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Thursday, 28 February 2019

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

What's on Winchester

From fun events for children, live music and festivals to exhibitions, talks and tours, take a look at our events calendar and let Winchester entertain you.

Poppy Pod Project: Camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families- Tile Barn Outdoor Centre-Brockenhurst

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Reserves Continuous Attitude Survey (ResCAS) 2019 is now open

Reservists have until Monday 18 March 2019 to complete the survey.

What is ResCAS?
ResCAS is an annual MOD survey that seeks to measure the attitudes and opinions of Reserve personnel towards their service.
The results are viewed by the single Service Chiefs and Chief of Defence People to advocate on behalf of Reserve personnel for improvements to their Reserve experience.

Why should you complete ResCAS?
​The results of the survey are used to understand how Reservists feel about their experience and to help shape the policies that support and enable Reserve Service.
By completing this survey, you are helping MOD to understand how you feel about your Service and identifying the areas where changes could be made to assist you. The more Reservists who complete the survey, the more evidence is available to shape your terms and conditions of service and polices affecting training and development.

Recent changes to Reserve support include:
The introduction of the “VR” post-nominal which can be used by volunteer reservists who have completed 10 years’ continuous service in the Reserves since 1999.
Improved access to welfare services for the families of Reservists. The policy and guidance for welfare services has been revised to reflect the particular needs of Reservists and their families and provide support equivalent to that provided for regular Service personnel.

The investment of £1.8 billion over ten years to improve access to kit and training, focusing on integrating the Reserves as part of the whole force concept. 

So, if you want to help shape your Service, complete the survey today!
Who should complete ResCAS?
The survey may be completed by current serving volunteer Reservists and RAF regular Reservists.

How to complete ResCAS

Instructions for the Army ResCAS
The Army ResCAS is open to a sample of Volunteer Reserves. If you have been selected to complete ResCAS19 you should already have received a paper copy of the survey and a link to the online version - please only complete one version. To access the online survey, you will need to enter a ‘token’. This will be your Service number and is case sensitive. This is used as a security precaution to ensure that only intended personnel can access the survey. Your responses will not be linked to you in any way. If you have any questions please contact the Army Occupational Psychology Team on 01264 886044 or email ArmyPers-Strat-APRC-Survey@mod.gov.uk. The online version can be found at: https://www.surveys.mod.uk/ 

Instructions for the Navy ResCAS
The Navy ResCAS is open to all Volunteer Reserves. All Volunteer Reservists should have received a paper copy of the survey. The survey is also available to complete online using the link at the front of the paper survey or online at http://go.surveycenter.com/modreserves2019. If you have any questions please contact the Navy Command Occupational Psychology Team on 02392 625496 or email NAVYPERS-NSPRTMAILBOX@mod.uk

Instructions for the RAF ResCAS
The RAF ResCAS is open to all Reserves including Volunteer Reserves and serving Regular Reserves, with the exception of Sponsored Reserves and Volunteer Reserves Under Training, VR(T). All Reservists should have received a paper copy of the survey. The survey is also available to complete online using the link at the front of the paper survey or viahttps://www.surveys.mod.uk/. If you have any questions, please contact the HQ Air Occupational Psychology Team on 01494 495476 or email Air-COSPers-PolPsychGrpMbox@mod.uk

MOD Launches the 2019 Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey

This year’s Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FamCAS) is now live, and personnel are encouraged to pass it on to their spouse or civil partner to ensure their views on Service family life are heard.

What is FamCAS?
FamCAS is an annual survey which covers key issues that impact your family, and shapes the work of the Armed Forces Covenant going forward.

The Armed Forces Covenant team is continuing to build a picture of what life is like for those who are spouses or civil partners of Armed Forces personnel. The UK armed forces families’ strategy is designed to provide direction to officials who are responsible for policy development in the areas that make up the ‘offer’ to service families.

Your partner’s responses to the FamCAS survey give us an understanding of where we need to do more through the covenant for Service families at home and abroad.

Who can complete it?
A different selection of spouses and civil partners are chosen to complete the survey each year, to ensure that a representative view of the Service families community is represented. This year over 26,000 Service families have been selected.

What should I do next?
If you receive an e-mail invite and/or paper copy of the FamCAS survey, please forward or pass this on to your partner.

It would also be helpful if you could send your partner the link to the tool below – your partner can use your Service number to check whether they are in the FamCAS sample or not. If they are the tool will direct them to the online survey.

The Continuous Attitude Survey Eligibility Tool:
http://www.tools.mod.uk/survey-checker.html (the tool should be opened using the Google Chrome browser).

FamCAS - How does my partner complete it?
Your partner can choose to complete the paper survey or fill it in online. Instructions for completing the survey online can be found using the Eligibility Tool, in the e-mail invite and in the paper survey.
It is recommended that the online survey is opened in Google Chrome. To access the survey a ‘token’ will need to be entered. The token is the serving person’s service number and should be entered in UPPER CASE. This is used a security precaution to prevent unintended persons from accessing the survey, FamCAS is an anonymous survey, your Service number is not linked to their responses in any way. Please pass it on.

Monday, 4 February 2019

BFPO Indicator List


Going on a Deployment?
 Moneyforce has information on getting your finances in order before you leave, including dealing with creditors.

They can give you advice on how to give someone else control over your affairs while you’re away as well as setting up powers of attorney to make sure that your finances and care are looked after should an injury leave you incapable of managing on your own - see Before you go.
Then when you get back you'll have to readjust and sort out all sorts of things, including your budget. 

Storybook Soldiers: Being Deployed?

Storybook Soldiers is a scheme, run by volunteers from the Army community since 2007, which enables soldiers to record bedtime stories for their children to listen to while they are deployed or away on a long course.  Music and sound effects are added to each individual story, which is then put onto a CD and sent to the family.