Friday, 31 March 2017

Check your National Insurance record online

You can check your National Insurance record online to see:
  • what you’ve paid, up to the start of the current tax year (6 April 2016)
  • any National Insurance credits you’ve received
  • if gaps in contributions or credits mean some years don’t count towards your State Pension (they aren’t ‘qualifying years’)
  • if you can pay voluntary contributions to fill any gaps and how much this will cost
Your online record doesn’t cover how much State Pension you’re likely to get.

More Information

You’ll need a Government Gateway account to check your National Insurance record online - you’ll be able to set one up if you don’t have one.

Personal tax account

Signing in to the ‘Check your National Insurance record’ service activates your personal tax account. You can use this to check your HMRC records and manage your other details.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.
You must be at least:
  • school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
  • aged 25 to get the National Living Wage - the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under
For the full details use this link: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB) forty-sixth report 2017


Recommendations from the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) on Armed Forces remuneration and charges. 

Read HERE

BIG WHITE WALL: A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.

Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.

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Blended Learning Business Courses Taster Event - 19 May 2017-Southampton Solent University



Southampton Solent University would like to invite you to a taster day to showcase the industry focused provision on Friday 19 May 2017.
Why not come along to:
  • Discover more information about our FdA Business, BA (Hons) Business (Professional Development) and MSc Management
  • Experience a taste of life as a blended learning part-time student
  • Meet our highly experienced tutors who have a wealth of teaching experience and can draw on their work experience in practice and industry
  • View our impressive new teaching facilities in the Spark, where you could enjoy the university experience whilst studying for a degree
  • Determine the next steps to secure your place on a 2017 or 2018 intake.
The day will consist of the following activities:
  • Course Overview
  • Guest Lecture
  • Meet with current students and alumni
  • Campus Tour

If you are only able to attend part of the event, please contact the course leader to discuss your requirements.
If you are unable to attend the event but would like to register your interest in the course, please email the course leader directly or submit an application online.
We look forward to welcoming you at the event.

Andrëa Faustino
Course Leader
andrea.faustino@solent.ac.uk

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Marchwood HIVE CLOSED

Tuesday 28th March & Thursday 30th March
Please email marchwoodhive@armymail.mod.uk

Monday, 27 March 2017

Easter Donations for Southampton Children's' Ward

Easter Eggs, Toys, Games, books.... etc.


Please drop off at the Mulberry Community Centre by Thursday 30th March

Much appreciated -Thank you

Changes To Childcare Vouchers





Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.


If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur. Click Here for more information

MOD - Spring Edition of Housing Magazine Out Now



Hampshire School Holidays





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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Easy Resettlement Magazine - Spring Edition

        
       CLICK HERE TO READ

The RLC Is Recruiting For Regulars & Reserves


The RLC is the largest Corps in the British Army and wherever in the world you find the Army, you’ll find us. Why choose the RLC?

  • Diversity - No other single organisation inside or outside the Army provides such a diverse set of services.
  • Opportunity – Travel, Promotion, Adventure and Challenge – we’ve got it all!
  • Professional Qualifications – we are world leaders in logistical training, with first class facilities.

The RLC Association



The British Army is justifiably proud of its regimental system that is the envy of other Armies for the way the esprit de corps is developed and maintained. The purpose of The RLC Association is to promote and maintain the Corps identity through the encouragement of its membership, Regular and Reservist, serving and retired and their dependants.



Monday, 20 March 2017

SIXTY BRITISH RACECOURSES SUPPORT TICKETS FOR TROOPS

SIXTY racecourses have invited members of the Armed Forces to join them at the races this season through the military charity Tickets For Troops.
There are 60 racecourses across Britain from Perth in Scotland to Newton Abbot in Devon.
These and all other racecourses including Bangor-on-Dee, Doncaster, Fontwell Park and Sandown Park have all signed up to support the Armed Forces community with a donation of FREE tickets to their prestigious race days.

Many troops who benefit from Tickets For Troops  endure long periods of separation from their families due to operational tours and training exercises or living apart from their families during the week.
In partnership with the British Horseracing Authority, Tickets For Troops have distributed over 65,000 free tickets from the horse racing community.



Veronica Bamford, Director of Operations at Tickets For Troops said “In an exciting year for the charity where we’ll be donated our one millionth ticket, we’re thrilled with the generosity of the horse racing community who so clearly stand behind our servicemen and women and reward them for their service.
This phenomenal level of support once again demonstrates the high regard our nation has for our marvellous troops and we’re very proud to be able to help facilitate thousands of tremendous experiences.”


Civvy Street - Resettlement Magazine March 2017



Monday, 13 March 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

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


CLICK HERE  to find out what facilities they have and available activities




Hampshire County Council is proud to introduce The ‘Poppy Pod’ camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families at Tile Barn Outdoor Centre in Brockenhurst, New Forest. The project is to become its lasting legacy to our Armed Service personnel to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.



Twenty wooden pods have already been built as free holiday and respite facilities for service personnel, veterans and their families, thanks to £250,000 from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme.  A further £50,000 donation from the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be used to build a communal hub building for visitors to meet, eat and share experiences with other families.

The 20 solar-powered, accessible pods and hub building will be available at a charge for schools, when bookings begin from spring 2016. However, priority will be given to members of the armed services and their families on weekends and during school holiday periods who can enjoy the facilities for free.  



Tile Barn has been a camping and outdoor centre since the early 1970s and has recently benefitted from a new, fully accessible shower and toilet block, which will support use of the ‘Poppy Pod’ village. The centre was set up to provide cost effective outdoor residential experiences to school children in Hampshire. It can cater for up to 350 young people in fully equipped campsites and a 37 bed bunkhouse facility.

Tile Barn was originally used to treat First World War troops from the Indian Army Corps at tented and galvanised units, nicknamed 'Tin Town' by local people. The site then became the New Zealand General Hospital No.1 where 21,000 casualties were treated.



The pods have been fitted with a seating area which easily converts into a bed for families to have a versatile space.

Quick video tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7VybXIIoPo 









Monday, 6 March 2017

Resettlement - QUEST Magazine: March 2017


In this issue: Higher education, ELC's uncovered, Beyond the Blue Light, #
Training options, Jobs and news.

RAF HIVE Information Service

RAF HIVE Information Offices support the Chain of Command and tri-Service community through the provision of up to date and relevant information.

RAF HIVE Information Officers are able to provide an extensive range of information on relocation, the local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools and further education, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities.
Communication is fast and effective. RAF HIVE staff network worldwide, resourcing national and local information as needed. Information on future relocations is one of the key areas of information support and is available either in advance or on arrival at the receiving unit. RAF HIVE staffs are also involved in providing Operational deployment support, including information on ways of communicating with deployed personnel and other useful info.
RAF HIVE Information Officers are not trained in welfare counselling, however, they are able to offer initial support to individuals and can advise referral to those professional agencies best suited to the individual's circumstances. All RAF HIVE staff are bound to a Code of Confidentiality.
RAF HIVEs provide a comprehensive information service; it is recognised and valued by the Chain of Command and tri-Service communities for its professional approach, initiative and commitment to deliver.
To find the RAF HIVE you require CLICK HERE....

Currently serving in the Royal Navy or have a friend or loved one who is? Sign up today and take part in our online community

Register for the Royal Navy forum online community....

Stay up to date with the latest discussions.

To create a consistent RNRMW on-line presence our official Facebook page has been renamed ‘Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare – RNRMW’ 

Volunteers needed for Marchwood Party in the Park


Marchwood Parish Council are looking for volunteers to assist with marshalling during the Party in the Park on Saturday 5th August 2017 between 1pm till 10pm.
Even if you can contribute for an hour or two your time would be much appreciated.

Please contact Melanie or Colette: 02380 860273


Royal British Legion Break Centres.

Break Centres

The Legion offers much-needed breaks to ex-Service and serving personnel and their families. If you or a member of your family is recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life-affecting event, the Legion can provide a comfortable and enjoyable break.




About our break centres

We have four Break Centres located in prime locations around the country, and for our family breaks, we also have close ties with Parkdean and Haven Holiday Parks.
The Legion also provides Adventure Breaks, where young people of Service families can have a fun and activity-packed week.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Soldier Magazine March 2017





Service Leavers Guide

The service leavers guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.
The guide contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement, reserve liability and support from charitable organisations.

Armed forces and reserve forces pension schemes: guidance booklets



Live Bus Departures: QR codes at Bus Stops

Are you waiting for a bus and want to know when the next one will turn up?
Over 1,200 bus stops now display QR codes which, once scanned on a smartphone, will provide real-time departure information or the scheduled timetable, if real-time info is not available - to help you get around.

CTP: Employment Fairs, Online Chat Events and Company Presentations across the UK

CTP organise Employment Fairs, Online Chat Events and Company Presentations across the UK and in Germany every year. They’re a great opportunity for Service leavers to network with potential employers and to find out about different sectors. As well as checking out the opportunities available to you, you’ll be able to find out what qualifications you need, identify any training needs and gain an insight into civilian employment.

CTP: Resettlement Guides

The CTP Resettlement Guides include useful reference documents, articles for further reading and comprehensive listings of links to external sites relevant to each topic. Some guides also include checklists to highlight the key points. Save the checklists to myPlan and use them as reminders of actions to be taken as you progress through your resettlement. The CTP Editorial team are adding new content regularly to provide you with pertinent information on all areas of resettlement.




Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Army & You- Spring 2017 Edition



Families' Activity Breaks (FAB)


What is FAB? 


Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri Service charitable initiative, providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families. 
Families’ Activity Breaks 

If your child is aged up to 19 years old and has suffered the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. The holidays offer an adventure for all the family and a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss. A loved one can mean a parent, a step parent, or a child’s legal guardian, carer or sibling. 


Full details of 2017 FAB dates are at 

Tougher Penalties for Using your Mobile Phone Whilst Driving- From 1 Mar 17



It’s illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle.
The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.
You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted. This includes if you’re using devices like your sat nav or car radio.


When you can use a phone in your vehicle

If you’re the driver, you can only use your phone in a vehicle if you:
  • need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop
  • are safely parked


Penalties for using your phone while driving

You could get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200.
Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.







Armed Forces Register to Vote.



FREE INTERVIEW COACHING WEBINAR FOR MILITARY SPOUSES: 8th March 20:00 Venue: Your Sofa.



Big White Wall: A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.






CIVVYSTREET: Support and mentoring for all those recently leaving, or about to leave, the forces


CivvyStreet aims to provide support and mentoring for all those recently leaving, or about to leave, the forces who are looking for employment opportunities and a chance to redeploy the skills learned while serving.
CivvyStreet is for anyone who has served in the UK Armed Forces (regular or reserves). It is also for their widows, widowers, partners and dependants. Anyone with an Armed Forces connection can apply to become a registered and approved member of CivvyStreet. Membership is validated against Armed Forces number and branch.



Poppy Factory: Employment Charity for Veterans

         Who we are, what we do, and why

The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments.
We work with businesses across the country to provide bespoke opportunities and ongoing employment support for hundreds of disabled veterans of all ages and from all Services, helping to restore their financial independence through sustainable and rewarding work.
FIND OUT MORE.....CLICK HERE

General enquiries

The Administrator, 20 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UR 
Tel:
 020 8940 3305 
Fax:
 020 8332 1205

Employment enquiries

Tel: 020 8939 1837
If you are looking for work we recommend that you register with us first

Visit us

Find out more about arranging your visit, including downloading our booking leaflet

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity


SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force.
We're ready to help you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us.
CURRENTLY SERVING: At SSAFA we understand that life in the Forces is unique, so occasionally you or your family might need a helping hand. So we're here to provide practical and emotional support to anyone who is currently serving in the Army, RAF and Royal Navy and their families when they most need it.

What we can do for youWe have a network of trained volunteers on Army, RAF and Naval bases in the UK and around the world who can give you local support.

Everyone faces different challenges so we’ve developed specialist services to meet the needs of today's serving community. Find out what we can do for you.