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Friday, 28 September 2018

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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

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

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,



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. 

Monday, 10 September 2018

Chester Great Outdoors Club

We are a friendly group of like-minded people based in and around Chester who share a passion for outdoor activities.  Our main activities are walking, biking (both mountain and road) and climbing, but events range from scrambling and caving, through to canoeing, surfing, sailing, and skiing. We welcome enthusiastic new members of all interests and abilities.  
If you're interested and want to know more, please click HERE

The Chester Grosvenor - Recruitment opportunities - Room Attendant, Waiter/Waitress and Others

The Chester Grosvenor is one of the finest five star hotels in the North of England. With an outstanding Michelin-starred restaurant and bustling Parisian-style brasserie, award winning spa and extensive meetings and events space, it is also the heart of the beautiful city of Chester.

Current opportunities are listed HERE

Friday, 7 September 2018

5th Blacon Souts Starting Tuesday 11th September - Holy Trinity Church Hall, Blacon

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Holy Trinity Church, Norris Road, Blacon, CH1 5DZ.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

2nd Chester Girls Brigade - Upton URC - Mondays during term-time


MOD and Samaritans launch pocket support book for Armed Forces

A new pocket guide has been launched to help the Armed Forces spot and support those who may be struggling with their mental health and considering suicide.

The guide, jointly launched by Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence, gives advice on how to identify signs that someone may be having difficulties, suggests ways of offering support, and gives information on where help can be found.

The guide builds on the range of support already available to Service personnel who are struggling with their mental health, including access to specialist mental health care, training and education on good mental fitness.

Specifically designed to promote peer support amongst those serving, the guide champions “looking after your mates”, and covers:

  • Identifying someone struggling to cope with mental health issues
  • Understanding the complexity of suicide
  • Knowing when to intervene, support and report
  • Where to get further support, including the Samaritans service, whose volunteers are available any time, via phone and email or in person at the charity’s 201 branches, and the recently launched Combat Stress 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline.

Samaritans and the MOD have announced several joint initiatives to offer training and support to Serving personnel, veterans, and their families who are struggling with mental health issues.

The Samaritans programme has been funded by £3.5m of LIBOR money, and the guide is the latest part of this programme. A separate booklet is set to be launched for veterans, and the wider military community.

The next stage of the project will include the launch of other peer support tools, specially designed training courses for military personnel and a confidential webchat service. Training for Samaritans volunteers on how address mental health in a military environment will also be introduced.

The booklet will also help personnel spot signs that colleagues may be having suicidal thoughts and provides information on how such a situation should be approached, and where support is available.

The Ministry of Defence is now spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for personnel. In February of this year, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline for serving personnel and their families, funded by the MOD and run by the charity Combat Stress.
Click HERE to read the pocket support book

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Mental Health Awareness App for Veterans

Following the successful launch of the innovative Joining Forces Mental Health Awareness app for Serving Military Personnel, a similar app is now also available for veterans. 

The Veterans Mental Heath app includes help and guidance on key mental conditions, much like the Joining Forces app. 

It also features videos of veterans telling their own stories. One veteran who has used the app said: It really helped me to know I am not alone. 

The app can be download for free on Apple or Android devices and users can receive guidance and identify with those in similar situations. 

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing access to mental health services to members of the armed forces, their families and veterans. 

This includes access to the Combat Stress 24-hour helpline, e-learning packages for GPs, and the Big White Wall, an online service providing help 24/7.

Support for Armed Forces Personnel from Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. 

A selection of AA leaflets and pamphlets are available to read online, download or print. Click the links below to access the pamphlets.

AA Armed Services member (UK) Brian'a Story

AA Armed Services member (UK) Fred's Story

AA Service Personnel flyer

AA Veterans flyer 

AA Member pamphlet 1 - Is AA for you?

AA Member pamphlet 2 - Now that you've stopped

AA Member pamphlet 3 - Who me?

AA Member pamphlet 4 - 15 Points

AA Member pamphlet 5 - A newcomer asks

Child Benefit Information

You are entitled to Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).

Only one person can claim Child Benefit for a child. 

You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office. 

You may have to pay a tax charge if your or your partner’s individual income is over £50,000. 

You can choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form because:
it will help you get National Insurance credits which count towards your State Pension, it will ensure your child is registered to get a National Insurance number when they’re 16 years old
CLICK HERE for the full details and updates....

Armed Forces - Foreign & Commonwealth families CLICK HERE to check details of how to claim. Details can be found in the What benefits can I claim? section.

Reading Force

Whether your family is at home together or apart because of deployment, training, or distance, taking part in Reading Force brings you closer together. Reading the same book, talking about it and sharing your thoughts, and making a scrapbook is fun for everyone and will be a shared experience you will always remember. 

Reading Force is free for all Service families, Reserves, Cadets, and Ex-Service families. It is fun and easy to take part. Friends can participate too. Find out how to join in.

Colouring Club - Storyhouse - Next Session Thursday 13th September 2018

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

Chester Social Run Group - Mondays 6.15pm

Up & Running aims to provide support for runners of all abilities through membership of its Social Run Group (SRG).
If you want to start running, if you need to find someone to run with or would just like to be part of a fun and friendly group, then we can help. SRG gives you the opportunity to run in a group, free of charge, with the support and motivation of the Up & Running team – and be part of the running community.
Every Monday at 6.15pm from the Up and Running Store on Bridge Street Row, Chester. All abilities welcome. 5k and 10k options available.
Free juice and biscuits after the run.

A great way to kick start your week, every week.

Further details can be found here: http://srg.upandrunning.co.uk/runs/

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Get Safe Online ...

The Services Cotswold Centre - Short Term & Emergency Tri-Service Accommodation

Click HERE for further information

Apply for free school meals

Check if your child can get free school meals in England and find out how to apply on your local authority’s website.