Wednesday, 27 July 2016

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HIVE BLOG




Q.  I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so probably miss out on what is going and find out about events too late.

Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (on right hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email every day that the Blog is updated.

By using this gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest community information is available to view.

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.

You can use the tabs and filters to view specific topics of information, or you can browse the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom right hand side of the webpage.  

Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  Just type what you're looking for into the box and the relevant posts will be displayed.

Q. I would like to put information on the blog such as an event or a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.   

Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the blog home page) and they will upload your poster or information for you - free of charge. 

If you have any ...........
  • contributions to the blog 
  • any event or activity you would like to see featured
  • questions or queries regarding anything featured or 
  • questions about what is on in the local area
Please contact me by email at edinburghhive@armymail.mod.uk
or call me on 0131 310 2876

HIVE blogs are an MOD sponsored online presence, registered with and approved by MOD
(DMC).  In accordance with the MOD Online Engagement Guidelines, HIVE blog content must be limited to unclassified information only which is relevant and useful to the local military community.

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.

Funding Scotland now better and faster

Funding Scotland now better and faster
Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.
Funding Scotland  http://www.fundingscotland.com  is now faster and returns better search results. We've recently upgraded the free funding search website to include a number of improvements and enhancements.

After listening to user feedback and using the results of last year's survey we've made improvements that will make searching more effective, faster and more user friendly.

Apart from looking just a bit cleaner and more professional there are lots of new features to enjoy:
  • The most recently updated funds appear on the search page
  • Using keywords and search terms is much more powerful meaning you will often just need to plug a term like “grants for music for young people” to find what you’re looking for
  • Advanced filters are still there but they’re organised a bit better
  • Fund information is presented in a clearer way with more information than before
  • There are FAQs to help you use the search and to find further information on funding
And, most importantly, the annoying quirks of the old search have gone!

The upgrade has also allowed us to develop new products with extra features that we’ll be announcing soon.

For existing users, although things will look a bit different, accessing the site should be the same as before, using the same login information.

We hope you’ll go and take a look at the new Funding Scotland search soon, there’s a lot to like. We'd also welcome any feedback at fundingscotland@scvo.org.uk


The above information was published in the LAYC e-bulletin on 15 July 2016.  

Friday, 15 July 2016

NATIONAL INSURANCE CREDITS FOR SPOUSES

New National Insurance Credits for Service spouses and civil partners to help protect your future State Pension

From 6 April 2016, spouses and civil partners of Service personnel will be able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension.

The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced in recognition of the fact that accompanying on deployment overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions. This could potentially result in a gap in their NI record and could affect the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement. The new DWP credits have been taken forward under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant.