Monday, 31 July 2017

RCET 2017 Practitioners Conference



Recruit for Spouses


Recruit for Spouses was founded and is run by military spouses like the ones it serves, Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise:

Spearheading a change in perception has been key to our success as we forge strong client relationships based on our guiding principles of fair opportunity, career development, flexible working practices and openness. As employers tap into the resources of the military spouse community, our candidates prove our greatest asset as we all look towards a mutually rewarding future.

For further information, visit the website athttp://www.recruitforspouses.co.uk/ or telephone 0333 2020 996.  Alternatively, you can complete the e-mail form  You can also sign up to receive a regular newsletter by e-mail.

Carillionamey - Are You Moving In? Can't be there for your appointment? Need a Proxy ?




You can nominate a Service proxy or your spouse to act on your behalf
by completing the Notification of Proxy form http://ow.ly/RLEQ30dVndF

DYW and Partners Summer roadshow!


Summer Drama for 16-13 Yr Olds


Summer Holidays with Moray Leisure Centre








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Keith Country Show- August 2017

Please CLICK HERE for more information

Concert at Cullen town hall- Free entry


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Armed Forces Covenant survey

The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page, https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk   

Free educational evening for pet owners!


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Skin Cancer rates have Increased - Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays




Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Non-melanoma skin cancer refers to a group of cancers that slowly develop in the upper layers of the skin.
The term non-melanoma distinguishes these more common types of skin cancer from the less common skin cancer known as melanoma, which can be more serious.
In the UK, more than 100,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year. It affects more men than women and is more common in the elderly.

Highland Military Tattoo 8th-10th September 2017!
















Hosted in the largest military fort in the UK and produced by Major Bruce Hitchings, the Highland Military Tattoo brings together top military performers, talented young local performers and some of the world's finest re-enactors.

Getting off to a roaring start with our now traditional Typhoon fly past and culminating with a stunning fireworks display, the Highland Military Tattoo is not to be missed.
To find out more please CLICK HERE

Ladies Fun Day!


Burghead Community Garden



MOD Supporting Families with Childcare Costs


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Thursday, 20 July 2017

SFA - CHARGES ON MOVE OUT


Charges for damage and deficiencies for SFA and Substitute SFA recovery from pay


When you move out of UK service family accommodation (SFA) or substitute service family accommodation (SSFA), you may be liable for charges for damages or deficiencies that are not classed as fair wear and tear or because you have failed to prepare the property to the correct standard, for example cleanliness.

DIO can take these directly from the pay of serving personnel. Any payments taken depend on the size of the charge and individual monthly income (usingMOD guidelines to ensure that deductions do not exceed a set limit of pay).

If you consider that you are not responsible for the charges, or part of them, for example that the damage is the result of fair wear and tear,you are able to dispute the charge raised using the ‘Disputed charges form’.

Full details on moving out of your SFA and recoveries from pay are available in:

Jaguar Land Rover Dealership Online Chat Event- Recruiting now

Jaguar Land Rover Careers is recruiting for Vehicle Technicians and Workshop Managers, and offers excellent training and development and the chance to work on some of the industry’s most iconic vehicles. Join the Live Chat on 27 July to speak with hiring managers and recruiting staff.

To Find out more- please CLICK HERE

Quarriers Carers E-Newsletter Moray




Veterans Mental Health - Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service

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Extended Childcare Entitlement - Overseas Locations

EXTENDED FREE CHILDCARE ENTITLEMENT IN OVERSEAS LOCATIONS
BACKGROUND
1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

3. The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.

4. The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.
ENTITLEMENT

5. The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.

QVS OPEN MORNING

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families

Dogs Trust - Hot Dogs Campaign





We all love to get outside and enjoy the sunshine when comes out. However, for dog owners it’s very important to remember the hot weather might not be as much fun for our furry friends. Dogs heat up quickly and cool down very differently to humans and heatstroke can result in serious complications for dogs. We cool down in the warm weather with an ice cream or cold drink, by relaxing in the shade and with the clothes we wear. Dogs sweat through their paws and pant to keep cool – and don’t have a choice of what to wear!  This is why each summer, Dogs Trust reminds owners of the importance of keeping your dog’s happy and safe in the warm weather.
That means things like:
Never leaving your dogs in a car
Don’t excessively exercise your dog
Planning walks at cooler time of the day
Always having plenty of water for your dogs
Make sure your dog has shade to cool off in, wither when inside or out
Try and keep your dog out of the direct sun. Dogs can get sun burned – especially white dogs or those with little hair
Think twice about any car trips with your dog and, if essential, plan time for water breaks and try and avoid congested roads at busier times of the day

    Help for Heroes BBQ Campaign - July 2017



    Monday, 17 July 2017

    The Gordan Highlanders victoria crosses commemoration parade


    Logan's family fun day & car boot sale


    Food & Drink Festival in Elgin!


    Dufftown Highland Games- 29th July 2017



    HUNTERS BAR EVENT!!!


    npower launches its most competitive tariff for ‘Everyday Heroes’

















    Today, npower launches ‘Everyday Heroes Fix’, a new tariff exclusively for employees of the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces, who hold either Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service memberships. The tariff is on average npower’s most competitive deal* and fixes energy prices until December 2018, offering these everyday heroes a great deal on their energy and protects them from price rises until the end of next year.

    The tariff is exclusively available to Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service members, regardless of whether they are a new or existing npower customer, pay by Direct Debit or on receipt of bill, as long as they manage their account online. The npower offer is available by logging on to bluelightcard.co.uk or defencediscountservice.co.uk.

    Anne Chappell Smith, Head of Partnerships at npower, said: “Our new Everyday Heroes Fix is a first-of-its-kind tariff which has been created to give our best price to the nation’s unsung heroes. We wanted to come up with a great product for military personnel, law enforcement officers, firefighters, ministry of defence and healthcare providers to recognise their special contributions to our community.

    “Should they wish to choose our most competitive tariff, these everyday heroes will benefit from a fix deal, greater price certainty and security to help plan and budget their energy costs over the course of the next 18 months.”

    Tom Dalby, Head of Defence Discount Service said “We are extremely pleased that npower is recognising our everyday heroes.  Those in the Emergency Services, NHS and Armed Forces work hard for our communities and within our communities and it is great that npower, as an energy provider, are recognising what these wonderful people do.”


    Blue Light Card provides discounts for the UK’s Emergency Services, NHS and Armed Forces both online and on the high street.  Defence Discount Service is the official Ministry of Defence discount service providing discounts online and on the high street for the UK’s Armed Forces Community, including Veterans. 

    AFF secures better access to student loans for Army spouses and partners

    The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a change to Student Finance England's loan qualifying criteria, which will allow more Army families to access a loan when undertaking a UK based course.

    As of 1 August 2017, families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can now access a loan via Student Finance England even if they are not in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. This applies to both full and part time courses.

    An AFF win
    This AFF win was originally announced by the Universities Minister Jo Johnson back in 2016, after much lobbying by the charity and joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

    The change applies to new students starting a distance learning course in 2017/18 and also to those who have already started a distance learning course before and who are continuing that course in 2017/18.

    Unfortunately, this does not apply to those from the devolved nations. To be eligible, you must qualify for the English student support package.

    Putting families first
    AFF continues to prioritise spousal employment and training, and this includes those posted overseas who sometimes cannot work and so choose to undertake a course during that time.
    AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: "AFF is delighted that the new, more inclusive student funding rules have now come into force; Armed Forces families who are posted abroad will now have access to the same opportunities as those living in the UK, when accessing Student Finance England loans. We look forward to seeing the positive impact on military spouses this change will bring."  
    Find out more
    For more information about the work AFF does in support of Army families, visit their websitewww.aff.org.uk 

    DIO Customer Survey


    Veterans' Housing Advice


    Shell Shock Military Community Mental Health Project Now On Tour


    Information about the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholorship Scheme


    TAX FREE CHILDCARE - REPLACING CHILDCARE VOUCHERS

    Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members. 

    Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year. 

    Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017. 

    Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible. 

    Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so. 

    To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family. 

    MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage. 

    Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information.

    Friday, 7 July 2017

    AFF Achieves Housing Success On Behalf Of Army Families

    AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families

    The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a success for those living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) who have recently faced unfair increases to their accommodation charge.
    Many families contacted AFF to say their rental charge or final charge had unexpectedly increased by an unreasonable amount without proper notice and without a chance to appeal.
    Fighting for families
    On behalf of these families, AFF approached housing organisations Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and CarillionAmey (CA) to push for a fair outcome in accordance with the original guidelines of the CAAS system. The original guidelines stated that rental increases would be implemented on a transitional basis and that any changes to the final charge as a result of a survey or data review would be able to be appealed within a contracted time scale.
    AFF has now announced that DIO has agreed to investigate where properties have jumped by two or more rental bands - some families told the charity they had received a letter to say their rent would jump by three bands.

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017

    24/7 Samaritans National Awareness Day



    24th July is 24/7 Samaritans Awareness Day, so get involved in the worthwhile cause of raising awareness for the important work that The Samaritans carry out.

    Please click HERE for more information