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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Service Leavers - Find The Right Training For Your Next Career

Click HERE for further information

Updated Service Leaver's Guide Online

The Service Leaver's Guide
has been updated

CLICK HERE to view the booklet online

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Free Advice Clinic At Bovington HIVE - Every Tuesday

The Wareham Branch of Citizens Advice Bureau run an outreach service at 
Bovington HIVE (King George V Road) every Tuesday from 9.30 - 1pm. 

The service is free, confidential and open to all Military personnel, service spouses, MoD contractors, Civil Servants and Civilians living or working at Bovington or within the local area.

Please call in and speak to one of the advisors. 
Appointments are not neccessary - first come first serve basis. 

A private room is used during consultations. Confidentiality is guaranteed. 

For website link to Purbeck Citizens Advice Bureau go to http://www.purbeckadvice.org.uk/

Military Wives 'Missing Out' On Up To £30,000 Of Pension

Wives or partners of those who have served abroad in the armed forces may be missing out on pension payments worth thousands of pounds.
Last year the government launched a scheme to offer National Insurance Credits to 20,000 military spouses.
But following a Freedom of Information Request, insurance firm Royal London discovered that fewer than 4,000 people have applied for it so far.
The payments could be worth up to £30,000 over the course of retirement.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the  UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.

We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.

For further information, to ask for help or to volunteer your services. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Officers' Association - Life Beyond The Services

Our Vision
Within the UK veteran community, The Officers’ Association is committed to ensuring that former-officers and their dependants live with dignity and independence.

Our Mission

The OA’s mission is to promote the welfare of those who have held a commission, in HM Armed Services, and their dependants.

Our Values

We strive to add value and enhance the lives of former officers and their dependants. We are committed to working with other service and civilian charities and agencies in order to provide an equitable and non-judgemental service to the maximum number of those eligible. We believe in being transparent in how we work, and accountable to our funders and other stakeholders. Within the charity we value our people, are committed to creating a secure and stimulating working environment, developing the potential of our staff and volunteers, and treating them in a considerate and compassionate way.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

MoneyForce - Helping UK Service Personnel With Their Finances

Turn2us - Financial Support To Armed Forces & Veterans

If you are a serving member of the armed forces or a veteran, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you and your family.

There are a number of military charities that provide support, each with their own set of eligibility requirements. Help may be available to you from one of these charities if you:

•Are still serving

•Are a veteran

•Serve or served as a regular or reserve, because of the Second World War or National Service

•Had a long or short period of service

•Are the partner, spouse, widow, widower or dependent child of someone who served



Army Mediation Service

Friday, 24 November 2017

New Arrivals And Relocation - Bovington & Blandford

If you have just arrived in Bovington, Lulworth or Blandford, please call in to the HIVE to find out more about your new location, where to register for doctors/dentists, finding a nursery place, employment, children's activities, events in local area etc.

If you are not connected to the internet yet, there are computers in the Bovington HIVE with free WiFi internet and printers that you can use.
There is also a photocopier and fax machine should you need to use these services.  

Bovington HIVE is located on the corner of Swinton Avenue and is open Tues,Wed & Thur 8.30am - 4.00pm. 
Tel: 01929 403185 

Blandford HIVE is located within the Community Centre on Camp (beside Londis shop) and is open Mon & Fri 9am - 3pm. (Outreach service from Bovington HIVE)
Tel: 01258 482537

All email enquiries to bovingtonhive@armymail.mod.uk 

If you about to relocate to Bovington, please contact the HIVE to request a pre-arrival information pack and Garrison guide. 

The HIVE also has information on all Army,RAF and Navy locations within the UK and overseas should you require information regarding a future posting. 

Southwest AFF Co-ordinator

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

Little Troopers Treasures - Free App

Little Troopers Treasures

We wanted to let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Friday, 10 November 2017

MOD Civil Service Jobs

Find jobs in the Civil Service and central government organisations

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Worried About Your Child's Online Safety?

With the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child is staying safe?

Please click HERE 
for advice on online safety.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Armed Forces Pension - Handy Information At Your Fingertips

Using your smartphone, you can now access all things to do with the Armed Forces Pension super quickly, and in one nifty place including the Pension Calculator. 
This facility is quick and easy access to enable you to find out more about your Armed Forces pension and what it is worth.  It provides handy links to more in depth pension information and booklets if required and the pension calculator where a personalised forecast can be generated in a matter of minutes.  It is a one stop shop for you as current serving personnel and veterans accessible anywhere via your Smartphones.
To save it to your smartphone, simply load the website by typing in grablife.moneyforce.org.uk to your browser. Then click on the 'menu' button (Android) or tap on the 'add to homescreen' function on the Safari control bar (Apple) and then you will see your own icon appear to use as you need it!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Information For Service Personnel And Dependents Regarding Housing Options On leaving The Services.

The JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.

JSHOA have produced a number of useful handouts including right to occupy Service Families Accommodation, Forces help to buy, housing options, house purchase etc....CLICK HERE to see

Personnel currently serving, and their families can attend a Housing Brief in their region which covers affordable home ownership schemes, (including Forces Help to Buy), house purchase, private rental, social housing and homelessness. The brief is delivered by JSHAO staff, and whenever possible an Independent Financial Advisor will also provide advice on guidance on Mortgages, savings, and credit scores etc.


Contact details
General Enquiries
Civ: 01252 787574 
Mil: 94222 7574

Joint Services Housing Advice Office

Floor 2 Zone 2
Montgomery House
Queens Avenue

GU11 2JN
Email: RC-AWS-JSHAO-0mailbox@mod.gov.uk  

Little Troopers - Deployment Support For Families

We have Separation Packs and Send a Hug Kits for military families.

You can see more at www.littletroopers.net

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Fancy Joining the Army Reserves?

Army Reserve soldiers get involved in everything the Regular Army does from combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian work and supporting your local community.
You'll do lots of different activities with other Reservists and Regulars, both locally and further afield. Everybody who joins us is first and foremost a soldier, but you’ll also be trained in other skills. Our roles cover things like engineering and communications, music and medicine - which you might also do as part of your day job. Training will help you to develop in areas like leadership and teamwork.

For more information, please visit:http://www.army.mod.uk/belong/reserve

Monday, 11 September 2017

Veterans' Housing Advice

New SSAFA Single Point of Contact for RAF

As part of their contract to provide a Personal Support & Social Work Service (PS&SWS) to the Royal Air Force, SSAFA have introduced a new Single Point of Contact facility.
This single point of contact will complement exisiting SSAFA contact arrangements and offer a telephone call handling and referral capability which particularly supports those Service personnel and families who are located away from on-station welfare provision.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Blandford Job Club

Friday Mornings
Adult Learning Centre, Black Lane (by Archbishop Wake Primary School)
Fun and friendly drop-in for anyone who is unemployed, looking for work or at risk of redundancy.
Get help with your CV, apply for jobs, improves your personal and social skills and much more.
For information on learning courses

Defence Discount Service Website

  • Search for local discounts
  • Search By - search by company, category or phrase
  • New Support Features - easier to find the answers you are looking for, see your vault codes and easier to interact with them

Matilda's Coffee Shop - Bovington

 Cooked breakfasts served and a variety of hot and cold food choices on the menu board

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

MOD Emergency At Home Contact - JCCC

Management of British armed forces casualties and compassionate cases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home?

Two new JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages.


Little Troopers - Deployment Support For Forces Families

Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve. They provide fundamental resources, initiatives and events to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart

If you are a British Armed Forces Family register HERE :

If you need to access Little Troopers at School see HERE