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Wraparound childcare funding

The WAC scheme will help eligible service families with children aged 4 to 11 years old to claim up to 20 hours per week of funding for each child attending before and after school care during term time.

In early September 2022, there will be another announcement and details of virtual information sessions for Service families. These will explain the next steps, including how to register and submit claims for the WAC scheme.

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Celebrating Forces Families Awards 2023

Following the success of the Celebrating Forces Families Awards earlier this year, we are going again in London on Friday the 28th of April 2023 and are now looking for sponsors.

There are several packages, with different values, available so if you would like to help or know of an organisation who might be interested then we would love to hear from you!

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Join Team UK at Invictus Games

Fancy being a part of Team UK at next year's Invictus Games? The Royal British Legion, in partnership with the MOD, will be funding and supporting Team UK’s attendance in Düsseldorf!

If you want to be part then there are a number of pre-selection training camps held at various locations in the UK between September-December 2022, so what are you waiting for?

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Headspace licences for serving personnel

Headspace is a personal guide, with hundreds of meditations and exercises for sleep, focus, and movement. Due to existing partnerships, you could get a FREE licence, usually £49.99/ year.

To find out more head to the following websites: Royal Navy, Army or RAF.

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Cyber Confident in Defence - August

One of Defence’s biggest assets is its information so it's critical that people know how to manage it securely. Information management is a set of processes that cover how information is collected, formatted, distributed and stored. This includes both digital and physical copies of information.

For more guidance, visit the Cyber Confident in Defence SharePoint, Defence Connect or get in touch with the team below!

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Improving the financial stability of military families

The Army Families Federation would like to hear the views of current and ex-Service personnel and their spouses and partners on whether military life affects their ability to easily bounce back from any financial set-backs.

The survey closes on 31st of October 2022 and it won't take long to complete plus it will help inform recommendations to the MOD on what further support is needed.

 

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Universal Credit claims (living overseas update)

For anyone currently or due to be stationed outside the UK who may be eligible to claim Universal Credit, there is now additional guidance available to make the process of selecting an address clearer.

The MOD has worked to improve support, including allocating one DWP team to manage all overseas armed forces claims. To get help, or support, then email using the link below!

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Tell us what you think

How do you fancy winning £200 of shopping vouchers? It's very simple and will take no more than 10 minutes.

If you are serving in the Armed Forces, an employee of the MoD or a dependent then let us know your thoughts about our services and, in return, we'll enter you into our prize draw!

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NEW daily Forces News

Check out our new look daily Forces News show featuring all the best military news and stories on the ground, in the air, at sea and beyond – in a format that’s easy to watch, even if you only have very limited time.

You can watch Forces News on BFBS Extra at 1740 UKT, BFBS TV player if you’re overseas and on forces.net in the UK.

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New Motor Finance Protocol

A new policy, introduced on the 1st of June, by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) should remove any disadvantages faced by serving personnel who have a motor finance policy for a vehicle in the UK but are required to deploy overseas.

This is only for members of the FLA and it's essential that any personnel taking out a lease-hire ensure they make it clear that they are a member of the Armed Forces to ensure the protocol applies.

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Esports events for your calendar

Are you looking to get your game on?

Our BFBS Social Media team are heading out to a few esport events over the next few weeks so, if you fancy it, then come say hello and enjoy some top gaming too!

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Access news from around the world

Want to have access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines wherever you are?

With PressReader you can and, exclusive with BFBS, you can get enjoy a special discount too!

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The Virtual Careers Expo 2022

The Chamber Military Network has launched a Virtual Careers Expo to connect those from the armed forces community with employers who have vacancies across the UK.

There’s also info about support and training, as well as two live dates featuring guest speakers giving you the opportunity to talk directly with employers.

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The 2023 Education Support Fund

The bidding round has opened for the 2023 MOD Education Support Fund. Applicants can be accepted from state schools, free schools and academies in the UK who have pupils from service families.

Bidding is open until Friday 30th September. Service parents should share details of the ESF with their child’s school.

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Producing live events around the word

Our BFBS Live Events team create award-winning entertainment for our armed forces.

With a little black book full of performers and the expertise to produce events anywhere around the world, get in touch to see if we can help you!

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SMSpouses On Tour

This year our highly successful SMSpouses training programme is going on tour to six locations across the UK and RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.

In addition, SMSpouses will be hosting two small group session for Fijian military spouses and partners in Larkhill and Catterick.

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FDIS contract change

The new FDIS Accommodation contracts has come into force which will replace the current National Housing Prime (NHP) contract.

Improving the lived experience for Service Personnel and customer service are at the heart of the new FDIS Accommodation contracts.

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Always A Rifleman Programme

For veterans and their dependents of The Rifles or forming and antecedent regiments, there’s a dedicated service available 24/7.

It is proven to save lives and provides face-to-face coaching, mentoring and mental health support so call 0800 470 0941 or visit their website.

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Support our Armed Forces Community

Join over 1,000 GP practices and become Veteran Friendly accredited to unlock training for your practice and vital support for your veteran patients.

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Trial FM services at Dover and Bovington

BFBS Radio is now available in Bovington and Dover on FM for a trial 12-month period until September 2022 - you can listen in Dover on 90.8 FM and in Bovington on 100.8 FM.

If you have listened in these areas then we'd love to know your feedback, which you can do below!

The latest entertainment

Through our BFBS Shortlist we give you the latest information about things happening on the big screen, TV, radio and more!