Monday, 18 December 2017

Cheshire West & Chester Council - Free Flu Vaccine

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Service Pupil Premium 2018 - Updated Information


This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England.

If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date.

You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. (Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service should be classed as Service children) This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database. For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244.

SSAFA Office - At the Dale

There is a SSAFA office at The Dale.  
It is run by:
Julie Magee
Tel: 01244 650925

The Office is open:
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 12.30

For further information about SSAFA visit:

Friday, 15 December 2017

Royal British Legion Events 2018

There are lots of events throughout the year including commemorative and Remembrance events, fundraising activities and those that are just plain fun.

Little Troopers - Tri Service Separation Packs

BRAND NEW Tri-service Separation Packs

Tri-service Separation Packs are now available! Perfect for any British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force family (regular or reserve)
Suitable for short or long separations;
World map & Stickers
10 x Chuff Charts Sheets & complete stickers
6 x Illustrated Postcards
Photo Frame
Little Trooper passport
Separation Booklet

View more and order here.....

Pupil information profile for Military Service Children

The Pupil information profile (PIP) form is a transfer document which is consistent for all pupils in any school setting to support specific aspects of a pupil’s background and learning.
It contains core information that supports a young person’s future learning as s/he moves to a new school. It also signposts the receiving school to any further additional, significant information about the young person. 

It contains information that supports a young person’s future learning and parents are encouraged to bring this to the attention of their child’s school about using it as a helpful tool, when the child is about to move to another school. It is intended to support continuous learning by identifying the pupil’s current and future learning needs.

Service Leavers Guide

This booklet has been produced to provide help and advice on a range of topics as you plan for your transition to civilian life. It aims to give useful information on the sort of help you can  get, who can provide it and the action you need to take

The Winter 2017 issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now!


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC)

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans.

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.

For full details please see these links 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Update


Financial Top Tips for Service Personnel

Service personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. This guidance provides service personnel and their families with top tips on getting a fair deal when they need to access financial services.

Includes advice on loans, credit ratings, mortgages, insurance related items and BFPO addresses. Read further HERE

JSHAO Housing Brief - Tidworth Garrison - Wednesday 7th Feb 2018

Monday, 4 December 2017

Army Families Federation (aff) - Does the Army Families' 'Offer' meet the needs of the modern Army family? Closing date of survey 14 Jan 18

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is appealing to all Army families to take their latest survey and say whether they feel the package offered to them eases the impact that Service life can have. 

The charity is exploring various elements of the current package, or 'Offer' available to families, and how they translate to Army family life. This includes how aware families are of policies such as subsidised military housing, educational allowances, and healthcare policies such as support with assisted conception.

It also seeks to discover what more families feel needs to be done to improve life as a modern Army family.

CLICK HERE to take the survey

Thursday, 30 November 2017

AFF - Army Families' Concerns Jan-Jun 2017

The latest edition of AFF's biannual evidence report, Families' Concerns has now been sent to key contacts and decision makers.
Filled with information, facts and figures provided by Army families, this influential report ensures their experiences are understood at every level. It covers our main areas of work: housing, employment & Training, Education & Childcare, Foreign & Commonwealth and Health & Additional needs - you'll also find a summary of our key surveys and meetings for the period, as well as an overview from Chief Executive Sara Baade.

To read the report, please click HERE

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the  UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.

We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.

For further information, to ask for help or to volunteer your services, CLICK HERE

Army spouses to be the focus for new AFF employment project

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The Army Families Federation is delighted to announce a new Employment Research project in partnership with the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick.  

After a competitive tender process, the charity has chosen Warwick to conduct research into the real and perceived barriers to employment for Army families. This highly regarded institution will be conducting surveys and interviews with Army spouses and key stakeholders to find out more about the support needed to assist military families into fulfilling careers.

Clear Off Before You Drive Off .......

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Armed Forces Accommodation Allowance - Income Tax Exemption

For Information please click on link below:

Do you receive an Armed Forces Pension?

Have HM Revenue & Customs used the correct primary source of income to calculate your Tax Code?

For more information use the link below:

Measles Outbreak in Leeds & Liverpool

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There is an outbreak of measles in both Leeds and Liverpool. This infectious viral illness is easily spread and can lead to complications particularly in people with other conditions.

Ask your GP for the free vaccine if you, or your children, haven’t had 2 doses already.

The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you're infected. You can read a full list of symptoms here:

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Invictus Games - Sydney, Austrailia 20th-27th October 2018

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will bring together more than 500 competitors from 18 nations to compete in ten sports; archery, athletics, powerlifting, indoor rowing, road cycling, sailing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
To be eligible to compete in the Invictus Games, you must be an active service member or veteran from one of the participating nations, who has been wounded, injured or become ill during or as a direct result of your service.
For further information, please click HERE

Chester & District Girls FC - Girls Football - U11's - Friday's at Kings School

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Carillionamey - non-urgent housing repair requests

You can now log a new non-urgent Housing repair request, quickly and easily, via an online form available on our website without calling our Customer Service Centre. All New Requests will be responded to within 1 working day: follow the link:

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Army Families Federation's Army & You Magazine - Winter 2017

To read the on-line edition
please click HERE

Copies available at

Driving Test Changes from December 2017

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On 4 December 2017, the practical driving test will change – here’s all you need to know…

Highways England - Car Safety Checks

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Fraud Alert - WatsApp

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WhatsApp users beware of fake messages that warns your “subscription will be ending soon”

It’s a con to steal banking details!

• Ignore 

• Delete and Block 

 Don't click the link 

Further details can be found HERE

Friday, 17 November 2017

Career Opportunities - AGC (SPS) Soldiers

Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for military personnel

Baby Ballroom Classes - Friday mornings 10am - Christleton Parish Hall

Learn to dance Ballroom, Latin & Jive with your baby!

Suitable for babies of any age providing they are in a safe carrier/sling designed for their age & weight
Further details and price information can be found HERE

Moneypenny in Wrexham - Recruiting for PA's

Moneypenny handles calls on behalf of businesses, removing the unwelcome answering machine or unreliable mobile connection by providing that all-important human contact for customers. 

Moneypenny require staff with a confident telephone manner, excellent speaking voice, common sense (and lots of it!), confidence with computers, attention to detail, team player and a sense of humour always helps.
For further details or to apply, please click

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Upton URC - Babies and Toddlers - Every Wednesday 1.30-2.45 (during term time)

Babies and Todlers
Further activity information can be found HERE

Fake RSPCA websites advertising premium rate numbers

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is warning the public about rogue websites advertising fake premium rate numbers for their cruelty line. 
Further details can be found:

Monday, 13 November 2017

Free Story App for all British Armed Forces

We wanted to brighten your Monday and let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

For further information -

Friday, 10 November 2017

Service Family Hot Topics - October 2017

Click on this link: Service Families Newsletter Oct 17 to view latest issue of Service Family Hot Topics

Carillionamey - Simple Steps for Winter Prep

Go Ape - DDS Discount

Go Ape offer members of Defence Discount Service a 10% discount on Forest Segways and Tree Top Adventures Sundays to Fridays inclusive. To find out more and how to book visit:

Army Mediation Service

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Chester Social Run Group - Mondays 6.15pm

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Every Monday at 6.15pm from the Up and Running Store on Bridge Street Row. All abilities welcome. 5k and 10k options available.

Free juice and biscuits after the run and also Free T-Shirt after your fifth run with us.

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

Further details can be found here: