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

Shire Magazine - The Best of North & Mid Wales, Cheshire, Wirral, Shropshire & Herefordshire

Click HERE to read the latest edition

Job Vacancies for Carillion - Deeside, Flintshire - Project Manager, Supervisor and Supply Manager

Project Manager
As Project Manager you be responsible for ensuring that work is completed safely, on time, to budget, and to the required quality. To manage large sections of a project with regard to both the construction and financial aspects or to manage all aspects of a contract of small value ........
The purpose of this role is to ensure that work is completed safely, on time and to budget and to the required quality. The job holder will be responsible for ensuring that labour is effectively managed and utilised and to manage the co-ordination of sub-contractor operations.
Supplier Manager
As Supplier Manager you will manage all production and associated functions on site, including proactively liaising with; Both the delivery team and Operations / Project Manager / Director about programming, resourcing and safe working practices in delivery of the projectThe Commercial function to monitor and review the preliminary project...
(Click on Job Titles for full job description or to register/apply) 

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

New MOT reminder service launches in beta

The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.
When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:
  • 4 weeks before your MOT is due
  • 2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested
You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.
You just need the vehicle’s number plate (registration number) and a mobile phone number or email address.
You’ll get a reminder every year until you unsubscribe.
For further details or to subscribe, please click:

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 -

A Parents Guide to Safer Car Travel - New Safety Regulations 2017

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

LDC Driving School Ellesmere Port - 15% discount for Military Wives in Chester

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Phil Coleman is a fully qualified Government Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). He provides intensive and semi-intensive driving courses as well as individual driving lessons using the unique LD System of driving tuition.

He is offering a 15% discount for military wives in Chester (normally an hour lesson is £26 - with the discount it's £22)

Contact the HIVE for further details and the discount code.

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:

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Families Lifeworks - FREE Employment Support for Spouses

WHAT IS LIFEWORKS FAMILIES?LifeWorks Families is a free support service to help military spouses and partners get the job they want.
WHO IS IT FOR?It is available to all spouses and partners of any serving (or recently discharged) member of the Armed Forces, including Reserves.
Free advice and support by phone, email and through courses.
For details of their courses locations,visit:
For further details about Lifeworks, visit: