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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

British Forces In Germany - The Lived Experience

Don't take it from us, tell the world the experiences that you had serving and living in Germany

The BFG Legacy Project is beginning – and you can be a part of it. 

By the time the last units in 20 Armoured Brigade leave Sennelager in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 80 years. 
To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ BFG is producing a book: 
British Forces in Germany – The Lived Experience.
This is a call for you to share your lived experiences with us. 

Please click on the link to share your experiences​

MOD Supporting Families with Childcare Costs

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Friday, 8 December 2017


Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans.

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.

For full details please see these links VAPC Chair Advert and VAPC Member Advert

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Friday, 24 November 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


Follow this link to useful information on employment and careers provided by Moray Council.


Please click on the links below to search for employment opportunities in your local area, If you need any further guidance or even just access to a computer then please come along to the HIVE :)


A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due.

The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.
When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:
  • 4 weeks before your MOT is due
  • 2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested
You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.
You just need the vehicle’s number plate (registration number) and a mobile phone number or email address.
You’ll get a reminder every year until you unsubscribe.
Research by DVSA has revealed that around 28% of cars will be overdue at any one time. Most of these are down to drivers forgetting to get it done, rather than deliberately avoiding having the test done.
If you drive a vehicle without a valid MOT, you’re breaking the law. The only exceptions are to drive it:
  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test
You’re also risking your own life and the lives of your passengers and other road users.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
Sign up here


Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.  They help parents and carers understand their children's rights to additional support for learning and ohow to work in partnership with schools and local authorities to ensure their child gets the support they need.

Their guide is available in the HIVE or can be downloaded from their website where there is an abundance of useful information.

Friday, 17 November 2017


For information on Move Ins/Outs, advice on repairs or contacts for CarillionAmey, have a look at their website

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

SFA Compensation Scheme - Vouchers

SFA Compensation Scheme – High Street Vouchers

DIO is pleased to announce that the problems surrounding the issue of High Street Vouchers to successful SFA Compensation Scheme claimants have now been resolved. Claimants are now being sent details of the appropriate codes to allow Vouchers to be redeemed from our supplier’s site.
The Compensation Team is working to clear the backlog of successful claims on a date approved basis; it is expected this will be cleared by mid-November.

We would like to apologize once again for the time taken to resolve this issue. The Compensation Scheme remains open for new claims.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

HM Forces Railcard- Save a 1/3 on Rail Fares

The following can apply for the HM Forces Railcard -

1. All members of the Regular Forces wherever they are stationed.

2. All members of the Volunteer Reserve. 

3. Non-Regular Permanent Staff.

4. Members of the Regular Reserve during periods of full time service of at least 3 months.

5. Commissioned Officers of the RAF Reserve carrying out full time duties in uniform in peacetime.

6. NATO personnel serving in official NATO UK appointments under the direct command of the MoD (or NATO HQ).

7. Members of other Government Defence Forces serving in official exchange appointments.

8. Spouses/civil partners of those above.

9. Dependant children of those above. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details. 

10. Widows/Widowers and their dependant children may retain the use of purchased HM Forces Railcards for the remainder of the valid period until the existing expiry date of the card. Thereafter, HM Forces Railcards can be obtained by war widows/widowers and their dependants, through the Royal British Legion. Please see the Terms and Conditions for full details.

For further details CLICK HERE

Glenvilet Estate Conservation Volutneer Group

Monday, 2 October 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

National Careers Service

National Careers Service information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

CivvyStreet Jobs Board

In response to feedback from registered users, CivvyStreet has launched a dedicated Jobs Board for the Ex-Service community. provides enhancements to the jobs board within the main CivvyStreet site and makes it easier to search for jobs that match your needs. Further enhancements are to follow and many more employers are registering with lots more vacancies.

This month, CivvyStreet registered employers have posted 300+ new jobs already. These are jobs that employers would specifically like to recruit candidates from the Service community.

Please CLICK HERE to access many great job vacancies up on the CivvyStreet jobs board.

Scottish Veterans Residences

Monday, 18 September 2017

Service Leavers Guide

The service leavers guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.
The guide contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement, reserve liability and support from charitable organisations.
To access the entire document please Click Here

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Carillionamey - Customer Translator Service

Did you know that Carillionamey have a Language Line?

They subscribe to a service called Language Line, which allows them to create a three way call with a customer who isn’t fluent in our language and may require an interpreter.

If you need the service, or know someone who would benefit, call the Carillionamey 
0800 707 6000 number and state the language you need when you’re through to an advisor. 

The advisor will then get a translator on the line.

Veterans' Housing Advice

Monday, 11 September 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Scottish Government’s plans for the expansion of Early Learning & Childcare

Please CLICK HERE to read about to the Scottish Government’s plans for the expansion of Early Learning & Childcare.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Forces Personnel - Enhanced Learning Credits

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. 

The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.

Guvnors Taxis- offering 15% discount for all service personnel

Guvnors Taxis, offering 15% discount for all service personnel, working together to keep Moray a Safer place , call or book online at 07780694568/

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Little Troopers Treasures - New App Available to Download

Brand new app for British Armed Forces families - Now available on Android tablet & iPad!
Little Troopers Treasures is free to download and use for all British Armed Forces families, helping you stay connected even when separated by miles. No military parent needs to ever miss bedtime stories again!
Supported by Harper Collins Children's Books there are six book titles you can access now with more coming in October

Record your face, your voice and the book pages, once you are done wrap up with love and your Little Trooper can watch and listen over and over again. You can also record memories in the memory box

You can access anywhere, you just need WiFi.

There are supporting resources that are free to download and print to use with the app including separation diaries for parent & child and activity sheets such as a weekly plannerBBC news recently covered our Little Trooper Treasures app, hear from a Royal Navy family how it made a difference to them HERE

For further information on the app CLICK HERE

Monday, 7 August 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017