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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Army Families Federation (aff) - Families Concerns Report Jan-Jun 18

Read the latest edition of our Families’ Concerns report, based on more than 7,000 enquiries from Army families received in the first half of 2018.
Discover what families’ biggest housing issues are, as well as the latest trends emerging around money and allowances, employment, education and much more.
Click here to read this report.

Cheshire Constabulary - Employment Vacancies

We currently have a range of job vacancies within the Constabulary including Help Desk Officers, Intelligence Officers and Vehicle Technicians Visit our website for more information:

Cheshire Constabulary - Get Safe Online

If your profile isn’t set to private, think about who might see it and what others could find out about you. That goes for location settings on your phone and apps too

A Brand New Badminton Club (for children aged 5-11)- Northgate Arena - Tuesdays

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A brand new badminton club is starting up at the Northgate Arena in Chester all children welcome aged between 5 & 11 years and of any ability. Equipment will be provided, first session is FREE! 

Meet The Army - Army Engagement Group

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) pages on GOV.UK

The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) pages on GOV.UK are now live and can be accessed at the following link DCYP GOV.UK
DCYP was established in 2010 to provide a single Ministry of Defence (MOD) focus for all issues related to service children and young people. Service children are the children of serving service personnel but DCYP also has a responsibility for the children of MOD UK based civilians and sponsored organisations serving outside of the UK.
The work of DCYP falls in to the 6 broad areas of responsibility listed below:
  1. strategic direction and policy
  2. provision of high quality education in MOD schools and settings
  3. safeguarding children and young people
  4. supporting the Armed Forces Covenant
  5. direct support and advice to service families with advice on a wide range of education matters
  6. educational psychology and social work services

 A full explanation of these and any other aspect of education that falls under the DCYP remit can be accessed from the GOV.UK website.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Rainbows - 4th Chester St Mary's - Spaces for Girls 5-7 years. Handbridge

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St Mary's Community Centre, Handbridge, Chester

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Get MOT Reminders by Text Message

Sign up to get free reminders by text message or email when your MOT is due.
You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due. You’ll get another reminder if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
For further information or to sign up
click HERE

CTP - Employment Bulletin - North West & North Wales - October 2018

To read the latest CTP Employment Bulletin please
click HERE

The Defence Medical Welfare Service

Defence Medical Welfare Service is an independent charity providing practical and emotional support to the Armed Forces community when they receive medical treatment, to ensure no one goes through the worry of illness and injury alone.

For 24 hour support call 0800 999 3697 or to

 find out more please click HERE

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Scholarships for children whose parent died in service

You can apply for help with the costs of further and higher education if all of the following are true:
  • one of your parents died as a result of their service in the armed forces
  • your parent died on or after 1 January 1990
  • you’re 16 or over and in full-time education
  • you or a surviving parent receive bereavement benefits from the Armed Forces Compensation scheme, War Pension scheme or Armed Forces Attributable Benefits scheme

You cannot apply if you were the foster child of the person who died.

For further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/support-military-bereaved-children

Resettlement Magazine - Quest Oct/Nov Edition

Cooking Made Simple - Starting 5th November 10-12 - Holy Trinity Church Hall, Blacon

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

Monday, 15 October 2018

Royal Mail - Christmas Casual Temp Worker - Chester Mail Centre, Jupiter Drive

Christmas Casuals
A Christmas jumper, festive online shopping, a letter headed to the North Pole. There are all kinds of exciting parcels and letters to look forward to this Christmas. Joining as a Christmas temporary worker at one of our mail centres, you’ll be helping to sort these items for 29 million addresses across the UK.
A mix of full and part time indoor sorting positions on early, late and night shifts will be available from early November through until 23rd December at a number of sites across the UK. To spread festive cheer this season, and make a little extra for yourself too, please search and apply online now.
Details HERE

Symptons of Sepsis

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Muay Thai Kick Boxing - Saltney

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Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning - Chester Zoo - Second & Fourth Mondays (Next Session 22nd October 2018)

In partnership with and delivered by Alzheimer’s Society & supported by Upton Dene Residential and Nursing Home

    Join us on the second and fourth Mondays of every month for a chance to enjoy a cuppa and a chat with someone from Alzheimer’s Society with a view of our rhinos, warthogs and Asian elephants.
    Bembe Coffee Shop is in the Diamond Jubilee Quarter, which is FREE to access. It's right by the main entrance which has plenty of FREE parking too.
    Join us on the second and fourth Mondays of every month for a chance to enjoy a cuppa with a view of our rhinos, warthogs and Asian elephants.
    Further details can be found HERE

    Friday, 12 October 2018

    Get Ready for Christmas 2018 - Latest Recommended Posting Dates Christmas 2018

    BFPO Latest Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

    BFPO is pleased to confirm the latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail and eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS).

    CLICK HERE for the latest recommended posting dates for mail to BFPO addresses overseas, and the latest recommended dates by which mail should reach the UK from BFPO overseas locations for delivery by Christmas. 

    Some limited service locations may not have a BFPO to UK service.

    Children's Grief Awareness Week - 15th to 21st November 2018

    Children's Grief Awareness Week 2018 will run from 15-21 November with the theme #RememberWhen

    The Week is a chance for us to come together to show our support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations across the UK will be raising awareness of the grieving children in their community, and those supporting them.

    The theme for the Week is #RememberWhen – encouraging families to share memories together of the person who has died. Whether it’s a place, a joke, a food or a story, we’re giving children and young people a chance to talk about their loved one, and to find out more about them from friends and family. Organisations supporting bereaved children can use the Week to showcase some of the memory work they do with families.

    The Childrens' Bereavement Network is delighted to be teaming up with Grief Encounter to coordinate a whole week of activities. We will be active on social media, helping people raise awareness in their area. Local services can use the Week to show solidarity with children, young people and their families; raise awareness of their needs and how to help; and fundraise for their service.

    AFCU - Contact Magazine - Autumn 2018 Edition

    Contact Magazine has been running for many years and is issued three times a year.  It is intended to not only benefit members of AFCU but primarily the wider Defence community and their families, including personnel deployed on operations.  Contact Magazine aims to point to the grace and love of God and the message of the Good News of the Gospel, seen through the lived experiences of serving Christians.  Contact Magazine is designed to be read and passed on and to be accessible to friends and colleagues.  It is also hoped that Contact will be an encouragement to serving AFCU members, “as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).

    To read the latest edition, please click HERE
    or pop into the HIVE

    Amey - Local Customer Service Centre Opening Times - Dale Bks

    Thursday, 11 October 2018

    MOD Schools across Europe celebrate exam success

    Congratulations to the students and staff of the MOD’s secondary schools across Europe on another year of excellent examination results. The three schools in Cyprus and Germany, who follow the English National Curriculum, and Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, who follow the Scottish Curriculum have all achieved high levels of excellence.

    Queen Victoria School, Scotland achieved the following:

    * 88 % success rate with A-C pass grades in Advanced Higher
    * 69% students leaving school with 5+ Highers with pass grades A-C
    * 83 % students leaving school with 3+ Highers with pass grades A-C
    * 87% pass rate for all National 5 examinations in S4
    * 100% pass rate for all National 4 examinations in S4

    “I am delighted with the QVS examination performance again this year. They are a testament to the hard working staff at QVS; both the teachers and the pastoral team. As always, we strive for further improvements and look forward to more success in the future”, said Head teacher Donald Shaw.

    King’s School, Germany achieved the following:

    * Student progress measures concurrent with the top 10% of performing schools in England*
    * 76 % of students with combined GCSE pass (Grade 4 or better) in both English and Mathematics
    * 65% of students with a good GCSE pass (Grade 5 or better) in Mathematics and English Language
    * 73 % of all A Level qualifications (and vocational equivalent) with grades A*-C
    * 72% of all A Level (and vocational equivalent) students secured or exceeded their target

    Headteacher Emma Byson said: “These results are a testament to the dedication, talent and positive attitudes of our students, supported by their teachers and parents. The standards have been continuously raised, ensuring that our students are prepared not only for their exams, but the next phase of their lives.”

    St John’s School, Cyprus achieved the following:

    * Student progress measures concurrent with the top 20% of performing schools in England*
    * 79% of students with combined GCSE pass (Grade 4 or better) in both English and Mathematics
    * 76% of students with a good pass (Grade 5 or better) in GCSE English Language
    * 25% of all GCSE grades at grade A or better (Grades 7-9)
    * 79% of all A Level qualifications (and vocational equivalent) with grades A*-C

    Acting Principal Alex Kerr said, “This is all due to the hard work of the students, their teachers and the support of their families here in our unique context. We have again ensured that the students who we teach are able to go to their exciting next steps in life.”

    King Richard School, Cyprus achieved the following;

    * Student progress measures concurrent with the top 10% of performing schools in England*
    * 85% of students with combined GCSE pass (Grade 4 or better) in both English and Mathematics
    * 77% of students with a strong pass (Grade 5 or better) in GCSE Mathematics
    * 30% of all GCSE grades at grade A or better (Grades 7-9)
    * 75% of all A Level qualifications (and vocational equivalent) with grades A*-C

    Acting Principal Richard Sproson said: “We are very confident that these results will continue to show how students at KRS make progress significantly beyond expectations. Every national measure seems to have been exceeded once again this year. This is due to the hard work of both students and staff”.

    Carole Yates, Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) Senior Principal MOD Schools says: “I remain delighted that our young people continue to flourish and achieve their potential in our MOD Schools.”

    Just for Her Magazine - Issue 19

    The UK Forces ‘Just for Her’ is a quarterly, A4, full colour glossy directory.  It is designed for the wives, girlfriends and female serving personnel of the RAF, Army and Navy.
    It contains something for everyone with articles on craft tips, hair styles, health and beauty, recipes, competitions and exhibitions. 
    Copies available at the HIVE/Community Centtre

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018

    Recruit for Spouses - Latest Vacancies

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    Recruit For Spouses have vacancies all over the UK and even working from home.

    To view the latest jobs, CLICK HERE

    Monday, 8 October 2018

    Aramark - Possible Jobs at Dale Barracks

    AFF Media

    New to Army life? We want to hear from you! 

    Army&You’s spring edition will focus on the challenges that young partners and spouses face.

    What were your first impressions? What’s good/bad about the Forces community? Where do you go for support and information? 

    To take part, email deped@aff.org.uk or PM us on our social media channels @ArmyandYou

    Manchester Christmas Market - 9th November - 22 December 2018

    This award winning Christmas market is one of the largest in the UK. For five magical weeks, it winds its way through some of Manchester's most eye-catching streets and squares. 

    Dates 9 November to 22 December.

    Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Market.

    Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.

    The Christmas Markets are located in 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere:

    Albert Square | Brazennose Street | St Ann’s Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | The Corn Exchange | King Street | Market Street | Exchange Square | Cathedral Gardens

    Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets returns this winter offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city.

    With nearly 350 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spanning 10 distinctive market sites across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all.

    Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys. The choice is getting bigger every year. European and local producers offer everything from fine amber jewellery, handcrafted leather bags and top-quality bonsai trees, to handmade Belgian kitchenware, framed photo prints and French soaps.

    Friday, 5 October 2018

    Veterans UK Services

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    To visit the Veterans UK website, CLICK HERE

    Thursday, 4 October 2018

    Tuesday, 2 October 2018

    Cheshire West & Chester Household Waste & Recycling Centre - Change of opening hours for the Winter Season

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    The opening times for HWRCs will be changing over the winter season. From Monday 1st October 2018, all sites will open at 8am and close at 4pm
    To find all CWAC HWRCs please click

    Cheshire Constabulary - Fraud Warning - Fortnite

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    Do you or your kids play Fortnite? Beware of fraudsters offering free Vbucks. They will seek access to your account and create charges or may ask for your phone number and sign you up to premium rate subscriptions. 
    Be careful with your personal data.


    AWS CS - Family and Youth Clubs

    Monday's class will start on 24th September

    Cheshire Constabulary - Recruitment Vacancies for Police Staff

    Police Staff - Cleaner at Chester Town Hall (part-time)
    Police Staff - Helpdesk Officer, Runcorn (full time)
    Police Staff - Rape Unit Operations Officer in Winsford (job share/fixed term)

    To see a list of all vacancies, including the above
    please click HERE

    Armed Forces Covenant - What You Need To Know

    To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant, view the new video which provides an insight into what you need to know about the Armed Forces Covenant​:


    Monday, 1 October 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 MOD Education Support Fund, 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 supporting the fund, as part of the MOD’s commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. Read the Instructions and Guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria.
    For further information around the Education Support Fund and access to the application pack, please

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

    A reminder that following the announcement by the Defence Secretary that the ESF would be extended for an additional two years, the bidding round for 2019 opened 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 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

    HALO Survey

    Supporting Service children moving between schools in England

    Supporting Service children moving between schools in England

    In collaboration between the Department for Education and the MoD's Directorate for Children and Young People there will be changes to the Common Transfer File (CTF) from this month, September 2018. The CTF is the means by which state schools and local authorities in England transfer pupil data when a pupil moves from one school to another. 

    From September 2018:

    When a school receives a CTF with the Service Child flag indicator set to 'Yes', an alert will be raised asking that a) the appropriate member of staff be informed of the identity of the Service child joining the school and b) where the concerns section in the 'Service Child' section of the CTF has not been completed, that the appropriate member of staff be informed and advised to contact the CTF sending school for clarification.

    A 'Service Child' section has been added to the CTF that asks additional questions based around a child's response to moving school, parental deployment and parental separation due to extended training periods or other forms of duty. A free text box has also been added in which a school can include details about any concerns, gaps in education, strengths of the child, etc. 

    These developments are designed to help schools manage the transfer of Service children and ensure a greater continuity of education and pastoral support. Any enquiries should be addressed to: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk

    Reading Force - Autumn Update

    It’s back to school time all over the country. The new academic year ahead seems a good time to remind you of both why we began encouraging Forces families to read together – as well as the wider benefits of getting involved.

    We started Reading Force because a shared experience over a book is a brilliant way to be in touch. Talking about a book you are reading, or sharing it over Skype, can provide common ground for conversations about many other things. Forces families face a lot of change, and sometimes it can be hard to keep contact going – children can be angry to find their parent deployed or that there is yet another move coming up. Talking about a shared book can take the heat out of the situation, enabling families to connect – and giving them something to talk about. Sharing a book also provides the opportunity to draw in the wider family – grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, who might not otherwise be in regular contact.

    We have been running Reading Force since 2011 and know it works. Families tell us that they feel more connected, more in touch. And another benefit is that everyone’s reading improves. In the longer term, life outcomes are better for readers: they tend to be more articulate, safer – and earn more. 

    Remember too that the scheme is available free to all Forces families, including the families of separated and divorced Service people, veterans and reservists. We’ve had many families who have repeatedly taken part since we started. And because each year they have shared a book together and compiled a scrapbook, they now have a collection of scrapbooks from the last seven years as special mementos. 

    So this new academic year, why not think about how your Forces family could benefit from Reading Force – and how you might not only enjoy a fun experience, but also produce something that in the future you will really cherish? A resolution to take part might be all you need. 

    Get in touch to receive a free scrapbook and free book at www.readingforce.org.uk

    Copies will be available from the HIVE after the October half term.

    East Resettlement Magazine - Autumn 2018 Issue

    Welcome to the Autumn 2018 issue of Easy Resettlement magazine.

    In this issue we are very pleased to be able to promote and recognise the 51 companies that have achieved a Gold Award as part of the MOD's Employer Recognition Scheme Award. Now in its fifth year The 'Gold Awards' are for businesses and organisations that have shown outstanding support for the military community and the Armed Forces Covenant. These include businesses, charities and public sector bodies. Easy Resettlement has been featuring various winners over the years, to highlight the achievements of these companies and to encourage service leavers to be positive about their resettlement process.

    Many companies attend such events as the CTP employment fairs and actively look to recruit service leavers and veterans because of your very transferable skills you have picked up whilst in service. Our Winter issue will look back at some of the previous Gold Award winners as well as including information on some of the new winners of this coveted award.