Friday, 11 December 2015

Bereavement Support Group - Wool

Did you know there is now a support group for patients of The Wellbridge Practice run by experienced volunteers at the Surgery.

We are not able to take your pain away, we are not going to be able to solve problems particularly in how we learn to live our daily lives facing the loss of one who is so missed and loved. We are however able to provide a place for reflection, for recall, for remembrance, and for revisiting memories, good as well as painful ones, with other people who area also grieving.




For more information, call Jackie Pope on 01929 462376 or pick up a leaflet from the Wellbridge surgery in Wool.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

SFA Housing - Process On Making A Stage 2 Housing Complaint.

Not all housing complaints are straightforward and you may not be happy with the response your complaint receives. So here is a refresher of the process and note that stage 2 has been updated so for those unfortunate enough to be familiar with the complaints system please take the time to look at the changes.

Stage 1 – If you are unhappy with a service whether its maintenance, contractors, or housing allocations you should raise a complaint with CarillionAmey and make sure you receive a reference number.

Stage 2 - If you find you are unhappy with the response you receive from CarillionAmey at stage 1 and wish to escalate the issue to stage 2, you can use a new online form as introduced by DIO. The new form features simple text boxes with a clear indication of what information you need to provide before the form can be emailed to the DIO Service delivery Customer Service Team at RAF Wyton.

Stage 3 - If you have completed stage 2 and are still dissatisfied, you can escalate your complaint to the Independent Housing Review Panel click here for the full details.

What’s new about stage 2?
You have two options. The first requires the soldier to complete the complaint form online, at work on the military intranet. The second option enables either the soldier or the spouse to file the complaint.
  1. Online - by completing the online stage 2 complaint form which is available on the MOD Intranet.
  2. Letter - by writing to the Customer Service Team at:
    DIO Service Delivery Accommodation,
    Ground Floor, Swales Pavilion,
    RAF Wyton,
    Cambridgeshire
    PE28 2EA
Quote the stage 1 complaint reference number and briefly set out your complaint, why you are not satisfied with the stage 1 response and what outcome you would like.
DIO should acknowledge your stage 2 complaint within three working days and provide you with a reference number. An investigation will then be carried out - depending on the nature of the complaint, this can take some time.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Employment Opportunities For Military Spouses

For part time/full time and Christmas temp positions in Poole, Bournemouth & Salisbury, please contact Beth Skeels on Beths@benefitcosmetics.com

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Deployment Activity Books for children Age 8 -12 Years

The Adventures of Harvey & Bob and the Adventures of Harvey and Bob Bumper Fun Book are two (free) publications based on deployment activities and aimed at children between the ages of 8-12 years.

The HIVE now has these books in stock, so if your spouse/partner is away on deployment and you have children within that age range please pop in to the HIVE and pick up a copy. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Leaving The Forces - Service Accommodation Irregular Occupancy

Whilst in the Armed Forces, you are provided with Service Accommodation.

If you are living in Service Families Accommodation (SFA) but leaving the Armed Forces you will be served with 93 days Notice to Vacate by the Defence Estates Officer. The Notice to Vacate expires on your discharge date, and this is when you legally lose the right to occupy your Service Accommodation (medically discharged personnel have an additional 93 days). 

If you remain in your property after this time, you will become an Irregular Occupant and will be required to pay Damage for Trespass charges (called Violent Profits in Scotland). For assistance with these charges, (means tested) contact your Local Authority or the Department for Work and Pensions to discuss Housing Benefit. Website: www.dwp.gov.uk.

DE will begin proceedings for the repossession of the property, and while the process may take some time, the Court is most likely to order the property back to DE, and you will be liable for Court costs. Despite this, it is important to note that if you leave the property before you are ordered to do so, your local authority may argue that you have made yourself ‘intentionally homeless’, and therefore have no legal duty to house you.

If you are a Single Service Leaver occupying Single Living Accommodation, you are able to remain until your last day of military pay, but no longer. For further assistance on your housing options, we would also advise that you contact the Single Person’s Accommodation Centre for the Ex-Services (SPACES) up to 6 months before your discharge date. 
Contact 01748 833797. www.spaces.org.uk


Useful Contacts Regarding Housing

Joint Service Housing Advice Office:
Telephone: 01252 787574 Mil: 94222 7574 Freephone 0800 3287641

Shelter: Helpline: 0808 800 4444 www.shelter.org.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau: Search for your local CAB online at www.citizensadvice.org.uk

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – Forces Help (SSAFA): Housing Advisory Service: 02074 639398 www.ssafa.org.uk

The Royal British Legion: Telephone: 02032 072100 www.britishlegion.org.uk

Friday, 6 November 2015

Forces Equine



Big discounts now secured for major Equestrian Events eg: Horse of the Year Show and Olympia Horse Show, for all our members, it is free to log in.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Are you a Military Wife who has considered studying for a degree, educational course, or re-training course?

Are you a Military Wife who has considered studying for a degree, educational course, or re-training course?

Did you know that the The Royal Legion Women's Section can help you ?!

If you are the spouse / partner of someone who is serving/ex serving (including widows and divorced spouses who aren't in a new cohabiting relationship), then RBLWS may be able to help you, through the President's Award Scheme.

So if you've ever fancied studying a certain subject, or perhaps re-training so that you can work from home, why not take a look at the full details here


We want more military wives to know about the RBLWS and the President's Award Scheme.


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures Survey: 'Tri Service Provision for Little Troopers'


"A question we are often asked is why do Little Troopers need support? Civilians do not understand everything that is involved for children with a parent serving for their country. We have launched a survey, so we can gather evidence of the needs of our families. This information will help us immensely with our fundraising and lobbying efforts." 

To take part in the survey please click HERE

Monday, 21 September 2015

JSHAO 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.

JSHAO

 contact details
Floor 1 Zone 1
Montgomery House
Queens Avenue

Aldershot
GU11 2JN
 


Thursday, 17 September 2015

Blandford HIVE - How Can We Help You!


Army Families Support - Deployment


Resources available for you


Don't forget our Separation Packs, so many Little Trooper benefit from these, be it for a one month exercise for a 9 month deployment. The packs help the child feel part of the process and connected to their soldier over the separation period.

Included in the pack is a booklet for parents.

Read more and order HERE

For details on the  website and events go to www.mydaddyisasoldieradventures.org

Civilian Housing On Leaving The Services

If you are at risk of losing your accommodation you should contact the Housing Advice Service of your local authority for free advice and assistance as soon as possible. The main thing to remember is to act early to give us as much time to help as we can.
We offer a range of services to help people of all ages and circumstances , providing advice at an early stage about your available housing options

Please remember that there is a huge demand for social housing which is in short supply. This means that council and housing association properties are not widely available and usually only go to those who are in the most need. You must consider other solutions to your housing needs. If you receive a gratuity on leaving the Services, this will be taken into account by many authorities who will expect you to use these funds to provide your own home. 

Independent housing advice can also be obtained free of charge from Shelter (opens in a new window)  or your local Citizens Advice Bureau (opens in a new window) .

Citizens Advice Bureau Wareham provide drop in sessions at Bovington HIVE every Tuesday 9.30am – 1pm. Appointments not necessary, just turn up. An adviser will see you in a private room. Confidentiality guaranteed.

Finding private sector accommodation is usually the most realistic housing option for many people offering many choices.
Before you look for a property you should decide on how many bedrooms you will need, especially if you need to apply for housing benefit to assist in paying your rent. If you are entitled to housing benefit we may not pay for a property that is too large for your needs as assessed under Local Housing Allowance regulations.

Where to find accommodation for rent
Properties to let can be found advertised in local newspapers, letting agents, shop windows, on websites and by word of mouth.
Local newspapers and websites include:
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Letting Agencies usually advertise in the local press, Yellow Pages and the Thomson Local Directory. It is advisable to visit a number of different agencies to increase your chances of finding accommodation. Agencies can be expensive, often charging fees, and expecting rent in advance and security deposits.

Securing Rented Accommodation
When looking for private accommodation it is often 'first-come first-served' so contact the landlord quickly. Try to give a good impression over the telephone and when you meet in person. You may be asked questions such as whether you work, have children or pets, how old you are and if you smoke. It is best to be honest because you need to find a home that is suitable for you and your family and a landlord who is happy with you as a tenant.

If the landlord requires rent in advance or a deposit and you do not have the money available, try to negotiate.  You may also be eligible for assistance from our Rent Deposit Schemes if you have no source of raising the finance needed yourself.




Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Married Quarter Estates - Streetlights Not Working


As the nights get darker, it's a lot more noticeable if there are street lights in your area that aren't working.




If you call the Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 we will be happy to arrange for these to be fixed for you. 


Before calling though, please try to get the serial numbers of the columns that are not working. 
This should be a relatively short mixture of numbers and letters, usually painted on the side of the column. 

We need this information to make sure our engineers can find the lights they need to fix in the daytime.


Slimming World Classes - Wool

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

HIVE Deployment Support

The HIVE is on hand to support families while loved ones are away on operational or non operational deployment.


Visit or contact the HIVE for information on Keeping in touch during operations, "blueys", sending parcels, childrens books and a whole host of deployment literature.
Bovington HIVE 01929 403185
Blandford HIVE 01258 482537
email bovingtonhive@armymail.mod.uk 

Monday, 10 August 2015

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 booklets are available FREE from your local HIVE or CLICK HERE to download

"My Daddy's Going Away & Mummy's Home" Books


For more information on BOTH books, click on the link below
www.mydaddysgoingaway.co.uk

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

MoneyForce Debt Help And Advice



The MoneyForce FREE debt help and advice webpages can be found at:

https://www.moneyforce.org.uk/Get-Help-Now/Debt-help-and-advice

Monday, 27 July 2015

SSAFA - Lifelong Support for the Forces and their Families

We are SSAFA. We provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they need us. If you need a helping hand, get in touch.

Click HERE for more information.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

HIVE - Help With Moving Out

If you are due to be posted soon, Bovington HIVE has an updated move out information guide that will help with the moving process. The relocation guide includes details of applying for SFA, arranging pre move out appointments, Essential guide to moving, booking removals and Carilllionamey "walk away" scheme (SFA Cleaning) 

HIVE can also provide you with a guide to preparing your Qtr for move out, local cleaning companies & window cleaners. 


Should you require a HIVE move out information guide, information on your new location or have any relocation enquires please call in to the HIVE or contact 01929 403185. 
Email bovingtonhive@armymail.mod.uk 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Personnel & Army Families - Booking removals (Agility)


Agility Logistics Limited (removals) is a contracted service provider for Ministry of Defence. 
To book removals go to
https://grms.agilitylogistics.com/external/agilityLoginLoad.do?section=WELCOME

You will be requested to enter certain personal and other data such as Name, Rank, Staff/Service Number, Collection and Delivery addresses. 


These and other data are necessary for the system to evaluate your shipment entitlement and to enable the Unaccompanied Baggage Manager (UBM) and the moving company to carry out the required work to move your goods from your losing unit to your gaining unit.

Blandford - Local Driving Lessons

Contact Kirstie Smith 075556 98339

Blandford Camp - Free Legal Advice

To book call 01258 459361. Sessions are held in the Williams Building, Blandford Garrison 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Help With Housing On Leaving The Forces

JSHAO (Joint Service Housing Advice Office) 

Mil 94222 7574Civ 01252 787574

Joint Service Housing Advice Office
Montgomery House
Hammersley Barracks
Queen’s Avenue
ALDERSHOT
Hampshire
GU11 2J

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Pilates Classes - Winfrith (near Wool)

Wednesday 5:30 and 7pm: Body Control Pilates classes with Pete Whittet at Winfrith Village Hall. 

Improve your fitness and mobility.Suitable for men and women, from age 18 upwards.  The classes are light-hearted, safe and effective.

Pete has been teaching full-time since 2001.  He is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals, both at level 3 (Pilates instructor) and level 4 (specialist exercise instructor in the management of low back pain).

There is a limit to the class size, so you will need to reserve a place.  Each class costs £10.  Once you are in a class, that place is yours for as long as you want to keep it, but please do let Pete know if you decide to leave.

Contact Pete by leaving a message on 01305 851 581, or by sending an email to petewhittet@hotmail.com.

   


Monday, 11 May 2015

Salsa Dance Classes - Wareham

Please call in to Bovington HIVE to pick up a flyer
that entitles you to bring a friend for FREE

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Help And Support For Service Leavers


Regardless of length of service, everyone leaves the Army at some point. This can be a challenging time and involve a period of adjustment which can trigger a number of emotions from exhilaration to pain and anxiety. It may not just be the Service leaver who is affected; it may also impact upon family and friends. 

There is high quality practical support available to Service leavers undergoing their transition but there is little information or advice about what Service leavers and their families might experience emotionally. 

This Transition Information Sheet seeks to highlight some of the emotions that Service leavers and their families might experience and reassure them that this is quite natural and that in all but a very few cases life returns to ‘normality’ fairly quickly

Click HERE to read

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Do You Need Help With Your CV And Writing A Cover Letter

A good CV is no use if the employer does not read it. The cover letter is a chance to stand out from the rest of the applicants and make the recruiter want to read your CV.

The National Career Service has an excellent guide:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/getajob/cvs/Pages/writeacoveringletter.aspx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Nursery & Childcare Provision - Bovington

DROP IN ANY TIME FOR A GUIDED TOUR OR PHONE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
A DETAILED WELCOME PACK IS AVAILABLE FROM THE OFFICE

Monday, 23 February 2015

Blandford Family Learning Hub

Fridays 09:30 – 12:30
Adult Learning Centre (Black Lane)


Come and have an initial assessment and find out your levels for English and Maths.


We can offer support with:
Computers
English
Maths
Job Preparation
Life Skills
Confidence Building
And much more


Just drop in.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Bovington Army Cadet Force

Bovington Army Cadet force meets every Monday and Thursday evening between 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Reservists Centre, RWxY Building Allenby Barracks.

New members are always welcome, come along and see what we do. Cadets help get teenagers off the streets and do something positive, achieve goals, keep fit, meet challenges and socialise with other people. You will become more disciplined and have more control over yourself.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award improves your skills, talents and fitness as well as helping you get a good record on your CV for the future. Altogether cadets will inspire you to do something good for yourself.


For further information contact Gail Dennis on 01929 403049 Mil: 94374  3049