Saturday, 30 July 2016

Changes to Study Benefits whilst posted abroad

Changes to Student funding benefits for Armed Forces Families

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ARAL Fuel card refusal or failure

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If users experience problems with their Aral fuel card and it is either refused or fails, proof will be required in the form of the till receipt. The receipt must show either “Vorgang Abgebrochen” “Karte nicht akzeptiert” or something similar. The refusal form can be found at and must be completed online. For those who send in the form incomplete i.e. without email address or Unit address will have the form returned. For further information please contact your local Vehicle Licensing Office (VLO)

Friday, 29 July 2016

BFG Security Notice

Everyone in the BFG community will be aware of the recent attacks which have taken place in different parts of Germany, and will be concerned about security. Members of the BFG community are most at risk of being caught up in such an attack by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The best security advice is to remain extremely vigilant and report suspicious activity whilst maintaining a low profile, and to check the FCO latest advice when travelling outside Germany. Security measures in BFG are kept under constant review. More detailed guidance on personal security for Defence Personnel is issued at work to all heads of household in BFG; you can play your part in BFG security by making sure that you understand this guidance and follow it.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Product Safety Recall (Reference 16-C-050) for Vauxhall Zafira B Vehicles

If you have not had the first Product Safety Recall (Reference 15-C-97) carried out, please contact your preferred Vauxhall Retailer or designated Opel Retailer as detailed below: 
Opel Gutersloh- Knemeyer ( 
Opel Sennelager - Bauer Bickmeier ( 
Until you have had the second recall completed, it is important to follow the precautions detailed below: 
You should only use fan speed setting zero (0) or four (4) on the heating and ventilation system. 
If on fan speed setting four (4) your fan is not working, you should set your fan speed to zero (0) and contact your preferred Vauxhall Retailer to arrange repairs. 
For those too far from a Vauxhall Retailer or designated Opel Retailer please call John Rees 07949194030

Funworld - Mansergh Barracks Gütersloh

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Bielefeld Tourist Card

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Returning Tax Free Vehicles to UK at end of Tour in Germany

Returning Tax Free Vehicles to UK at end of Tour in Germany Published: 22 July 2016 
All members of British Forces Germany, including civilian staff, contractors and dependants, should be aware that they must keep any tax free motor vehicle for a minimum of 12 months from the first day of its BFG registration. BFG Customs and Immigration staff work closely with HMRC and the DVLA and are informed when any vehicle has its ownership transferred early. This key benefit of service in Germany must be protected; early disposals will result in administrative or disciplinary action being taken. If you need disposal advice please contact BFG Customs and Immigration on:  HQ BFG C&I - Tel: Bielefeld Mil (81) 2711  Gütersloh Station - Tel: Bielefeld Mil (81) 2633  Paderborn Station - Tel: Paderborn Mil (79) 4279

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Dental Treatment for Boarding School Children in BFG

Both routine and emergency dental treatment will be available at Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) Dental Centres in BFG for children who attend boarding school in the UK and who have returned to BFG on School Children’s Visits (SCVs).

The same NHS-equivalent charges and exemptions apply to Boarding School children as for the rest of the civilian component of BFG.

Non-urgent routine inspections and treatment will be available to boarding school children provided that:

* There are available appointments during the child’s visit. If there are no available appointments then you will not be able to book one.
* Your child will not be given priority over any other entitled patient.
* Your child does not require prolonged courses of dental treatment that would require regular visits to the dentist or specialist treatment that cannot be completed during the school holidays.

As school holiday dates are known in advance it is recommended that parents book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that orthodontic treatment is not available to boarding school children via DPHC Dental Centres; alternative arrangements for this must be made by the parents through the school. It is in the child’s interest to have complex treatment performed near to the school in the UK.

All appointments made for civilian patients are made in good faith; however they are subject to cancellation if military operational commitments require it. The Chain of Command reserves the right to cancel routine appointments to support Force Preparation and other short- notice deployments.

For further advice please contact your local Dental Centre.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

AFF Access to a Student Loan for non UK residents

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that, after much campaigning, Service families should now find it much easier to undertake distance learning while posted overseas.

Following an announcement by Universities Minister Jo Johnson, Forces families should no longer be excluded from accessing a student loan if they are not resident in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. The new rule will grant eligibility for student funding for a UK based distance learning course even if families are posted overseas while the course is still ongoing.
Championing spouse training.
AFF has worked hard for some time, to improve the employment and training prospects of Army spouses. Given that spouses are unable to work in some overseas locations, they are pleased that improved training opportunities will now be available.
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: "AFF is delighted with the Government's decision to change student funding rules in order to provide Armed Forces families who are posted abroad with the same opportunities as those living in the UK, when accessing Student Finance England loans.
AFF is committed to ensuring our families are not disadvantaged due to the nature of their Service and this decision is an excellent conclusion to months of joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). These changes open up a raft of opportunities for the families of serving personnel who previously might have had to forgo training whilst posted abroad; we look forward to seeing the benefits over the months and years to come.
For more information about AFF and their employment and training work, visit and click 'info'.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Help

If you are feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. Our friendly team will give you a listening ear in the privacy of your own home and provide a real solution to your debts.Since we started helping people out of debt in 1996, we've helped thousands in situations like yours through our professional service offered by 306 CAP Debt Centres. 
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Monday, 11 July 2016

Step Change - Free Debt Advice

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Bielefeld Hotels, Guest Houses & Restaurants

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Friday, 1 July 2016

Safeguarding: Keeping your children Safe From Drowning.

Young children can be fascinated by water, and swimming is great for a child's health and fitness. Click Here for some tips to make sure that their time in the water is fun and safe.