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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Check your Driving Licence - Three Checks to Carry Out or You Could Risk a £1,000 Fine

There are three checks you need to do on your driving licence otherwise you could risk a £1,000 fine if stopped by Police.
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Check the photocard driving licence expiry date

Photocard licences replaced paper licences in 1998, and must be renewed every 10 years. 

Check your correct address is on it

If you forget to update your address you could risk a £1,000 fine if stopped by the police.
Check your name is correct if you've changed it
The third check is to make sure your name is correct on your driving licence, particularly if you've changed it since getting married.
Further details can be found on the Gov.UK website
click HERE

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

NHS Choices - Stress Anxiety and Depression - Breathing Exercises for Stress

It can often be helpful to take a step back from a stressful situation. See relaxation tips to relieve stress HERE

Monday, 14 August 2017

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS)

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the website

Douneside House - Aberdeen

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFAs Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.

Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases.  The above list is not exhaustive.  Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet.  From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public.  Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:

North - Longside House :
South - Gildea House:
Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on

Friday, 4 August 2017

Defence Discount Service - Toby Carvery

Receive 10% off your food bill Mon-Sat at Toby Carvery
Register with the Defence Discount Service 

The nearest Toby Carvery is in Hoole Village

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Blue Planet Aquarium - Cheshire Oaks

Blue Planet Aquarium, located at Cheshire Oaks, are members of the Defence Discount Service and are offering members £2 off per ticket for up to 6 people with their Defence Privilege Card (Terms & Conditions apply) 

For details visit the Defence Discount Service website.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Little Troopers Treasures now available on Android tablet & iPad

Now available on Android tablet & iPad!

Brand new app for British Armed Forces families

Little Troopers Treasures is free to download and use for all British Armed Forces families, helping you stay connected even when separated by miles. No military parent needs to ever miss bedtime stories again!
  • Supported by Harper Collins Children's Books there are six book titles you can access now with more coming in October
  • Record your face, your voice and the book pages, once you are done wrap up with love and your Little Trooper can watch and listen over and over again
  • You can access anywhere you just need WiFi
  • You can also record memories in the memory box
  • There are supporting resources that are free to download and print to use with the app including separation diaries for parent & child and activity sheets such as a weekly planner
BBC news recently covered our Little Trooper Treasures app, hear from a Royal Navy family how it made a difference to them HERE
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