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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

National Insurance for Forces Dependents Overseas





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Friday, 22 July 2016

AWS Community Support in the News

Community Support Residential Activity on Forces TV



Forces TV visited one of many AWS Community Support’s Poppy Adventure breaks at Robinwood Outdoor Activity Centre this week.
If you'd like to see what they got up to please tune in to Forces TV tomorrow (Friday 22nd July) at 1300hrs and 1730hrs. (Sky channel 264, Freesat 62 or online at forces.tv)
For details of other similar events in your area please contact your nearest HIVE or AWS Team.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Morrisons Cafe 10% Forces Discount (Card holder only)

Morrisons are offering members 10% off in their cafes.  In order to redeem this offer simply show your Defence Discount Service Privilege Card or MOD90 in the cafe.

T&Cs: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. 10% off is available to the card holder only. 


There is no limitation to how many times this can be redeemed during the time frame.



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Change to student funding benefits Armed Forces families

Press release – IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Change to student funding benefits Armed Forces families


The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that, after much campaigning, Service families should now find it much easier to undertake distance learning while posted overseas.
Following an announcement by Universities Minister Jo Johnson, Forces families should no longer be excluded from accessing a student loan if they are not resident in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. The new rule will grant eligibility for student funding for a UK based distance learning course even if families are posted overseas while the course is still ongoing.
Championing spouse training
AFF has worked hard for some time, to improve the employment and training prospects of Army spouses. Given that spouses are unable to work in some overseas locations, they are pleased that improved training opportunities will now be available.
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “AFF is delighted with the Government’s decision to change student funding rules in order to provide Armed Forces families who are posted abroad with the same opportunities as those living in the UK, when accessing Student Finance England loans.
AFF is committed to ensuring our families are not disadvantaged due to the nature of their Service and this decision is an excellent conclusion to months of joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). These changes open up a raft of opportunities for the families of serving personnel who previously might have had to forgo training whilst posted abroad; we look forward to seeing the benefits over the months and years to come.”  
Find out more
For more information about AFF and their employment and training work, visit www.aff.org.uk and click ‘info’.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Monday, 4 July 2016

Quanta Project Management Courses - Reduced Prices for HM Forces


Future 4 Heroes - Residential Courses in Lake District


On-call Firefighters


Do you live or work within five minutes of a fire station? If so, then being a retained firefighter might be a possibility!

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service relies on retained (or on-call) firefighters to maintain its emergency response.

On-call firefighters make themselves available to respond to a pager when a 999 call is made, and cover is needed at all times. Contracted hours can vary, but personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

On-call firefighters receive the same training and development as wholetime colleagues, and can be called to all manner of emergencies, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and flooding.

The pay does vary, depending on how much cover is given, but it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and in a position to help people.

In order to be on-call, you need to be able to respond to the fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.

For more information on the opportunities that currently exist,