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Friday, 30 June 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Report

Our Community Our Covenant.  See the 2nd edition of the Covenant Report here


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Forces Help to Buy: help to get on the property ladder

What is the scheme?

Regular armed forces personnel can benefit from a £200 million scheme to help them get on the property ladder. The Forces Help to Buy scheme enables servicemen and servicewomen to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment or as their families needs change.
The pilot scheme, which launched in April 2014 and has now been extended to 2018, aims to address the low rate of home ownership in the armed forces.

The summer issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now...

Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication.
Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop

North Hampshire Young Carers Support

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Army Families Federation (AFF) are seeking a Co-ordinator for the Hampshire area

Hampshire Co-ordinator

AFF is currently seeking a Co-ordinator for the Hampshire area (including but not limited to Andover, Bordon, Gosport, Marchwood, Middle Wallop, Odiham, Portsmouth, Thorney Island, Winchester Garrison and Worthy Down). Read more

AFF Co-ordinators in the UK cover specific geographical regions. Co-ordinators assist Service families with enquiries and concerns, helping families access the right services and support. The role involves representing the families’ viewpoint to the chain of command and local authorities and attendance at meetings within the area.
The role is community- and home-based, reaching families and other contacts through visits to stations within the area and via e-mail, phone and Facebook contact.
The post is part-time with flexible hours (15 per week) and paid on an hourly basis.

Poppy Pods

These Pods are here in perpetuity to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.
The wooden camping Pods are sustainable and environmentally friendly with solar panels. The Pods provide residential holiday/respite facilities for service personnel, veterans and their families. The Pod Village has been designed with accessibility in mind.

for more information, please visit:

Become a volunteer with the Army Cadet Force (ACF)

Are your travel vaccinations up to date?

If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

Please click HERE to find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

What is AA?

AA & Alcoholism

AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. Alcoholics Anonymous does not engage in the fields of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or advocacy in any form, although members may participate in such activities as individuals.

What is the Army Families Federation (AFF) ?

What We Do

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world - on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle.
AFF is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice. We will deal with your enquiry without revealing your identity.
AFF is often pivotal in achieving improvements for Army families such as changes to Government and military policy and changes to the delivery of how things are provided for families. AFF does not do this by itself; our role is to highlight problems to the chain of command or service providers, and to work with them and other agencies to improve the support they provide to Service families.
AFF also provides a signposting service to help you find the right person to speak to, as well as providing useful information for Army families through its website and magazine, Army&You

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Little Troopers

Little Troopers Treasures

This weekend we launched a brand new, free, easy to use iPad app that is available now exclusively to serving British Armed Forces families.

We know that serving parents are so frequently away from home and often communications can be limited or sporadic. We also know that a bedtime story is one of the most important times to a child.

So.....we teamed up with Harper Collins Children's Books to bring you Little Troopers Treasures; it will make story time precious every day and will ensure children never miss a bedtime story from their parents again; they can watch the recordings over and over whenever they miss their mummy or daddy.

Download the app on your iPad

Once you are registered (only register once you just need a family login) you can log in and view the bookshelf with various titles available, then simply record a story. The app will capture your face, your voice and the story book pages while your record, it will all then be immediately wrapped up with love and saved on your device and can be watched or listened to or both over and over again.

There is also some supporting resources such as a weekly planner, separation diaries and time difference sheet for you to print and use to compliment the app.

View more on the Little Troopers Treasures web-page

Fijian domestic and sexual abuse booklet

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Safer North Hampshire - advise on keeping property secure this summer to avoid becoming a victim of crime

Residents and car owners are being reminded to be vigilant about closing windows and locking doors over the summer holiday period to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
The advice, from the Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Partnership, is aimed at encouraging people to take safety precautions to ensure their home, property and outbuildings remain safe from burglars. Young people are also being encouraged to avoid committing antisocial behaviour during the school holidays.
Cllr Ken Muschamp, Chairman of Safer North Hampshire, said: “Burglars are on the look-out for homes that are empty for several weeks while people are on holiday, but they also know that people will sometimes leave windows or doors open while they nip out for a short time. We are encouraging people to follow the standard crime prevention advice and keep windows and doors secure. In addition, keep sheds and garages locked to help protect your outbuildings.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight's most popular family attractions

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Discovery Hampshire's military history

Historic sites in Aldershot and Farnborough

Historic sites in Aldershot and Farnborough

Aldershot and Farnborough have a wealth of historic sites.
With their military, Victorian and aviation heritages, Aldershot and Farnborough offer a wide selection of historic sites, including the following:

Duke of Wellington Statue

The impressive 40-ton statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle of Waterloo, was originally erected at Hyde Park Corner, London. It was moved to its current site in Aldershot in1885.

Aldershot observatory

The telescope and observatory building were a gift from aviation pioneer Patrick Young Alexander to the British Army in 1906.

St Michael's Abbey

St Michael's Abbey was founded in 1881 by the Empress EugĂ©nie as a mausoleum for her late husband Napoleon III, Emperor of France. It is now a contemplative monastery of monks of the Benedictine order.
Farnborough Road, Farnborough, GU14 7NQ
01252 546105

Heroes' Shrine, Manor Park

The Heroes' Shrine is Aldershot's national memorial to those people who died in the civilian bombing during the Battle of Britain. It contains masonry from bombed cities including Coventry cathedral.
High Street, Aldershot, GU11 4JU

IQ Farnborough - former Royal Aircraft Establishment wind tunnels and hanger

Three listed wind tunnels, the former weapons testing building and a refurbished air ship hanger sit at the heart of the modern day airfield business park (limited access). For details, see the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust - wind tunnels at Farnborough Business Park web page.

Prince Consort's Library

The military specialist Library of the Army Library and Information Service. It specialises in providing information on current military topics and international politics in support of operations, intelligence, training and education by the British Armed Forces. This is achieved by the extensive use of online information, military articles and a wide range of military books. The Prince Consort's Library also regularly host talks by military authors.
Knollys Road, Aldershot, GU11 1PT
01252 349381

After a fully equipped office? Try the Aldershot Enterprise Centre

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AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.
Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.
AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”
Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on
To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit