Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Responding to Children Affected by the Media Coverage of the Manchester Incident

 Parents, teachers and others caring for children who are affected by the media coverage of incidents like that in Manchester are asking Winston's Wish how to respond to children's questions.

The Winston's Wish Charity has compiled some questions and answers by drawing on experiences of supporting children, young people and families bereaved through all causes, including through murder or manslaughter. 

Please see the list of contact details for organisations at the end if you would like to ask other questions on how best to support children affected by these events or by other bereavements.

To read more, visit the Winston's Wish website

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

AWS re-Start

Amazon Web Services have a brand new programme called AWS re:Start. A free training and job placement programme running throughout 2017 which aims to equip service leavers, reservists, veterans, cadets, cadet force adult volunteers and spouses with the knowledge and skills to build a career within the digital economy.

For further information

MoodZone, NHS Choices: Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Am I depressed? How can I feel less stressed? Why am I so anxious?

Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help.

It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

- Tips and advice to boost mental health
- Self-help and treatments
- Other people's stories

To enter the MoodZone CLICK HERE

UK Schools Directory 2017-2018

Monday, 22 May 2017

Tickets for Troops, Kia Oval, London - 9th and 14th July 2017

To book free tickets through the Tickets for Troops website

Get Qualified with CRS

Book online or contact Corporate Risk Systems for further information
Phone: 01332 527107

Great Lines ParkRun - Every Saturday 9am

What is the Great Lines ParkRun?
It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

Where is it?
The event takes place in Great Lines Heritage Park, Brompton Road, Gillingham, ME7 1HF. See Course page for more details.

When is it?
Every Saturday at 9am.
What does it cost to join in?
Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.
How fast do I have to be?
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
The Great Lines ParkRun needs you!
It is entirely organised by volunteers - email to help.
We're friendly!
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Falcon café, Marlborough Rd, Gillingham - please come and join us!

For further details, see

Homestart - Pop n Play Sessions, Thursdays, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Tickets for Troops - Job Vacancy (London)

Tickets for Troops is  looking for an Operations Assistant. The successful candidate will be someone who is keen to provide excellent customer service to military members and who wants to develop their administrative skills.

You should be someone who enjoys delivering good news as you will be making lots of phone calls to inform troops that they have been successful in obtaining complimentary tickets for events.

You will also have the opportunity to support the operations of the charity whilst working hard to improve the ticket supply offered to servicemen and women so you need to be  someone who is ready to get stuck in.

The Tickets For Troops team is quite small and therefore you will become very much part of the team. This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable experience and enhance your CV.

Job Title: Operations Assistant
Reports to: Director of Operations
Location: Victoria, London
Start date: ASAP
Length of contact: 3 months with potential for longer term
Salary: £7.50 per hour (National Minimum Wage)

For further information CLICK HERE

MOD Childcare Vouchers

Are you aware of changes to your childcare support in 2017?

If not

Mitchells and Butler Ex-Armed Forces Career Event

Mitchells & Butlers understand the transition can be difficult, they have lots of people working at Mitchells & Butlers who are Ex-Armed Forces personnel so there is plenty of support, training and help available.

If you share our love for the vibrant world of pubs and restaurants, few companies offer the sheer breadth of job opportunities that Mitchells and Butler does.

Mitchells & Butlers will hold an Armed Forces Meet & Greet day at Frimley (nr Aldershot) on Thursday 6th July.

For further information or to register CLICK HERE

Understanding Autism

Do you know what small actions could reduce the overload that autistic people face?

CLICK HERE to find out

Choosing Childcare in the Medway Area

Medway Council provides excellent advice for any parent looking for childcare in the area.

CLICK HERE to access the web page which contains several useful links to other relevant information sites and services.

Domestic Abuse: Guidance and Support for the Armed Forces Community

This government site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.

For further information CLICK HERE

Protect Your Online Identity

We all have some sort of online presence whether it's on social media, for retail and banking or an email account. Our reliance on digital information is increasing every day.

While it's natural to want to make our lives easier, avoid being tempted to use the same password for multiple accounts or use a password that's very easy to remember (ie password123).

Criminals know that sometimes we don't use secure passwords and use it against us to steal our data.

CLICK HERE for some more useful tips from the Kent Police.

Using Social Media - A Guide for Military Personnel

The use of social media is accepted by Defence and, when used appropriately, should be encouraged.

The issue we face is not why or how we use social media, but how well we use it. The government has produced a useful guide that tells you what is and isn’t acceptable social media behaviour for military personnel.

CLICK HERE to read or print the guide.

Forces Media Academy - Service Leavers and Veterans Offered Free Media Course

The Forces Media Academy has launched a unique media course for service leavers and veterans which will be taught in a live media environment. 

The Forces Media Academy is run by the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), the parent company of the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and Forces TV. We specialise in providing media services to the UK Armed Forces.

The Academy is funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR Funds. The Royal British Legion has also contributed substantial financial support.

Students on the free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course also receive a bursary of £18k to help with living costs. 

The first course starts on 25th September 2017 and will run until July 2018 at SSVC’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire, so students will have the opportunity to work with award-winning media teams alongside the programme of lectures.

The Army Reserve, 3rd Battalion (Rochester) - Recruiting Now

For further information on the 3rd Battalion, visit the website at

Medway Stop Smoking Service

Would you like to quit smoking for good? Find out how you can get support.

The Medway Stop Smoking Service is a completely free service offering 1-2-1s with highly trained, approachable advisers. There are also drop-in sessions all around Medway including the Smokefree Advice Centre at 2-2a Railway Street, Chatham, ME4 4JL.

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

Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces

The Service Complaints Ombudsman was established by the Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Act 2015. The Ombudsman is the successor to the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces, a role established by the Armed Forces Act 2006 as part of significant reforms to the Service complaints process.

The role of the Service Complaints Ombudsman is to provide independent and impartial scrutiny of the handling of Service complaints made by members of the UK Armed Forces.

For further information, visit the website at

Redirect Your Personal Mail

It's important you make sure you continue to receive your mail when you move home:

- You won't miss important documents

- You’ll help prevent your personal details falling into the wrong hands and becoming a victim of fraud

- You will receive home mover offers

SE Education Fair & Festival of Learning, Aldershot - Wednesday 19th July 2017

On Wednesday 19 July 17 HQ 11 (Inf) Bde will host a SE Education Fair & Festival of Learning to promote a wide variety of education opportunities and courses to all of our Serving Personnel, Spouses, Partners and young family members. The event will cover to themes:

1. Education into Industry (E2I):

Arms & Service professional bodies will partner industry groups, civilian professional bodies and academic institutions to provide advice & guidance to help identify structured career paths mapped to civilian qualifications. Key aims are:

To  PROMOTE wider understanding of Industry skills requirements in light of future employment growth areas, skills gaps & key recognised qualifications.

To PROMOTE In-Service & external professional development opportunities.

To ENCOUARGE networking to facilitate long-term planning and development of personal learning journeys (educational pathways).

E2I will be supported by 77 AEC LDOs & IEROs, CTP, OA, DWP to provide advice on access to funding, process etc…

2. Festival of Learning:

Explore an exciting array of wider vocational learning opportunities to encourage our Armed Forces Community (spouses, partners, families) to embrace lifelong learning. FE / HE and other Learning providers will promote regionally-run courses, Have-a-go taster days, apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities etc.. all supported by DWP to identify government education funding schemes and potential onward employment.

Venue: Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre.

This event is replacing the previously advertised event on 8 Jun 17.

To book a place, please telephone Jodie Kennedy-Smith 01252 347775

Veterans’ Gateway Launch - 20th June 2017

In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced £2 million of funding from the Covenant Fund for a one-stop service to better support British Armed Forces veterans in need. The service responds to calls from veterans’ charities and groups for help in navigating the wide range of services and organisations set up to support those who have served in the Forces.

The service will be the first point of contact for veterans and their families to access information, advice and support on a range of issues including healthcare, housing, and employment. It will allow information and services from partners to be accessed from one place and all enquiries will be followed up to ensure that veterans receive the right support.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Tickets for Troops - Free London Theatre Tickets

 To book tickets, CLICK HERE

Pregnancy Matters

Whatever your pregnancy-related problem, help is just a click, text or call away

If you’re late and worried about being pregnant, considering abortion or you’ve just found out you’re pregnant and don’t know what to do, Pregnancy Matters can help. Maybe you’re pregnant and have nowhere to live or need some practical support. Or perhaps you’re dealing with the loss of a pregnancy or need to talk to someone after an abortion.

Forces Cars Direct - New Cars Discounts

May Issue of Pathfinder Available Online

To read, download or print

Sports Supplements, CDT And Your Military Career

If you are taking or considering taking sports or dietary supplements you should watch the video ‘Supplements, CDT and Your Career` in which WO2 QMSI Miller gives advice on supplements, the impact of banned and illegal substances and what it takes to achieve and maintain a high fitness level.

Support from Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

A selection of AA leaflets and pamphlets are available to read online, download or print.  Click the links below to access the pamphlets.

Recruit for Spouses - Returning Talent to the Workplace

Most modern families in the UK recognise that where once a second income might have been an advantage, it is increasingly a ‘must-have’, and military families are no exception. Too frequently, skilled, career-minded spouses are overlooked in the workplace in favour of candidates perceived to be more geographically stable.

Recruit for Spouses’ message to business is simple: recent changes throughout the British military mean its families are more settled then ever before, and Forces’ spouses deserve rewarding income opportunities from a level playing field.

If you’re a military spouse with aspirations of saving for a house deposit or funding a mortgage so your family can put down roots, we can help you to make it happen.

CLICK HERE to visit the website to register with Recruit For Spouses

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 via this site.
For further information CLICK HERE

Recruitment Open Days - Nursing Opportunities in Jersey, Channel Islands

With a focus on having time to really care, health and social care professionals find more on offer in Jersey than just a career. You’ll be part of a committed team helping people thrive and providing them with the best outcomes in life, in a truly beautiful place.

As an integrated department that sits completely outside of the NHS we are on a journey to review, transform and develop our services. We are placing the patient and their family at the heart of everything we do by designing safe, high quality value for money services.

Recruitment Open Dates

Wednesday 24th May 2017
10.00 am – @
Macdonald Burlington Hotel
126 New Street
B2 4JQ

Thursday 25th May
10.00am – 7.00 pm @ TMP Worldwide
265 Tottenham Court Road

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Howletts Wildlife Park and Port Lympne Reserve - Discounts Online

Book tickets ONLINE and save 10%

The Aspinall Foundation is an internationally renowned animal conservation charity who are world leaders in the breeding and protection of endangered animals.     

Penguin Club at Silver Blades, Gillingham

Penguin Club sessions are designed to give toddlers and their parents the time to discover ice skating, all under the supervision of a fully qualified coach!

Penguin Club sessions are exclusively open for toddlers between walking age and 4 years, along with any accompanying parents or guardians. Without the older kids around, the toddlers can feel right at home on the ice. With toys and games on the ice as well, it won’t be long before little ones are skating all by themselves!

You don’t need to make a booking for toddler time, just show up 15 minutes before the session starts.

For further information CLICK HERE

Ice Hockey Lessons for Under 16s at Silver Blades, Gillingham

Learn the fastest team sport in the world, Ice Hockey, all whilst having fun… thanks to Silver Blades' Hockey Excellence programme!

Developed in conjunction with Skate Excellence, this fun programme helps the future stars of ice hockey develop in a structured environment by qualified ice hockey & Skate Excellence coaches.

Silver Blades have a fantastic track record for teaching people to skate, having now adopted the Skate Excellence program which places a bigger emphasis on fun whilst learning.

All coaches are Skate Excellence accredited.

For further information CLICK HERE or phone 08700 852929

Ice Penguin, Learn to Skate at Silver Blades, Gillingham

Ice Penguin Learn to Skate is the newest Skate Excellence course at Silver Blades. It is designed for “preschoolers”.

Ice Penguins teaches participants how to skate through play, the use of colours, shapes, and visual aids.

The lessons are audio driven, with different penguin characters & the penguin club leader guiding participants through the basic instructions. The use of familiar nursery songs helps to create a fun loving environment that will make for an enjoyable experience for all!

The ice penguin programme consists of 5 levels, and each level is made up of smaller sections, which that are the building blocks of skating. Your preschool skater will quickly become familiar with the lesson format, and in turn will be able to achieve their goal of progressing through the ranks of the Ice Penguin programme.

Skate Excellence, Learn to Skate at Silver Blades, Gillingham

Suitable For All Ages From Toddlers To Teens, Adults & Family Groups.

Friendly Sessions With An Emphasis On Learning Whilst Having Fun!

Silver Blades Ice Rink has a fantastic track record for teaching people to skate. It has now adopted the Skate Excellence program which places a bigger emphasis on fun whilst learning.

All Silver Blade's coaches are Skate Excellence accredited.

For further information CLICK HERE

MOD Police Authorised Firearms Officers - Recruiting Now

As part of your initial training, you’ll have to successfully qualify as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO). At any one time 90% of officers on duty will be performing this role. Officers are trained to National Police Standards and are required to maintain this competency annually.

During your firearms module you’ll receive training in weapon handling, shooting skills, less lethal options and tactics. In scenario-based training, this will allow you to demonstrate critical decision-making in a pressured timeframe.

You will also have the opportunity to gain further firearms skills if you want to develop your career in a specialist post.

For more info visit

Paultons Park (Home of Peppa Pig World) Services Days - 17th-18th and 24th-25th September 2017

How to book tickets for Services Day 17th-18th and 24th-25th September 2017.

Tickets will go live on the Tickets For Troops website ( at midday on Wednesday 20th July.

Numbers are limited.

Please note there are a limited number of tickets and they will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

For further information about Paultons Park CLICK HERE

Monday, 15 May 2017

Walk the Battlefields - October 2017

A 100km walk across the World War One battlefields of France and Belgium

Choose from one of two dates:
4th – 8th October 2017
11th – 15th October 2017

Join AFF to trek 100km of the Western Front and commemorate the Centenary of the First World War whilst helping to support the soldiers and veterans of today.

Summer Fair, Chatham Dockyard - Saturday 1st July, 10am till 4pm

Rivermead Inclusive Trust would like to welcome you to our Traditional Summer Fair. With fun and games for all the family from traditional Fairground games such as a coconut shy and ball in the bucket to food and drink stands selling traditional English Cider , Caribbean street food, waffles and candyfloss.

There will be a range of stalls selling gifts and hand crafted items. Why not come along and have a go at creating a piece of art which will be joined together to create a bigger installation or for the more sporty amongst you try your hand at archery.

Come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair safe in the knowledge that no matter what the weather this covered event will provide sheltered entertainment with something for everyone.

Picnic in the Park, Higham - Saturday 1st July, 12 Noon to 4.30pm

 For further details contact

Register to Vote

You need to be registered to vote by 22nd May if you want to have your say in the UK General Election on 8 June. Medway residents can call  01634 332030 to check if they're registered.

If you aren't registered, CLICK HERE to register online.

Medway Tunnel Overnight Closures

The Medway Tunnel will be closed at 8pm to 5.45am on Tuesday 23rd until Friday 26th May.

Drivers needing to cross the river between these times should use the M2 Motorway bridge or Rochester Bridge between Strood town centre and Rochester town centre.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Poppy Pod Project: Camping village for Armed Forces Personnel and their Families- Tile Barn Outdoor Centre-Brockenhurst

For further information CLICK HERE

25 Best Things to do in London

Attracting 27 million visitors every year, London is the most visited city in Europe. It’s no surprise that London is top of so many people’s travel plans: the city was founded by the Romans and has thrived over the centuries. Today, London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with a rich history and some of the most outstanding culture on the planet.

The City of London is the ancient centre of London but is actually the smallest city in England. The London that we’re familiar with covers a much wider metropolitan area and is home to almost 9 million people. Split into the vibrant and distinctive areas of North, West, South and East London – as well as the commercial and tourist hub of Central London – every district has its own recognizable neighbourhoods. There is always something to see and do in London. With some of the world’s best art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and history, it’s impossible to be bored in London.

With this list of the 25 best things to do in London you’ll browse through some highlights to get you started on your next trip to this buzzing multicultural city.

And don't forget to check to see if tickets for sporting and music events are available.

Information on the MOD Referral Scheme

The MOD Referral Scheme is coordinated by JSHAO to assist some service leavers to get accommodation via housing associations.

Some housing associations ask JSHAO to nominate personnel as tenants for vacant properties. Being on the MOD Referral Scheme provides an additional route to secure housing.

The MOD have recognised that some service leavers have difficulty in accessing social and affordable housing. Through this scheme the donating housing associations are able to help people who otherwise may have problems being prioritised high enough to have a realistic chance of being housed by local authorities.

- those who have difficulty proving a local connection
- couples with no children
- single personnel

Adapted and sheltered (both supported and unsupported) accommodation is also available through the scheme. Please ensure that any needs are fully explained on the application form.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Toby Carvery adds an RBLI Charity Pudding to the Menu

Toby Carvery has announced its charity partnership with The Royal British Legion, and all of its restaurants across the UK will be supporting this,

A charity pudding has been added onto the menu, and each individual restaurant will also be undertaking fundraising activities throughout the year to contribute to the £100,000 target set by Toby Carvery to raise for The Legion.

Volunteer as an Instructor with the Army Cadets