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Monday, 9 December 2019

Amey: Tempo Update 9th December 2019

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Reading Jobs Fair - Friday 24th January 2020, 10am to 1pm

The Reading Jobs Fair is on Friday 24th January 2020, at the Town Hall.

The event is between 10am and 1pm.

Free to attend with no registration required.

The Jobs Fair is a great way to speak with potential employers face-to-face. You can register with employers for jobs, collect info on employers, ask them questions, apply for jobs, or even have a mini interview on the day.

It is a good idea to bring up to date copies of your CV with you as between 26 -36 companies will be recruiting on the day.

Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

For further information CLICK HERE or see the Facebook Page

The Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team – AFPST

The Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team is a charity, formed in 2011 to provide our injured, wounded and sick service personnel and veterans support in their recovery journey through the medium of competitive Winter Sports. 

The opportunities we provide have allowed our Athletes the chance to redefine themselves and regain the spirit of challenge and competition. The Winter Sports environment transforms an Athletes drive and energy to overcome adversity, provides focus during difficult recovery journey’s and gives a sense of freedom that had once been lost.

As an independent service charity, we exist to support the recovery of our wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans. Having served their country, it is now up to us to ensure they are not forgotten. We aim to foster a sense of purpose, encourage success and re-build self-confidence using the transformative power of para-snowsports. By motivating, engaging and inspiring our athletes, we can help restore their physical and mental health.

Recruit for Spouses

Tis the season for office Christmas parties, end of year reports and setting objectives for the forthcoming year. Profitability, efficiencies and productivity rate high on the objective wish list. But what if you could achieve all of these without it having an impact on human resources, employee churn rates or office space? Just call us your Christmas wish come true. 

Recruit for Spouses can provide you with short or long-term resource and do all the compliance for you too. From selection, onboarding, payroll and management, RfS can take it off your hands. And we can introduce you to the most hard-working, loyal and adaptable workforce there is - the military spouse.

The Armed Forces Education Trust

The Armed Forces Education Trust is a charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in our Armed Forces. The grants we give make a difference to young lives, helping improve their educational opportunities or supporting special skills or talents.

The Armed Forces Education Trust targets young people under the age of 25 who are, or were, dependents of serving members of the UK armed forces, who would not achieve their educational potential without extra financial support. The trust supports those who fit these criteria who can demonstrate that they have been impacted or disadvantaged, or have financial difficulties, as a consequence of the service of the relative on whom they depend.

London HIVE Blog Closing on 6th January 2020

The London HIVE Blog will be closing on 6th January 2020. Posts relevant to London employees and residents will be located on the Aldershot HIVE Hub Blog at https://aldershothive.blogspot.com/

Items for inclusion on the blog should be emailed to aldershothive@armymail.mod.uk

Addaction - Mental health, Drug and Alcohol Charity

Addaction is one of the UK’s leading mental health, drug and alcohol charities. We work with adults and young people, in community settings, in prisons, in residential rehab and through outreach.

Addaction believes that everyone can change and we support them to do it.

Our services include support around Mental Health, and Alcohol and Drugs, for a range of groups and populations including adults, young people, friends and family, veterans, people involved with the criminal justice system, and older people.

Since 2014, Addaction has supported over 500 veterans with problems related to drugs and alcohol through our pioneering Right Turn programme.

Right Turn is a veteran-specific substance misuse recovery model that acknowledges the specific experiences of people in the armed forces community and focuses on re-directing the comradeship that underpins military life towards supporting recovery. Amongst a range of opportunities, support comes in the form of specialist one-to-one sessions, peer-support groups, access/referral to prescribing services, and pathways to other veteran services.

Support for veterans with substance or alcohol misuse problems is available at any Addaction service.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Volunteer Opprtunities with SSAFA

SSAFA's network of trained volunteers are at the heart of our work, providing practical and emotional support for serving personnel, veterans and military families across the UK and worldwide.

Last year, a team of over 5,000 volunteers completed 35,819 cases. Their hard work and outstanding commitment supporting the Armed Forces community enabled SSAFA to help over 82,000 people that SSAFA helped. 

Why should you volunteer?

SSAFA volunteers love what they do. The sense of pride you get when you know you’ve helped someone get their independence and dignity back is extraordinary.

Through volunteering for SSAFA, you’ll have the chance to meet some truly inspiring people, with stories you’ll never forget. You’ll also gain new skills and experiences, but most importantly, you’ll make a difference in the lives of those who have dedicated their lives, often at great sacrifice, to protect and serve our country.

Service Pupil Premium 2020 - Deadline 16th January 2020

The latest Service Pupil Premium (SPP) deadline is the Spring school Census 16 January 2020.

Service personnel with children in state schools in England only have until 16 January 2020 to notify schools of their children’s eligibility for the Service Pupil Premium (SPP).

What you Need to Know

Service parents with children in reception class to year 11 at state schools, free schools and academies in England are reminded to make schools aware of their Service status. Only children recorded as Service children on a Spring census (run in January each year) since 2015 will qualify. Schools record Service children by ticking the Service pupil flag and will then receive £300.00 per Service child as part of their usual funding allocations from the Department of Education. Children have to be recorded ahead of the 16 January 2020 deadline.​

Further information for Service Parents in England is on the poster below.

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Are You Eligible for Marriage Allowance?

Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,250 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner - if they earn more than you.

This reduces their tax by up to £250 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year).

To benefit as a couple, you (as the lower earner) must normally have an income below your Personal Allowance - this is usually £12,500.

You can calculate how much tax you could save as a couple. You should call the Income Tax helpline instead if you receive other income such as dividends or savings.

You can backdate your claim to include any tax year since 5 April 2015 that you were eligible for Marriage Allowance.

Who can apply

You can benefit from Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:

- you’re married or in a civil partnership

- you do not pay income tax or your income is below your Personal Allowance (usually £12,500)

- your partner pays income tax at the basic rate, which usually means their income is between £12,501 and £50,000

Source: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance