Friday, 16 December 2016

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Hampshire School Calendar 2016-2017

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Stay Safe this Christmas



Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team want you to enjoy the festive period. Please remember these valuable points to keep you and your property safe. Wishing all residents of the Waterside a Happy Christmas, stay safe everyone.

When Shopping:
  • Make sure your handbag is closed and you carry so a pick-pocket would find it difficult to get into without you knowing.
  • Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if for a couple of seconds.
  • Try and keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pick-pocket.
  • Keep your PIN number confidential.
  • When entering your PIN number at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it.
  • Try to pay for items on a debit card rather than carrying large amounts of cash. If this is not possible keep cash to a minimum.
  • Before you leave your car, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.
  • Avoid leaving your purchases and presents in your vehicle. If you must make sure they are not on display, store in the boot and make sure the car is locked.
  • Park your car in a well-lit car park, preferably one that’s attended or displays the Park Mark logo.
  • Think about the item you are buying someone, are there any security products you could purchase to help them keep it safe. I.e. if buying a bike think about also giving a decent ‘D’ lock.
  • When loading your car in a supermarket car park, keep an eye on your trolley. It only takes a moment for someone to walk by and take something from the top of your trolley, whilst you may be putting something in the car.
  • Keep an eye on your shopping bags, there are many distractions. It only takes a moment for someone to pick up one of your shopping bags and walk away with it.
  • When loading your car in a supermarket car park, keep an eye on your trolley. It only takes a moment for someone to walk by and take something from the top of your trolley, whilst you may be putting something in the car.
  • Keep an eye on your shopping bags, there are many distractions. It only takes a moment for someone to pick up one of your shopping bags and walk away with it.
At Cash-points:

  • If you see someone suspicious hanging around, cancel the transaction and use another cash-point.
  • Before inserting you card have a look at the machine to check it looks normal.
  • When entering your PIN number make sure others around cannot see.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; only withdraw what you reasonably need.
  • Put your money and your cards away safely before leaving the machine.
If you are out for the evening:
  • Drink sensibly and stay with your friends.
  • Plan in advance how you will get home.
  • Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone. Always check the driver’s identification and never get into an unlicensed taxi. Text the licence plate number to a friend.
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.
  • Whether you are male or female, avoid walking alone and never take short cuts through dark alleys or large open spaces.
  • Keep your belongings with you and your valuables out of sight, never leave your bag hanging over a chair or personal items left unattended.
  • Don’t drink and drive, and remember you may still be over the limit the morning after a big night out.
  • If you suspect a drink driver or have any information about any crime, please do not hesitate to report either via 101 or Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111.
     
At Home:
  • Don’t leave Christmas presents in view of a window.
  • If you are buying or receiving valuable gifts such as bikes, mobiles or electrical items register them for free atwww.immobilise.com in doing so you will assist the police in returning your property should it be lost or stolen.
  • Dispose of present packaging carefully as empty boxes left outside can advertise that you have goods inside.
  • Refrain from keeping large amounts of cash at home.
  • A secure home will reduce the chance of a burglary. Make sure windows and doors are locked every time you leave the house. Avoid leaving tools and ladders lying around that could assist someone get into your home.
  • When you go out at night make it appear that someone is home. Draw the curtains and leave a light on. You could always put a lamp or radio on a timer switch.
  • Never allow people into your home unless you are expecting them or have made arrangements with the company beforehand.
  • Never buy goods and services at the door or give away personal information.
If you are going away:
  • Check you have locked all doors, windows and sky-lights. If you have an alarm ensure it is activated.
  • Inform trusted neighbours and ask if they will keep an eye on your property for you and collect your post.
  • Use timer switches on lamps and radios so it looks as though you are home. Signs of occupation help deter intruders.
  • Remember to cancel any deliveries such as milk and newspapers.

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Army Money Facts – Winter Edition

Edition 2 of Army Money Facts provides  information on allowances, financial considerations of re-joining the Armed Forces … and much more. 

See this link:


Monday, 12 December 2016

Pathfinder Magazine : Dec 16


Soldiers Magazine Dec 16


Civvy Street Dec 16 Edition


QUEST Resettlement Magazine: Dec 16



Service Pupil Premium 2017 - Extra Funding for State Schools, Free Schools and Academies attended by Service Children in England


If 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 to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which 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 19 January 2017 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. 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: DCYP-CEAS-enquiries@mod.ukor telephone: 01980 618244.

SPACES - Accommodation for Service Leavers

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

BFBS App



BFBS offers three main radio services: BFBS Radio for upbeat music-based programming and news, BFBS Radio 2 for music, sport and speech including the best of the BBC, and BFBS Gurkha Radio for Nepali language programmes.
  • BFBS Radio can be heard across the UK on DAB radio, overseas on FM, and online. You can also find us on Sky and Freesat.
  • BFBS Radio 2 can be heard overseas on FM, and online.
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio can be heard across the UK on AM, overseas on FM, and online.

Forces Resettlement Guide - What next?


Single Persons Accommodation Centre


What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
    • The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
    • Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
    • Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
    • Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
    • All information treated in strict confidence.
    • Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
    • If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
    • Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
    • Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for single veterans.

Civvy Street Resettlement Guide - November 2016

To View the November edition online, please click on the link below:


                                             Civvy Street November 2016

Pathfinder Magazine: Nov 2016


Calculate your Armed Forces Pension



You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.
Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.
Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.
Download and fill in the pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

British Forces overseas posting: Cyprus

If you have received an assignment order to Cyprus contact your nearest HIVE. 



HIVES in Cyprus
Akrotiri HIVE (RAF Akrotiri)
Contact Akrotiri HIVE on 00357 2527 6390 or email akrotirihive@armymail.mod.uk

Ayios Nikolaos HIVE (JSSU)
Contact Ayios Nikolaos HIVE on 00357 2395 7699 or email ayiosnikolaoshive@armymail.mod.uk

Dhekelia HIVE (Dhekelia Station)
Contact Dhekelia HIVE on 00357 2474 4551 or email dhekeliahive@armymail.mod.uk

Episkopi HIVE (Episkopi Station)
Contact Episkopi HIVE on 00357 2596 2000 or email episkopihive@armymail.mod.uk

Nicosia HIVE (HQ UNFICYP)
Contact Nicosia HIVE on 00357 2235 9316 or email nicosiahive@armymail.mod.uk

 HIVEs have information blogs.
 Register for email updates to keep informed about information relevant to you. 


Find out about RAF Akrotiri, accommodation, medical facilities, schools, amenities and recreation: HERE

Friday, 4 November 2016

Social Housing Opportunity in London




MoD Referral Applicants will be considered if they meet any of the following criteria:

-  Armed Forces personnel currently occupying Single or Families Service Accommodation and within six months prior to the discharge date
-  Armed Forces personnel and their families privately renting (six months prior to discharge only)
-  Veterans and their families, up to six months post discharge – still in Service Accommodation

-  Service leavers up to six months post discharge in hostel/temporary accommodation
-  Separated spouses occupying SSAFA or Services Cotswold accommodation

For more information about the JSHAO, please visit the website

Joint Service Housing Advice Office

Friday, 28 October 2016

SFA Furniture Service: Marchwood, Worthy Down & Thorney Island


Furniture requests fro SFA are made through CarillionAmey.

Click HERE for the full information and forms.

In Occupancy Furniture Request Form 
Please make sure you complete all the fields in orange. If you leave any of the fields blank the form will be returned to you and this may slow the process down. Ensure that all contact telephone numbers are non military, daytime numbers to allow the furniture provider to discuss and confirm requests with you. If you want to have furniture collected and delivered at the same time, please use 2 forms, one for collection, one for delivery and attach both to a single email explaining your requirements. Once the form is completed please send to: furniturerequests@carillionamey.co.uk.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Single Persons Accommodation Centre


What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
    • The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
    • Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
    • Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
    • Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
    • All information treated in strict confidence.
    • Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
    • If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
    • Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
    • Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for single veterans.

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Forces Resettlement Guide - What next?



Friday, 7 October 2016

TV Licence: Armed forces personnel

Find out how to check if you need a TV Licence when you’re on base, what it covers and how much it costs.


A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV – on any device. That includes TVs, computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.
It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
A TV Licence costs £145.50. You can spread the cost with a Direct Debit or pay in one go.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Childcare and early years education services in Hampshire

The online Hampshire Family Information Directory (FID) is for parents, carers and practitioners looking for childcare and early years education services in Hampshire.
Search for Ofsted registered childcare such as childminders, pre-schools, nurseries, before and after school clubs and holiday play schemes.
There are also useful links to websites for other family services.

italk: Free service for patients with depression, anxiety or stress

italk provides free treatment to people suffering from common mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.


What is italk?

italk is a free service for patients with depression, anxiety or stress. We are an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, which is delivered in partnership between Solent Mind and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
italk is an NHS commissioned service for patients aged 16 and over who are registered with a GP in the following areas of Hampshire: Basingstoke, Bordon, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, the New Forest, Petersfield, Romsey, Andover and Winchester. It is free to anyone who accesses it. 

Interested in Volunteering with Hampshire Children's Services?

Are you interested in supporting vulnerable young people to reach their goals?

We are looking for male and female mentors throughout Hampshire to provide independent support and mentoring.


This will include face to face meetings, supporting them to attend activities and telephone support. A crucial aspect of the role is to have the ability to build a positive relationship to allow them to feel listened to and supported.

The role of mentors has become increasing important in sustaining the progress made by young people. We are seeking volunteers, who are able to:


  • ·         Build and maintain positive relationships with young people
  • ·         Have the ability to listen
  • ·         Remain calm and impartial
  • ·         Work in a non- judgemental way.

Young people may have a range of professionals working with them. It is recognised that having someone independent who is impartial to talk too and offer support can make a difference to their self esteem and engagement – whilst supporting the role of the social worker to their working needs.

Have you got a spare hour a week to support a young person in achieving more?


If you can help or you want to find out more, please email the Innovation Fund Team on innovation.volunteers@hants.gov.uk 


Army Families Federation Co-ordinator

Service Children's Education Advisory Service




The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.
CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.
To read more CLICK HERE
Telephone: 01980 618 244 (Military 94 344 8244)

Moving Schools booklet available from HIVE

Monday, 12 September 2016

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Childcare and early years education services in Hampshire

The online Hampshire Family Information Directory (FID) is for parents, carers and practitioners looking for childcare and early years education services in Hampshire.
Search for Ofsted registered childcare such as childminders, pre-schools, nurseries, before and after school clubs and holiday play schemes.
There are also useful links to websites for other family services.