Thursday, 29 June 2017

Civvy Street - The Royal British Legion Employability Service

CivvyStreet are The Royal British Legion’s online Employability service which is available at www.civvystreet.org. As well as a wealth of information about funding, careers and employment, registration provides beneficiaries with a personal account with access to several interactive services such as an online CV builder, thousands of current job vacancies, funding such as The Royal British Legion Employment Support Grant Scheme and a mentoring service.

Did you know that if a spouse or partner needs assistance with funding to complete a course leading to employment, they can also apply for funding as well as access all the other services.  Please tell them about CivvyStreet and ask them to register at www.civvystreet.org

For more information, please visit the website www.civvystreet.org and be sure to visit our Twitter & Facebook pages for up to date posts about CivvyStreet.

Our Community - Our Covenant


See the 2nd Edition of the Covenant Report HERE

The Countryside Code

Please respect the local community and other people using the outdoors. Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods

To read the Countryside Code, please click HERE

National Cycle Network - Chester to Connah's Quay

This route connects the historic city of Chester to the Wharf at Connah's Quay. The path takes you along an old railway line and is an attrative ride from the north side of Chester out into the Wirral's rich arable farmlands.

A copy of the route can be found HERE

Cheshire West & Chester Council - School Readiness

For help preparing your child for school please see the West Cheshire Children’s Trust School Readiness booklet below. School readiness can mean different things to different people. The aim of the booklet is to provide an understanding of how parents, carers and practitioners can help children to be ready for school.

Click HERE to see the booklet

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Cheshire West & Chester School Term Dates 2017-2018

The local authority is responsible for setting dates for community and voluntary controlled schools. In the interests of consistency for families across the borough, the Council would recommend the adoption of these dates by voluntary aided, foundation, academy and free schools.


If you require a printed copy, please ask the HIVE or
To see a copy the school term dates, please click HERE

Little Troopers Treasures - NEW APP


Record your face, your voice and capture the beautifully illustrated book pages to well-known stories from Harper Collins Children’s Books, your child can then watch and listen over and over again to your recordings. 
Additional feature of a memory box where special messages can be recorded and saved for those days and occasions that might be missed.
Although we believe all ages will love using Little Troopers Treasures, the app has been designed with Little Troopers under 9 years old in mind.




The Royal British Legion Poppy Shop


Poppy Shop is the online store for The Royal British Legion and all purchases made from the Poppy Shop help to fund the work of the Legion, providing practical support and advice to Service personnel, past and present, and their families.
The Legion spends nearly £1.4 million a week delivering health and welfare support so every penny helps. Please include a donation when you reach the checkout.
More information about The Royal British Legion and its work can be found on the Legion's website at www.britishlegion.org.uk and in the video below:

Skills & Employability Programme for 15-24 year olds in Chester

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Further information can be found HERE

Monday, 26 June 2017

AFF Reassures Families of Fire Safety in Multi-storey SFA


AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.

Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.

AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”

Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on housing@aff.org.uk

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit www.aff.org.uk

Friday, 23 June 2017

AFCU - Contact magazine - Summer 2017 edition

Copy available at the HIVE
or
click HERE to read the digital version

Get Safe Online - Switched on Parent

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Further information about how to keep children safe online this summer can be found HERE

Cyber Bullying & Safety Facts

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Scam e-mail - Fake BT bills

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This is a Fake BT bill that's being received in emails. It downloads Dridex banking malware without a webpage being opened


BT will never send you an email with an attachment


Further information about Phishing emails and how to report it click HERE


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The government is committed to supporting the armed forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the covenant. The covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.
For more information please visit Armed Forces Covenant.

Defence Discount Service - Nissan are Offering Discount on their New Cars, Available in all Nissan Dealers!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Supporting the UNSUNG HERO - University of Wolverhampton

Veterans' Gateway


New Veterans Gateway website is being officially launched on 20th June called Veterans Gateway.

It  is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is made up of a consortium or organisations and Armed Forces Charities including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Our connection with additional key referral organisations - both within and outside the Armed Forces sector - means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.

Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Are You Aware of The Units in Your Drink?



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Recognising Childhood Illnesses



Click HERE for a visual guide

A Welfare Guide for Service Leavers - Transition to Civilian Life

The resettlement services delivered by the CTP focus very much on supporting Service leavers through the transition of leaving the Armed Forces whether that comes after just a few years’ Service or a full career spanning over 20 years. The majority of those leaving the Forces enter the civilian employment market, some take time out to study and some simply retire. Whatever your chosen pathway when you leave, there are other important factors to consider too such as looking for a home, locating schools for children, organising your finances, right down to registering with a doctor and a dentist.

To access the on-line guide, please click HERE

Monday, 12 June 2017

Walking for Health - Countess of Chester Country Park - Tuesday & Thursday

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Why not join the Countess of Chester Country Park friendly weekly walks and become more active? Every Tuesday and Thursday they meet at 1.30pm at the car park. They roughly walk to 2.5 miles at a steady pace but they do get you there step by step. It's all FREE and you can just turn up.
Find more about the activities HERE

Friday, 9 June 2017

Don't Get Caught by a Smishing Scam

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Carillionamey - The Walk Away Scheme

Click HERE for more information

Carillionamey Move In/Move Out





Move In/Move Out 

Everything you need to know about Moving In and Moving Out of your Service Family Accommodation SFA to ensure that you know exactly what is required from you 

Click HERE for move in information
Click HERE for move out information

NHS Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community



Click HERE for full details

SFA: Self Help Video Guide for Boilers, Radiators and Electricity

CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Boilers




CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Radiators



CarillionAmey Self Help Guide - Electricity


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Employment - Support Workers - Starcare Ltd

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Further details of all vacancies can be found HERE

SLI365 - Service Life Insurance





Leaflets available at the HIVE or click HERE for further details

Sunshine Under 5's Nursery, Percival Road, The Dale

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Sunshine Under 5's currently have places available..£10.50/£9.50 (dependant upon age) per session 9:30-12:30 Term Time Only (2yr old and 3yr old Funded places available too!)

Further details can be found HERE

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

COBSEO The Confederation of Service Charities



Cobseo, as the Confederation of Service Charities, provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community. This allows Cobseo members to interact with all interested parties and especially to cooperate and collaborate with others in order to provide the best possible level of support to our beneficiaries.
Find out more HERE

Defence Discount Service - Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Show your Defence Privilege Card at their Visitor Information Centre (near Gap/Levis) when you arrive and they will give you a Privilege card entitling you to 10% off at most stores across the centre!

For further information about Defence Discount Sevice and to sign up, click on the link below:
Defence Discount Service

Cheshire Oaks is approximately 4 miles from Dale Barracks, for further information visit:

http://www.mcarthurglen.com/uk/cheshire-oaks-designer-outlet/en/


Please note:  Defence Discount Service is the ONLY MOD's discount-endorsed scheme


Big White Wall

Click HERE for full details

SSAFA - Adoption Agency


For further information, visit:
https://www.ssafa.org.uk/how-we-help/adoption-and-fostering/adoption/