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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

JSHAO Housing Briefs

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Career Transition Partnership

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SPACES - Accommodation for Service Leavers

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chartered Management Institute signs the Armed Forces Covenant

Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

The Chartered Management Institute has pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining the leadership qualifications to help them further their career.

Ensuring that Service spouses and partners are not disadvantaged in finding and staying in employment due to service life is a key part of the Armed Force Covenant, which states that: The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has sought to uphold this promise by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. In their pledges, the CMI support Service spouses and civil partners through their MOD Family Membership Scheme, which provides access to Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching qualifications, helping Service spouses to gain the key skills and professional recognition which can help Service family members to find employment. The Scheme is also available free to children of Service personnel (aged 16-18) and allows them to become a Campus CMI Affiliate with access to all the benefits of online resources, including study support.

CMI’s pledge offers a discount on their qualifications and membership for family members of Service personnel who are CMI members, and a commitment to support Service spouses or Reservists who they employ with flexible working arrangements, where possible. Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a CMI companion and participated in the signing of the Covenant at an event on 14 November. He said:
“The families of our Service personnel are an important part of the Covenant. We value and are grateful to them – the unsung heroes who support our Armed Forces. Knowing that the nation, and organisations like the Chartered Management Institute recognises this is extremely important and fundamental in making the Armed Forces Covenant work.”

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said:
“We’re proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and helping families of the heroic men and women who serve our country get the support they need to develop their careers. Thousands of members of the Armed Forces who’ve gained CMI-accredited qualifications have benefited from improved performance in their roles, as well as from building confidence and gaining qualifications to help them resettle into civilian life at the end of their military career. Now, their families also have the chance to develop their own skills and qualifications.”

Full details on what membership can offer military families can be found on the CMI website website at http://www.managers.org.uk/mod-membership

Monday, 28 November 2016

Candy’s Cakes

           Chocolate Brownies
Fudge (Vanilla & Chocolate)
Carrot Cake
Millionaire shortbread
                     CALL 07746953108

Have a look at my Facebook page for prices and more information: http://fb.me/candyscakes8

                    10% Military Discount

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Bespoke Clothing And Alterations

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Victory Services Club (VSC)

We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.
Further information is available at this link http://www.vsc.co.uk/how-we-help/respite--welfare-breaks
and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

New Credenhill Pre School

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Herefordshire Live Website

Herefordshirelive.co.uk is the latest media offer from the allpay group.
Think of us as a cross between a Time Out guide for Herefordshire and a gorgeous, glossy mag people actually read.

We are digital, mobile first. No print. Save the rainforest.

The site went live in December 2015. We are here to celebrate the 'Shire; to lay a little love on this county's culture, lifestyle and sport. 

We are the first click when it comes to what's on and, through our longer-read articles, we are an alternative platform for regional journalism.
Got a feature idea? We're always looking for freelancers. Pitch to hello@herefordshirelive.co.uk.
Want to know more? Check out our What's On guide or sign up to our free weekly newsletter.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Kemble Care Job Vacancies

Do you have a driving licence (valid for use in the UK) and the use of a car? Are you interested in a career in care? We have early morning, evening and weekend availability as well as some daytime hours. 
Our carers receive:
·   £8.30 per hour (paid weekly) + 40p per mile travel allowance + holiday pay
·   Accredited qualifications and a personal development plan
·   Paid induction and training
·   Career progression e.g. trainer, mentor, office manager, on-call manager
·   Flexibility
·   Strong management team support + on-call support for evenings/weekends
Experience is not essential as we are happy to consider all applicants who have the right qualities. 
You will be:
·   Helping clients with their personal care – dressing, washing, moving and feeding
·   Checking that clients take the right medication at the right time and recording this
·   Carrying out normal domestic jobs like cooking, shopping, cleaning and laundry
·   Providing companionship for clients – chatting to them, taking them out for a walk or to go shopping
·   Generally supporting the clients in a way that helps them to remain independent and to feel that they’re a valued part of the community

Kemble Care is one of Herefordshire’s longest serving and most experienced care providers. All our managers are former carers who understand the industry first hand. We value, support and appreciate all our carers very highly. Please call Alison Hamlin on 01432 352443 today to join our team.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Tesco delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
So, remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you’re looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day. 
Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

TinyTalk Baby Signing Classes

"TinyTalk baby signing classes:  Stretton Sugwas village hall Fridays 10:30; The Fred Bulmer Centre, Hereford Thursdays 10:30.  Join the UK's favourite baby signing classes and help your child learn how to communicate before they can talk.  Signing babies are happy babies, able to express their needs, wants and feelings.  What does your baby want to tell you? Contact Hannah by email hannahc@tinytalk.co.uk, Facebook: TinyTalk Herefordshire or visit www.tinytalk.co.uk/hannahc
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Dog grooming & Home Boarding

Hereford History Website

We are delighted that the long awaited Herefordshire History website that includes First World War material, local newspapers from 1914-18, photographs, letters, diaries and other information is now live. You will also find that it includes many other interesting items from the Museum, Library and Archive collections.
You can find the website at www.herefordshirehistory.org.uk

The Happy Dog Walker


Don't forget.......Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. You can also let your HIVE Information Support Officer know of any concerns or issues your experience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Dog Walker Available

Storybook Soldiers

Family Services Directory & Childcare Providers Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council has two very good directories on the following services within Herefordshire. Please see the link below for more information on the Family Services Directory and local Childcare Providers.

Family Services Directory
This contains details of local services for families and each entry contains contact details and a brief description of the service.
There are three ways to find service information in the Family Services Directory:
  • A - Z list
  • Search by organisation name
  • Search by organisation/group type

Childcare Directory
This contains details of local childcare providers (registered and unregistered), their address, telephone number and general details.
There are two ways to find service information in the Childcare Directory:
  • A-Z list
  • Search by childcare type


Alcoholics Anonymous and the Armed Services

Please click on the link below to view the following leaflets:

AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Brian
AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Fred
AA member pamphlet 1: Is AA for you?
AA member pamphlet 2: Now that you've stopped
AA member pamphlet 3: Who me
AA member pamphlet 4: 15 points
AA member pamphlet 5: A newcomer asks

Alcoholics Anonymous

British Forces Early Years and Childcare

British Forces Early Years Service (BFEYS) is a Tri-Service Accredited Organisation for the regulation of childcare provision conducted overseas on military premises or in Service Family Accommodation, in North West Europe.

BFEYS aims to promote, and contributes to, the improved quality and standards of care and education through independent regulation of early years childcare and childminding provision in support of entitled service and civilian personnel and their families.

In a similar way to Ofsted, the regulation of childcare and childminding provision is to English standards. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

BFEYS responsibilities
The regulatory functions consist of 4 main aspects:
·         Registration of new childcare and childminding provision to show they are deemed qualified to take children.
·         Inspection of registered childcare and childminding provision to ensure a regular check of their work.
·         Investigation of complaints against registered or unregistered childcare or childminding.
·         Enforcement action where requirements are not met.
 Registration by BFEYS will allow providers to demonstrate to parents that essential standards have been met.  It also allows the childcare to become qualifying childcare for the purpose of Working Tax Credit, further information can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk, and employer childcare voucher schemes, such as the Armed Forces Childcare Scheme administered through Sodexo, further information can be found at www.MODchildcare.co.uk

BFEYS does not regulate educational facilities which are provided by Service Children’s Education; school reports can be viewed on the Ofsted website or by navigating from the Ofsted home page at www.ofsted.gov.uk.

There are two Early Years Officers (inspectors) in each garrison.  They have considerable experience in early years, and are trained to Ofsted standards to inspect childcare.  All Early Years Officers adhere to a code of conduct to ensure that inspections are of the highest professional standards.  The Director, Senior Early Years Officer and Administrator work in the Head Office which is located in Catterick Barracks, Bielefeld.

Contact details
Head Office
British Forces Early Years Service
G1 Branch
BFPO 140
Tel 0521 9254 2668 (Mil 81 2668)
Fax 0521 9254 2669 (Mil 81 2669)

Email BFG-HQ-G1-BFEYS-ISA@mod.uk 

HIVE Concerns

Do you have any issues or concerns?

This could be housing related, missed appointments, school admissions, employment problems, transport issues or anything else that is causing you concern.

The HIVE can help by reporting these through the chain of command. 
If you would like to report a concern in confidence please contact the HIVE.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme Extended Until 2018

The Secretary of State for Defence today announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018.

As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.
The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/housing-development/ and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefitted from the scheme.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Monday, 12 September 2016

Help For Heroes Herefordshire Needs Volunteers

We're really short of volunteers in the Herefordshire area.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Families Deployment Support Handbook for Regular & Reserve Army

                                         Click HERE to view and/or download the Support Guide

BBC iPlayer – TV Licence

A change in the law – You need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer
As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand - including catch up TV - on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console. http://defenceintranet.diif.r.mil.uk/News/Announcements/Pages/changeinthelawYouneedaTVLicen

Monday, 5 September 2016

Forces Enterprise Network Hub

Forces Enterprise Network Hub
Thursday 23rd August 2016
New Careers and Enterprise company for Armed Forces Community
The Forces Enterprise Network, Recruit for Spouses and Evolution Forces Families have announced the creation of a new careers and enterprise company ‘Forces Enterprise Network Hub’ a fully integrated organisation which aims to transform the provision of careers and business support for the ‘whole’ Armed Forces Community.
FEN Hub exists to provide members of our Armed Forces community with the skills, resources and practical tools needed to be successful in whatever route to employment they choose, either by starting and maintaining a business or securing employment.

Windsor Castle Armed Forces Discount (also covers Buckingham Palace and Holyrood House)

Friday, 2 September 2016

Strong Young Minds Project

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Future Accommodation Model

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Great British Florist Discount

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Friday, 19 August 2016

ESL - Training Opportunity

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Transition Newsletter

Transition Newletter Information Sheet 
 A Planning Guide to Secure Private Accommodation can be seen at this link

Wagamama Hereford 20% Military Discount

Monday, 8 August 2016


The telephone number for occupants who may experience an EMERGENCY with their SFA property is: 0800 707 6000.

For those living in SSFA/SSSA (Private hirings) who have an EMERGENCY with their housing should always contact their Landlord or Letting Agent in the first instance.  This information will be in your Licence to Occupy paperwork.  If impossible to contact your Landlord or Letting Agent,  the Mears  EMERGENCY contact is: normal numbers - 0800 111 4447 or 0800 032 4547 - calls transfer over to their 24/7 helpline when the office is closed.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

National Insurance for Forces Dependents Overseas

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