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Monday, 30 May 2016

Useful Financial Services & Help To Owning Your Own Home

JSHAO - Joint service housing advice office

The JSHAO is the MOD 's tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.

Forces Help to buy
The government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help hard-working people like you take steps to buy your own home. The new Help to Buy: ISA pays first-time buyers a government bonus. For example, save £200 a month and we'll add £50, up to a maximum of £3,000, boosting your ISA savings of £12,000 to £15,000.

Forces Financial
Free financial advice to members of the Armed Forces; from helping over 1000 families in 2015 to complete on their mortgages, to helping hundreds of members of the Forces and their families to manage money worries with free debt advice.

SIIAP - Services insurance investment advisory panel

Provides specialist insurance and financial advice to member of the Armed Forces

Money Force

Money Advice Service

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Visit Mons - Website in English

Click the link to visit the new exciting visit Mons website.

Road book "The District of Mons by bike" is on sale at the shop Visit Mons

In this year under the sign of the bike, what more natural than to discover our cycling routes for the whole family. Stroll around the area and enjoy our 15 rides that take you on unusual paths and suitable for cycling . Roadbook " The District of Mons by bike", is  on sale at the shop visitMons, the main content of our courses and makes you live in the region; Mons the Hauts-Pays via: Hensies, Quiévrain, Saint-Ghislain, Quévy, Lens, Jurbise, Hornu and FrameriesA total of 15 rides for 1 to 3 hours , for all levels, and to see the Mons area otherwise.

Information translated from Visit Mons

Friday, 27 May 2016

Huggable Heroes

Cycling routes in Mons

Here is a link to Map my ride, find lots of new walking and cycling routes in Belgium.
Click 'here'

If you have a proffered route or a recommendation please email it to the Hive

Thursday, 26 May 2016

New website for Naval Families Federation

Please click 'here'

Protecting children is your responsibility too….

What can you do?
Most children enjoy happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately, for some this is not the case. During difficult family times everyone has a responsibility to protect children from harm.

What is harm?Harm is ill treatment or child abuse. Here are some examples:

Emotional abuse   - may involve making a child constantly feel worthless or unloved, frightened or in danger.

Sexual abuse   - is when a child is made to take part in or watch sexual activities: or they may be around when someone is looking at pornographic material.

Neglect -   a child is left alone, not fed or clothed properly, the home is cold or dirty or a child is not protected from danger.

Physical abuse -   could be any physical injury like cuts, bruises, scalds or broken bones that have not happened by accident.

What should I do if I think a child is being harmed?
Telephone British Forces Social Work services straight away on Tel: 05241 84 3039 or 3040 or RMP BFG CRIMELINE on Tel: 08001 84 2222 - they will listen.

Do I have to give my name?
As a member of the public you will be asked for your name for social work use. However if you decide you want to remain anonymous from the family you are referring, that decision will be respected.

What happens next?
Social workers will follow up every report where they believe a child may be at risk of harm. They will talk to anyone who knows the child and may be able to provide a clearer picture. This includes Teachers, Health Visitors and members of the children's family.

After this several things could happen:

  • No further action
  • Help & support may be offered to the family
  • An investigation may take place

Are children taken away from home?
Very rarely - social workers cannot remove a child from their family without a legal order. This only happens when there are serious concerns and then consideration is always given to the child being looked after by a relative or friend.

Will I be told what has happened?
Unfortunately as a member of the public you are not entitled to know what action will be taken. However you should be informed that your referral has been received and will be dealt with as soon as possible, unless you have not provided your name and contact details.

Contact numbers
BFSWS Central Referrals:
Germany  +49(0)800 724 3176

Germany  0800 184 2222 (free phone 24/7)

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme

The Forces Help To Buy Scheme (FHTB) was launched on 1 April 2014 as a three year pilot scheme. FHTB enables Service personnel to borrow up to half their annual salary (up to a maximum of £25,000) and is intended to assist towards the balance of the purchase price (taking into account, for example, deposit, legal, surveyors, land registration and estate agent fees) when buying a property for which a mortgage lender is willing to advance a mortgage.

Any personnel looking to utilise FHTB should familiarise themselves fully with JSP 464 Part 1 Chapter 12 where full details of the eligibility and qualifying criteria can be found.

For information can found on the Goverment website, just click on the link below:

Government Website - Forces Help to Buy Scheme

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Movement by Road

As you will be travelling by road to the UK, your attention is drawn to the threat posed by Human Traffickers/Stowaways, who may attempt to gain entry to your vehicles, with the aim of travelling illegally into the UK. The advice is that if you stop on an auto route within 80 Km of a Channel Port, the drivers should check their luggage compartments prior to entering the port Authority area at the SPOD .

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Army Community Service (ACS) Playroom Resource Library

Stop by the New Parent Support Office and check out the Resource Library.  Books & videos can be found on a variety of topics including:
• Pregnancy
• Breastfeeding
• Healthy Eating
• Child Development
• Positive Parenting
• Toilet Training
• Deployment

Located at the Army Community Service (ACS) Playroom, Room 122 - SHAPE, Bldg. 318
Contact and Register
Tel: 06532-6824

Monday, 16 May 2016

Page Turners Book Discussion Group – third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m

Adults are invited to join the SHAPE International Library’s monthly book discussion group, "Page Turners," which meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Let's Get Sugar Smart

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Open University - Helping service personnel enhance their employability

You don't need us to tell you that service personnel are a pretty skilled and versatile lot, with much to offer employers in all sectors. So when the time comes to move back into civilian life, you'd expect them to be snapped up as fast as you can say 'military experience'.  

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Please click here for a direct link to the Armed Forces Covenant website.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further and Higher Education scheme changes

Changes to the Enhanced Learning Credits and Further Education and Higher Education schemes come into effect from 1 April 2016.
For more information click 'here'.

SSAFA: Get help leaving the forces

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Childrens Birthday Parties

Here are a couple of links for ideas to children's Birthday Parties locally.

Guide to Campsites in Germany

Click Here for a guide to campsites in Germany. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

ECDL courses

For information on the new ECDL courses click here

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


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