Friday, 15 December 2017

Spitfire 10K 2018

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Nu Yu Hair & Beauty Salon - 10% Armed Forces Discount

NuYu are offering a 10% discount to those serving at DMS Whittington and also those who hold civilian IDs.  Show your ID when paying for your treatment.

Click HERE for more information

Service Pupil Premium 2018 - This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England

your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300. 

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement.  Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child.  The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date.  

You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family.  (Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service should be classed as Service children) This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database. For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244.   

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

DHL - Supplying Opportunities for the Ex-Forces

DHL is proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant which shows our commitment to those who serve (Regular and Reservists) or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families. In 2014, we were awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. 

This commitment means we will actively seek to find the right position for the right person. We are Armed forces friendly and understand that the experience you gained and honed in the Forces is what sets you up for an exciting future within our organisation.

Our core values are closely aligned to those of HM Forces, which puts us in a unique position before you even start to look for possible employment with in DHL. Using these core values and ours will see a partnership which can deliver excellence.

Click HERE for more information

Barbershop at DMS Whittington

Tel: 07894746931 or 01543434207


Friday, 8 December 2017

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans. 

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.

For full details please see these links 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

RAF Envoy Magazine - Winter 2017 Edition

To view the Winter edition of RAF Envoy, please click HERE

Amazon Flex - Have a few hours to spare??

Click HERE to sign up

Supporting the Unsung Hero - FREE Dependants' Business Start Up Courses 2018

For more information please click HERE

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Military Discount now offered by The Whittington Arms

25%* off your total bill (inclu. drinks)

Monday - Thursday!!
& now Fridays (until 2 December)

*not in conjuction with any other offer or festive packages
*offer valid when ordering main meals

Career Opportunities for AGC(SPS) Soldiers

Monday, 13 November 2017

Little Troopers Treasures

Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books 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

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Latest Issues of Resettlement, Family Federations and Just for Family Magazines

Just some of the latest issues of magazines available to pick up in your local HIVE

Be Seen Be Safe When You're Cycling

Cats Protection Lichfield and Tamworth

Click HERE for more information

Volunteer Centre Lichfield - Volunteering Opportunities

Thinking about volunteering but not sure how to get started? It doesn't have to be scary! 
Contact Volunteer Centre Lichfield and District on 01543 303030 and book an appointment to speak to one of our friendly volunteering advisers. 
They have thousands of opportunities and can match you with something that is perfect for you.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Royal British Legion - Best Practice Guide - Support Service Children in School in England

Click HERE
to view and/or download the Guide
The Royal British Legion has produced a new best practice guide focusing on Service children in school. 
The guide looks at some of the big challenges facing Service children today and by sharing examples of good practice from across England (a separate Wales version will shortly be ready), recommends ways in which local authorities, schools and families themselves can improve the experience of Service children in education. Problems associated with admissions into schools and the adverse effects on a Service pupil’s wellbeing are explored, alongside information on the extra funding available to Service children through the Service Pupil Premium, Education Support Fund and more. Key recommendations include:
  • Encouraging schools to be creative with the use of funding available for Service pupils and share ideas and practice through networks of schools with Service children on the roll.
  • Suggesting that local authorities facilitate collaboration between schools, local military units, and local authority staff to ensure that everyone is aware of the challenges faced by Service children and what can be done to address them.
  • Encouraging Service families to make use of help available from the Ministry of Defence, Department of Education and charities and other organisations such as The Royal British Legion and the three families federations. 

Blue Peter Badge holders FREE entry to over 200 attractions

Blue Peter Badge holders FREE entry to over 200 attractions
BLUE PETER BADGE holders can gain free entry to over 200 attractions around UK. For more information please visit

Useful Contact Numbers - Your local police and council working together to keep your community safe

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

SFA - Compensation Scheme

How to Claim:
For a missed appointment, the occupant must apply using the appropriate template form via DIO SD Accommodation intranet site within 14 days of the occurrence, or via SFA external website with the required structured information within the same timeframe.
Evidence must be provided to support the claim (where available).
For significant defects at move in, the details must be captured at that time on the Occupancy 1 Form, (or alternative Move in Form for those in SSFA) and must include the IP and/or DIO agreed course of action. It is therefore important that Service personnel (or their nominated proxy) take care to ensure that any significant defects are properly and accurately recorded, including, if appropriate, photographic evidence. In addition to capturing the detail during the move in appointment occupants must apply, within 14 days of the occurrence, using the template form on the DIO SD Accommodation intranet site, or, via SFA external website with the required structured information. 8. If you have access to DII, then claims for compensation should be submitted on the template form available at the following link (MOD systems only):
NB: Please open the compensation form using Internet Explorer (IE) as your browser - not Google Chrome:…/SFA-CustomerCompensa…
If you don’t have access to DII, then a compensation claim can be made by email.
Email the DIO SFA Customer Compensation team setting out your compensation claim so that you include:
• The date of the appointment you are claiming for.
• Your name and telephone number.
• The SFA address relating to your compensation claim.
• The reason for your claim i.e. either a missed appointment or a significant defect(s) at move in.
• Any additional information to support your claim (including any photographic evidence).
For claims relating to missed appointments, please provide Job Reference Number, date and time of notification of postponement/cancellation by contractor along with any other relevant details.
If the claim is relating to significant defect(s) at move in please provide E1132 reference number, details of issues identified and any other action taken.
Any emails not containing all of this information will not be accepted by the DIO SFA Customer Compensation team.
Late claims will not be accepted. Please send your completed email to:

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Whittington FC Ladies Team!

We are looking for women of all ages to join our new Ladies football team!
You don’t have to have any experience playing football, just a passion to learn, keep fit and have some fun.
So far, we are a small (inexperienced!) group of varying ages (minimum age 18 - no maximum age!) starting out and if you fancy giving it a go, then training is every Friday 6.30pm-7.30pm at Baxters Field, Whittington WS14 9TB
We are planning on training together, learning the game and required skills to then join a league towards the end of next year!
For further information, please message me via FB or email

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

News from Reading Force

Click HERE for the latest RF newsletter for teachers, Service Pupil Champions, HIVE officers, and club leaders. It includes the chance to win £150 worth of books for your school!

Royal Marines Reserve Birmingham - 'Meet The Marines Day' - First Tuesday of Every Month

Royal Marines Reserve Birmingham will be hosting a “Meet The Marines” day on the first Tuesday of every month.
So come along and see the excellent facilities on offer to you as a potential Royal Marines Reservist. It is also a great way to meet serving reservists and also those who are currently undergoing training.

If you are interested in joining the RMR this is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to make your first step to achieving the coveted Green Beret.

To start your application today click on the link:
Click HERE

For more information call us on 0151 707 3346

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

SFA Compensation Scheme - High Street Vouchers UPDATED INFORMATION

DIO is pleased to announce that the problems surrounding the issue of High Street Vouchers to successful SFA Compensation Scheme claimants have now been resolved. Claimants are now being sent details of the appropriate codes to allow Vouchers to be redeemed from our supplier’s site.
The Compensation Team is working to clear the backlog of successful claims on a date approved basis; it is expected this will be cleared by mid-November.
We would like to apologise once again for the time taken to resolve this issue. The Compensation Scheme remains open for new claims.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

School - Apply now for September 2018

Don't forget to apply for your child's school place for 2018 

If your child is due to start secondary or upper school in September 2018, you must register and apply for their school place by 31 October 2017. 

If your child is due to start primary, junior or middle school in 2018 they have until 
15 January 2018 to apply.

Extended FREE childcare entitlement in overseas locations Are you posted overseas? Do you have children who are three or four years old?

The MOD has published a document giving information about free childcare entitlement in overseas locations. AFF has compiled a summary of the regulations. 
The MOD aims to provide services similar to those in England where possible, whilst recognising the support that is given elsewhere in the UK to all eligible Service Personnel.
Currently, the MOD provides 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for three and four year olds in places at MOD-provided settings, or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
Additional FREE hours
From 1 September 2017, eligible children can access an additional 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

citizenAID App

Simply download The free, no adds citizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store.
The citizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.
The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed initially for use in the UK.
 Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Don't take it from us, tell the world the experiences that you had serving and living in Germany

The BFG Legacy Project is beginning – and you can be a part of it. 
By the time the last units in 20 Armoured Brigade leave Sennelager in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 80 years. 
To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ BFG is producing a book: 
British Forces in Germany – The Lived Experience.
This is a call for you to share your lived experiences with us. 

Please click HERE to share your experiences​

Forces Travel - Disneyland Paris

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Forces Travel - Disney on Ice London

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Handy pension 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 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!

Transition Survey

With a focus on transition out of the Armed Forces, the Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations are working together to garner a wide response from those families who have left in the last two years, or those who plan to leave before September 2019.
Our survey will cover all aspects of your transition journey; from your reasons for leaving to the impact transition has on your family. We’ll also explore your main transition challenges and invite you to tell us your ideas about how transition support can be improved.

Please follow the link to complete the survey that applies to your situation:

Lichfield District Children's Centre Activities Brochure 2017-2018


Friday, 8 September 2017

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 are introducing a new Single Point of Contact facility with effect from 4 September 2017.
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.
Full contact details are in the poster.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Changes To Childcare Vouchers

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.

If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur. Click Here for more information

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Victory Services Club offers

Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Jobs at the Legion

The Royal British Legion employs over 1500 people based at locations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Legion endeavours to employ individuals available who best meet the job requirements and have empathy with our mission and values.
The Legion can offer a competitive package including:
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Pension Fund
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Employee Assistance Helpline
  • Childcare Vouchers
If you have a query regarding any of our job vacancies, please email
Click HERE to see latest vacancies

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

FAM - Future Accommodation Model

FAM is a project looking at how the MOD provides its housing over next 50+ years.

Look out for information that will be coming out over the coming months.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Armed Forces - Free Entry To Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace & Holyrood House

* Armed Forces - Free Entry To Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace & Holyrood House
MOD90/Armed Forces ID card and Defence Discount Service Card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE. That’s a potential saving of £85.
The Royal Collection ticket booking line have stated that "policy is that the free entry applies to the MOD 90 holder and 4 guests however it is at the discretion of the staff on the day if they do let dependant pass holder and 4 guests in for free".
Be sure to check the Royal Collection website to plan and make the most of your visit.
1. Call ahead of your visit on 0303 123 7300 to check that the castle is open to the public (no advance booking required.
2. Bring your MOD90/Armed Forces ID/DD
S Card with you to get you and up to four friends or family in for FREE.
3. if using DDS card phot ID is required.

* Entries to Buckingham Palace and Holyrood House are only available after 12pm

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Defence Discount Service - Pure Gym Offer

Pure Gym have a great offer for members.

They are offering members £0 joining fee at some fantastic gyms!

To find out how to do this please visit our website at

Tickets for troops: Exclusive 3-Day Nuffield Health Gym Pass On Offer In 111 Clubs*


Transport for London - Veterans Oyster Photocard

Please click HERE for more information