Friday, 27 January 2017

Important Information for Parents and Schools 

Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4)

To view the complete document CLICK HERE

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Medway Craft Fair Calendar 2017

It's now 2017 and we are back and ready with our new dates As always please email with all your question and/or for a booking form if you'd like a stall.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

SSAFA Got Your Back Campaign

SSAFA has joined forces with celebrities to launch "Got Your Back" Campaign, encouraging vulnerable members of the UK Military Community to ask for help.

New research published by SSAFA, The Armed Forces charity, has revealed that less than 1% of the personnel currently serving in the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces or veterans would seek help from a charity if they found themselves in need.

Currently serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in need can contact SSAFA’s Forcesline on 0800 731 4880 or via email at Forcesline is a free and confidential helpline and email service that provides support and advice and operates independently from the military chain of command.

Volunteer with SSAFA

For further information CLICK HERE

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Call 105 if you have a Power Cut

Do you know who to contact if you have a power cut?

105 is the new number to call.

It’s free of charge and will put you through to your local network operator who can give you help and advice.

More information at

Advice on Dealing with Emergencies in your Home

Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

Important Information for Parents and Schools 

Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance
(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4)

Details can be seen at this link

Volunteer with Forces Children on a SSAFA Short Break

For further information and to request an application form see
or phone 020 7463 9275
Deadline for applications is 2nd March 2017

Medway Homestart - Support for Under 5s

To download a trifold leaflet containing further information, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Transition to Civilian Life

This guide covers resettlement, housing, leave, and pensions as well as the administrative procedures, for the smooth transition to Civilian Life. 

The guide is written for those who are going to live in the UK. 

If you are leaving the Army from the UK and returning to your country of origin you will need to ask about matters relating to that country.

Your Unit Welfare Officer (UWO) would be a good place to start seeking help and advice.

This guide tells you about the ex-Service and civilian welfare agencies which are there to help you, if you wish, once you have left the Army.

It will also explain procedures for all Service Leavers (SL)

To read or download the guide CLICK HERE

Career Transition Partnership - Employment Bulletin January 2017 - London and South East

On behalf of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), welcome to the London and the South East Employment Bulletin, which will provide you with the latest jobs and business news from across the region and highlights a selection of the latest regional vacancies on our job site,

In addition to this bulletin, there are plenty of other resources available to assist you in your job search: the monthly Focus e-newsletter provides job-finding, resettlement and training news via email, our bespoke Industry Sector Guides are regularly updated with the latest industry news, and the CTP website is full of useful tips, advice and dedicated employer microsites, where you will find information from a range of companies with ongoing opportunities for ex-military personnel.

To read the whole Bulletin, please CLICK HERE

Friday, 13 January 2017

Online Mental Health Apps Library

Lots of people have found talking therapies helpful for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress.

Evidence confirms that talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be as effective as medication for some mental health problems.

While CBT and other face-to-face talking therapies are widely available privately, you may have to wait to get them on the NHS.
Online help for mental health

NICE has approved the use of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) for the treatment of depression, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder. CCBT is the name used for delivering CBT via computers, tablets and phone, usually online. Research suggests it can be just as effective as having face-to-face therapy with a therapist if you are supported by a remote therapist.

As well as CCBT there are a range of other online mental health services available to support people with their mental health.

You may be able to use CCBT and other online services for free on the NHS. Ask your GP or mental health professional, or contact the services themselves directly to find out.

To access the online apps library CLICK HERE

Soldier 2 Civilian

The  Chatham HIVE has a supply of these new booklets.  If you are leaving the Army shortly, pop into the Chatham Hive at the Lampard Centre and collect yours.

Online University Degrees in Management Are Now Available to Families gives military personnel the opportunity to study for a university management degree online.

Now, BA (Honours) in Business Management and a MBA (master’s degree) are being offered to family members who want to go to university but at a cost that they can afford.

These degrees are from the award winning Anglia Ruskin University, which is in the top ten UK universities for distance learning (see

By using military experience and a 2-part qualification, our distinct system allows Servicemen and women to gain eligibility points, even when they do not have sufficient academic qualifications for a direct application. The procedure has recently been adapted to reward military families, by crediting their unique experiences and extra responsibilities.

The better UK universities are well regarded by multi-national employers due to a combination of prestige, history, English language and world-leading research. We have a number of reports from studies on pay and employment success that support this fact and will gladly respond to any enquiry on ‘what can a management BA or MBA degree do for me?’

You can research both the university ( and its online provider LSM (, who will run your study programme.

Alternatively, you could just contact us by email ( or go to our website. Our brief is to manage your application at no cost to yourself but you will also benefit from our funding advice and support right through to your graduation.

SERFCA Website - Jobs for Reservists and Veterans

The purpose of the SERFCA website is to put reservists, who are seeking employment together with employers who have vacancies to fill and who are 'reservist friendly'. Ex military personnel or veterans may also apply for jobs on this site.

For further information, visit the website at:

Resettlement Support Continues When You Leave the Forces

Resettlement support doesn't end when you leave the Armed Forces.

You can seek help if eligible from your Regional Resettlement Centre for up to two years after your discharge date.

Career advice and guidance

If you attended a Career Transition Workshop or worked with a CTP Career Consultant on a one-to-one basis prior to leaving, you’re eligible for advice and information from your Career Consultant for up to two years post-discharge.

You can contact them by phone, email, or in person, whether it’s to discuss a job application, get feedback on your CV, or simply review your career direction.

Mail Redirection

When Moving Out of your Service Family Accommodation please make sure that you have arranged to redirect your mail.

The Post Office offers a redirection service at:

National Insurance for Forces' Dependents Overseas

Thursday, 12 January 2017

UK Schools Directory

30% Discount on a Merlin Pass

Unleash your inner wizard with the Merlin Annual Pass, which is the key to 31 amazing new worlds that are packed full of adventure. For 12 spellbinding months there is definitely something for everyone, from thrill seeking adventures to a fun-loving family day out.

(For full list of UK attractions


Merlin Annual pass now available with a Defence Discount Service discount when calling 0871 222 4001 and quoting code MOD.

Standard Annual Pass price:individual - DDS price was £143.20 now £125.30
Standard Annual Pass price:family - DDS price £111.20 per person now £97.30

Premium Annual Pass price:individual - DDS price was £175.20 now £153.30
Premium Annual Pass price:family - DDS price was £143.20 per person now £125.30

For further information about this offer visit:

Defence Discount Service - There's an App for that

DRM (Defence Relation Management)

DRM is a single point of contact linking employers with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

About DRM

We offer advice and support on employing members of the armed forces community, and enable organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the MOD. DRM builds on the successful SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) information campaign and continues defence’s work with reservists, their employers, and those organisations who want to partner with defence.

CarillionAmey Move in / Move Out Standard Tick Sheets

These booklets detail the Move In and Move Out standards required of your SFA ensuring that you know exactly what is required from you to get your property to the agreed standard.

Getting Married?

For a useful Q&A sheet from the Army Families Federation

Monday, 9 January 2017

Housing Matters - Winter Issue

The Winter issue of Housing Matters is available online
by clicking HERE

Hard copies are also available free from the Chatham HIVE

Help for Heroes - Hidden Wounds

What is Hidden Wounds?

Free and confidential support for Veterans, their families and the families of those currently serving who are suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, anger and alcohol issues. Symptoms can include a lack of motivation or interest in everyday activities; an uncontrollable sense of worry; a fear of crowds; physical tension in the head or shoulders, or any number of other depression symptoms. Support is delivered by phone, Skype or face to face.

For further details or to contact the Hidden Wounds team CLICK HERE

Friday, 6 January 2017

Service Pupil Premium 2017

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 to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which 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 19 January 2017 and children must be registered with the school before this date. You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database.

For more information on eligibility, please CLICK HERE

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Phoning CarillionAmey Helpdesk from a Mobile or from Abroad

Calls to the CarillionAmey Helpdesk 0800 707 6000 number from a mobile will incur a cost. Please use the direct line number provided below.  

The number is 0151 728 1630

This goes to the same option number so is no different to the 0800 one, but will be included in talk time plans, or may cost less when calling from abroad.

Courses for Forces: Winter Edition

To read this issue online

Supporting the Unsung Hero (SUH) - Business Startup Programme

For further information, CLICK HERE