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Thursday, 28 September 2017

The British Forces Germany (BFG) Legacy Project

Legacy Project - The Lived Experience
The BFG Legacy Project is beginning – and you can be a part of it. 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.
Further information can be found HERE

Chester Football Club - Player Development Centre 2017/2018 Programme

Helping young footballers to reach their potential, the Chester FC Player Development Centres offers advanced training with professional coaches in a positive environment.
Further details can be found HERE




Wednesday, 27 September 2017

SSAFA - Something on Your Mind - Contact Forcesline


Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving and ex-service men and women and reserves from the Armed Forces and for their families. As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.


Our team are here to listen and not to judge. We can give you factual information and 'signpost' ways forward to assist you.

We can also speak with you in confidence if you, or someone you know, are absent without leave (AWOL).

Further information can be found HERE

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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.
The Cheshire Change Hubs actually has three services available to you if you are looking to lose weight. If your BMI is between 25 & 34.9 kg/m2 you are eligible for a FREE 12 week programme with your local Slimming World.
Click HERE for full details

Ellesmere Port Rugby Foot Club - Calling Years 1, 2 and 3

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Karate - Thursdays 6-8pm - Upton-by-Chester High School


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Thursday, 14 September 2017

NHS Choices - Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community



For healthcare information and support for the UK's armed forces community, including serving personnel, service leavers, reservists, families and veterans, please click HERE

Monday, 11 September 2017

Carillionamey: Customer Translator Service



Did you know that Carillionamey have a Language Line?

They subscribe to a service called Language Line, which allows them to create a three way call with a customer who isn’t fluent in our language and may require an interpreter.


If you need the service, or know someone who would benefit, call the Carillionamey 
0800 707 6000 number and state the language you need when you’re through to an advisor. 
The advisor will then get a translator on the line.



New SSAFA Single Point of Contact for RAF Personnel



As part of their contract to provide a Personal Support & Social Work Service (PS&SWS) to the Royal Air Force, SSAFA have introduced a new Single Point of Contact facility.
This single point of contact will complement exisiting SSAFA contact arrangements and offer a telephone call handling and referral capability which particularly supports those Service personnel and families who are located away from on-station welfare provision.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Minerva Youth Threate for 11-18 year olds - Wednesdays 7-9pm term time




Minerva Arts is a Youth Arts Education and Development organisation based in Cheshire and working across the North West and beyond


Further details can be found HERE

National Offender Management Service (NOMS) - Recruitment for Prison Officers



Is it in you to become a Prison Officer?

Click HERE to find out further information 

Fancy a Walk? Getting Started Guide from the NHS

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Walking is simple, free & one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight & become healthier. Visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx

No parking on Zig Zag Lines Outside School

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See HERE for further guidance

Be Bright & Be Seen - 5 top tips

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Further details can be found HERE

Monday, 4 September 2017

HIVE Information Centres - You Ask, We Answer


Don't Forget .......
Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. 
In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

Tax-Free Childcare



Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.

Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.

Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.

Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible.

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family.

MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage.

Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information.