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Monday, 9 July 2018

Step Into Health - Explore Your Future in the NHS - Horizon, Leeds - Wednesday 1st August 2018

Step into Health is open to all Service Leavers and veterans, their spouses and dependents. It is an incredible opportunity in which employers from the NHS are working with the Armed Forces community to provide career and development opportunities. Whether you are interested in catering, maintenance, administration, finance, communications, management, or a role in one of the clinical services, this programme will benefit you.
The NHS is keen to invite you to explore your transferable skills and the potential training and career opportunities available at the national Step into Health careers fair.
At Step into Health: Explore your future in the NHS, you will be able to:
  • ·         Meet employers from across the NHS to discussion national opportunities.
  • ·         Listen to a brief from the Health Careers team about opportunities in the NHS.
  • ·         Receive job application guidance specific to the NHS from members of the NHS recruiting teams.
  • ·         Receive advice about specific career paths in the NHS from members of the NHS recruiting teams.

Organisations from the charity sector which support the Armed Forces community will also be present to discuss the assistance they can offer to those who are looking for employment.
Because of similar values between the NHS and the Armed Forces and because of the desirable skills held by the Armed Forces community, many have found rewarding employment in the NHS which can be more compatible with a mobile lifestyle than other potential employment options.

Have you had any dealings with CAFCASS? Feedback wanted

CAFCASS which stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, and CAFCASS Cymru, represent children in family court cases in England andWales.  In Scotland, the role of making independent reports about the best interests of the child is performed by Child Welfare Reporters. Operating within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000), and under the rules and directions of the family courts, CAFCASS are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies. Their duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. CAFCASS’s Family Court Advisers may be asked by the court to work with families and then advise the court on what they consider to be the best interests of the children involved in three main areas:
·         Divorce and separation, sometimes called ‘private law’, where parents or carers can’t agree on arrangements for their children
·         Care proceedings, sometimes called ‘public law’, where social services have serious concerns about the safety and welfare of children
·         Adoption, which can either be public or private law

The Covenant Team and the Service family federations are working with CAFCASS to increase mutual awareness and understanding. 
We would be grateful for feedback from Service personnelon their experience if CAFCASS have been involved in proceedings relating to their children during or following the breakdown of a relationship.

Please email the Covenant mailbox - COVENANT-MAILBOX@mod.gov.uk – and include CAFCASS in the email subject. 
Please note that a simple summary of the overall experience from the Service person’s perspective is sought: there is norequirement to provide any details relating to private and sensitive matters, nor should children be named in the email.

Retention of MoD ID card for Veterans

MOD Form 90 – Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood MP, has announced that service leavers will be able to retain their ID card (MOD Form 90), allowing them to be identified as veterans quickly and easily, aiding their transition into civilian life. 

Veterans UK, which manages armed forces pensions and compensation payments, local authorities, GPs and charities will all benefit from this change in policy as they will not have to conduct time-consuming checks to identify individual veterans. Instead of handing back their card to be destroyed on the day of discharge, the corners will now be cut off to show the card is no longer valid.

QUEST Resettlement Magazine: July 2018


Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine : July 2018

The July issue of Pathfinder International magazine is now avaiIable to be read online.

Read the latest issue HERE

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Drayton Manor Armed Forces Discount

Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout the 2018 season (28th March - 1st November*) they are offering free entry to all those serving and ex-serving personnel of the British Armed Forces.  

SFA - Windows and Safety

During the warmer weather, we all like to let fresh air into our homes, especially at night. Please take time to stop and think - do your windows open so wide that a small child could get through?  Are there any objects or furniture nearby that could be used to climb up and reach the window ledge?

We have installed window restrictors for the safety of your family. For our own peace of mind make sure that your window restrictors are connected and test that they work.  It is also a good idea to check the safety of any blind cords in your home.  To reduce the risk poised by looped blind cords, please ensure these are fed back and kept out of reach of children to prevent strangulation injuries.  

If you have any concerns about your window restrictors, please call the CA Helpdesk (0800 707 6000)

An Evening with Rory Underwood MBE

An exciting event coming up with former RAF Pilot and England International Rugby star Rory Underwood MBE. This event is free to all officers' and their spouses on 17th September in Bristol.