Thursday, 22 June 2017

Army Welfare Service


The Army Welfare Service (AWS) Personal Support Team is the Army’s professional welfare provider offering a comprehensive, confidential and specialized service.
AWS is the secondary level of welfare support available to serving soldiers and their families when difficulties cannot be dealt with, or must not be dealt with, within the Unit. Trained Army Welfare Workers offer support, advice and guidance to those who are experiencing personal or family difficulties. This covers a wide range of situations including :-

  • Difficulties arising from personal relationships
  • Separation
  • Inability to cope – stress / crisis
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Social issues arising from mental and physical ill health
  • Problems arising from deployment
  • Supporting families who are working with statutory agencies

There is an Army Welfare Service office located in Kinloss.

Referrals and inquiries can be made by telephoning 01904 882053 or e-mail

The 5-Second Rule that Dog Owners Need to Know

Summer at Eden- Inverness

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Northern Roots Festival Inverness- 23rd-24th June 2017

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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

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit

Go Outdoors- Further discount for the Armed Forces in celebration of Armed Forces week!

GO Outdoors proudly support those who support us and for this Armed Forces Week are offering members a 15% off (rather than the usual 10%). This offer is valid 18th June to 1st July.

Just show your MOD90 or Defence Privilege Card at the desk or use the code online found at

Military personnel eat free at Toby carvery on Armed Forces day!

To show their support for all our fantastic military personnel, Toby Carvery will be serving free carvery dinners to members of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

If this includes you, or someone you know, simply get your voucher and show it when you order a roast or alternative main meal on 24 June, along with military ID or a Defence Privilege Card*.

Can't make Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club

For military personnel who can't attend, your local Toby Carvery will be hosting a Veterans Breakfast Club all week from Monday 19th June until Friday 23 June, where former and current members of the Armed Forces enjoy breakfast for just £1 when booked in advance. Please make sure to show your valid Military ID, Defence Privilege Card or Veterans badge to enjoy this offer.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Self-Employment Event Coming Soon!

Are you thinking about setting up your own business and want a better understanding of what it might entail?  An Insight into Self-Employment event is being held at RAF Lossiemouth on 28 Sep 2017.  This event is open to Service Personnel and their Families from RAF Lossiemouth, Kinloss Barracks and Fort George.  Further information will be published at the end of July.

Back to the 80's night in Elgin- All donations go to SSAFA and Quarriers young carers

Forces Mutual- Support your everyday forces hero!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017


6:00 am to 12:00 pm
Castle Leod
Strathpeffer IV14 9AA
The 2nd Armed Forces Day Blue Flash Challenge begins on Friday 23rd June 2017 with a 24 hour/ 100km march from Ft Augustus to Strathpeffer, undertaken by 10 x 4 man teams from various Regiments, Veteran Associations and Public Service personnel. The challengers will end their endurance trek by marching onto the Castle Leod Shinty field to be presented with medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty. All sponsors monies raised by the challenge teams will be donated to Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity which supports the children of UK Armed Forces personnel who have lost a parent on active service.
Immediately following this, the Combined Armed Forces shinty team and a Scotland Select shinty team will take the field. After the singing of the national anthem, the attending crowd will be invited to take part in the ‘Salute our Forces’ campaign before the Blue Flash Challenge shinty match commences. All proceeds from the entrance fees to the match will be donated to Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Later in the evening, a grand ceilidh and fundraising auction for Scotty’s Little Soldiers will be held at the Strathpeffer Pavilion with music by the mighty Skipinnish, one of Scotland’s premier live ceilidh bands. There will also be a guest appearance by the Strathpeffer and District pipe band.
On Sunday, 26th June a parade of standards will take place at the Strathpeffer War Memorial, where a unique Blue Flash wreath will be laid and a short service will be held, during which a presentation will be made to the community of Strathpeffer and District, before the attendees and guests disperse.
The weekend’s events will be a chance for the public to show their appreciation for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, both past and present and also an opportunity for serving members of the Armed Forces and Veterans to show their appreciation for the community.


Salary: £30,797
Location: Dundee

Applications are invited for the post of Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) at the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) head office in Dundee.  This is a Crown Servant (Civil Service Band C2 equivalent) post that is to be filled in August 2017.  The salary is currently £30,797.  Annual leave, excluding public holidays, is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service; previous public sector employment may count towards qualifying years’ service. An Association car is offered with the post which, if accepted, will attract an income tax liability as a ‘Benefit in Kind’. You are eligible to join the Council of RFCA Pension Scheme which operates a Career Average Revalued Earnings Scheme (CARE) which has a personal contribution of 5% of pensionable earnings for Members. The successful applicant will undergo a six-month probationary period.

Highland RFCA is responsible for fostering and sustaining support for the Volunteer Reserve Forces and Service Cadet organisations throughout its area, which extends from Forth-Clyde north to encompass the Scottish Highlands and Islands.  In fulfilling its responsibilities, Highland RFCA supports the Service Cadets and their adult volunteers, manages the Reserve Estate, conducts Employer Engagement and, through engagement with communities across its region, acts as an advocate for Britain’s Armed Forces. The success of Highland RFCA’s activities relies on establishing and maintaining worthwhile, mutually-beneficial working relationships with employers and employer organisations across its area, with the primary purpose of setting the conditions for the recruitment and retention of Volunteer Reservists.  Working within a small, dedicated team, the REED leads the Employer Engagement effort, encouraging employers to commit their support, including by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and joining the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  The REED also contributes to the wider community engagement aspects of Highland RFCA’s role.  

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Babcock Employment Oppurtunties

Vacancies at the DHFCS (Defence High Frequency Communication Service) Crimond site (NE Scotland) that may well suit a service leaver looking for a shore job.

The staff turnover at these sites is extremely low and doubt this will be a regular requirement.

Links to employment oppurtunities below:

  • Engineering Technician working between Kinloss & Crimond (based at Crimond). 

  • Comms Engineer based at Crimond. 

The closing date is currently the 23rd June but may well be extended if required.


a.         The Company of Makers have teamed up with the International Boatbuilding Training College to deliver free woodworking workshops to ex-Service personnel over the Summer period.

b.         ETS North Resettlement staff are to publicise this opportunity to SL and Veterans.

c.         The initial programme includes a one day stool making workshop. Held at the Boatbuilding College in Portsmouth. Interested SLs and Veterans can choose from one of the following dates:

·  15th June 2017
·  13th July 2017
·  10th August 2017

These free workshops are open to anyone who has served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces – If you’re interested in woodwork, or have any questions, please call on 023 92 367 309.                            
For more information about our work with the Boatbuilding College have a look here. (non-DII only). For further information use the following URL which will only work on non-DII machines:


Have a free hot drink in Morrisons Cafe

Morrisons are offering Defence Privilege Card and MoD90 holders a free drink on displaying their cards this week (ends 25th June 2017).

NISSAN- offering Armed forces discount on all new cars- available from all Nissan dealers

Monday, 19 June 2017

Easy Resettlement Magazine

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

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

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.

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Come along to Gordon castle and celebrate their 3rd birthday

Join the big lunch in Elgin!

1940's Weekend- Keith and Dufftown Railway

Friday, 16 June 2017

Nairn Highland games- 19th August 2017

The Royal Brackla Nairn Highland Games is Nairn’s biggest event and held this year on 20th August on Nairn Links. The piping starts around 9.30am and the Highland dancing and athletics take place in the afternoon. Don’t miss the spectacular Massed Pipes and Drums marching through the town at 12.30.

Visit their website to find out more

Nairn Farmers Show- 29th July 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Veterans Gateway Launches 20th June

New website which 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  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

Explore wildlife together- Free family drop-in activities

Majickal Mystical Psychic Fayre

Tombola Night Saturday 17th June!

Summer Starts Here- Event on Sunday 25th June!

Event held at Baxters highland village, past Elgin, just before Fochabers

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

CarillionAmey - Walk Away Cleaning Scheme

To view the video about The Walk Away Scheme 

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Toby Carvery Salutes the Armed Forces with free meal on Armed Forces Day

Toby Carvery is showing its support to the armed forces by offering all military personnel a free carvery on Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June.
Toby Carvery, which operates 168 sites across the UK is inviting local armed forces personnel to enjoy a free breakfast or carvery on Saturday 24th June, as a way of saying thank you for all their hard work.

For military personnel who can’t attend, local Toby Carvery’s will be hosting a Veterans Breakfast Club all week from Monday 19th June, where former and current members of the Armed Forces can book to enjoy breakfast for £1.

Armed Forces Day helps the country to show its support to the men and women who represent the UK in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

Toby Carvery’s offer is open to all military personnel, from serving troops and reserves to veterans and cadets, and can be claimed by downloading a voucher and presenting this along with their military ID or veteran’s card.

Martin Gosling, Brand Operations Director for Toby Carvery comments, said: “Armed Forces Day is a brilliant opportunity to show our thanks for the work both serving and ex-military have done for our country.

Monday, 12 June 2017



Celebrating its 177th year, The Royal Highland Show is one of Scotland's most iconic events, showcasing the very best of farming food and rural life. A great day out for everyone of all ages, get up close to the country's top quality livestock, taste exceptional food & drink and experience rural living at its most vibrant.

Further information is available here

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Archiestown Fete- Free admission

Lossiemouth Raft Race- Sun 15th August!

Mental Health & Wellness Centre- Elgin

Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival 16-25th June!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Learn how to observe whales and dolphins

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Army Basing Housing Information - Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA)

Armed Forces event in West Bromwich