Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Friday, 24 June 2016

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Defence Discount Service

The Defence Discount Service gives members of the Armed Forces Community discounts both online and on the high street. The Membership Card is a physical card that members of the Armed Forces Community can take into stores, restaurants and venues in order to obtain a discount. Click here for more information

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

SSAFA Needs You

Volunteer course is due to be run soon.
 Call the number on the poster for more details. 

Budget Traveller’s German Wanderlust - 48 Hours guide to Berlin

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Visit Sparrenburg Castle in Bielefeld

High above the town on the Sparrenberg hill sits imposing Sparrenburg Castle. Its mighty fortifications are located right next to one of the most beautiful ridge walks in Germany, the 156km Hermannsweg.

Constructed in the mid 13th century by the Counts of Ravensberg, the castle was administrative centre and residence of the county sovereign, and protected the town and trade routes through the Bielefeld pass. It was rebuilt many times. Sparrenburg Castle gained its present outline in the middle of the 16th century. A vast 300m system of underground passages can be explored from April to October, and visitors can enjoy panoramic views over the town Panorama and surrounding countryside. The castle also provides the impressive backdrop for the annual medieval spectacular, the Sparrenburgfest.

Tower and Visitor Information Center
Opening times
April - October: daily 10.00am - 6.00pm
November - March: Sat, Sun + public holidays 11.00am - 6.00pm
(closed 24 December to 1 January)

Charges (Ascent of the Tower)
adults: 1.50 €
senior citizens, children, students: 1.00 €

Guided Tours: Visit to the casemates (underground passages)
April - October: daily at 12.00am and 2.30pm, additionally Sun + public holidays at 4.00pm
Guided tours for groups by appointment

adults: 3.50 €
senior citizens, children, students: 2.50 €
groups (max. 40 persons, by appointment): 40.00 € / english: 50.00 €

Monday, 13 June 2016

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes

The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans' community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Education scheme.  Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.
From 1 April 2016 there will be some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.
See more at this link

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Aral Fuel Card Questions

Click Here for FAQs on Aral Fuel Card (AFC)

Friday, 10 June 2016

Monday, 6 June 2016

Army Movement Guide

The Army Movement Guide was produced in 2015 and covers the end to end process of moving from Germany to the UK under the Army Basing Programme. This is aimed at Service personnel, civilians and their families supporting them during their move.

This new Chapter is aimed at those moving under Army Basing in 2016 and highlights any out of date information or any changes since the original film was made in 2015.

BFG Safeguarding Board

Keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe in the community is everyone's responsibility.
Follow the link: www.bfgnet.de/safeguarding/welcome to get up to date information and details on training from the BFG Safeguarding Board

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Defence Discounts Services

The Defence Discount Service is a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation of the Armed Forces Community. It is seen as an important element in developing the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK. The Defence Discount Service gives members of the Armed Forces Community discounts both online and on the high street. The Membership Card is a physical card that members of the Armed Forces Community can take into stores, restaurants and venues in order to obtain a discount.

New discounts are added regularly so it is worth checking the website from time to time to see if there is a discount that could benefit you and your family.

Click  here to visit the website.

Give Us Time Holidays for Military Families

Give Us Time takes holidays donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection after tours of duty. The charity was founded in 2012 by Dr Liam Fox MP who, in his time as an Army medic and later as Secretary of State for Defence, became aware that homecomings were not always as easy as might be expected for service personnel or their families.

Often after months away from home, the family dynamic can change considerably and it can be stressful for both the service personnel and their families to readjust to a life together again, in a domestic situation that may be different to how it was before they left. Give Us Time helps service families reconnect to life after combat and provides them with the chance to spend time together and to reaffirm their family bond.

To Register and for further information click  here

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme

The Forces Help To Buy Scheme (FHTB) was launched on 1 April 2014 as a three year pilot scheme. FHTB enables Service personnel to borrow up to half their annual salary (up to a maximum of £25,000) and is intended to assist towards the balance of the purchase price (taking into account, for example, deposit, legal, surveyors, land registration and estate agent fees) when buying a property for which a mortgage lender is willing to advance a mortgage.

Any personnel looking to utilise FHTB should familiarise themselves fully with JSP 464 Part 1 Chapter 12 where full details of the eligibility and qualifying criteria can be found.

For information can found on the Goverment website, just click on the link below: