Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Carillionamey's Self-Help Guide to Your Boiler


Adopt with SSAFA - Adoption for Military Families


SSAFA Adoption Service is an independent adoption agency. Registered with OFSTED, the Scottish Care Commission and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, N. Ireland, SSAFA is one of a network of professional not for profit specialists, who work independently across local authority boundaries to provide consistent high quality support for adopters in the military and their adopted children. SSAFA helps to create families fulfilling lives together and they're here for anyone serving who wishes to create a family through adoption. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Destinations - Armed Forces Holiday and Leisure Guide

Some hard copies of this publication have been delivered to the Chatham HIVE.  If you would like a copy, please see me at the Lampard Centre. I don't have very many copies so they will be given out on a first-come first-served basis.  This issue features Bournemouth, Devon, the Isle of Wight, Bath, Yorkshire, Dubrovnik and an article on Skiing.


Moving in soon? CarillionAmey are here to help

Are you moving in to your first Service Family Accommodation or are you a seasoned pro but need a little bit of a reminder of what to do?  CarillionAmey people are here to assist you. We have a variety of information that’s designed to help you to prepare for your Move in and help you to get the best out of it.

The CarillionAmey people that are key are our advisors at the Helpdesk who work in the Occupancy Services team, your Accommodation Officer who will be with you during the Move in appointment and our Local Customer Service advisors who are available to speak to you in person. 
You might also find this little video useful in guiding you through the Move In process:



Local Customer Service Centre advisors are available to help you in person. Ask your HIVE ISO for details or telephone the CarillionameyHelpdesk.   Our Occupancy Services team at the Helpdesk are available for you to speak to by phone [call 0800 707 6000 option 3]   

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.

The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

The CTP also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire Service leavers.

To date, the CTP has  assisted over 180,000 Service leavers with the transition to civilian life and supported thousands of organisations looking to employ ex-Service personnel.

For further information, visit the website at https://www.ctp.org.uk/about-us/the-ctp and watch this short video.


Calculate your Armed Forces Pension


You may be eligible for an Armed Forces Pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.

Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.
Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.
Download and fill in the pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

Rough Guide to Accessible Britain - FREE

Motorbility has produced a free guide to accessible Britain.  To view the guide CLICK HERE


New Law from December 2016 relating to Booster Seats in Vehicles


For further information CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

SSAFA Forcesline


Be Bright, Be Seen

Now we're heading into winter, here are some top tips for children on the journey to and from school...



Monday, 14 November 2016

Joining the British Army? Information for Parents and Guardians


Is a son, daughter or loved one thinking about joining the Army?

We know it’s a big decision. That’s why we want you to have all the facts. By being well informed, you can help your child or loved one get an accurate picture of Army life. Then they’ll be able to decide if this is the right path for them.

For further information CLICK HERE or visit the ARMY JOBS FACEBOOK PAGE

Friday, 11 November 2016

One-to-One Swimming Lessons at Medway Park Leisure Centre

Medway Park is offering adults and children dedicated 1-2-1 swim tuition. Ideal for those who need that little bit of extra help to progress, stroke and stamina improvements, in a supported and secure environment with ASA qualified instructors.

£20 per 30-minute lesson and free swim afterwards.

Contact denise.todd@medway.gov.uk 01634 336644.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Pensions - Resettlement Guide


There are now three Armed Forces pension schemes for members of the Regular Armed Forces and the one which applies to you depends upon your age, length of service and the decisions you have made during your career.

The Career Transition Partnership has produced a useful guide containing information on pension options for military personnel leaving regular service, as well as the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme (RFPS) for Reservists. There is also information on Armed Forces Redundancy Schemes and the War Widow's or War Widower's pension.

For further information CLICK HERE

Finance - Resettlement Guide


Finance is one of the most important aspects of your transition into a new life outside of the Armed Forces. The word Finance itself covers everything to do with money and its use including savings, investments, budgeting, debt control and management. 

Health and Education Resettlement Guide



When you leave military services you become responsible for registering for your own and your family's health care support through local GPs, dentists etc.  This useful guide produced by the Career Transition Partnership will help you find out more about health services available to you.

Self Employment Awareness Workshops (One Day)

The Self-Employment Awareness Workshop is operated by X-Forces on behalf of the Career Transition Partnership.

The aim of the day is to explore self-employment as an option for resettlement and to look at what you need to consider if you want to explore this further. Working both as a group and individually, you will gain an awareness of what starting up a business means; to you, your family, and your finances. We will discuss the pros and cons of self-employment and look at how to begin planning the launch of a successful business. 

Approaching the Market - Personal Strategies for Ex-Service Personnel


Success in your job search results from having a well thought-out strategy and a solid plan of action. While luck sometimes plays a part in landing a job, do you really want to leave something so important to chance? Instead, seize control of your career by taking the next step proactively. With this approach, you can bring the luck, and the jobs, to you!

For a useful guide, produced by the Career Transition Partnership CLICK HERE

Getting Maximum Benefit from Attending Employment Fairs


To read, download or print the complete guide

The website of the Career Transition Partnership is at

CV Writing Tips

The purpose of a CV is to get you an interview. Not a job. The distinction is important and worth bearing in mind.

The current job market is constantly changing and very competitive.

Preparing your CV is a task you should take as seriously as looking for vacancies.

So whilst your CV will not get you a job it can open the door to an interview.

The Career Transition Partnership has produced a handy guide to help you with your CV.  To read or download this guide CLICK HERE

A longer, in-depth guide can be accessed on the website HERE