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Friday, 13 July 2018

MoD launches its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse

The Ministry of Defence has launched its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse within the Armed Forces and defence civilian communities. The strategy builds on existing work by the military in this area, such as providing specialist training to welfare staff, and will include the launch of a campaign to raise awareness across the Armed Forces and enhancing support for civilian staff.
The 'No Defence for Abuse' Strategy aims to partner with specialist organisations to help them understand the unique needs of the service community. It will also work to create a culture of safety and support for those experiencing domestic abuse and their children, taking steps to break down the invisible wall that can deter victims from asking for help.
​For more information and to read the strategy:

Partner Employment - Service Family Hot Topics, July 2018

The Army acknowledges that Service life may have an impact on the employment of family members and Partner Employment is one of the nine primary areas of activity considered in the Army Families Strategy.
The recently established Army Families Working Group will work with the chain of command, families, governmental and third sector organisations to address issues identified. Evaluation of research projects in Partner Employment being conducted at the moment will help to better identify where the issues are.
​The link below to 'Service Family Hot Topics', July 2018 issue provides information on a number of ongoing initiatives which may be of assistance to those seeking employment or to change their employment.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Accommodation - Windows and Safety

Window Safety
During the warmer weather, we all like to let fresh air into our homes, especially at night. Please take time to sop and think - do your windows open so wide that a small child could get through?  Are thre any objects or furniture nearby that could be used to climb up and reach the window ledge?
We have installed window restrictors for the safey of your family. For our own peace of mind make sure that your windor restrictors are connected and test that they work.  It is also a good idea to check the safety of anyblind cords in your home.  To reduce the risk poised by looped blind cords, please ensure these are fed back and kept out of reach of children to prevent strangulation injuries.  
If you have any concwerns about your window restrictors, please call the CA Helpdesk (0800 707 6000)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Summer Sprts Camp

An Evening with Rory Underwood MBE - 17 September - Bristol

Exciting event coming up with former RAF Pilot and England International Rugby star Rory Underwood MBE. This event is free to all officers' and their spouses on 17th September in Bristol. Log on for more detail: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-september-2018-an-evening-with-rory-underwood-bristol-tickets-45645646357?aff=HiveNetwork​ 

The HALO Study

Worried about the mental health of your armed forces loved one (currently serving or veteran)?
Worried about the effect of your loved one's mental health on your own wellbeing?
Want to know how to get your loved one to seek help for their mental health?
 Help for Heroes and the King's Centre for Military Health Research invite you to take part in the HALO study which will test two different ways of helping you to support your armed forces loved one to seek help for their mental health. In both interventions, you will learn about how you can help yourself and your loved one. We want to understand how people like you respond to each intervention, and whether they affect your wellbeing and the relationship between you and your armed forces loved one. We would also like to know whether giving you information about how to encourage your loved one to seek help affects their help-seeking behaviour.
If you might be interested in participating, please  contact the Hidden Wounds team confidentially 9am – 5pm on 0808 2020144 (free from UK landlines), by email: hidden.wounds@helpforheroes.org.uk  or through the contact form:  https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support/mental-health-and-wellbeing/hidden-wounds-service/

For more information click on the link below;
The HALO study

There But Not There: deadline for applications now extended until 16th July 2018 -Funding for silhouettes to mark the 100 year anniversary of the WWI Armistice​

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (AFCFT) will be opening a programme making small awards to communities who want to engage in remembrance activity but who may have a financial barrier to doing so. As part of their project communities will need to hold an event to bring people together to remember; and to think about the Armed Forces Community today.

As the centenary of the end of World War One approaches, communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about how they can commemorate and bring people together. This award scheme will help communities to access silhouettes that bring to mind those who went to war and did not return. These silhouettes can bring a community together through an event, to remember, and to think about the Armed Forces Community today.

The grant will be awarded to community organisations who need help to obtain silhouettes. Organisations can apply for up to 10 silhouettes. As part of the award, the organisation will hold a self-funded event to bring the local community together; involving the local Armed Forces Community.

A link to the pre application guidance is attached here:
Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme Pre Application Guidance
The AFCFT is working with There But Not There to raise awareness of this award scheme; and reach communities that may not have had previous support from the Covenant Fund.

The following organisations can apply for the award:
* A charity
* A Community Interest Company (CIO)
* A School
* A place of worship, Multi-faith facility within a hospital or Armed Forces base, where people would not otherwise be able to engage in remembrance and engagement activity without financial resource.
* A community organisation with a constitution and a community space.

This is a great opportunity for organisations not normally eligible to apply for Covenant funding to obtain an award. This strand of Covenant funding will be open for applications from 1st – 30th June 2018.

National Careers Fair - Stafford - 12 July

For more information please click on the link below;
Careers Fair Stafford