The advice, from the Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Partnership, is aimed at encouraging people to take safety precautions to ensure their home, property and outbuildings remain safe from burglars. Young people are also being encouraged to avoid committing antisocial behaviour during the school holidays.
Cllr Ken Muschamp, Chairman of Safer North Hampshire, said: “Burglars are on the look-out for homes that are empty for several weeks while people are on holiday, but they also know that people will sometimes leave windows or doors open while they nip out for a short time. We are encouraging people to follow the standard crime prevention advice and keep windows and doors secure. In addition, keep sheds and garages locked to help protect your outbuildings.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight's most popular family attractions

For information, please visit:

Discovery Hampshire's military history

Historic sites in Aldershot and Farnborough

Historic sites in Aldershot and Farnborough

Aldershot and Farnborough have a wealth of historic sites.
With their military, Victorian and aviation heritages, Aldershot and Farnborough offer a wide selection of historic sites, including the following:

Duke of Wellington Statue

The impressive 40-ton statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle of Waterloo, was originally erected at Hyde Park Corner, London. It was moved to its current site in Aldershot in1885.

Aldershot observatory

The telescope and observatory building were a gift from aviation pioneer Patrick Young Alexander to the British Army in 1906.

St Michael's Abbey

St Michael's Abbey was founded in 1881 by the Empress EugĂ©nie as a mausoleum for her late husband Napoleon III, Emperor of France. It is now a contemplative monastery of monks of the Benedictine order.
Farnborough Road, Farnborough, GU14 7NQ
01252 546105

Heroes' Shrine, Manor Park

The Heroes' Shrine is Aldershot's national memorial to those people who died in the civilian bombing during the Battle of Britain. It contains masonry from bombed cities including Coventry cathedral.
High Street, Aldershot, GU11 4JU

IQ Farnborough - former Royal Aircraft Establishment wind tunnels and hanger

Three listed wind tunnels, the former weapons testing building and a refurbished air ship hanger sit at the heart of the modern day airfield business park (limited access). For details, see the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust - wind tunnels at Farnborough Business Park web page.

Prince Consort's Library

The military specialist Library of the Army Library and Information Service. It specialises in providing information on current military topics and international politics in support of operations, intelligence, training and education by the British Armed Forces. This is achieved by the extensive use of online information, military articles and a wide range of military books. The Prince Consort's Library also regularly host talks by military authors.
Knollys Road, Aldershot, GU11 1PT
01252 349381

After a fully equipped office? Try the Aldershot Enterprise Centre

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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

Domestic abuse - guidance and support for the Armed Forces community

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Stoll - 34 new homes ready for rent from Spring 2018 in Aldershot for vunerable and disabled Veterans

Stoll is building brand new accommodation in Aldershot. 34 homes are currently being built on Evelyn Avenue for vulnerable and disabled Veterans to rent from Spring 2018.
To be eligible for the housing, you must have served in the UK Armed Forces. The homes are available for disabled Veterans or those who need support to live independently and who are currently inappropriately housed and have a low income. You can download our eligibility criteria here.
Stoll will begin assessing applications from 1 October 2017 and will work closely with local partners including the Army, Mike Jackson House and Rushmoor Borough Council. The local authority will be able to recommend Veterans for twelve of the properties. All applicants will need to meet the eligibility criteria and go through the same assessment as other applicants.
Andrea Howlett, Stoll’s Director of Housing and Development said: “Given the shortage of appropriate housing for Veterans, we are inviting Veterans who need both housing and support to apply for a new home. The new purpose built accommodation will enable people who have served in the Armed Forces to rent an affordable place to live. People will also receive tailored support to meet their individual needs.”
The decision to provide accommodation in Aldershot follows the publication of Meeting the Housing and Support Needs of Single Veterans in Great Britain, a research project commissioned by Stoll and Riverside which highlighted Aldershot as an area of particularly high housing need for Veterans.


Win big with DDS!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group want your views!

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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.

Community Safety News - safer North Hampshire

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Nissan discounts

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A single point of contact for Veterans

Please click HERE for more information

Monday, 19 June 2017

Latest edition of Your Hampshire

If you would like to read the latest edition of ‘Your Hampshire’ you can download it from here:
This contains all the latest information from Hampshire County Council.

NEW! Tickets For Troops notification app

For more information please follow this link

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Carillionamey Housing website

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Families lives website

Families lives website provides information on these topics. For more information, please visit their website:
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Family lives - from first tooth to first steps

Family lives - information on teenagers and risky behaviour

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BullyingUK - being bullied?

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Big White Wall free support for Veterans, serving personnel and their families

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Click HERE for full details

Hampshire Alert - vehicle online shopping fraud

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:
  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Transition to civilian life information sheet - managing personal finances

Transition to civilian life

The resettlement services delivered by the CTP focus very much on supporting Service leavers through the transition of leaving the Armed Forces whether that comes after just a few years’ Service or a full career spanning over 20 years. The majority of those leaving the Forces enter the civilian employment market, some take time out to study and some simply retire. Whatever your chosen pathway when you leave, there are other important factors to consider too such as looking for a home, locating schools for children, organising your finances, right down to registering with a doctor and a dentist. To access this guide, please visit:

When to call 111 - the NHS non emergency number

 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Royal British Legion breaks

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

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Free Training and Job Placement Programme - Amazon Web Services

Hampshire Alerts - wedding services fraud

With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

According to ‘’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111.  This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few.  Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time.

Gov.UK - The law on leaving your child home alone

The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk. Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, eg at home or in a car.

  • children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time
  • children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight
  • babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone

Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health

Mums' Coffee Morning for additional needs and disabilities - 13th June 2017

Mums’ Coffee Morning for additional needs and disabilities (run by SSAFA) is being held on Tuesday 13th June  2017 at Maurice Toye House from 1300 to 1430. Do come along!