Monday, 22 August 2016

Future Accommodation Model (FAM)




Be Aware! - Cyber Crime

 
 
Organised crime has been quick to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internet, particularly the growth in e-commerce and online banking.
Specialist criminal groups target individuals, small businesses and large corporate networks to steal personal information in bulk in order to profit from the compromised data available to them.
Common cyber threats to individuals include:
  • Phishing: bogus emails asking for security information and personal details
  • Webcam manager: where criminals takeover your webcam
  • File hijacker: where criminals hijack files and hold them to ransom
  • Keylogging: where criminals record what you type on your keyboard
  • Screenshot manager: allows criminals to take screenshots of your computer screen
  • Ad clicker: allows a criminal to direct a victim's computer to click a specific link
The cost of cyber crime to the UK economy is estimated at £27 billion, and likely to be growing
For more information click here

DDS - 25% Discount on Food at Chiquito

Chiquito offer members 25% discount on their food when showing their defence discount card or MOD90.  

See website or app for full terms and conditions.

Snapshot of the Armed Forces Covenant 2015


Thames Valley Alert - Money Mules


Students are being recruited, sometimes unwittingly, as “mules” by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts.

What is a money mule?
A money mule is someone who is recruited by those needing to launder money obtained illegally. Criminals advertise fake jobs in newspapers and on the internet in a number of ways, usually offering opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure potential money mule recruits. These include:

Social media posts
Copying genuine company’s websites to create impression of legitimacy
Sending mass emails offering employment
Targeting individuals that have posted their CVs on employment websites

Students are particularly susceptible to adverts of this nature. For someone in full-time education, the opportunity for making money quickly can understandably be an attractive one. The mule will accept money into their bank account, before following further instructions on what to do with the funds. Instructions could include transferring the money into a separate specified account or withdrawing the cash and forwarding it on via money transfer service companies like Western Union or MoneyGram. The mule is generally paid a small percentage of the funds as they pass through their account.

Money Laundering is a criminal offence which can lead to prosecution and a custodial sentence. Furthermore, it can lead to the mule being unable to obtain credit in the UK and prevented from holding a bank account.
 
 
Protect Yourself
Be aware that the offence of money laundering carries a maximum prison sentence, in the UK, of 14 years.
Never give the details of your bank account to anyone that you do not trust.
No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money. Don’t accept any job offers that ask you to do this.
Be wary of unsolicited emails or social media posts promising ways of earning easy money. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t be afraid to question the legitimacy of any businesses that make you a job offer, especially if the recruitment procedure strays from the conventional.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Oxford Against Cuttting




Speak up about FGM this cutting season – everyone can help!

Local charity, Oxford Against Cutting, has released a new message this summer to help protect girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). The message is for fathers, brothers and grandfathers and reads: “Men! Speak up to protect a girl at risk of FGM – everyone can help”.
FGM can involve the cutting of the clitoris and labia and stitching the vaginal opening. Girls, usually aged between babyhood and 15 years of age, may be at increased risk during the summer “cutting season”. Families who want their daughters cut usually return to countries of origin to carry out the practice as part of a cultural ceremony. This also means wounds can heal over the long summer break and girls return to school without being in obvious pain.
Last year, Oxford Against Cutting ran a poster campaign depicting a girl taking off a gag to speak up against FGM. The poster was based on the winning drawing by a young artist who entered the charity’s art competition. This year, the charity is appealing to a wider audience and encouraging men to take an active role to help stop the practice. The winning artist has created a new drawing, this time with an African man taking off a gag to speak up. Helpline numbers are listed for advice and support. The posters will be displayed across Oxford in GP surgeries, community centres, police stations and schools.
Fatou Ceesay, Community Outreach Director of the charity, said “FGM, sometimes known as female circumcision, affects whole families and should not be seen as purely a “girls’ and women’s issue”. If a girl is cut, she is likely to suffer pain and trauma in her married life and this can cause great unhappiness between couples. FGM can lead to health problems such as infertility, post-traumatic stress disorder and difficulty in labour. FGM is often arranged by mothers, grandmothers and aunts but the harm impacts everyone in the family. Although men may not be the decision-makers when it comes to FGM, they certainly have a role to play and could stop it happening in families if they speak up”.
Kate Agha, Executive Director said: “We set up the charity early last year and have witnessed many girls and women in Oxford joining initiatives to help tackle FGM. We now need to move to the next stage and identify the men who can help prevent the practice. It is important that men from FGM communities understand what happens if their daughter is cut and how this will impact on her life. FGM is a difficult subject to talk about in any culture, for both men and women, however it’s only by talking to each other we can end harmful cultural practices and focus on enjoying the non-harmful practices”.
Kaddy Touray, Rose Community Trainer and Advisor said “People are nervous about speaking up because they are worried about offending people. It is not always straight forward to assess a girl’s risk but if anyone is at all worried, they should get advice. Our message in this campaign is to speak
up. The helplines are for everyone, not only girls at risk. You can call anonymously and the people on the helpline will tell you if there are concerns and whether they need more information.”
Oxford Against Cutting works to help prevent FGM of girls and women living in Oxford by facilitating arts projects with schools, education, training for school staff and awareness-raising campaigns. The charity has also set up the Rose Community, a network for survivors and people who care and runs regular events.
If you or someone you know may be at risk of FGM, please speak up and call the NSPCC 0800 028 3550 (FGM Helpline) - a free 24hr service for advice, information or support (or email: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk) or MASH, Oxfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0845 050 7666 (or email: mash-childrens@oxfordshire.gcsx.gov.uk). If someone is at immediate risk, call the police on 999. The Oxford Rose Clinic, a specialist FGM clinic based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, accepts self-referrals via email: oxfordrose.clinic@nhs.net and is a confidential service open to pregnant and non-pregnant women that is run by a female doctor.
For further information visit the charity’s website: www.oxfordagainstcutting.org

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Defence Discount Service - 10% off food at Crown Carveries, Sizzling Pubs, O'Neills


Resettlement Support for Service Leavers: Career Transition Partnership




Resettlement Support for Service Leavers: Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.
The CTP provides free resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of rank, time served, or reason for leaving, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

Resettlement support through the CTP covers three broad areas: Transition, Training and Employment. From creating a CV through to completing relevant vocational training, learning interview skills plus researching and applying for jobs, what the CTP offers can help Service leavers not just with their first civilian job, but throughout their working lifetime.

Additionally, specialist support is provided to Wounded, Injured and Sick personnel via CTP Assist, and to Early Service Leavers via CTP Future Horizons.

The programme is delivered at nine Resettlement Centres in the UK and one in Germany, along with the Resettlement Training Centre in Aldershot, and includes face-to face support, online resettlement planningvia myPlan, the personalised area of the CTP website, and access to the CTP’s ex-military job board, CTP RightJob.

CTP RightJob lists thousands of live vacancies for Service leavers from local, national and international employers, with opportunities ranging from apprenticeship to executive. The CTP works with hundreds of organisations who recognise the benefits of recruiting from the ex-military talent pool, and value the experience and strong working ethos Service leavers bring with them.

CTP support is provided to Service leavers from two years prior to discharge, and up until two years after discharge. Click here to check eligibility.

It is vital that Service leavers register for resettlement with their Second Line Service Resettlement Advisor prior to discharge. Visit www.ctp.org.uk to find out more.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

What you need to know about changes to TV Licences

 

MAJOR changes to TV Licences will come into effect on September 1.
A change in the law means licences will be needed by anyone downloading or watching BBC programmes, including catch-up TV, on the BBC iPlayer.
And with research showing iPlayer is the most popular form of watching catch-up TV online for students, TV Licensing is aiming to make them aware of the changes - or they could face fines of £1,000.
TV Licensing1's research shows that two in three students watch catch-up TV online, with only 22 per cent taking a television with them to university.
Students who already have a licence will be covered automatically, while one will not be needed to watch other on-demand services such as Netlfix or ITV Player.
The new rules apply to all devices, including smart TVs, desktop computers, laptops, mobiles, tablets and games consoles.
Ben Craig, spokesman for TV Licensing London and The South East said: “Watching catch up TV is really popular among students and we want to make sure students are aware of the change in law.
"From 1 September, everyone will need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch BBC TV programmes on demand – including catch up – on iPlayer. Students can check at our dedicated TV Licence for students (tvlicensing.co.uk\studentinfo) page whether they are correctly licensed before the big move.
"And, of course, you still need to be covered by a licence for all live viewing and recording, no matter which channel you are watching or what device you are watching on.”
If you are at university, you can visit tvlicensing.co.uk\studentinfo, or contact an adviser over the phone on 0300 790 6113.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Felix House - Didcot


AFF Information regarding MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency)



20,000 British Service personnel and their families have now downloaded the MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app, produced by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), since its launch in Oct 2015. JCCC offers immediate 24/7 support should an incident occur, and runs alongside the JPA P001 card.
To download the app, your soldier must visit Defence Gateway on the host mobile – this can be repeated with multiple family member’s devices. It’s vital that your soldier remembers to keep their emergency contact and next of kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/joint-casualty-and-compassionate-centre-jccc

Monday, 1 August 2016

Defence Discount Service - Latest offers


SSAFA Forcesline

 
 
Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving and ex-service men and women and reserves from the Armed Forces and for their families. As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.
Our team are here to listen and not to judge. We can give you factual information and 'signpost' ways forward to assist you.
We can also speak with you in confidence if you, or someone you know, are absent without leave (AWOL).


Forcesline freephone numbers

Forcesline can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
UK0800 731 4880
Germany0800 1827 395
Cyprus800 91065
Falkland Islands#6111
Rest of the world+44 (0)207 463 9292
To call from Operational Theatres: use Paradigm's phone system and dial the appropriate access number then enter *201 at the PIN prompt.

Our email service

Our email service operates in the same way as Forcesline. We aim to send a full reply to your enquiry in 24 hours.

SSAFA and confidentiality

Forcesline is a confidential listening and signposting service that is independent of the military chain of command. In the majority of cases, anything that you tell us will be kept private and between you and our staff.

Combat Stress Helpline


Forces Additional Needs & Disability Newsletter

Veterans UK - Veterans World - Issue 39


National Domestic Violence Helpline


Scottish Veterans Residences





Common Questions About The HIVE BLOG

 
 
 
Q.I sometimes forget to check the HIVE BLOG for updates, so probably miss out on what is going and find out about events too late.

A. Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (top - left hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email every day that the BLOG is updated.
By using this gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest community information is available to view.
 
Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE BLOG, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.
A. You can browse the list of posts in the ‘BLOG Archive’ on the bottom left hand side of the homepage or click on a specfic label heading on left hand panel.
Alternatively, you can use the BLOG Search box.  For example, if you wanted to find out about information on employment in the local area  just type job vacancy into the box and the relevant post will be displayed.
Q. I would like to put information on the blog such as a event I am organising. I have a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.  
A. Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the BLOG home page) and your poster or information will be uploaded for you - FREE of charge.

If you have any ...........
  • contributions to the BLOG
  • any event or activity you would like to see featured
  • questions or queries regarding anything featured or 
  • questions about what is on in the local area
Please contact  abingdonhive@armymail.mod.uk
or call 01235 543588 or the HIVE Outreach Office at Bicester on 01869 256158

HIVE BLOGS are an MOD sponsored online presence, registered with and approved by MOD(DMC).  
In accordance with the MOD Online Engagement Guidelines, HIVE BLOG content must be limited to unclassified information only which is relevant and useful to the local military community.

Temporary Closure Of AFF Foreign And Commonwealth Enquiry Service Until Mid-September





Our current Foreign and Commonwealth Assistant, Michelle Prince-Burnett, will sadly be leaving AFF after three years of outstanding work. In her time at AFF she has helped thousands of Foreign and Commonwealth families, championing their needs and striving for the best outcome for all.
Whilst we recruit for a replacement for Michelle, we will be unable to man the Foreign and Commonwealth Enquiries Service and therefore normal service will cease from the 12th July 2016 until mid-September. Please note, cases that are already on our system will be dealt with.
In exceptional, urgent cases, we will offer assistance but applicants must fall into emergency criteria. To find out if you are eligible for help, please click here.
If you do not meet the emergency criteria, please visit our Foreign & Commonwealth information page. This will be updated regularly and has a wealth of information which may help you find the answer to your query.
If you cannot find the answer, you will need to wait until we have resumed normal service. Please follow our social media pages and visit the website to keep up to date with the relevant information.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and will work to resolve the staffing gap as quickly as possible.

NSPCC Guide - Is my child ready to be left alone?

 
 
 

Defence Discount Service Welcome Hungry Horse, Fayre & Square and Flaming Grill

 
 
 
We would like to welcome the Greene King brands Hungry Horse, Fayre & Square and Flaming Grill to Defence Discount Service.

They are offering 20% discount off food from Monday-Friday when you show the voucher on our website along with your Defence Privilege Card.  The voucher can be printed off or shown on the mobile app to staff.

Please visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk  for all the details.