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Date Posted: Monday, 21 August 2017 @ 13:30
LiverpoolCity Council has launched its own advice and support website for personnelleaving the Armed Forces.Thesite – www.serviceleaversliverpool.co.uk – has been developedas part of the council’s responsibility under the Armed Forces Covenant and hasbeen driven by the local authority’s Making it Happen Group for Armed ForcesCommunitiesProgress achieved by thecity, which includes hosting this year’s Armed F...
Date Posted: Friday, 21 July 2017 @ 09:54
A Nuneaton-based social enterprise is smoothing the way for business to benefit from the vast range of skills held by former military personnel.Last year more than 15,000 people left the armed forces - collectively making a huge array of skills and expertise newly-available to the job market.But for some ex-members of the forces, despite them being well-equipped to offer much to potential employers, the process of readjusting to civilian life aft...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 August 2016 @ 11:27
Prince Harry has called for a new honour to be created for members of the armed forces who have been injured while fighting – similar to the US Purple Heart Medal.The prince, a former Apache helicopter pilot who served in Afghanistan, left the Army last year after a decade and has since been prominent campaigner to support injured soldiers.Thousands of British soldiers are now thought to be living with both physical and mental scars as...
Date Posted: Monday, 8 August 2016 @ 08:44
A COUNCIL’S commitment to the armed forces has been recognised with an award.Hampshire County Council was given a gold award within the MoD Employer Recognition Scheme. The local authority was one of the first to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and establish a strategic Civilian Military Partnership to ensure those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Councillor Andrew Joy, the council’s armed forces champi...
Date Posted: Monday, 1 August 2016 @ 09:16
Initiative being set up with Newcastle University expect to help 'invisible' female ex services personnel integrate back into society.A groundbreaking scheme to help “invisible” female army veterans cope with the return to civilian life is to be launched in the North East.It is a result of a collaboration between award winning Northumberland-based charity Forward Assist and Newcastle University and will be the firs...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 July 2016 @ 09:18
The Army's newest regiment, the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, has become the UK's first to offer front line combat roles to women.From November, the Edinburgh-based unit will invite both male and female recruits to try out for front line positions.It comes after the ban on women serving in close combat was lifted in July.The change means women can now serve in front line roles in the armoured corps, cavalry and infantry.The lifting of t...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 12 July 2016 @ 12:29
AFF is delighted with the news of an agreement from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA). After much campaigning, Armed Forces families will now keep their no claims bonus for up to three years and save on cancellation fees if you need to cancel at short notice due to an overseas posting.Previously, the maximum any insurance company would honour no claims discounts for families posted over...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 21 June 2016 @ 11:13
MEMBERS of the Royal British Legion, former and current military personnel, and councillors came together today for two special flag-raising ceremonies to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day.Organised by Cotswold District Council (CDC), the two events took place at the council’s officers in Cirencester and the Area Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh, with those in attendance braving the rain to salute the flags.Cllr Julian Beale, CDC ...
Date Posted: Friday, 17 June 2016 @ 12:26
The Army Families Federation(AFF) is running its annual Big Survey from 20 June right through to 20 Julyand this year the theme is ‘housing’. A key issue for manyfamilies: housing is a hot topic with big changes due that are likely to impactupon the finances and wellbeing of Army families around the world. Families’experiences are vitalAFFwants to discover what families’ housing aspirations really are, following ...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 @ 11:06
ANTICIPATION ahead of this year's National Armed Forces Day has reached sky high proportions as pilots and ground crew put the final touches to their Battle of Britain Memorial Flight display.Spitfire and Hurricane aircrafts are expected to take to the skies above North East Lincolnshire when the prestigious annual occasion comes to Cleethorpes next weekend.Ground crew at RAF Coningsby are currently working around the clock in an effort to get th...
Date Posted: Friday, 10 June 2016 @ 11:27
The one-year grant for 2016/17 will be used to fund part of the cost of operating our UK-wide network of Community Teams.  Demand for our services continues to grow and the grant from Help for Heroes is vital to ensure we can provide help to veterans who need it. The support offered by the Community Teams is an essential part of our services, helping veterans rebuild their lives within their own communities.  Research by Comba...
Date Posted: Thursday, 9 June 2016 @ 10:33
The British Army has completed what they call the "largest" amphibious bridge, capable of carrying tanks across a body of water.The bridge's construction is part of training exercise Ex Anakonda, in which British armoured and amphibious engineers working alongside German Bundeswehr engineers to lay an M3 bridge across the Vistula River at Chelmno in Poland. Afterwards, 300 vehicles from the US Cavalry will cross the ...
Date Posted: Monday, 9 May 2016 @ 09:22
Prince Harry has said the Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women are a showcase for the "very best of the human spirit".The prince, who founded the games, was writing in the official programme of the opening ceremony in the city of Orlando in Florida.This is the second time the games have been run, after London in 2014.During the five-day tournament more than 500 athletes from 14 countries will compete in a range of sports.They include a...
Date Posted: Friday, 29 April 2016 @ 12:10
British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) are coming backto Oxford, 2 years after staging a Career Event in the City which attractedover 350 attendee's, amongst these were over 100 personnel from 23 PioneerRegiment prior to their disbandment. This is due to the growing need to helpindustry with their economic growth, expand and fill the genuine skill gaps andshortages that are now being experienced. An analysis from the CBI/ Pearsoned...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 April 2016 @ 14:20
Royal Artillery Captain David Seath collapsed as he approached the 23-mile mark and was rushed to hospital - and £13,000 has already been raised for Help for Heroes.The final message of an army hero who died after collapsing just three miles short of completing the London Marathon saw him thank friends and family for their "special" support as he raised funds for Help for Heroes.Royal Artillery Captain David Seath died after being...