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Friday, 29 June 2018

Asda - Employment Vacancies - Chester & Surrounding Areas

Current vacancies include:

Section Leader &
Delivery Driver
Click HERE for further information

Skydive with the British Army Parachute Display Team

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Broughton Retail Park - Employment Vacancies

To see the latest vacancies including:

Cleaning Operative
Casual Sales Assistants

Please click HERE

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

What Can The Armed Forces Covenant Do For Service Families?

To find out more CLICK HERE

Have you just moved home?

Do you need:
New electricals
Home Insurance

Check out the Defence Discount website: 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Home Instead Senior Care Chester - Recuiting for CAREGivers

Welsh Government support for Service Children in Wales

The Welsh Government has made £200k available to support Service children in Wales for the 2018/19 academic year. Schools can submit individual applications or a cluster bid with other schools. Schools are being invited to bid this term for funding ready for the new term in September. Applications should be sent to ssce@wlga.gov.uk by 30 June 2018. All maintained schools in Wales with at least one Service child currently enrolled are eligible to apply for the grant. Further details including instructions, FAQs and the application form can be located on the SSCE Cymru website: http://www.sscecymru.co.uk/supporting-service-children-in-wales-fund ​

Guide to the Scottish Education System

The Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), funded by the MoD Education Support Fund, have developed a very useful new website about the Scottish education system which may be of interest and relevance both to Service families already living in Scotland, and those due to be assigned there. The website can be accessed at www.forceschildrenseducation.scot ​

Friday, 22 June 2018

University of Chester - Recruitment Vacancies

Current vacancies include:

Experienced Language Facilitator (Chester Campus) - part-time casual
Catering Supervisor (Warrington)
Administrative Assistant (Chester Campus)
Fitness Facilitators Co-ordinator (Warrington) - fixed term
Temporary Caretaker - Chester

To see these, and other vacancies, please click

North Wales Police - Current Recruitment Positions

North Wales Police are currently recruiting for:

Police Staff
Transferee Officers and

For further information regarding these vacancies
please click HERE

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975

Military spouses urged to check entitlement to valuable pension rights

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975.

Spouses and civil partners of armed forces personnel posted overseas can fill gaps in their National Insurance record.

Read this guidance to find out how to get Class 3 National Insurance credits if:
·         you are or were married to or the civil partner of a member of the armed forces
·         you went with them on an overseas posting after 6 April 1975
·         you reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016

Class 3 National Insurance credits can help to fill gaps in your National Insurance record and count towards your State Pension, but must be applied for separately from other state benefits like Child Benefit.

The Army Parents' Network

The Army Parents’ Network

The Army Parents' Network was launched on 28 Sep as part of national inclusion week. The aim of the Network is to support Serving Army Parents and the Chain of Command by providing access to information, advice and peer support. The page will promote information on relevant topics (including policy updates and useful articles) and will also act as a forum for individuals to ask questions for other members to provide advice – all questions asked can be posted anonymously. This Facebook group is a closed group with access limited to Serving Army personnel only. If you would like to join please answer the two questions when you apply and your application will be authorised. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1199748646820329

Support for returning to work in teaching

The Department for Education has published information useful to those who are considering returning to teaching. Specific support is available for secondary maths, physics and Modern Foreign Language returners, or those who are qualified to teach another subject but with support would be able to teach one of those subjects: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching, along with links to register for further support. Information for teachers of other subjects is currently being updated.

Coaching for teachers seeking to return through the Women Leaders in Education programme, focused on those who are interested in progressing to middle or senior leadership is available. Returners can access the support both before and after they secure a teaching post. Most of the coaching is via Skype/phone so is a useful resource for those currently based overseas but returning to England shortly. You can find more information and register for a coach here: https://www.tscouncil.org.uk/women-leading-in-education-coaching-pledge/

A recently-launched pilot is aimed at supporting teachers who have taken time out for caring reasons to return to the classroom. Further detail, with information on how to register, is available: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching/return-to-teaching-caring-related-career-breaks. There has to be a caring-related element to the career break; for example, teachers who have taken up to 5 years out to care for children would be eligible. It’s open to anyone looking to return to teach English, maths, sciences, geography, history, or languages in a secondary school in the West Midlands or South London and the South East.

There are similar support for returners’ programmes in other parts of the public sector; Return to Social Work: https://www.local.gov.uk/return-to-social-work and Return to Health Care Allied Professions: https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/return-practice-allied-health-professionals-healthcare-scientists

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 and Wales. 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 personnel on 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 no requirement 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.

Further details can be found HERE

Thinking about adoption? SSAFA can help

Adoption – Among the services provided by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is a national registered adoption agency, supporting members of the Armed Forces who wish to create a family through adoption. This is the only service of its kind in the UK. SSAFA welcomes applications from all members of the serving community and those who have left the Armed Forces in the last three years. For more information, email the SSAFA adoption team, call on 020 7463 9326 or visit their website https://www.ssafa.org.uk/help-you/currently-serving/adoption-military-families. See also the SSAFA leaflet, ‘Thinking about Adoption?’

One of the major successes of the SSAFA service has been an increase in LGBT adopters. In the last year one quarter of applications have been from same-sex couples, which in comparison to the national average (1/10) is remarkable. Gemma and Louise’s case study is here

Future Accommodation Model - update

(you can also search 'Future Accommodation Model' on the gov.uk site or on Google)
​Our YouTube video (that also appears on the main gov.uk site) can be found here: https://youtu.be/51PJWcdXRgM

Army Family Federation (AFF) - Latest Employment Vacancies

AFF have employment vacancies for:

West Midland Co-ordinator
Communications & Marketing Officer (Andover)
IT Project Manager (Andover)
To see the full job description, please 
click on the link below

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) - New email address from 30th June 2018

CEAS are part of the MOD’s Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) and are a small dedicated team, who are experienced in advising service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of service children in the UK and overseas.

You can contact CEAS by email. Please note that with effect from the 30 June 2018, the email address will change to dcyp-ceas-enquiries@mod.gov.uk

Please include as much information as possible about your query, such as the age of your child(ren), an explanation of your situation to help the team respond to you and allow a few days for a response.

All queries regarding CEA and Eligibility Certificates should be made by email to the address above. If you need to speak to someone, the telephone number is 01980 618244 and there is an answerphone facility.

For further information visit the Gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service

Cheshire College South & West - Recruitment Vacancies

Current Vacancies include:

Assessor Electrical Installation
Lecturer in Philosophy & Religious Studies (0.5)
Inclusive Learning Advisor – Specific Learning Difficulties (Specialist)
Learning Resource Centre Assistant – 22.5hrs Term Time Only

To see these and other vacancies
please click HERE

Take Five: Are you Too Smart to Be Scammed?

Think you’re too smart to be scammed? Think again. Most people think they wouldn’t fall for a fraudulent text or email, but criminals are more sophisticated than ever.

30 Hours Free Childcare

30 hours free childcare

Working parents with children aged 3 and 4 years have now been able to access 30 hours free childcare in England and in overseas locations since 1 September 2017.

30 hours free childcare codes issued by HMRC are not valid for use overseas.

To ensure eligible Service personnel and MOD Civilians have access to 30 hours free childcare overseas, the MOD (not HMRC) administers and funds 30 hours free childcare, either free of charge in MOD settings or by means of Overseas Nursery Allowance (ONA) in isolated areas. Relevant DINs can be accessed via the Defence Intranet;

Posted back to England?

If you are currently claiming 30 hours free childcare overseas and are due to return to England in the near future, you should visit the Childcare Choices website (www.childcarechoices.gov.uk) to register and apply for a 30 hours childcare code.

Parents experiencing any issues with obtaining a code should contact the HMRC helpline on 0300 123 4097. In some cases, parents are unable to sign-up online and if eligible, HMRC will be able to issue a manual code.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your EE Bill

These fake text messages purport to be from EE and claim that you haven’t paid a bill. The link in the message leads to a phishing website designed to steal your EE account login details, as well as personal & financial information.

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

GCHQ - Technical Oportunities - Various Locations in UK

We are looking for candidates who have a degree, are graduating 2018, or have relevant work experience, please look at individual job descriptions for their requirements. Vacancies include:

Information Technology
Operational Delivery
Operational Research

Further details can be found HERE

Monday, 18 June 2018

BARC Animal Import & Export - Cyprus

Action Fraud: Courier Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.

Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.

- Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.

- A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

CarillionAmey - Move In Advice - Unknown Mail

You are advised to mark any mail not addressed to you as ‘return to sender’ and put it back into the postal system. Any utility bills not addressed to you can be passed back to your Housing Accommodation Officer. 

All About Me Marquees & Events - Recruitment of Staff

All About Me are an award-winning tipi and marquee hire service, we’re also a member of the MUTA – the UK’s only trade association dedicated to marquees, tents and structures.

 Current Vacancies Include:
Click HERE for further information

Friday, 15 June 2018

Civil Nuclear Constabulary - Recruitment Vacancies

We are a police force like no other, offering a variety of Police Officer and support roles at all levels. By protecting nuclear materials on site and in transit, we play a vital role in national security.
To find out further details, 
or to 
see a list of employment vacancies, please click HERE

Thursday, 14 June 2018

SSAFA: Stepping Stone Homes

AFF advice to families on new rules for CEA Sixth Form application

Around 350 Army children in the Continuity of Education (CEA) system will be due to start Sixth Form in September 2019. The rules around CEA for Sixth Form were changed in January 2018. If you have a child starting Sixth Form in Sep 2019, and you know you are due a posting within 37 months ofJune 1 2018, when the window to apply for Eligibility Certificates (EC) opens, AFF strongly advises that you apply at this time. See more clarification on this complex issue here.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sources of Stress - Address your Stress

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Flintshire County Council - Current Employment Vacancies

Flintshire County Council are advertising for the following:

Heating Engineer/Plumber
Catering Assistants
Homecare Assistants
Beauty Therapist
School Crossing Patrol
To see the full list of current vacancies, please
click HERE

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Go Ape (Delamere Forest) - 10% Discount through Defence Discount Service

Looking to discover some seriously adventurous things to do outdoors?  We offer outdoor experiences and activities across 33 locations UK wide.

From zip wires, to super-springy trampoline nets in the trees, to off-road Segways, we have an adventure for everyone. 

So, if you’re looking to get the blood pumping, take on a challenge, or just have fun with your Tribe, a day of unforgettable action, laughter, and achievement awaits. Who will you share adventure with? 

Go Ape are offering DDS members 10% off Tree Top Adventure and Forest Segway.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Walking Briskly For 10 Minutes Counts as Exercise

Public Health England and the Royal College of GPs are encouraging adults to focus on walking briskly rather than just counting steps to improve their health. To see the announcement, please click HERE

Carillionamey - Self Help Guide on Fleas

Nobody likes fleas, they get everywhere and are hard to get rid of. In favourable conditions, one pair of breeding fleas can lead to 6000 fleas in four weeks and one female can lay up to 1000 eggs in a lifetime! They are laid on the host but can easily drop off into bedding, carpets or gaps in floorboards, making them really hard to remove.

Fleas are about 2-3mm long and have a flattened, pointed body shape enables them to burrow easily in amongst fur, hair or feathers making them really difficult to remove. They can also jump up to 22cm high!

If you come across fleas in your home, it is important that you carry out pre-treatment actions:

  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove as many fleas as possible from all life stages, the bag contents must be quickly disposed of away from the house to avoid the fleas coming back into the house
  • Clear all floor space
  • Begin treatment of pets and the home with insecticide, sprays, flea bombs, tablets or drops

During treatment you have to make sure the rooms are vacated of people and pets. Treat your house while you treat your pet and this will ensure they go for good.

You must not enter treated areas for 4 hours and do not vacuum for 14 days to allow the insecticide to work. It’s also hard to kill eggs and pupae this way so you will have to wait for them to hatch so they can be killed by the treatment. Vacuuming too soon may stop the treatment from working.

Carillionamey - Self Help Guide on Black Ants

Black ant nests can be large and typically contain between 4000 and 6000 ants. The colony has a single queen that can live up to 15 years. During July and August, new queens will be produced and will then to start their own colony.

They’re particularly attracted to the scent of sugar and grease and they don’t sting. One successful ant will be able to communicate information to their co-workers using pheromone trails, leading to huge numbers of worker ants invading and contaminating human foods, if it is accessible.

Treatment actions:
  • Can be controlled with insecticidal baits
  • Can take up to two weeks to control
  • Do not remove baits
  • Don’t use additional products such as dusts or aerosols as well as the insecticidal baits, as they can affect the treatment process

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Injury Compensation - Armed Forces & Reserve Forces

You can claim compensation if you were injured or got an illness while serving in the armed forces (including the reserve forces).
Compensation may include:

  • a lump sum
  • regular payments

Do You Need A Copy Of Your Military Service Records?

If you have left the services and require a copy of your service record CLICK HERE

CarillionAmey - Self help advice: bees, hornets and wasps

Wasps, bees, hornets and hover flies are all quite similar and extremely beneficial insects. You can identify them easily just by looking at them. You can see their distinguishable features below if you’re unsure before you call.
  • Honey bees are darker in colour, hairier and have a narrow waist
  • Bumblebees are large in size, also darker in colour and hairy
  • Wasps are bright yellow and black, less hairy and also have a narrow waist
  • Hornets look like wasps but they are darker in colour
  • Hover flies are smaller, have one pair of wings and are bright yellow and black
  • Wasps, bees and hornets can sting (though some extremely unlikely to do so), while the hoverfly can’t and they all have two pairs of wings apart from the hover fly as well. 
  • Bees help us by pollinating crops and wasps, hornets and hoverflies are great for their destruction of massive numbers of other pests. 
We don’t treat hoverflies, they are purely beneficial insects and not classed as pests.

We would never kill honey bees except in exceptional circumstances.

We don’t kill bumblebees unless they are the tree bumblebees (ginger body and white tail) and nesting in a building

We do kill wasps. We apply insecticidal dust to nests and they will die off within 48 hours of treatment. The treated nests are left in situ and not removed by us