Thursday, 26 May 2016

Mutt Strutters - Local Dog Walking Service

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SFA Public Accounts Committee

 Watch Parliament TV: Service Family Accommodation

Scope of the inquiry
The Public Accounts Committee session will focus on three areas: the state of Service Family Accommodation, the introduction of the new Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) and the introduction of the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) and how the Department is managing CarillionAmey's performance against them.
 The session will include a background of the provision of Service Family Accommodation for the military (including key recent developments), the amount invested by the Government in Service Family Accommodation, the current state of Service Family Accommodation and the proportion of the homes in which people are living which meet the Decent Homes Standard. The Public Accounts Committee will also be looking at the proportion of Service Families satisfied with their accommodation.
As part of the inquiry, the Committee will look at Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) banding and any impacts relating to the changes in rent and the performance of the provider in relation to the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC).
 If you wish to submit evidence to this inquiry, please do so through the page linked below. The deadline for written submissions is midday on Tuesday 31 May 2016

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Storyplay - Thursdays at Lichfield Library

Starting on 9th June Storyplay at Lichfield Library - Thursday mornings 10.30 am - 12.00 pm. Come along and enjoy the magic of stories through craft, messy play, sensory play, songs and rhymes.

Huggable Heroes

Friday, 13 May 2016

Christchurch Under 5's Playgroup - Lichfield

Victory Services Club - New Website

The Victory Services Club (VSC) website has been given a brand new look and the finished product is better than ever. Updated to include some of the latest features in web design, the new site gives serving and retired members of the military, and their families, an enjoyable online experience that matches that offered at the club itself.
The new site’s navigation makes it easier than ever before for online visitors to find what they’re looking for, and find out more about the fantastic venue, dining options and affordable accommodation on offer in the heart of the London.
It is now possible to learn more about the Club’s charitable objectives with a dedicated Charity section, and view the latest events in the new Social Diary.  If you’re looking for somewhere special to celebrate investitures, mark a milestone birthday with family and friends, or even to celebrate your wedding day, the new website clearly signposts each exciting section of the club, from accommodation to events, and much more.

Uniform Tax Relief for RAF Officers

HMRC has agreed to revised rates of Uniform Tax Relief (UTR) for RAF Regular and Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) Officers, which now incorporate Laundry Tax Relief, implemented with effect from 1 April 2016.
Discussions with HMRC on revised rates of UTR for Royal Navy (RN) and Army Regular and FTRS Officers are ongoing.
Laundry Tax Relief for Non-Regular Permanent Staff (NRPS) Other Ranks and Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) personnel also commenced on 1 April 2016.
Discussions on delivery of Laundry Tax Relief for Mobilised Reserve Officers, Volunteer Reserve Officers, Ratings and Other Ranks, Cadet Force Adult Volunteer Officers, Ratings and Other Ranks will continue with HMRC.

Warwick Castle Offer with Defence Discount Service

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Dancers sought for Illusion StreetCheer classes

If you love to dance, and would like to join a group that works together on dance routines once a week, why not come to an Illusion StreetCheer dance class?

Positive Futures, which provides sporting and leisure opportunities for young people across Burntwood and Lichfield, runs weekly street cheer dance sessions in Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s dance studio.

Street cheer combines elements of cheerleading with street dancing. No experience is necessary, as the moves are fairly easy to pick up.

The Illusion StreetCheer classes run on Fridays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm for ages 9 to 13 and from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for ages 14 to 19. It costs £1 a session.

The classes do not need to be booked – just turn up and have a go.

To find out more, please contact Tasmin Turner by calling 01543 308835 or 07736497186 or email

Positive Futures is hosted and funded by Lichfield District Council. It is also funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership through the Locality Deal Fund.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Carillionamey - New Customer Magazine Carrier

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CarillionAmey are really pleased to send you our new customer magazine ‘ Carrier’, our opportunity to let you what we are doing to improve our service.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Armed Forces Covenant Survey

Is the Armed Forces Covenant being delivered in your local area? If you have an opinion, please fill out their survey (below) and let them know what you think!
Click HERE to complete the Survey

Boxing sessions for Young People in Lichfield

A British boxing champion’s academy will be giving young people across Lichfield free boxing lessons from Friday 20 May 2016.
Positive Futures, which provides sporting and leisure opportunities for young people across Burntwood and Lichfield, is launching weekly boxing sessions, thanks to a grant awarded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund.
The sessions will take place at Wade Street Church in Lichfield on Friday evenings, from 7.45pm to 8.45pm, starting on 20 May. They will be run by World Middleweight and British Boxing Champion Wayne ‘Mad Dog’ Elcock’s Box Clever Coaching Academy.
There is no need to book, if you are aged between 14 and 19, simply turn up and try out boxing. The sessions are free, however, they may go up to £1 in the future.
Positive Futures is hosted and funded by Lichfield District Council. It is also funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership through the Locality Deal Fund.

NHS - One You

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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Defence Discount Service - Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Show your Defence Privilege Card at their Visitor Information Centre (near Costa) when you arrive and they will give you a Privilege card entitling you to 10% off at most stores across the centre!

For further information about Defence Discount Sevice and to sign up, click on the link below:
Defence Discount Service

Cheshire Oaks is approximately 4 miles from Dale Barracks, for further information visit:


Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Warrior Programme comes to the Midlands

The Warrior Programme is a 3 day motivation and training programme with 12 month structured support and signposting.

The Warrior Programme runs residential programmes in London, SW and NW for Veterans and adult Family Members of Veterans. The programme is ideally suited to individuals who are: not fulfilling their potential, stuck, frustrated, angry, guilty, unsure, lacking in confidence, struggling with the transition post operations, in civie street or returning to 'normality'.

The 3 day coaching programme teaches participants practical, effective tools, techniques and coaching strategies to improve performance and motivation and overcome the above. The course outcomes are to improve:

- Confidence 
- Self Reliance 
- Resilience 
- Independence 
- Self belief 
- Managing self, mood and emotions 

To allow individuals to lead an independent and functioning life in society.

Post course participants have the opportunity to attend monthly and quarterly refresher days to review their situation, refresh skills and refocus their goals to enable them to lead independent lives and function in society

More information on the Warrior Programme is available using this link

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Employment Support for Disabled Veterans

Remploy was originally formed after World War II to provide jobs for veterans. So, our heritage and expertise makes us best placed in supporting those experiencing barriers to work to move into fulfilling and lasting careers after the Armed Forces.
Our specially designed range of services for serving and ex-service personnel help you to adapt your skills and abilities for civilian employment, find a new career and stay in your role.

Additionally, our highly experienced and skilled team of Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants (VRCs) provide more targeted support to veterans, and their supporting organisations, through our range of specialist employment and career transition services. All of our VRCs are members of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association and operate within the Rehabilitation Code of Best Practice.
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Monday, 2 May 2016

Ex-Forces - Jobs at ASDA

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Ex-forces and looking for work? Did you know Asda will guarantee interviews to ex armed forces personnel 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Royal British Legion and MoneyForce Survey - Leaving the Services

MoneyForce is developing a new decision tree tool aimed at those preparing to leave the Armed Forces or already in the process of leaving.

Our aim is to advise users a) what to expect; and b) what they need to do, at different stages of the leaving process.

Answering these questions will help us ensure that we cover the relevant topics and provide the best possible advice. Your answers are entirely anonymous. 

To complete this Survey, please click HERE

Click on 'Open With', select 'Google Docs' and then the document can be saved and completed electronically (click on 'File' and 'Download as...') .  

Completed surveys should be emailed to

Army Transition Newsletter Edition 11

To view and/or download this edition r please click HERE