Monday, 31 July 2017

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Greggs - Part time team member vacancies - Greyhound Retail Park and Frodsham Street Chester


Greggs Team Members are the face and voice of our organisation, engaging with our customers and offering a fantastic shopping experience no matter what time of day. This means a passion for delivering fast and friendly service, pride in preparing our much loved products and keeping the shop clean and tidy; of course they’ll be time for some fun along the way.

For further information or to apply, please click HERE

Games Afternoon - Wednesday 9th August 2017 or Craft Making Morning - Wednesday 16th August 2017

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New Evening session available for people with Borderline Diabetes - Wednesday 30th August 2017

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Merseyside Employment Initiative - Monday 11th September 2017

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Tickets for Troops - Jimmy Car Live - 29th Aug 2017 - Lyceum Threatr Crewe

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 or to enter the ballot, please click HERE

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

FREE Family Learning Course at the Hughes Centre - Literacy (English)


Kids go Free at Arley Arboretum & Gardens All through the Summer holidays

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Every day from Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 2nd September your little ones can explore the Arboretum as part of our Summer Safari Season with FREE Entry


Further details can be found HERE

Recruitment of Wholetime Firefighters in Cheshire

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service will soon be opening a wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign and are encouraging prospective applicants to be prepared in advance of the campaign launch.
Dates for the recruitment process will be published shortly.
Further details can be found HERE

V&A Museum, London - Pop Art in Print Exhibition at the Old Chester Library 28th July - 22nd October 2017

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Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Pop Art in Print Exhibition is at the old Chester Library from this Friday 28th July till Saturday 28th October 2017. More information is available here:https://www.chestervisualarts.com/

Army Welfare Service Youth Club Activities - September-October 2017


Army Welfare Services - What's On Guide - August 2017


Armed Forces Covenant survey



The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page, 
https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk   

The Sandbag Times - The Online Magazine written by Veterans for Veterans



The Online Magazine written by Veterans for Veterans
The Sandbag Times brings you all the latest national and international Armed Forces and Veterans news. With insights each week into Veterans Charities, organisations, events and lots more.

To read the on-line edition, please click HERE

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

FREE Sports Sessions for Boys & Girls 7-14 year old's, Wealstone Lane Field, Upton - 4th August 2017 1-3pm


Cheshire West & Chester - Regular Activities at Upton Library

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Regular activities

  • Monday
  • Tablet and laptop tuition2.15pm - 3.15pm, weekly. One to one beginners sessions for those new to tablets or just getting started with a laptop. Booking is essential.
  • Tuesday
  • Under 5s Rhymetime2.15 - 2.45pm, term time only.
  • Happy hourBorrow two DVDs for the price of one every Tuesday and Friday 5.30 - 6.30pm.
  • Wednesday
  • Scrabble club10am - 12pm fortnightly
  • Thursday
  • Knit and natter group11.30am - 12.30pm.
  • Friday
  • Under 5s Storytime2.15 - 2.45pm term time only.
  • Happy hourBorrow two DVDs for the price of one every Tuesday and Friday 5.30 - 6.30pm.
  • Saturday
  • Children’s activities10am - 12pm alternate Saturdays board games club or craft session

National Employment & Careers Fair - Tidworth Leisure Centre - 7th September 2017

For further information click HERE

Just For Families Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide - Issue 6

Copies available in the HIVE
or
To read the on-line version, please click HERE

NHS Jobs - Receptionist Access Team at Countess of Chester Hospital - Closing Date 7th August 2017

The successful candidate will join their flexible team and assist in the provision of high standard reception service. The post holder will be responsible for the day to day running of busy reception area.
Tasks will include booking patients in and out of the Out Patents clinics at the Countess of Chester Hospital across all departments. The post holder will deal with queries and liaise with medical staff, nurses, secretaries, etc., to ensure the smooth running of the department. This would involve working days, evenings, weekends and nights.
For further details or to apply, please click HERE

MOD Supporting Families with Childcare Costs



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Friday, 21 July 2017

Tickets for Troops - Manchester International Festival - Wednesday 16th August 2014


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 see what Manchester International Festival is, click HERE
To register/login to T4T, click HERE

Tickets for Troops - Bangor on Dee Racecourse, Wrexham - 4th and 16th August 2017

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

Chester's Own Show in a Day 2017 - 17th September 2017, The Kings School

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

NHS veterans’ mental health services now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge




Information for patients

Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support in close liaison with Defence Medical Services (DMS).  This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.  Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

To access these services whilst you are still in the armed forces, you must meet the following criteria:

·         be a resident in England
·         have an identified or diagnosed mental health illness / disorder; AND
·         have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
·         have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
·         have had their pre-release medical and been identified by their DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
·         have had a pre-release medical before they self-refer.

If you wish to access these services once you are a veteran, you must meet the following criteria instead:


·         be a resident in England
·         have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
·         be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing to register with a GP
·         be able to provide your military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility.

Extended Free Childcare Entitlement in Overseas Locations

EXTENDED FREE CHILDCARE ENTITLEMENT IN OVERSEAS LOCATIONS

BACKGROUND

1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

3. The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.

4. The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

ENTITLEMENT

5. The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.

6. The additional entitlement has been trialled across England prior to the rollout on 1 September 2017. The MOD entitlement will not be backdated to include these periods.

7. In overseas locations where the MOD-provided settings have sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through those settings, free of charge. Free childcare cannot be claimed when using childminders or nannies.

8. In overseas locations where there are no MOD-provided settings, or where MOD-provided settings lack sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

9. The entitlement applies to eligible Service Personnel and entitled Civilians only. The latter means UK Based Civil Servants posted overseas or Specially Recruited for Overseas Service. Fee-paying contractors cannot apply.

QVS Open Morning - Saturday 16th September 2017


NCT Lone Parent Support Group starting 24th July 2017 - The Wesley Centre

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Wesley Methodist Church Chester, St John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tickets for Troops - GHR - Belle Vue Dogs - runs from 20th July - 31st August 2017

You are eligible to apply for tickets through Tickets for Troops if you are a serving member of HM Armed Forces, or have been medically discharged from the Forces since the commencement of military action in Afghanistan in 2001.
Serving members include both Regulars and Reserves.

To see further information or to register, please click HERE

National Trust - Summer Family Fun Pack

Fill your summer with family fun! Download our FREE pack for games, recipes and inspiration for adventures.




CLICK HERE to find out more....

Money Force - Car Buyer Calculator


Are you MoneyFit enough to own a car? Buying a car can be an expensive decision, but it’s not just the cost of buying it that you have to plan for.

Before you make any decisions look at MoneyForce's motoring pages with advice on buying a new carbuying a used car and information on car loans and finance.

You should also think about saving for the deposit or purchase price.

The CarBuyer calculator helps you think about the total monthly cost of running a car so you can make an informed decision. Use this in your budget planning to stay MoneyFit!

To access this useful tool: CLICK HERE

Civvy Street - Resettlement Guide - July 2017


To see the on-line version, please click HERE

AWS and Welfare Activities


FA Skills for 5 - 11 year olds - Blacon High School - Girls only sessions are Free

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Further details can be found HERE

Monday, 17 July 2017

Chester Castle Opens from 20th July 2017 - 3rd September 2017


Chester Castle opens this summer. From 20 July to 3 September visitors will be able to enter free of charge, wander around the site and experience the views. 

Further details can be found HERE

Free Library Activities - Summer Reading Challenge 2017 - Upton Library


The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at all children, but especially those in primary school, rewarding them for reading books.
  • A free foldout presentation pack upon joining.
  • Two collector’s cards and a fold-up game after reading two books (any two books: although we encourage them to be library books and not too easy or quick for your child to read: it is a challenge after all).
  • Two more collector’s cards and a doorhanger after reading two more books.
  • The two final collector’s cards and a keyring after reading the final six books.
  • Each “completer” will then be invited to a special award’s ceremony where they will receive their very own (gasp!) certificate and medal.
Everything is nicely presented and illustrated by Tony Ross, aimed at keeping  your child reading over the vital Summer months.

Click HERE to find out more

eMagazines - Free Reading for Library Members


Cheshire Libraries offer a wide range of eMagazines, which are free to library members. To access these, you must first register on the Magzter website and then create a library user account.
Further details can be found HERE

CarillionAmey - Rodents - Control/Treatment - All Year Round


If you suspect you have rodents in your property, read our advice on how to treat the problem and the steps you can take to prevent future infestations. It also advises how we treat different rodents and how long treatment normally takes. Click HERE to read more

Fraudsters are sending out messages claiming to be from WhatsApp in order to steal banking and personal information

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Fraudsters are claiming to be from WhatsApp in order to steal banking and personal information, also by text: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/why-these-fake-whatsapp-emails-and-texts-will-catch-people-out-jul17

Chester Community Fire Station - Open Day - 9th September 2017 11am-4pm


Chester Fire Station will be throwing open the station doors to the public for an event that promises something for everyone on Saturday 9th September 2017.

From 11am to 4pm there will be plenty on display at the fire station on St Anne Street.  This is a great way for the community to discover more about Chester Fire Station.

Please click HERE for further information

Family Fun Day - Connah's Quay Cricket Club - Sunday 20th Aug 2017 12-5pm

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Army Welfare Service - Camping Trip to Blakemere 14-16 August 2017

If you would like your child to attend the camping trip but transport is an issue, please let Alison or Helen know as they will do what they can to sort out transport for those who need it.

There are still  a couple of places left.

Career Transition Partnership - Yound Adults' Job Finding Bulletin July/Aug 2017


To see a copy, please click HERE