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Friday, 17 August 2018

Quest Resettlement Magazine - Aug/Sep 2018



To read the latest on-line version, please click HERE

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Service Families Accommodation - Licence To Occupy Insurance

In addition to arranging contents insurance to protect your personal possessions, you are strongly recommended (in accordance with JSP 464) to arrange Licence to Occupy insurance up to a maximum of £20,000. This specialist insurance covers your potential liability incurred as a result of damage to your SFA caused by you or your family. Standard home insurance policies do not provide this cover.ab
The Services Insurance and Investment Advisory Panel (SIIAP) website http://siiap.org/directory/ has details of insurers that can supply this insurance. If you already have kit insurance with one of these specialist insurers, it may be worth checking if you are already covered - as some insurance policies include Licence to Occupy insurance.

For information about buildings and contents insurance, click linkhttps://www.moneyforce.org.uk/Managing-money/Plan/Insurance/Insurance-for-your-home

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine - Aug 2018

To see the on line edition, click HERE
Copies also available in the HIVE

Iceland Frozen Foods - List of Current Vacancies North Wales and North West

To see the current list of vacancies at the Head Office, Deeside, and locations throughout the North West, please click HERE
(type Chester into location)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

JSHAO Housing Brief - RAF Scampton - Wed 24 Oct 18


Aldi Recruitment - Store Assistants Required - Chester, Ellesmere Port, Broughton


You’ll never find yourself bored and twiddling your thumbs on the till as a Store Assistant with Aldi.  The time will fly by as you undertake everything from checking off deliveries to dealing with enquiries or ensuring that the shelves are fully stocked with attractive, well presented products. And, of course, you’ll provide excellent customer service at all times by attending to customer needs in a prompt and friendly way.
For further information or to apply, please click the link below:
(you will need to click on stores, then stores assistant &
type Chester in location)

Cheshire West & Chester - Current Employment Vacancies


To see the full list of current Employment vacancies with Cheshire West & Chester:

For General vacancies, please click HERE 

For School & Partner vacancies, please click HERE 

For Teaching Vacancies, please click HERE


Monday, 13 August 2018

Royal British Legion: Care Phones for Service and ex- Service Personnel.

Care phones are personal alarms worn on your wrist or around your neck that, when activated, alert a 24 hour response centre. The Legion can install care phones free of charge to Service and ex- Service personnel.

Also known as a 'personal alarm', a care phone is a telephone-based unit that summons help to your home in an emergency.
The unit is activated by pressing a button worn on your wrist or around your neck. This sends your details to a 24-hour response centre, where a friendly operator will assess the situation and send the emergency services to you if required.

It serves as extra protection in your home to provide reassurance and support, 
especially if you:
  • Are infirm or disabled
  • Recently left hospital
  • Have been victimised
  • Are a victim of burglary
  • Live in an area with high crime levels
  • Live alone.

    For further information   CLICK HERE

CivvyStreet - Jobs Board

CivvyStreet has a dedicated Jobs Board for the Ex-Service community. 
Civvystreetjobs.com provides enhancements to the jobs board within the main CivvyStreet site and makes it easier to search for jobs that match your needs. Further enhancements are to follow and many more employers are registering with lots more vacancies.

CivvyStreet registered employers have posted 300+ new jobs already. These are jobs that employers would specifically like to recruit candidates from the Service community.

Please CLICK HERE to access many great job vacancies up on the CivvyStreet jobs board.

JSHAO Housing Brief - Tidworth - 18th October 2018


Friday, 10 August 2018

Just For Families - Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide - Issue 10


Just for Families, Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide is a glossy, full colour A4 publication that is published four times a year.

It is aimed at all Service personnel with school age children, some of whom are at boarding school.

There are lots of interesting articles - from holiday activities, healthy eating and choosing schools and BLOGS from Serving Personnel and their families.

Copies Available at the HIVE/Community Centre

Soldier Magazine - August Edition


To read the online version please follow this link

Chester Work Zone - Want a Qualification But Tuition Fees Putting You Off?


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Little Troopers at School

Little Troopers at School project objective is to educate schools, primary and secondary, about the unique needs through circumstance of military children and make available easily accessible resources to you.

Our aim is to ensure all military children get fair and consistent support within their education setting wherever that may be, for all circumstances and however many times they move schools.
Further details can be found HERE

New mums can get fit with their local Brio centre - Northgate Arena & Ellesmere Port Sports Village

New mums can get fit with their local Brio centre!
You may not know this, but we now run Buggy Burn & Firm sessions from several of our centres, perfect for new mums looking for a way to exercise and socialise without having to worry about childcare!
Enjoy long walks through local parks with a range of cardio and strength building exercises, including traditional push ups, squats, boxing, baby lifts and more! These sessions are the perfect way for new mums to ease back into fitness without needing to find a baby sitter, and they’re great for keeping social with friends too! We’ve listed all the different sessions we have on at our centres with all the need-to-know details, so you can join the next one! Just give the centre a call if you’d like to find out more.

Further details can be found HERE

Is Your Teenager Going To University - Vaccinations

Teenagers going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly.

To see more information on the 

MenACWY vaccine please click HERE
For more information and tips on preparing for university go to 

North West Ambulance Service - Job Opportunities

To view all current available jobs please click on the link below.

Closing dates for application are between 12th and 31st August 2018.



If support is required with regards applying to any of these jobs, please conact inclusion.workforce@nwas.nhs.uk.

Cadw - The Welsh Government's Historic Environment Service


Cadw is the Welsh Government's historic environment service working for an accessible and well protected environment for Wales.

  • We conserve Wales's heritage
  • We help people understand and care about their history
  • We help maintain the distinctive character of Wales
Cadw is a Welsh word meaning 'to keep' or 'to protect'

Events include exhibitions, workshops, heritage and arts activities.  Many events are included in the price of your ticket.
To have a look at events that are happening, please see HERE



Step Into Health Insight Day - 26th October 2018 - East Lancashire Hospital Trust

Step into Health is open to all Service Leavers and Veterans and their spouse/partner. It is an incredible opportunity in which employers are working with the Armed Forces Community to provide career and development opportunities within the NHS.
Whether you are interested in catering, maintenance, administration, finance, communications, management, or a role in one of the clinical services, to name but a few, 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. 
For further information or to register, please click HERE

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Longleat Armed Forces Discount – over 30% off main season Day Tickets


The Longleat Armed Forces Discount – over 30% off main season Day Tickets


Available for serving members of the Army, Navy, RAF and veterans, and their families. Simply visit the Longleat website through the below link to take advantage of this special offer and present a valid Military/ Veterans/ Family ID card on arrival to redeem.

Longleat House, Safari & Adventure Park is bigger and better than ever before, making it certain you will have an experience to remember.

Go wild in the UK's No.1 Safari Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to get unbelievably close to animals you have only ever dreamed about. Look out for Longleat’s magnificent lions, see how you measure up to a giraffe, walk on the wild side with lemurs, and beware of the meddling monkeys.
Continue your adventure aboard the Jungle Cruise for a sea lion escorted voyage, find yourself going round in circles in the Longleat Hedge Maze and don’t forget to hop on the Longleat Railway.
At the heart of the park is Longleat House - one of the best examples of an Elizabethan Stately home, containing over 450 years of turbulent English history. This beautiful house, which is still lived in by the 7th Marquess of Bath, is open to the public which is packed to the rafters with priceless antiques. Offer valid for Day Tickets purchased online only. www.longleat.co.uk/tickets/armed-forces-one-day-ticket

Cheddar Gorge and caves - Armed Forces discount












The Cheddar Gorge & Caves Armed Forces Discount – over 25% off main season Day Tickets

Available for serving members of the Army, Navy, RAF and veterans, and their families. Simply visit the Cheddar Gorge & Caves website through the below link to take advantage of this special offer and present a valid Military/ Veterans/ Family ID card on arrival to redeem.

Explore one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks. From its awe-inspiring cliffs to its extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves. Cheddar Gorge & Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.
Cheddar Gorge is a significant site of ecological importance and is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as well as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) with an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Atop Britain’s biggest Gorge is the setting for the most dramatic and exhilarating views, along with a three mile walk, feeling on top of the world. Make your way to the very highest point of Cheddar Gorge, to really absorb the natural splendour of the landscape and get close up views of the diverse natural wildlife.

So what are you waiting for? Nature, wildlife, history, adventure - experience the wonder of it all on a perfect day out. Offer valid for Day Tickets purchased online only.

https://www.cheddargorge.co.uk/tickets/armed-forces

Education Support Fund (ESF) bidding dates

MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) – 2019 Bidding Round Dates


Following the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Defence that the ESF would be extended for an additional two years, the bidding round for 2019 is due to open on Fri 14 Sep 18, closing at 1800 on Fri 19 Oct 18.


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.

Service parents are encouraged to raise awareness of the ESF at their child’s school – further information is available in the attached poster and at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-support-fund-for-schools-with-service-children-grant-application-pack

Any queries should be addressed to DCYP: DCYP-MOD-ESF-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk.

Results of FamCAS 2018

Results of FamCAS 2018: Forces families have their say


2018 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS): The aim of FAMCAS is to assess and monitor the views of the married and civil partners of Service Personnel (SP) on key welfare areas including childcare, deployment, education, employment, healthcare and housing. 
FAMCAS has been running as a tri-service survey since 2010 and helps Defence to review its policies to ensure Service families are not disadvantaged when compared to the rest of the population.


This year over 5,000 spouses or civil partners of Regular Personnel completed FamCAS, equating to a response rate of 20% (from the sample of 27,062 invited to take part).


Key points from this year’s survey includes:


  • Of Service families living in Service accommodation, 57% are satisfied with the overall standard, consistent with 2017. Satisfaction with responses to requests and the quality of repairs remain at 35% and 30% respectively.
  • The number of Service families moving due to Service reasons remains consistent with 2017 at 22%. This proportion has fallen since 2016 largely driven by changes for Army and RAF families.
  • Families are generally more satisfied with early years childcare than childcare for school age children when it comes to quality, accessibility/availability and opening hours.
  • Service spouses feel that Service family life has a negative impact on their children (48% of those with children) and their career (57%). 35% of Service spouses reported they would feel happier if their partner chose to leave the Service.


FamCAS data has previously influenced, and will continue to influence, policy in areas including:


  • The Armed Forces Covenant
  • The Armed Forces People Programme
  • Community Support policies
  • Welfare policies
  • Future Accommodation Model (FAM)
  • Flexible Service (FS)

The FAMCAS 2018 Report can be accessed here: FAMCAS 2018: Headline Report

JSHAO Housing Brief - Colerne, Wiltshire - Wed 17 Oct


Tickets for Troops - Chester Racecourse - 14-15 & 29 Sep


Tickets for Troops provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families.
To register/login please click HERE

Directory Of Resettlement Services

DVLA - If You Have Moved, You Need To Change Your Address On Your Driving Licence

Updating addresses after moving are something most people have to do
and changing the address on a driving licence is one of them.
Failure to report a change of address can result in a fine of up to £1,000.
It is free to change your address and can be done on line.
You can still drive while you’re waiting for your new licence.

Cheshire Constabulary - Here for You - How To Contact Cheshire Constabulary


Brownines - For Girls Aged Between 7-10 - St Thomas's Church , Chester

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Brownies is for girls aged between 7 and 10 years old. 5th Chester Brownies is situated at St Thomas’s Church in Chester.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Sandbag Times - The Veterans' Magazine - August 2018


Welcome to The Sandbag Times

The Online Magazine written by Veterans for Veterans
The Sandbag Times brings you all the latest national and international Armed Forces and Veterans news. With insights each week into Veterans Charities, organisations, events and lots more.

Universal Jobmatch Replaced by Find A Job Service on Gov.UK

Universal Jobmatch has been replaced by 'Find a Job' on Gov.uk.

To see a list of vacancies around Chester,

please click HERE 
(click on sort by most recent) 

NHS Mental Health Care for Veterans'

Click HERE to read 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Did You Know the Army Welfare Service Offers Support to Families?

Personal Support Staff provide accessible, independent, confidential and professional specialist welfare services to serving soldiers and their families with any personal or family difficulty, thereby strengthening and enhancing the resilience and resourcefulness of serving soldiers and their families.

Services the Intake & Assessment Team provide: Domestic Abuse, Child & Adult Safeguarding, Bereavement, Relationship Difficulties, Stress & Anxiety Management, Emotional Wellbeing, Signposting.

For all Personal Support enquiries and referrals: 01904 882053

Starting School For The First Time - Preparing Your Child

Starting school for the first time can an anxious time for parents and children.

Visit the Foundation Years website for some useful tips and links
to help you and your child prepare for the next phase in their life.

 CLICK HERE to find out more.

Action Fraud Alert: Fake British Gas Refund Emails

For further information
visit the

Veterans With Dogs - Dogs for Military Veterans with Invisible Injuries

Veterans With Dogs' assistance dog programme is the first of its' kind in the UK. 


Veterans with Dogs is helping Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions, cope better with their symptoms and enabling them to lead more independent lives.

Chester FC - Fixtures 18/19

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

JSHAO Housing Brief - Brize Norton - Wednesday 10th October


Mental Health Awareness Wallet Cards

Handy wallet cards promoting mental health awareness have been produced. The cards feature a set of Five Signs associated with mental health and is a simple self-check to help identify potential early signs of stress or poor mental health. The Combat Stress 24-hour mental health helpline for Serving personnel and their families is provided on the reverse side. ​


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Vauxhall Partners - July offer Extended to 1st October 2018


Hire A Hero - Career Coaching

Are you feeling stuck in your transition from a military to a civilian career? Do you now need to make a critical decision to resolve it?

When leaving the Armed Forces, you have a serious career decision to make.

One-on-one coaching with a Hire A Hero Career Coach can help you to make the right decision and fulfil your career goal.

For further information, or to volunteer as a Career Coach yourself, 
please CLICK HERE

Information To Support Service Pupils Moving Between Schools

To view or download this brochure please