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Armed Forces May briefing

Find out the latest information from the NHS. See what's affecting the military world and beyond along with latest news and more!

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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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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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Cyber Confident: Social Media

This month the MOD's Cyber Confident in Defence Team are focusing on the social media, which begs the question, just how social savvy are you? 

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

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Calling all UK Armed Forces veterans

The NHS in England wants to know about your experiences of the care and support for mental and physical health problems in England.

They are particularly interested to hear your views and experiences of Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, as well as the Veterans Trauma Network (VTN).

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Do you like burning rubber on Rocket League?

How do you fancy putting your gaming skills to the test against members of the UK Military Esports team?

It's all part of our esports gaming event, happening on Saturday the 25th of June at Scarborough Spa from 1400 - 1600 UKT!

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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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Cyber Confident: Be 'appy with your apps

Did you know the average smartphone user has 60-90 apps on their device? Most of them will request information too, but do they need it? For example, why would a calculator app need access to your photos?

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

Find out how the BFBS Big Salute can help your charity or cause by applying through our grant application.

Apply for a Big Salute grant

The annual Big Salute campaign awards grants up to the value of £10k for projects that make a huge difference across the whole forces community.

The team are now accepting grant applications, you can apply now until Sunday the 31st of July 2022.

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Working from Home podcast

This series explores flexible working through the experiences of servicemen and women. You’ll hear all about the opportunities, impacts and culture that surround it.

This series is presented by Lucy Coward and made by BFBS Creative for the MOD.

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The Rifles Sounding Retreat

On the 8th and 9th of June The Massed Bands and Bugles of The Rifles will be Sounding Retreat on Horse Guards Parade, London in the presence of the regiment’s Royal Colonels.

These sunset parades will be performed in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James's Park, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.

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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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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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Cyber Confident: Communication Methods

The MOD’s Cyber Confident in Defence team is focussing on Communication Methods and has shared a few vital tips to be more vigilant online - after all, the cyber front line is you.

For more guidance visit the Cyber Confident in Defence SharePoint site, the Defence Connect page, or email the team at [email protected].

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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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The Fighting Fit newsletter

What have you learned during your time serving that has helped improve your daily working life or your work-life balance in the Armed Forces?

Sign up to our Fighting Fit newsletter and explore how to make the most of your wellbeing and work/life balance in the Armed Forces.

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Cyber Confident: Online Gaming

Online gaming can be a great way to relax and provides social interaction between players. However, there can be a darker side as adversaries use the opportunity to build a shared online experience and gather information about you.

For more guidance surrounding Online Gaming visit the Defence Connect page by clicking below or email the team at [email protected]!

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Headspace licences for Army Service Personnel

The Army has partnered with Headspace to provide FREE licences for all Army SP, usually £49.99/ year.

Headspace is a personal guide, with hundreds of meditations and exercises for sleep, focus, and movement.

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Get involved with the Tommy 10k

The Tommy 10k is a 10k walk, run, or wheeled event to raise money for Royal British Legion Industries which is looking to help raise vital funds for the charity’s Centenary Village.
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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!

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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 Forces Family Awards 2022

We were proud to be the media partner for the 2022 Forces Family Awards, which took place in April this year.

The awards were a great way to celebrate the valued support of serving military families and to find out more about the event, and the award winners, then click the link 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!