Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Friday, 9 December 2016

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Friday, 25 November 2016

ROTHIEMURCHUS LODGE

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Rothiemurchus Lodge is a year-round, affordable, self-catering accommodation facility in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains. It is for the exclusive use of regulars and ex-regulars of the Armed Forces in addition to Reserves, MoD Civilians and Cadet Forces. The families of these groups are also welcome.

For further information, visit the website here


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MOVING SCHOOLS?


Monday, 21 November 2016

VICTORY SERVICES CLUB - RESPITE AND WELFARE BREAKS

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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

Friday, 18 November 2016

Thursday, 10 November 2016

THE EDINBURGH GUARANTEE

The Edinburgh Guarantee is part of the City of Edinburgh Council. It’s a vision that all sectors of the City will work together to ensure that every school leaver in Edinburgh will leave with the choice of a job, training or further education opportunity available to them.

The website and Schools Bulletin are one of the most recognised routes for young people to find out about current opportunities in Edinburgh. They always have a good selection of opportunities available and their team are happy to answer any questions you might have.

They have over 2,000 young people registered on their website. Registration is really simple and once you have done it you can apply for any of the opportunities you see advertised on the website. There are also some useful links, videos and testimonies to look at.

For more information or help with registering on the website please e-mail the team or visit the website at:



Monday, 7 November 2016

Friday, 4 November 2016

FORCES HELP TO BUY SCHEME


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

Thursday, 3 November 2016

TESCO DIRECT

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Tesco are pleased to inform you that they​ are now able to deliver to British Forces Post Office locations around the globe. Go to this link for more information

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

FORCESLINE

Forcesline is a confidential helpline for you and your family.

It is independent and outside the chain of command.

Further information is available on their website

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016

PENICUIK STREET MARKET


NHS MINOR AILMENT SERVICE


Further information is available here

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

FORCES ENTERPRISE NETWORK

Forces Enterprise Network

New Careers and Enterprise company for Armed Forces Community

Further information is available here

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Thursday, 4 August 2016

FUTURE ACCOMMODATION MODEL


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The Ministry of Defence is thinking about how it provides Service personnel and their families with accommodation in the future. This follows 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) commitment to make a new accommodation offer to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership.

Further information is available here

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HIVE BLOG




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Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Scotty's Little Soldiers - A Charity for Bereaved UK Forces Children

Nikki Scott lost her  Husband and father of two, Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009.
Having witnessed first hand the devastation losing a serving parent can have on a child she has founded Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to provide support for bereaved British Forces children.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Armed Forces Covenant website

Armed Forces Covenant Website

In January 2016 the Armed Forces Covenant was re-launched under a new, unified brand.

The new website lays out the support that is available to beneficiaries of the Covenant – current Regular and Reserve Service Personnel, Service families, former Service Personnel – with links to further information on individual Covenant measures on GOV.uk

The new website also contains information for supporters of the Covenant, including businesses, charities, the general public and local authorities, and regular news stories about how the Covenant is helping real people

See the website at this link

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

RBL Count Them In Campaign

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Count Them In
The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppyscotland, have launched a campaign calling for additional questions to be included in the next census in 2021. These questions will seek to capture much needed data on the Armed Forces community - particularly Reservists and veterans, who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.
As you will be aware, unlike in the United States, the UK Government only really maintains records on Regulars and injured and pensionable veterans, whilst Reservists, ‘healthy’ working age veterans, and family members are generally missing from existing data collection methods. Sadly, even the data that we do have is rather patchy, providing no real indication as to the wellbeing and needs of this unique community. In contrast, we know a great deal about the UK’s Jedi community, as well as the numbers and location of our sheep and cattle.
In light of the above, the Legion and Poppyscotland have launched a new public-facing campaign. The campaign, which is called Count Them In, essentially seeks to establish a comprehensive snapshot of our Armed Forces community. By including questions about membership of the military community in the next census in 2021, we hope to not only develop a greater understanding of the needs, location and profile of the Armed Forces community, but also directly compare this group to their peers in the general population. This information will help the sector – local authorities, charities, statutory bodies - to more accurately identify areas where Service life presents a disadvantage, which will in turn enable the Government and other statutory providers to better allocate resources and deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant commitments.
How you can support ‘Count them in’:
1.    Follow the link  http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/count-them-in/ to the RBL website and hit the red Pledge Your Support button. Enter your postcode, which identifies your local MP and send them the support request letter.
2.    Encourage everyone you can to pledge their support individually as well.
The RBL believe that more accurate local data on the size and needs of the Armed Forces community will help ensure the Armed Forces Covenant delivers for our Armed Forces community and for everyone. If you agree, please support this campaign. The Legion would be happy to provide you with additional campaign material.

Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Friday, 6 May 2016

TRAVEL TO USA - CHANGES TO THE RULES

The Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country.

With effect from the 1st April 2016, the rules changed for UK citizens who want to enter the USA under the VWP.  UK citizens must have an electronic passport (e-passport) to be eligible for visa-free travel to the United States.  Please take a moment to ensure you have an e-passport before planning your trip.


Further information is available here


Friday, 8 April 2016

Thursday, 31 March 2016

SMOKE ALARMS - WHEN DID YOU LAST TEST YOURS?


When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms? Be sure to push the test button every so often and replace batteries if the warning bleeps start.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

SUBSTITUTE SERVICE FAMILY ACCOMMODATION (SSFA) REPAIRS

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Mears Group Limited took over the management of SSFA and SSSA on 19 January 2016. The former supplier, HCR, will continue to manage their properties until they can be transferred to the new supplier.

For reporting faults to substitute properties, please telephone (or email) Mears - or HCR (if you live in a property taken on to the scheme before 31 December 2015) at the earliest opportunity.

Mears

During office hours (08:30 - 17:00 Mon to Fri - except Bank Holidays) contact the Mears Accommodation Team: Telephone: 0800 032 4547. email: resident.enquiry@mearsgroup.co.uk
Emergency repairs outside office hours (17:00 - 08:30 Mon to Fri, weekends and Bank Holidays) Mears Emergency Contact Centre. Telephone: 0800 032 4547.

HCR

During office hours (Mon to Thurs 09:00 to 17:30, Fri 09:00 to 17:00) Contact HCR's Maintenance Advisors for both routine and emergency problems contact: Telephone: 01256 313764 HCR's general switchboard: 01256 812700. Email: maintenance@hcr.co.uk
During out of office hours (Mon to Thurs 17:30 to 09:00, Fri from 17:00 to Mon 09:00). Contact ABLE Telephone: 0333 6664357

Monday, 14 March 2016

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Friday, 19 February 2016

SERVING PERSONNEL ONLY - DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?



Are you fit, motivated, confident and work well under pressure? Have you got an eye for detail and a passion for photography? If so, you COULD be a British Army Photographer.
We are looking for senior LCpl - Sgt, regular soldiers.
Please contact Sgt Steve Blake for further information via the Facebook Page British Army Photographers.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Friday, 5 February 2016

Thursday, 21 January 2016

HIVE INFORMATION

Your HIVE

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 youexperience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A NEW LOOK FOR THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant is a national responsibility and the Government is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for the Armed Forces community by working with a range of delivery partners including businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.
Businesses and local authorities who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant, and publicly declare their commitments.
Further information on the covenant is available here

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

ALTERNATIVE PHONE NUMBERS

Want a landline number instead of a Freephone number so you can call from your mobile without being charged extra?

Want an alternative number to a premium rate number?

Follow this link to a useful website where you can find alternative numbers.