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Start your journey to being debt free!

Did you know? In the UK 1 in 4 workers lose sleep worrying about their finances with average household debts (excluding mortgages) now reaching £12,887.*

To help members of the Armed Forces take back control of their finances for 2018, we have launched a Debt Consolidation New Year Loan. We want to encourage our members to see if they can save money, by paying off any existing debt into one affordable monthly repayment straight from their pay.

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Plane Saver – How we’ve grown and moved forward to better help the people we serve

Plane Saver is a financial services provider with a social conscience. Working alongside some of the world’s leading organisations, we provide an ethical way for their employees to save and borrow with repayments straight from their pay.

We now serve over 12,500 members and continue to remain passionate about striving to improve the financial well-being of the people we serve. Now more than ever, organisations are fast recognising the benefit of a credit union facility for their employees, as they continually look to improve the financial well-being of their workforce.

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Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities, says charity regulator

Charity Commission publishes new safeguarding strategy and says safeguarding goes beyond protecting at risk groups

Trustees should take steps to ensure no one who comes into contact with their charity suffers distress or harm, as well as safeguarding children and adults at risk, says regulator of charities.

The Charity Commission’s new safeguarding strategy says that safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

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Veterans’ Gateway Update – October 2017

It’s now just over six months since the soft launch, please see below an update on the progress of Veterans’ Gateway and what is coming next for the service.
Veterans’ Gateway so far…

Since the soft launch on 03 April 2017, 1,143 telephone calls have been made to the Veterans’ Gateway helpline which have led to 419 referrals to 19 different partners. There have been 110,000 website sessions (71% of which are new users) with 686 users using the ‘ask a question’ function and 496 live chats taking place.

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Veterans’ Gateway issues need-to-know advice for Pension Awareness Day

Veterans’ Gateway, a new service for veterans, is ready to assist veterans with pension problems this Pension Awareness Day, with some key pieces of advice on Armed Forces pensions.

Providing a first point of contact for veterans who need support, Veterans’ Gateway connects users with the right organisation that can help on a range of issues including housing, finance, mental health and employment.

Since the launch of the service, pensions advice is one of the most common subjects that individuals using Veterans’ Gateway have sought help and guidance on.

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New Forces in Mind Trust Report: Optimising the infrastructure in place to support the needs of veterans in Northern Ireland

A new report examining the support and service provision to the veteran population in Northern Ireland (NI), funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), was released today, 23 June 2017, by Ulster University. The report calls for the infrastructure in place to support veterans in NI to be better embedded in policy-making and statutory service delivery networks.

‘Supporting and Serving Military Veterans in Northern Ireland’ is the first output of the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Study (NIVHWS); a large scale study into the health and wellbeing of NI veterans.

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Get peace of mind with the QAHH Make a Will Month

In June 2017, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), Worthing, is teaming up with three local Solicitors for its Make a Will initiative. The participating Solicitors have all kindly agreed to waive their usual Will-writing fees in exchange for a donation to the charity.

Having an up-to-date Will is the best way to ensure that your wishes are not forgotten. Without one, you can’t be sure that your money and property will be passed on to the people and good causes you care about most.

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Afghanistan support

In light of recent events in Afghanistan, please find information and support resources here