Friday, 30 June 2017

ER - Easy Resettlement - Summer Edition 2017



 
The summer issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now...
Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication. Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop www.easyresettlement.com/magazine/
We are proud to announce our partnership with DSEI who run the largest Defence and Security Expo in Europe, the event is free for military personnel and it will be taking place between the 12th-15th September at the Excel arena in London. You will be able to pick up free copies of the summer issue at this event.
You may have heard our Sales Manager, James Atkins, on the Hal Stewart BFBS show earlier this month, if you missed it and would like to listen to what we are doing to help our readers simply click this link http://www.easyresettlement.com/bfbs/
We are especially proud to announce some new partnerships with companies who will be offering employment opportunities to our readers through our magazine. These include The AA, Aspire Defence, Amazon Web Services known as AWS, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Jaguar Land Rover. These are a welcome addition to those already recruiting our readers such as The East of England Ambulance Service, Maritime Transport and KLM UK Engineering. Each issue we include a Franchising for Veterans feature with the BFA giving some valuable insights in to what makes a good franchise, some great franchises that have already recruited veterans and service leavers include Action Coach, Chips Away, Gas Elec and Snap on Tools.
Take a look at the summer issue to read some great case studies. Finally we will be attending various events where we get the chance to speak with our readers, these include the CTP and Security Cleared Jobs Expos as well as the DSEI event. Please do come along and speak with the team and let us know what else you would like to know about in future issues.
All of this is only possible thanks to our advertisers so please mention our magazine when speaking with anyone. Also join our social media groups, subscribe to the magazine for free and let any friends and family know about how we can help.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Our Community - Our Community Covenant - Second Edition


To view and read the complete document - please follow this link

Amicus Trust - Support for Veterans


RLC Open Day - Saturday 8th July 2017


A2Dominion to host sixth annual Bicester Bike Day - Sunday 24th July 2017



Date: Sunday 24th July 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Annex Field of Bicester Community College (behind Bicester Leisure Centre), Queens Avenue (the field is being cleared by A2Dominion in preparation for the event)
Cost: Free
What is the event about? Bicester Bike Day is an event for the town organised by A2Dominion in partnership with range of local partners designed to promote cycling as a fun and safe way to travel and to bring the town together at the start of the school holidays to celebrate the summer!  Now in its 5th year, the Bike Day, which in the past has attracted 400 people, offers something for everyone.
To sign up online for the cycle sportive go to www.leisurecentre.com/change-gear-cherwell
With the bike just days away, this is the exciting line up:
10am: ‘Tour de Bicester’ family treasure hunt-style cycle ride
12.00pm – 3pm: Cyclo Cross Racing:
1200 – 1210 – Under 8/10
1220 – 1235 – Under 12
1245 – 1305 – Under 14
1315 – 1345 – Under 16/adult
1400 – 1445 – Come and try (any age)
12.30pm: 5-10 mile Cycling UK beginners’ bike ride
From 12.30pm: Delicious BBQ served
2.30pm: Ladies Breeze ride sets off
3pm: Event finishes
Throughout the day:
  • Watt bike challenge
  • Climbing wall
  • Toddlers’ inflatable activity centre
  • Face painting
  • Pedal powered bikes
  • Penalty shoot out
  • Police bike security coding
  • HGV driver’s view of the road
  • Crafts
  • Refreshments

Monday, 26 June 2017

Ambrosden 4 Children - Stay & Play - Thursday 29th June 2017

Stay and Play

Thursday 29th June 2017
09:30 - 11:15
£2.50 entry which includes refreshments.
At 
Ambrosden Children's Centre

Friday, 23 June 2017

Army and You - Sizzling Summer Giveaways

To see more great giveaways and to enter please follow http://armyandyou.co.uk/enter-our-summer-2017-giveaways/

Thames Valley Police - Water Safety Warning

This hot weather has encouraged people to cool off in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries and lakes. Please be mindful that this can be very dangerous.

Dangers of open water:
  • The water may look calm on the surface, but there can be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under the water.
  • The water may feel warm on the surface, but just a few feet below the surface it can be icy cold.  The cold water can affect stamina and strength of swimmers.

Key safety tips for staying safe near water:
 
  • Alcohol and swimming do not mix! Stay out of the water if you have been drinking.
  • Never let any children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.
  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment - you might need it yourself.
  • Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended, unless as part of an organised club.

Parents please make sure your children are aware of the dangers!

Step Change - Latest news

To read more about accessing you credit report 
and other financial matters please follow this link

AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families




AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.

Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.

AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”

Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on housing@aff.org.uk

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit www.aff.org.uk

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final – Wembley August 2017 – 40% Off – LIMITED TIME ONLY




Watch the climax of one of Rugby League’s biggest day's out at the iconic Wembley Stadium. This day is LIKE NOTHING ELSE with a full day of back to back entertainment and this August they are taking it to another level with the introduction of Club Wembley ticket access, adult tickets from £12 and junior tickets from £5.

Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for details or log in to the free mobile app and search for Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final....

Paultons Park-Tickets for Troops

PAULTONS PARK, HOME OF PEPPA PIG WORLD


For the second year Tickets for troops will be teaming up with Paultons Park for their Armed Forces Days in September (16th/17th & 23rd/ 24th).
Tickets For Troops members will have the chance to book up to four tickets to take their family for a fun filled day out. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

See The Red Arrows In Action during 2017


To view the Red Arrows calendar of displays please click HERE

Visiting Stonehenge for theSummer Solstice 2017 - Be Prepared, Plan Your Visit And Stay Safe

 


Please note that the site will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 20 June with last normal day admissions at 13:00, so that we can prepare for Summer Solstice Managed Open Access. Stonehenge is closed on Wednesday 21 June and will re-open at 09:00 on Thursday 22 June. 

English Heritage is pleased to provide free Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for Summer solstice 2017 and ask that if you are planning to join us for this peaceful and special occasion that you read the Conditions of Entry and the information provided on the following pages before deciding whether to come. These are written to ensure enjoyment and safety for everyone attending summer solstice at Stonehenge.
   
Please note to reduce risk to those attending and to the monument itself, alcohol is not allowed in the monument field during summer solstice. 

Following recent terrorist related incidents across the UK, additional security measures will be in place at Summer Solstice this year. 
We are working closely with Wiltshire Police to ensure the safety of all visitors and, as a result, only small bags (approx 30cm x 25cm x 15cm) will be allowed into the Monument Field and searches will be conducted. 
We strongly advise you to only bring essential items and thank you in advance for your patience. 

For more information please follow this link

Summer Drink & Drug Driving Campaign

 
 
 
 Anyone wishing to report an incident of drink/drug driving should call 101 in the first instance.

If you have any information about drink/drug driving you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form available HERE
 
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Extra 15% off at GO OUTDOORS in recognition of #ArmedForcesDay



The nearest store to Bicester is Oxford
The nearest store to Abingdon is Swindon

Veterans Gateway

 
 
New Veterans Gateway website is being officially launched on 20th June called Veterans Gateway.

It  is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is made up of a consortium or organisations and Armed Forces Charities including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Our connection with additional key referral organisations - both within and outside the Armed Forces sector - means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.

Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community

Quest - June 2017

 
To view online please CLICK HERE
Hardcopies are also available in the Abingdon or Bicester HIVE


NEW! Tickets For Troops Notification App





For more information please follow this link

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Abingdon HIVE Closed Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th June 2017



MOD Housing Referral Scheme

 
 
The MOD Referral Scheme is coordinated by JSHAO to assist some service leavers to get accommodation via housing associations.
Some housing associations ask JSHAO to nominate personnel as tenants for vacant properties. Being on the MOD Referral Scheme provides an additional route to secure housing.
The MOD have recognised that some service leavers have difficulty in accessing social and affordable housing. Through this scheme the donating housing associations are able to help people who otherwise may have problems being prioritised high enough to have a realistic chance of being housed by local authorities.

Applicants must be:
  • armed forces personnel within 6 months of their discharge date
  • currently occupying service accommodation, the Services Cotswold Centre or a hostel
Applications for the scheme can be accepted from service leavers, married or single, and from separated spouses living in SFA.
Further details on

Forces Cars Direct - New Cars Discounts

 

 SSAFA is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Forces Car Direct who are making a contribution to SSAFA for every car delivered.
For more info CLICK HERE

Record a message for Dad for Father Day via BFBS

 
 
Forces Radio BFBS and BFBS Extra join 'forces' in a live simulcast show, join them for prize giveaways and all your messages and greetings for Dad.

E-mail big@bfbs.com with your message

Live on Sunday 18th June at 10am

Civvy Street - June 2017


Click here to read or pop into the HIVE for a hard copy

Stop unwanted mail by post by using the free Mail Preference Service




UK consumers generate millions of pounds of postal sales per year, the
majority welcome the information and special offers they receive by post.

However, some people might take a different view.
The MPS is here to make your choice known
- so you get the mail you want and need.
If you have suffered bereavement or just want to stop unsolicited mail register with the MPS.

Thames Valey Alert - Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud




Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

NEW - Home-Start Under Fives Family Group starting Thursday 15th June 2017


Thames Valley Alert - "Take a Stand Against Scams"



'Take a Stand Against Scams'

National Trading Standards Scams Team are running awareness sessions near you in July.  The aim is to find out more about scams and how you can protect yourselves and others from being a victim.

Please come along on Thursday 27 July 2017 at either 9.30am or 1pm at the Unipart Conference Centre, Garsington Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2PG.

To book a place or for more information please contact Julie Brain or Shelley Edwards:
Email: Communityengagement@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01865 815000
www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

Neighbourhood news June 2017

NEW HomeStart - Under Fives Family Group - Starting Thursday 15th June 2017


Gov.UK - The law on leaving your child home alone


 The law on leaving your child on their own

The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.
Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, eg at home or in a car.
  • children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time
  • children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight
  • babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone
Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’.

Service Families Accommodation - Who do I contact if my streetlights are NOT working?

If you notice there are street lights in your area that aren't working.


Please call the Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 we will be happy to arrange for these to be fixed for you. 
Before calling though, please try to get the serial numbers of the columns that are not working.

This should be a relatively short mixture of numbers and letters, usually painted on the side of the column.


We need this information to make sure our engineers can find the lights they need to fix in the daytime.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Kirtlington Golf Club - Armed Forces/ Emergency Services Discount - #givesomethingback


#givesomethingback

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