Monday, 31 October 2016


12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched. 
The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The question is: 
Have you downloaded yours? 
If not then found out how HERE.

Course For Forces - Autumn 2016

To read online please follow this link

The Armed Forces Covenant - Employment & Pensions Support

What Next - Forces Resettlement Guide - Issue 2 2016

Follow this link to read

Ex Services - Accommodation & Housing

What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
◦The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
◦Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
◦Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
◦Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
◦All information treated in strict confidence.
◦Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
◦If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
◦Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
◦Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for  single veterans.

Latest offers from Defence Discount Service

Lifeworks Families has been Extended – Now Offering Remote Support

The LifeWorks Team at RBLI is very excited about the new and improved Remote Employment Support Service we can now offer to ALL UK ARMED FORCES DEPENDANTS. 
For the first time, we’re extending our already successful support service to service dependents of school leaving age as well as university leavers. This is IN ADDITION to the service we already offer military spouses and their partners.

Our Remote Support Service is available to those who, for whatever reason, can’t attend one of our 3 day courses held throughout the UK and overseas. Or, maybe want help with just one or two areas in their search for work.
WHAT SUPPORT CAN I GET? All support is given by one of our highly experienced Employment Coaches who will be able to help with any aspect of your job search and move into work. Some things they typically give support on are:
· CV writing
· Interviews
· Covering letters
· Confidence building
· Recognising your skills

We can also offer a helpful 1-2-1 session with a qualified Vocational Assessor who can take you through a range of psychometric profiling tools that will help you identify new career paths or even enhance your current position.


It’s easy, just give us a call on 0800 319 6844
Head over to our website

Toys R Us, Quiet Hour for Autistic Children - Sunday 6th November 2016

Branches of Toys R Us across the UK will be holding a ‘quiet hour’ on the morning of Sunday 6th November, aimed at parents and carers of children with autism.

Special measures have been introduced to make stores more autism friendly. Fluorescent lighting will be reduced and all the lights will be dimmed, there will be no music or announcements during the hour and new autism-friendly signs will be put in place.

Stores will also introduce a quiet zone for any children who need some time out, and parents are being offered the opportunity to pay for their goods upon return to the stores in order to avoid waiting for extended periods with their children instore.

To find your local store - please follow  this link

Explore Blenheim Palace this November

To find out more about "What's On at Blenheim Palace please follow this link

Defence Academy Shrivenham - St Albans - Glow Party - Monday 31st October 2016

News & Updates from Mind

News and updates from Mind
Easter Notes of the Week from Oxfordshire Mind
It's Friday and time for Notes of the Week!

If you have any good news stories or communications requests, please don’t hesitate to contact me at
In this week's issue you'll find: 
notices from other organisations

Roadshow Success in Oxford City Centre

The last stop on our brilliant Oxfordshire Mind Roadshow took place on Monday in Oxford City Centre. Despite the chilly weather, our team got a warm reception, getting information on improving mental wellbeing to hundreds of members of the public.

A huge thank you to all of those involved in the Roadshow - we are so grateful for you hard work and dedication!
  To read the full newsletter please follow this link

OxOn.Arts. Info - What's On Digest - Monday 31st October - Monday14th November 2016


What's On digest

What's On from Oct 31 to Nov 14 2016

Crafts and Applied Arts

Event Venue Date(s) and Times
Regeneration Ion Severin The North Wall
Oct 18 2016 to Nov 5 2016

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Sat 12pm - 4pm
JASSO - The Allure of Silver Past and Present The Oxfordshire Museum
Oct 22 2016 to Nov 6 2016

Tues - Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm
Paper West Ox Arts Gallery, Bampton
Oct 22 2016 to Nov 13 2016

Tues-Sat 11.30- 16.30 Sun 14.00- 16.00 closed Mondays
Fashion and Value in Silverware by Michael Welch The Oxfordshire Museum Nov 5 2016
2.30 - 4.30pm
The Society of Wood Engravers - 79th Annual Exhibition The North Wall
Nov 9 2016 to Dec 2 2016

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Sat 12pm - 4pm


Event Venue Date(s) and Times
Motionhouse: Captive & Motionhouse The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury Nov 8 2016
Professor Lynn Garafola discusses her studies of the modernist choreographer Bronislawa Nijinska 'Nijinska' Lecture by Professor Lynn Garafola Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Nov 10 2016
May-We-Go-Round? - image - Pegasus Theatre May-We-Go-Round? Pegasus Theatre Nov 11 2016

Film and Animation

Event Venue Date(s) and Times
"Everest" Film with Q&A Session War Memorial Hall, Charlbury Nov 13 2016
7pm. Doors & bar from 6.15pm
To find out more about "What's On": please follow this link

Edingburgh Napier University - Emergency Crisis Management

Tesco Direct now deliver to BFPO locations around the globe


If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
So, remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you’re looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day.
Click HERE for more information

BIG White Wall

Cornerstone - November Newlsetter

Yes, that's right, your monthly newsletter is here and yes, it's November! Was it just us or did October fly by?! 

November is a busy month for us at Cornerstone, not only have we got some gripping theatre on it's way but we are also hosting Didcot's first Food Festival! We also have wonderful family shows on the horizon, and not forgetting the annual Didcot Street Fair on Thursday 24th (where we will be releasing the spring brochure). 

Make sure you pop along to the Food Festival where there will be live demonstrations and Didcot's own Bake Off! 

We hope to welcome you soon to Cornerstone! Click here for more info.
Image of the three actors from Bad Guys
The Collector is set in Mazrat Prison (Iraq) which was previously one of Saddam's torture houses but is now under allied command. This gripping play was one of the most highly acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 14. A compelling tale of murder, evil & betrayal.

Image of Stuart Maconie
Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers say that they formed with the purpose of singing about, and drinking, fine whisky! This acoustic six piece band is a blend of Americana, country, bluegrass, folk and roots music. Join the band for a Friday night bar gig in Nourish, Cornerstone's coffee lounge.

Image of paints and brushes on a colourful background.

'I dream about you young. When I'm asleep you're as young as the girl I met'. From lover, to father, to husband, one man craves the past but knows his desire for it will destroy his family. A tale of lost identity and yearning for the past. Starring Nigel Lindsay. 

Alfie White is crazy about space and his dad is training to be the first man on the moon, at least that's what Alfie tells his schoolmates. But in fact, his dad has disappeared- it's as if he has been swallowed up by a black hole. Together with best friend Meg, Alfie sets out on a daring mission to find his dad. A cosmic tale of adventure and discovery! For 5+.

Sunday 13th November @ 2pm. £8, Conc £6 & Memb £6.40

Foodies alert! Bake Off star and columnist Christine Wallace has teamed up with Didcot Events and Cornerstone to launch the town's first ever three-day food festival. The festival will be a real celebration of food & drink featuring exhibitors of fine produce to demonstrations by well known celebrity chefs in the theatre. The theatre is the highlight of the event, where you can watch the celebrity chefs cooking delicious dishes live. Get tips and hints from the professional chefs while being entertained from the live shows.

Jonny and Rachel haven't had a good Christmas in years, but this time they're going to get it right. Join them for a joyful, heartfelt comedy about trying to make Christmas happen - despite everything.
Stuffed with music, laughter and love, this is Oxford's only Christmas show for grown-ups. A hilarious and heart-warming story of family, politics, sibling rivalry and rebellion.