Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Union Jack Club - London

The Union Jack Club has been standing at Waterloo for over 100 years and received over 20 million guests through its doors. Its founder was Ethel McCaul, a Red Cross nurse, who was adamant that servicemen and women from the ranks should have a haven for themselves in the Capital. Ethel McCaul’s vision remains our primary purpose today: to provide non-commissioned services and former members of the Armed Forces and their families a comfortable and friendly base for their visits to London.

Watch the latest general video of what the Union Jack Club can offer here.

Combat Stress - March in March

March in March is a virtual 10 mile challenge. You can run, walk or jog the distance at any time during March. Choose the location and pace that best suits you and help raise funds for veterans mental health. Please visit:

BFPO Mailing dates for Mothers' Day

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Veterans' Gateway - the first point of contact for veterans seeking support

We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.
We make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.
Many of our team are veterans themselves so they understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces.
They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible


Tile Barn Poppy Pods - FREE to serving personnel and ex serving personnel

These Pods are here in perpetuity to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.

The wooden camping Pods are sustainable and environmentally friendly with solar panels. The Pods provide residential holiday/respite facilities for service personnel, veterans and their families. The Pod Village has been designed with accessibility in mind.

This project has been made possible with the help of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, the Royal British Legion Brockenhurst Branch and Hampshire County Council.
Ex military and current serving military can use for FREE at weekends (max 2 nights) and school holidays (max 4 nights).
    School holiday dates are based on Hampshire School holidays only
Arrival time 4pm, departure time 10am
Bring up to 3 immediate family members (i.e spouse and children, if you have a larger      family contact the centre)

ASICS Fleet Pre London half marathon - Sunday 18th March 2018

For more information, please visit: 
For all military entries - Army/Navy/RAF  visit the link on the Army Athletics website
Entries close on the 18th February 2018!

Hampshire Alert - flight ticket fraud alert

Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad.
Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.
Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays.

Prevention Advice:

Pay safe: Be cautious if you're asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.

Conduct research on any company you’re considering purchasing tickets from; for example, are there any negative reviews or forum posts by previous customers online? Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.

Check any company website thoroughly; does it look professional? Are there any spelling mistakes or irregularities? There should be a valid landline phone number and a full postal address so that the company can be contacted. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets. PO Box addresses and mobile phone numbers are easy to change and difficult to trace.

Be aware that purchasing tickets from a third party, particularly when initial contact has been made via a social media platform can be incredibly risky.

If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. You can verify membership of ABTA online, at

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or

Joint Service Housing Advice Office, Housing Brief Catterick 10th April 2018

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National Energy Action - Forces for Warmth

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Mankind Initiative - domestic abuse support for men

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