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Friday, 28 September 2018

AWS Community Service - Chester Zoo


The Helping Armed Forces Loved One (HALO) Study

  • Worried about the mental health of your armed forces loved one (currently serving or veteran)?
  • Worried about the effect of your loved one's mental health on your own wellbeing?
  • Want to know how to get your loved one to seek help for their mental health?
Many of us are close to someone who is struggling with things and are not quite themselves. The strain on the relationship can sometimes feel like too much to cope with.  If you are the loved one of a veteran or serving person who hasn't reached out for help, particularly if you are worried about the impact of their mental health on your own wellbeing, Help for Heroes is here to offer free and confidential support. .
The service can also support you if you are ex-service personnel, or a family member, who is living with anxiety, low mood , anger or wishing to change your drinking habits.
You can contact the Hidden Wounds team confidentially weekdays 9am – 5pm on 0808 2020144 (free from UK landlines), by email hidden.wounds@helpforheroes.org.uk, or through the contact form:  https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/hidden-wounds

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Amey: Military Housing & Establishments - How To Contact Us


General contact information


Telephone: 0800 707 6000 (lines open 24/7, 365 days per year)
Call us from overseas: +44 151 728 1630

We provide a language translation service for customers who are not fluent in English

You can visit us in person at one of our Local Customer Service Centres
(Bldg 155, Percival Road, The Dale Camp, Chester, CH2 4AF)

Service Families Accommodation Notice - Check Your Heating & Boiler Works

As we are approaching autumn/winter and colder weather sets in, you need to ensure the heating in your home is in good working order.
Please check that your boiler is working.

Is it firing up properly?

Are the radiators heating up?

 If have an issue, please call the  Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 (option 1) to log a repair.

For further guidance or to raise a non- urgent repair on line please see https://www.ameydefenceservices.co.uk/housing/repairs-maintenance/ 

Beat Stress - Feel Better

Practical toolkit to men's self-care and peer support, 'Beat Stress, Feel Better', covering the key areas of wellbeing such as work, relationships and home life.

MOD - Housing briefings: October - November 2018

For further details, click the links below to access the posters:

Time To Apply For Your Child's School Place For September 2019


 If your child will be starting school for the first time (Reception) in September 2019, you will need to apply for their place by 15 January 2019.

Time To Apply For Your Child's Secondary School Place - Year 7 September 2019


If your child is due to start or move school in September 2019, you can now apply for their school place. If they will be going to secondary or upper school, you will need to apply by 31 October 2018.  
Make sure you apply before the deadline for your best chance of getting your child a place at your preferred school. 


Tickets for Troops - England Women Football

Tickets now available to book at

Monday, 24 September 2018

Tickets for Troops - Events at NEC Birmingham - November 2018


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

Dale Barracks Spouses/Partners Christmas Function - Friday 30th November - Register by 5th October

The list to register interest in attending the event is located in The Unit Welfare Office, or you can call CSgt Barber on Tel: 01244 650746.

Closing date to register is Friday 5th October.


Cheshire Police Alert & Action Fraud - Fake TV Licensing emails

Friday, 21 September 2018

Chester Safe Space Launches Saturday 22nd September 2018 - 10pm-4.30am

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Chester Safe Space launches this Saturday 22nd September 2018 10pm to 4.30am near the Eastgate Clock. If you need help on a night out they are there for you.

Chester & Cheshire - The Ultimate Guide - Autumn 2018

Copies available in the Community Centre / HIVE
or
click HERE to read the digital version

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Chester & District Standard - FREE

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The Standard is out today and leads with a community's shock at the Neo-Nazi leaflet drop, as well as the 'Lord of the Rings' style machete attack story.

To read the e-version, please click HERE

Stoptober - Join the 28-day challenge - Smokefree

Stoptober is a Public Health England Campaign and part of the One You health campaign that is held every October with the aim of helping people quit smoking.
During Stoptober, there is free support on offer to help people quit including stop smoking medications, Facebook groups, an app and face to face support from local stop smoking services.
Further details can be found www.nhs.co.uk/oneyou/stoptober

Service Pupil Premium - Education Funding For State Schools

Service personnel with children in state schools in England only have until 17 January 2019 to notify schools of their children’s eligibility for the Service Pupil Premium (SPP).
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.
State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.


Pupils attract the SPP if they meet the following criteria:
  • One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • They have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011, see footnote 1
  • One of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children.
    For further information see : www.gov.uk
     
    SPP should not be used to subsidise routine school activity (trips, music lessons etc.), however, schools may choose to fund school trips just for service children, to help them enjoy their time at school and build a sense of a wider community and understanding of the role their service parent plays (e.g. with military specific trips) to help them cope with the potential strains of service life.
     

Exmoor Family Break - 16th-19th November 2018


Aura Leisure & Libraries - Employment Vacancies - Deeside, Buckley, Mold

Current Vacancies include:

Relief Leisure Attendant/Instructor - Buckley
Library Assistant Vacancies - Buckley, Flint, Deeside, Mold
Cleanier - Team Member - Flint

For further details or to apply
please click HERE

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

First Days At School Photographs - The Leader

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Starting Tuesday 25th, don't miss your First Days At School picture special in the local Leader.

How To Support a Friend or Relative with Their Mental Health

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Dale Shotokan Karate Club - Starting Wednesday 19th September

Karate

Navigating Secondary School - Online Safety Guide

Keeping up with digitally savvy teens as they progress through secondary school can be a challenge. 
To offer support, a guide has been produced to give advice on the key issues they may face and how you can encourage them to make smarter choices online.
What's in the guide?
 
The guide contains useful information for both parents and teachers

To access the guide

Employment Vacancies - Storyhouse Chester

Storyhouse Chester has employment vacancies for:

Sous Chef
Part-time Engagement Team Member

For further information, please click HERE

Are Your Dependent Children Registered on JPA?

Declaring dependent Service children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of Service housing and potential assignments.


To complete the registration process, the military member of the family should provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to their unit HR who will complete the JPA process.

Service Families Accommodation: Process of complaints

 CLICK HERE: The process for complaints about SFA services

Service Families Accommodation: Latest Charges

Please click the link below for the latest accommodation charges: 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Employment Vacancies - Brio Leisure

We’re always looking for people to join the team at their local Brio Leisure centre, and there are plenty of roles to choose from! From Leisure Attendants to Gym Instructors, Catering and Events positions and Head Office support too.

Current vacancies include:

Casual Catering Asst - Northwich
Fitness Class Instructor - Chester
Leisure Attendant - Chester/Winsford
Swim Teachers - Chester

To see all the latest vacancies, please click HERE

Children's Halloween Spooky Disco - Wednesday 31st October 5.00-6.30pm


The Flu Jab

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Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
To see further information, click HERE

amey : Job Search - North West


Current vacancies include:

1st Line - IT Support Analysts - Liverpool
Assistant Management Accountant - Manchester
Community Engagement Officer - Trafford
Assistant Engineer - North West
To see the full list, please click

Magical Woodland - 20th October - 2nd November 2018 - Blakemere Village CW8 2EB

Let your extraordinary, interactive and magical journey begin in the heart of a Cheshire woodland.  
With the woodland as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting and audio experience that is truly magical. This is a walking experience where you will embark on a journey through a 15-acre magical woodland, enjoying thousands of lights and displays as you go.
Set under the canopy of the woodland night sky.  Enjoy live entertainment from the Traveling Light Circus; spiral of lights, Aqua rhythm and the rainforest are just a few of the experiences to enjoy or have a meet and greet with Owls on your journey.
For further information or to book Tickets
please click HERE

Thursday, 13 September 2018

amey: Looking after the Armed Forces by delivering essential infrastructure and housing services


Military Establishments

Our operations across the Regional Prime contracts provide a diverse range of services including planned and response repairs tasks, estate management and grounds maintenance services, professional services and soft services (at MOD Abbey Wood and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office).

Contact us Establishment Repairs (our Regional Prime team)

  • To raise a new, non-urgent repair, click here
  • WebChat (click the message icon from the bottom right-hand corner of the page)
  • Facebook Messenger (send a private message to the team to start a chat)
  • Twitter message (send a private message to the team to start a chat)
  • Text message: 07860063405 (send a text to start a chat)
  • Telephone: 0800 707 6000 (option 2)
  • Email: RPHelpdesk@ameydefenceservices.co.uk

British Forces Germany Legacy Project


By the time the last units in 20 Armoured Brigade leave Sennelager in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 80 years. 

To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ BFG is producing a book: 
British Forces in Germany – The Lived Experience.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of military personnel, tens of thousands of civil servants and support staff from within the teaching organisations such as SCE, to civilian doctors, dentists and nurses in BFGHS / DDS to engineers and project managers from DIO have experienced life in Germany. 

Every one of these people has a tale to tell and we would like to hear them.


This is a call for you to share your lived experiences.

Please contact BFGlegacyproject@hotmail.com for further information.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Cheshire Change Hub - Quit Smoking, Lose Weight, Exercise Safely


Cheshire Change Hub is your new, local health and wellbeing service. It’s here to offer you the support you need to live a healthier, happier life.
Whether you want to quit smoking, lose weight, get more physically active or exercise safely around a special medical condition, you can access all the help and support you need through the Cheshire Change Hub.
Click HERE for full details

Smoking in The Car With Under-18's Could Land You With a £50 Fine

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To protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke, it is illegal to smoke in cars and other vehicles with someone under 18 present.
Further details can be found HERE

Check your Driving Licence - Three Checks to Carry Out or You Could Risk a £1,000 Fine

There are three checks you need to do on your driving licence otherwise you could risk a £1,000 fine if stopped by Police.
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Check the photocard driving licence expiry date

Photocard licences replaced paper licences in 1998, and must be renewed every 10 years. 

Check your correct address is on it

If you forget to update your address you could risk a £1,000 fine if stopped by the police.
Check your name is correct if you've changed it
The third check is to make sure your name is correct on your driving licence, particularly if you've changed it since getting married.
Further details can be found on the Gov.UK website

click HERE

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Jupiter Hotel / Mecure Chester Abbots Well - Vacancies for Staff


Mercure Chester Abbots Well require the following staff:

Food & Beverage Attendant
Leisure Attendant
Kitchen Attendant

Further details can be found HERE
(type Chester in location and search)

Ballet Classes for ages 2 & up - The Cheshire Country Sports Club, Chester CH2 1PR


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Call 07896 412176 to book your childs place
Further details from HERE

Singing Group - Storyhouse Chester - 17th September 2018 - 7-9pm

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Especially for people with learning disabilities/autism but open to the whole community. Venue Storyhouse in Chester,

SUPPORT FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND PTSD

HELP FOR MILITARY FAMILIES WITH THE CHALLENGES OF MENTAL ILLNESS


Are you a serving person or veteran facing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or PTSD? If so, SSAFA is here to help you feel less alone. We can also point you to specialised services that can support you.

Children & Young People - How To Deal With Bullying

The NSPCC have some great tips for parents and carers, and resources for children and young people on how to deal with bullying.