Thursday, 21 April 2011

Further updates to the Roll of Honour

photo: Martin Turner

Further updates have been added the Armed Forces Memorial (AFM)  Roll of Honour (RoH), which is normally updated monthly.

The RoH details deaths in Service since 1 January 1948 which meet the AFM Trustees Inclusion criteria.  Its search facility potentially allows you to search for a person who died while they were serving.

The RoH has just been updated and potentially records the details of Service personnel up to and including 31 March 2009. Partial RoH records are also potentially available for those who died from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010.

More information on the Memorial and the Roll of Honour, including the inclusion criteria, can be found on an earlier post.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Bereaved Service children given head start

We've just added some information on our website about the new scheme to support bereaved Service children planning to undertake further education.

The scheme delivers the Coalition Government’s undertaking to provide university and further education scholarships for the children of Service personnel who have been killed on active duty since 1990.

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme was launched in April and is designed to enable these young people to get a first degree. In order to get to university they must first follow the academic stream at school and a Further Education scholarship will help these children to stay in school to obtain a university place.

The scholarship is not a free university place but a contribution towards the tuition fees and living costs.

Further information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here. It's important to read this information fully, as it contains information about potential funding for the 2010 - 2011 academic year we're currently in. 

Events springing forward

It's officially Springtime and the sun is finally due to arrive back this weekend.

The weather is getting warmer, the days are lasting longer and the nights are lighter.  So it's the ideal time to start planning events; whether its an occasion to mark Armed Forces Day 2011 or an Advice Day for veterans.

Take advantage of the free opportunity to raise awareness of your event via our website. If you are planning an event, that may be of interest to the Armed Forces Community, then consider placing details on our online Calendar of Events. All you need to do is complete an online form with all the relevant details, we do the rest!

If you looking for something to do then take a look at the calendar today, there may be an event near you that's worth checking out!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Regional Support for Armed Forces Community

Our newest Podcast release can provide you with  the latest details on new network launched that's supporting the Armed Forces Community,

Continuing with our series of podcasts keeping Service personnel and veterans up-to-date with items of interest or news from within the Agency and the Armed Forces Community.

Our  latest podcast provides an update on the launch of the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees based across the UK.

There are thirteen new Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees (VAPCs), created to take part in a one-year pilot; providing support to the Armed Forces and veterans on a regional basis.

The SPVA website houses VAPC webpages

Tony Phillips, Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Committee takes part in the podcast interview and explains how the Committees are supporting the Armed Forces Community, he said:

“If you are keen to help those in need, advise and influence policy as well as advocate for our service men and women, or you - or someone close to you - is enduring difficulties as a direct consequence of service and needs local assistance, then I strongly commend this Podcast to you.”

The podcast and other SPVA social media products are available to access on SPVA Social Media Hub  , and on various social media sites such as iTunes and YouTube.