Wednesday, 26 July 2017

PAW PATROL TRAIL AT EDINBURGH ZOO

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Edinburgh Zoo is setting tails wagging this summer with the launch of a limited-edition PAW Patrol trail around their world-famous Zoo. Young pups and their parents will join fan favourite characters as they go on an adventure to find PAW Patrol clues hidden around the Zoo.

Further details are available on the website

COMBAT STRESS




There is often a long delay between Veterans leaving the military and seeking help. In 1994 the average delay seeking help for Service-related mental health conditions was 24 years. By 2014 this had reduced to 12 years.

Through their work, and that of the military chain of command and other mental health charities, Combat Stress are breaking down the stigma around mental illness, leading to more Veterans feeling able to come forward. 

For 96 years they have been there for the military community and will be for decades to come. If you or a member of your family served in the UK Armed Forces and need to talk about mental health, please call the 24-hour Helpline on 0800 138 1619.

ARMED FORCES COVENANT SURVEY

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The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. 

The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page, https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk   

Monday, 24 July 2017

JUST FOR FAMILIES



DOG SUMMER WEATHER ADVICE

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There are many precautions that can be taken to keep your dog safe and well on a hot day.
  • Don't excessively walk your dog
  • Avoid walking your dog at the hottest times of the day - often morning or later in the evenings can be cooler
  • Always take plenty of water with you when out with your dog
  • Make sure the dog has shade to cool off in, either inside or when out
  • Take your dog to the groomers and keep their fur clipped 
  • Dogs can get sun burned - especially white dogs or those with little hair so try and keep them out of direct sun
  • Think twice about any car trips with your dog - avoid congested roads or busy times of day when they could overheart in the car if you are caught up in traffic
  • If driving with your dog plan your journey considering cooler times of the day and places to take breaks
  • Don't leave your dog in a car - as temperatures rise, dogs overheat quickly and leaving them for as little as 20 minutes could prove fatal 

DOGS TRUST FUN DAY





12:00pm - 3:00pm, 20 August

Join us for our annual fun day! It's sure to be a great day.

From raffles to dog shows, craft stalls to refreshments - there's something for everyone at our summer time Fun Days.
Location: West Lothian College
Please bring along a tin of dog food, treats or dog toy for entry

MOVING SCHOOLS




Edinburgh HIVE has a supply of the Moving Schools booklets for anyone that wants them.
 Book 1 is a Guide for Parents
 Book 2 is a Children's Activity Book
Book 3 is a Schooling History Book for them to keep track of where they've been/where they're going.
Pop into the HIVE and collect a free pack from the office or contact Bovington HIVE 01929 403185 or Blandford HIVE 01258 482537
The books can also be downloaded and printed at home from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-school-packs

HOUSING MATTERS

Thursday, 20 July 2017

EXTENDED FREE CHILDCARE ENTITLEMENT IN OVERSEAS LOCATIONS


1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

3. The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.

4. The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

DAYS OUT WITH THE KIDS - EDINBURGH AREA

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DAYS OUT WITH THE KIDS - MIDLOTHIAN AREA

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DAYS OUT WITH THE KIDS - PAISLEY AREA

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NPOWER LAUNCHES 'EVERYDAY HEROES FIX' NEW TARIFF



npower have launched ‘Everyday Heroes Fix’, a new tariff exclusively for employees of the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces, who hold either Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service memberships. The tariff is on average npower’s most competitive deal* and fixes energy prices until December 2018, offering these everyday heroes a great deal on their energy and protects them from price rises until the end of next year.

The tariff is exclusively available to Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service members, regardless of whether they are a new or existing npower customer, pay by Direct Debit or on receipt of bill, as long as they manage their account online. The npower offer is available by logging on to defencediscountservice.co.uk.

Anne Chappell Smith, Head of Partnerships at npower, said: “Our new Everyday Heroes Fix is a first-of-its-kind tariff which has been created to give our best price to the nation’s unsung heroes. We wanted to come up with a great product for military personnel, law enforcement officers, firefighters, ministry of defence and healthcare providers to recognise their special contributions to our community.

“Should they wish to choose our most competitive tariff, these everyday heroes will benefit from a fix deal, greater price certainty and security to help plan and budget their energy costs over the course of the next 18 months.”



Tom Dalby, Head of Defence Discount Service said “We are extremely pleased that npower is recognising our everyday heroes.  Those in the Emergency Services, NHS and Armed Forces work hard for our communities and within our communities and it is great that npower, as an energy provider, are recognising what these wonderful people do.”

WIN £500 WORTH OF KIT BY JOINING THE BFBS CADET TAKEOVER


Forces Radio BFBS is challenging cadet members and units worldwide to submit 10-60 second videos that capture their activities.
And now it’s getting competitive as every video is in with a chance of winning £500 worth of kit from The Cadet Kit Shop.   
Entries are open now until Friday 1st September 2017, when the winning video will be chosen by the Forces Radio BFBS judges.
The short films are published with the #CadetTakeover hashtag online on the www.forces.net website and Forces Radio BFBS’s social media channels.
Hundreds of air cadets have already taken part, and Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant ATC, has supported the initiative with a video that’s been viewed more than 50,000 times on Facebook.
The BFBS Cadet Takeover aims to raise the profile of local units and its members, illustrate the benefits of joining a cadet force, and foster inter-unit competition.

This also brings ownership of a key part of our radio and digital content and develops the digital skills of young people. Examples of videos could include parades, cadet tutorials, or ‘How To’ guides.

Tips for shooting videos and details of how to send them to Forces Radio BFBS are available online. Before submitting a video, cadets must obtain authorisation from local unit officers and parental consent.

The Cadet Unit Consent Agreement form, the BFBS Cadet Takeover Competition Supplementary Rules, and a pdf link with the full competition prize, are all available online at: http://forces.net/radio/join-bfbs-cadettakeover

And don’t forget you can also nominate a ‘Cadet of the Week’ for BFBS’s Access All Areas programme on Sundays 10-1pm (UK) – just email access@bfbs.com or cadets@bfbs.com.

STRESS CONTROL COURSES

Stress Control is a free six week, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-help course offered by NHS Lothian. It consists of six 1 ½ hour lecture format presentations. It is aimed primarily at people experiencing difficulties in managing their stress (also referred to as anxiety or mixed anxiety and depression). 

The sessions cover an introduction to stress, controlling stress by controlling the body (progressive muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing), controlling stress by examining our thoughts (thought challenging techniques), controlling stress by controlling our actions (emphasising non-avoidance and problem solving), controlling panic and managing sleep problems (sleep hygiene and sleep retraining). 

The course aims to provide attendees with the practical skills they need to help manage their own stress.



To self refer, please contact Health in Mind on 0131 225 8508

Thursday, 13 July 2017

DIO CUSTOMER SURVEY

VETERANS HOUSING ADVICE


TAX FREE CHILDCARE - REPLACING CHILDCARE VOUCHERS

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members. 

Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year. 

Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017. 

Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible. 

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so. 

To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family. 

MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage. 

Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information.