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Get the Little Red Ambulance to No.1

Something special for Christmas, as the Little Red Ambulance bring you their brand new charity single 'Sailing Home for Christmas'.

Lt Cdr David Emery and Lt Cdr Phil Clark wrote this song whilst serving onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth and want to raise money for Culdrose Military Wives Choir and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charities. Click below to find out more!

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Cinema on wheels

Our BFBS Movie Machine is on the second leg of its UK tour. This unique facility turns from a HGV lorry into a fully equipped heated and air-conditioned digital cinema.

If you see this pulling up, then you know you're in for some movie mayhem so click below for the dates for where we'll be and when. 

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Cyber Confident in Defence

At this time of year many people increase their online shopping activities which also increases the activity of Cyber criminals, who will stop at nothing to get hold of your personal information and/or money.

That's why this November and December the Cyber Confident Team will be sharing things to look out for so, for more guidance, visit the Cyber Confident in Defence SharePoint, Defence Connect or get in touch with the team below!

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Award winners posing on the red carpet for the the Celebrating Forces Family Awards 2022.

Nominate someone special

Have you nominated someone for the Celebrating Forces Families 2023 Awards? The Celebrating Forces Families (CFF) Awards’ Team needs your help!

Following the success of the inaugural 2022 CFF Awards, the event is running again in 2023. Can you help us find a family, a family member, a military charity or an exemplar Forces family-friendly employer to nominate?

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For the love of esports

From gaming halls to special guests, tournaments and more, discover the latest from the world of esports.

If you have or know of an esports event coming up then you can also let our team know!

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Fancy winning £200 of shopping vouchers?

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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NHS Armed Forces briefing

The latest stakeholder briefing from the Armed Forces Health team is now available, to find out more just click the download button below!

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Gibraltar BFBS TV system upgrades

If you're based in Gibraltar then, please note, that the BFBS Technology team will be upgrading the BFBS TV system in your quarter.

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Natasha Reneaux from BFBS Aldershot holding her gold award at the Community Radio Awards.

And she takes the gold!

Congratulations to BFBS Aldershot’s Natasha Reneaux, who after winning silver last year at the Community Radio Awards, came back this year with the gold, for entertainment show of the year.

The judges said “This is a great show, mixing light and shade to bring an entertaining mix, packed full of content directly relating to the audience and with a personable presenter who is really funny and upbeat”

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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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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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All about the social (media)

Partnering with the Military Co-working Network (MCN), which provides spaces for military partners to work, study and learn together, SMSpouses will be heading out to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on the 22nd of February 2023.

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Producing live events around the word

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

From small mess functions to family days, large scale outdoor concerts to award ceremonies, and everything in-between, speak to the team to see how they can help.

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How do members of the armed forces work flexibly?

The newest episode of the 'Flexible Working in the Armed Forces' is now available. This series explores flexible working through the experiences of servicemen and women.

In this episode, WO2 James ‘Dutchy’ Van-Der-Linden shares his experience of working alternative arrangements.

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DDS Savings Amid Cost of Living Crisis

The Defence Discount Service has partnered with big name brands to offer the UK’s armed forces, defence community, veterans and spouses some much needed savings on household and utility purchases.

They’ve teamed up with the likes of BT, Boxt, O2 and Sky to provide exclusive offers from boilers and MOTs to home insurance and phone contracts. This is to thank the defence community for their continued dedication and to help with the current economic situation.

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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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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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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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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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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.

The latest entertainment

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