Friday, 22 December 2017

Adult & Family Learning at Brompton Academy

Brompton Academy offers a wide range of Adult and Family Learning courses that are available throughout the academic year to parents/carers, students, staff and the wider community. You are invited to attend one of the exciting courses that are being offered free of charge or at a generous subsidised fee!

For further information or to book your place on any of the courses listed, please contact Mary Murison on 01634 583548 or email

Carillionamey: Tempo Update 22 December 2017

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2017

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Medway Sport Swim Academy - Swimming Lessons for Everyone

Medway Sport Swim Academy is proud to be following the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme, where fully-qualified instructors will guide you through your learning.

If you already know how to swim, you may benefit from lessons to improve your stroke technique.

Lessons cater for all ages and abilities, from babies and toddlers to teenagers and adults; beginners to accomplished swimmers.  Even if you haven't swum for years, there will be a lesson for you.

For more information on the types of lessons available, CLICK HERE

To see the current timetable of Medway Park's swimming lessons, CLICK HERE

Contact Houses - How to Book

The Tri-Service Contact House Directory contains details of who to contact to book a stay in a UK or overseas contact house.

The directory is available to view on the HIVE website at

To book the contact house in Brompton, ring the Welfare Clerk on 01634 822424.

To book the new contact house in Maidstone, ring the Welfare Clerk on 01622 767298.

AWS Re-Start Programme

In partnership with QA Consulting, Sage and Experis, Amazon Web Services have developed a customised training, mentoring and job placement scheme that will equip you with the skills and confidence to perform technology roles at various levels of expertise. Qualifying applicants who are eligible for the AWS re:Start programme include: Service leavers, reservists, veterans, cadets, cadet force adult volunteers and spouses of all these groups.

For further information

SSAFA's Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) Transitional Mentoring Service

SSAFA Mentoring helps injured, wounded or sick service men and women transition to civilian life. We empower every person we mentor to reach their full potential in their new lives and careers outside the military.

SSAFA provides long-term. face-to-face support during and after transition. Our mentoring partnerships are also independent to the chain of command, so they complement the support people receive from their military unit. Mentors will support you to achieve your personal goals however big or small as you move into civilian life

Transitioning out of the Forces back onto Civvy Street can be a daunting prospect for some, due to a sudden loss of support network and familiar surroundings.

A new life away from the military can prove to be very different challenge for ex-personnel – especially when that new challenge has come around unexpectedly due to becoming wounded, injured or sick.

The task of settling back into civilian life is made all the more difficult by an injury or illness, which is where SSAFA’s Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) Transitional Mentoring Service comes into play.


Easy Resettlement Magazine - Winter Issue Online Now

To read this issue online

Friday, 15 December 2017

Service Pupil Premium - Updated information 2018

This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England.

If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date. 

Latest Discounts from Forces Cars Direct & SSAFA

Goal Keeper Wanted (Medway): Under 15s, Anchorians FC


Carillionamey: Tempo Weekly Update 14 December 2017

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Defence Discount Card: Featured Discounts

Medway Council Gritting Services

Medway Council gritters will be out in force whenever the weather forecast suggests icy roads in the area.

CLICK HERE for information on how to:

- Request for a road to be gritted, report a damaged or empty grit bin, request a new, replacement or relocation of a grit bin.

- Find your nearest grit bin.

- View the gritting route.

Plus tips on driving safely in winter.

The Veterans Welfare Service

The Veterans Welfare Service is part of the Ministry of Defence’s Veterans UK support function and provides one to one welfare advice across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

It facilitates access to all appropriate services using a caseworker approach that offers professional help and guidance.

A new guide to the Veterans Welfare Service has been produced by Veterans UK.

To read the guide online,

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Housing Matters: Winter Issue Online Now


to read online

Copies are also available from the HIVE

Military Wives 'Missing Out' On Up To £30,000 Of Pension

Wives or partners of those who have served abroad in the armed forces may be missing out on pension payments worth thousands of pounds.

Last year the government launched a scheme to offer National Insurance Credits to 20,000 military spouses.

But following a Freedom of Information Request, insurance firm Royal London discovered that fewer than 4,000 people have applied for it so far.

The payments could be worth up to £30,000 over the course of retirement.


CivvyStreet Magazine - December Issue Available Now

The December Issue of CivvyStreet magazine
is available from the Chatham HIVE
at the Lampard Centre

This issue is also available online

Pathfinder Magazine - December Issue Online Now

To read this issue online

Monday, 11 December 2017

Updated Service Leaver's Guide Online

The Service Leaver's Guide
has been updated

CLICK HERE to view the booklet online

AFF Survey: Does the Army Families' Offer Meet the Needs of the Modern Army Family?

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is appealing to all Army families to take their latest survey and say whether they feel the package offered to them eases the impact that Service life can have. 

Quest Resettlement Magazine - December Issue Online Now

To read or download this issue


Thursday, 30 November 2017

2 Job Vacancies at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Visitor Operations Team Duty Manager – Health and Safety
Responsible to the Visitor Operations Manager for the day to day running of the Visitor Operations department on the ground fulfilling the Daily Duty Manager role on a rotational basis. Support the Visitor Operations Manager in the smooth running of the department by taking the lead on staffing requirements.

Visitor Operations Team Duty Manager - Staffing
Responsible to the Visitor Operations Manager for the day to day running of the Visitor Services department on the ground and fulfilling the Daily Duty Manager role on a rotational basis. Support the Visitor Operations Manager in the smooth running of the department by taking the lead on staffing requirements.

Click the job titles for more information.

Location Overview

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Southeastern Trains - Kids for a Quid

It's easy to have an affordable day out with the kids - buy one valid adult ticket on Southeastern services and take up to four children with you for £1 each.

Buying Kids for a Quid Tickets
You can buy Kids for a Quid Tickets online or from any of our ticket offices. But you can't get them from station ticket machines – sorry.

Under 5's go free and tickets cost £1 for children aged 5-15 when travelling with an adult with a valid ticket.

As they are already a real bargain, Kids for a Quid Tickets can't be further discounted with railcards, or used on journeys wholly within London Zones 1-6.

For further information CLI CK HERE

Monday, 27 November 2017

RBL Poppy Raffle

Join in RBL's Winter Raffle for your chance to win a prize worth £20,000!

The raffle is a fun way to support serving and ex-Service people and their families. You could win one of our fabulous prizes including first prize of £20,000 or a new Mini Convertible! There's also a luxury cruise for two around the British Isles or £5,000. Plus there are over 250 other prizes which must be won!

Buy your tickets online and we will enter you into an extra draw to win an iPad!

To buy tickets online

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the  UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.

We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.

For further information, to ask for help or to volunteer your services, CLICK HERE

Lifeworks Employment Support for Spouses, Maidstone - Thursday 30th November, 9.30am

Carillionamey: Tempo Update 23 November 2017

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Little Troopers: Little Treasures

Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

JSHAO Briefings - 2018 Calendar

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Carillionamey: Tempo Update 16 November 2017

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Quest Magazine - November Issue Out Now

To read, download or print this issue

Hardcopies are also available from the Chatham HIVE
at the Lampard Centre

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Army and You Magazine - Winter Issue Now Online

To read this issue online

Hard copies are also available from the Chatham HIVE
at the Lampard Centre

Volunteering, Is it for You?

Recruit for Spouses: Employment Opportunity, London

For further information about this employment opportunity

To view other vacancies on the Recruit for Spouses website

Monday, 13 November 2017

Free Story App for all British Armed Forces

We wanted to brighten your Monday and let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

For further information -

JSHAO - Calendar of Housing Briefs 2018

To open a larger printable version

Thursday, 9 November 2017

NHS Choices: Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community

For healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans, CLICK HERE