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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Canal & River Trust - Waterside Places to Visit - North West Guide

To see the Guide please click

Outlon Park - Upcoming Events August 2018

For further information
please click HERE

Monday, 30 July 2018

Action Fraud - Phishing Alert - LinkedIn emails

Visiting An A&E department - Do You Need To Go ?

An A&E department (also known as emergency department or casualty) deals with genuine life-threatening emergencies, such as:
·         loss of consciousness
·         acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
·         persistent, severe chest pain
·         breathing difficulties
·         severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
·         severe allergic reactions
·         severe burns or scalds
Less severe injuries can be treated in urgent care centres or minor injuries units (MIUs). An A&E is not an alternative to a GP appointment. If your GP practice is closed you can call NHS 111, which will direct you to the best local service to treat your injury. Alternatively, you can visit an NHS walk-in centre (WIC), which will also treat minor illnesses without an appointment.

Tickets For Troops App

Friday, 27 July 2018

Chester Zoo - Serving Person Discount

Chester Zoo offer a Forces discount of 10% for the serving person only.  
They need to show their ID/MOD90 at the gate.  

MoneySavingExpert.com shows other discounts available

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Reintroduction of the MOD Education Support Fund (ESF)

In light of the ongoing drawdown from Germany and to provide time for the educational authorities across the UK to bring in longer-term provision for Service children as necessary, the Secretary of State for Defence on 24 July 2018 announced the extension of the ESF, on a limited basis, for an additional two years. The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20.

The ESF is open to publicly funded schools, Academies and Free Schools in the UK attended by Service children whose parents are subject to exceptional mobility and/or deployment. Applications from Local Authorities in support of these schools can also be accepted.

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which is the MOD’s professional focal point for all matters relating to children and young people associated with the armed forces, are the lead organisation administering and supporting the fund.

DCYP will release further information on the next funding round shortly, but in the meantime Service parents are encouraged to raise awareness of the ESF at their child’s school.

Contact: DCYP-MOD-ESF-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk.

For further information click HERE

Autism friendly North Wales guide of great things to do

Whether you're an individual with an ASD, ADHD or care for an adult or child that does, there's lots of inclusive things to do in North Wales ..... details HERE

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Sodexo - Employment Vacancies in the North West

Vacancies include:

Chef - Ellesmere Port
Residential Assistant - Ellesmere Port
Security Officer - Bromborough & Speke
Cleaning Supervisor - Port Sunlight

For the full list of vacancies, please click HERE

NHS - Measles - It's Not Just a Kids' Problem

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Dale Barracks - Hughes Centre - Play-Day Specials

Monday, 23 July 2018

Serving Personnel Insurance

As of 30th April 2018, Service Life Insurance SLI365 (https://sli365.com/) has closed to new applications although continues to provide cover to their existing policyholders.

The other MoD endorsed financial providers are:

Joining Forces Credit Union: http://www.joiningforcescu.co.uk/ 

MoD's Corporate Governance team engage with Forces Mutual https://www.forcesmutual.org/ over their respite breaks.

Make sure the company has SIIAP (Services Insurance and Investment Advisory Panelhttp://siiap.org/ ) accreditation and that they are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) https://www.fca.org.uk/ together with the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority, replaced the Financial Services Authority in 2013 and between them now regulate the financial services industry in the UK.

Plane Saver, one of the three Credit Unions which has been endorsed by the MOD through “Joining Forces”​

Plane Saver, one of the three Credit Unions which has been endorsed by the MOD through “Joining Forces”
Click on the links for information on some of the services offered:-

Generic Loans
Car Loans
Help to Buy Loans

North West Ambulance Service Trust - Employment Vacancies

North West Ambulance Services have vacancies for the following:

Ambulance Liaison Officer

To find out more about these and to see other vacancies,
please click HERE

Action Fraud - Fake Amazon emails

Friday, 20 July 2018

The InDependent Spouse

Jess Sands is no stranger to the challenges of starting a business. A few years ago, she was a successful full-time graphic designer, with a portfolio including Disney, Caroline Gardner and Marks & Spencer. But when she met her future husband, a pilot in the RAF, everything changed. Moving house every two years meant that Jess had to give up the career that she loved. After a year struggling to get employment in a market that is often reluctant to hire military spouses due to their transitory nature, Jess decided to develop her own business Design Jessica. Since then she has gone from strength to strength.
Jess is passionate about helping other military spouses through the same difficult transition that she made. Her business specialises in designing logos for new companies being set up by spouses, and as a founder of the Forces Enterprise Network Business Community, she encourages others in similar situations to share their experiences and challenges, helping them to help themselves. Now she has a new project aiming to give a voice to those who are already achieving amazing things, and to inspire those who dream of doing the same. The InDependent Spouse is a series of fun, informative weekly podcasts which explores the world of running a business by chatting to inspiring military entrepreneurs. Aimed at enterprising military spouses, the first series sees Jess interview such luminaries as Heledd Kendrick (Recruit for Spouses), Peter Mountford (Heropreneurs & the Veterans’ Foundation) and Natalie Trezise (Your Home Patch). Each episode is full of useful tips and amusing anecdotes, many of which will be familiar to those trying to create their own successful businesses while living the ‘magnolia wall life’. The first series of the InDependent Spouse is available now on iTunes. Jess is currently selecting for guests for Series 2. So, whether you are a military spouse starting out in business or are already running a successful company, if you want to share your story and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, you can get in touch with Jess at hello@theindependentspouse.co.uk

Thursday, 19 July 2018

RBL: Important Announcement Regarding Family Holiday Breaks

We are no longer accepting new applications for the family holiday service.

We recently suspended taking applications for holiday parks, but have not experienced a significant reduction in the number of applications that we're receiving. As we have a backlog of over 2,000 applications we will continue to place bookings for those who have already applied, prioritising first-time applicants.

We are awaiting the results of the comprehensive independent evaluation of Legion Break Services, conducted by Liverpool John Moores University, which will be published in September, to inform our strategy for the delivery of family holidays going forward.

Cookery Workshop for Children at The Russian Style Crepes Cafe, Weston Grove, Upton, Chester

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Further details can be found

Morrisons - Quieter Hour - Every Saturday 9-10am

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Service leavers: Armed Forces Covenant

As you transition from military to civilian life it is important you know what support and advice is available to you. The Armed Forces Covenant can help you at this time in your life.

Areas where support is available include:

  • Service leavers guide
  • Changing your life and career
  • Having a home
  • Having access to healthcare
  • Getting financial advice

Step into Health - NHS Employment opportunities

Step into Health

Step into Health is open to all Service Leavers and veterans, their spouses and dependents. It is an incredible opportunity in which employers from the NHS are working with the Armed Forces community to provide career and development opportunities. Whether you are interested in catering, maintenance, administration, finance, communications, management, or a role in one of the clinical services, this programme will benefit you.

The NHS is keen to invite you to explore your transferable skills and the potential training and career opportunities available at the national Step into Health careers fair.

At Step into Health: Explore your future in the NHS, you will be able to:

  • Meet employers from across the NHS to discussion national opportunities.
  • Listen to a brief from the Health Careers team about opportunities in the NHS.
  • Receive job application guidance specific to the NHS from members of the NHS recruiting teams.
  • Receive advice about specific career paths in the NHS from members of the NHS recruiting teams.

Organisations from the charity sector which support the Armed Forces community will also be present to discuss the assistance they can offer to those who are looking for employment.

Because of similar values between the NHS and the Armed Forces and because of the desirable skills held by the Armed Forces community, many have found rewarding employment in the NHS which can be more compatible with a mobile lifestyle than other potential employment options. 

Find out more at http://militarystepintohealth.nhs.uk/
This is the link to sign up to the event. Step into Health: Explore your future in the NHS (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/step-into-health-explore-your-future-in-the-nhs-registration-46218950124)

Friday, 13 July 2018

Service Family Hot Topics - July 2018 - Partner Employment

The Army acknowledges that Service life may have an impact on the employment of family members and Partner Employment is one of the nine primary areas of activity considered in the Army Families Strategy.
The recently established Army Families Working Group will work with the chain of command, families, governmental and third sector organisations to address issues identified. Evaluation of research projects in Partner Employment being conducted at the moment will help to better identify where the issues are.
​The link below to 'Service Family Hot Topics', July 2018 issue provides information on a number of ongoing initiatives which may be of assistance to those seeking employment or to change their employment.

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for military personnel

Money Force - Are You MoneyFit Enough to Own A Car? Car Buyer Calculator

Are you MoneyFit enough to own a car? Buying a car can be an expensive decision, but it’s not just the cost of buying it that you have to plan for.

Before you make any decisions look at MoneyForce's motoring pages with advice on buying a new carbuying a used car and information on car loans and finance.

You should also think about saving for the deposit or purchase price.

The CarBuyer calculator helps you think about the total monthly cost of running a car so you can make an informed decision. Use this in your budget planning to stay MoneyFit!

To access this useful tool: CLICK HERE

Thursday, 12 July 2018

MoD launches its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse

The Ministry of Defence has launched its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse within the Armed Forces and defence civilian communities. The strategy builds on existing work by the military in this area, such as providing specialist training to welfare staff, and will include the launch of a campaign to raise awareness across the Armed Forces and enhancing support for civilian staff.
The 'No Defence for Abuse' Strategy aims to partner with specialist organisations to help them understand the unique needs of the service community. It will also work to create a culture of safety and support for those experiencing domestic abuse and their children, taking steps to break down the invisible wall that can deter victims from asking for help.
​For more information and to read the strategy:

Coastal Emergency

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Healthcare for the armed forces community

Healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Walking For Health - NHS Choices

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Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
You don't have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.
For other exercise ideas, check out our exercise guides.

Chester parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run

Chester parkrun

What is Chester parkrun?

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place in the Countess of Chester Country Park, Valley Drive, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1UL. 
Further details can be found HERE

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Accommodation - Windows and Safety

Window Safety
During the warmer weather, we all like to let fresh air into our homes, especially at night. Please take time to stop and think - do your windows open so wide that a small child could get through?  Are there any objects or furniture nearby that could be used to climb up and reach the window ledge?
We have installed window restrictors for the safety of your family. For our own peace of mind make sure that your window restrictors are connected and test that they work.  It is also a good idea to check the safety of any blind cords in your home.  To reduce the risk poised by looped blind cords, please ensure these are fed back and kept out of reach of children to prevent strangulation injuries.  
If you have any concerns about your window restrictors, please call the CA Helpdesk (0800 707 6000)

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust - Employment Vacancies

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership have employment vacancies including:

Health Care Assistant
Domestic Assistants
To see all employment vacancies,
please click

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The Royal British Legion's Employment Support Grant Scheme

The Legion’s Employment Support Grant Scheme is designed to help unemployed or under-employed Legion beneficiaries with assistance to achieve sustainable employment.

An Employment Support Grant can be used to:

-Fund skills development courses
-Pay for costs associated with attendance on a course
-Pay for costs associated with a job offer, such as clothing, equipment and travel costs.

To find out more about information about training, education and employability, and to explore the Employment Support Grant scheme, CLICK HERE

Starting Well Service - On-line Information Booklet Available

To see the on-line version, please click

Monday, 2 July 2018

Free Employment Support for Spouses - Families LifeWorks

WHAT IS LIFEWORKS FAMILIES? LifeWorks Families is a free support service to help military spouses and partners get the job they want.
WHO IS IT FOR?It is available to all spouses and partners of any serving (or recently discharged) member of the Armed Forces, including Reserves.
Free advice and support by phone, email and through courses.
For details about LifeWorks or their courses locations,visit: