At the Sennelager Garrison Community Fair 25th September you asked…
Will TSU still be providing transport to medical appts? Airports for UK medical services?
There will be a service to medical appointments outside of the Sennelager area if transport is available, TSU staffing has been reduced in line with the population.
Can RBL sell poppies on camp, for example at JBs and who do they need to ask?
The Royal British Legion have been put in touch with the necessary people and you will see poppies for sale at various points across Sennelager Garrison in support of Remembrance Sunday. This year’s service will take place on Sunday 10th November from 1030hrs onward, in Normandy Barracks, with more detailed information to follow, distributed by GSU HQ.
Will the veterans’ cards be re-established and what’s the process?
What cover will Babcock provide now? I am worried about my boiler in the winter. Service users in Sennelager should see no real change and can continue to use the freephone helpline 0800 888 4242 or the web portal https://bssg.babcockinternational.com/report-a-fault/
Can we still apply for ‘betterment moves’?
Yes, betterment moves will continue to be permitted under similar arrangements as always. Your point of contact is the Housing Office tel 05254 982 2491 or 05254 982 2134.
Are there plans to increase numbers on Loseke/ Ring patch? I am feeling a bit isolated and my children don’t have anyone to play with.
This links in with the population question (see below) and housing will be allocated in these areas as new people are posted over; this should see the patches there filling up and people living closer together.
Are there plans to increase the population in Sennelager and if so, what support will be given to existing staff?
The population is growing steadily and Lt Col Danny Wild has advised that the current levels of welfare and support are already designed with the full population numbers in mind (as below), expected to be reached within the next 18 months.
- 223 serving personnel
- 79 UKBCs (including civil servants and teachers)
- 50 entitled contractors (including NAAFI, Fujitsu, BFBS)
The military then use a calculation which suggests that this number of people will be accompanied by approximately 203 spouses and 337 children.
- Altogether that gives you a population of 912, with the accompanied part being an inexact science.
Are there plans for a new BFG net and BFG Facebook page?
Is there still advice and guidance for Foreign and Commonwealth families? Are English B1 tests available in Germany?
Yes. At a local level you can visit Mrs Jo Harness, HQ GSU in building 78 for up to date information and support regarding visas and travel documents.
B1 language tests for immigration purposes are not currently being offered in Germany. You should visit https://ieltsukvisas.britishcouncil.org/#/select-country for up to date information on alternative venues.
Can we set up coffee mornings or ‘mums and tots’ groups?
Yes! Please pop into the HIVE (opposite the NAAFI Express in Building 140) for details of groups that have started after the Community Fair. If you’re interested in setting up your own group, please speak to Brian Gallagher at the Normandy Welfare Office for more info.
Moving forward, what employment opportunities will there be in Germany?
Forces Families Jobs website was launched by AFF in September with the explicit aim of providing an employment and training platform for military families. If you missed the info at the fair, go to www.forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk
and sign up. Locally, AFF is working with HR GEO (the old LSU) and NAAFI with the long-term aim of advertising vacancies on the FFJ site in the future. In the meantime, all job vacancies are advertised on www.BFGnet.de and the HIVE blog www.sennelagerhivegermany.blogspot.com