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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

20% Military Discount for Mercury Theatre "Made in Colchester" Productions which includes the Panto

Mercury Theatre

Great offer from Mercury Theatre's "Made in Colchester" productions.

Online booking is not available for this offer, tickets must be bought over the phone or in person.

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT'S ON


Homefield Road Costcutter







































Telephone Number 01206 544813

Adults: Get Learning!

ACL
The new ACL adult learning course guide is packed full of intriguing and exciting courses and is set to land on doormats across Essex in the new few weeks. 
With courses set to start in the New Year an ACL course is the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything, or an excuse for some quality “you time” to perfect a new skill in the New Year. 
From floristry to photography; Spanish to spray tan application; sewing to sugar craft; aromatherapy to art classes, there are hundreds of opportunities to learn a new hobby, have a go at being creative and stimulate mind and body. 
Find out more by visiting the Adult Community Learning website or call on 0345 603 7635.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Updated Service Leaver's Guide Online


The Service Leaver's Guide


has been updated

CLICK HERE to view the booklet online

Friday, 17 November 2017

Location Overview

Health Visitor Contact Number - NEW NUMBER

















If you live in Colchester SFA and have a child under 5 then the contact number for your Health Visitor is 01206 372300

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Little Troopers Treasures - Free App


Little Troopers Treasures

We wanted to 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.

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

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Monday, 6 November 2017

Colchester Escape Room


















10% Military Discount available, contact the HIVE for the code.
www.escape-colchester.co.uk/

Army Mediation Service


MOD Services Cotswold Centre - Short Term Accommodation

The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (AWS) and funded by Headquarters Support Commands (HQ Sp Comd) on behalf of the MOD. It provides short term transit accommodation for service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families.


The SCC accommodation comprises of 60 self contained chalet style homes and is located near Corsham, Wiltshire UK.



To Book Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521

Monday, 23 October 2017

Further/Higher Education and Your Military Child

















Share your views
To take AFF's short survey and share your views and experiences, go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3GXGL99.

Survey closes 13 November.

More about AFF
To find out more about AFF's work, including education for your Service child, visit their website www.aff.org.uk

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Blue Peter Badge - free entry into over 200 attractions





A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to Blue Peter viewers and fans. Badge owners can gain free entry into over 200 Blue Peter Badge Attractions around the country, like theme parks, zoos and castles. Amongst them - Africa Alive!, Banham Zoo, Diggerland, ... 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Jobs At The Royal British Legion



The Royal British Legion employs over 1500 people based at locations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Legion endeavours to employ individuals available who best meet the job requirements and have empathy with our mission and values.
The Legion can offer a competitive package including:
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Pension Fund
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Employee Assistance Helpline
  • Childcare Vouchers
If you have a query regarding any of our job vacancies, please email jobs@britishlegion.org.uk
Click HERE to see latest vacancies

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

National Careers Service at Colchester Library

Blue pen resting on a job application.
 
Every Wednesday 9am -3.30pm at Colchester Library, Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB.

If you would like to attend a free advice and guidance session at the library please call 01206 814292 to arrange an appointment.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

FLETCHERS FARM RIDING SCHOOL (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE COLCHESTER GARRISON SADDLE CLUB)


Welcome to Fletchers Farm Riding School & Livery Yard,
Fordham, formerly known as The Colchester Garrison Saddle
Club, newly owned by Emily and Tom Bradshaw. 
The Riding School and livery yard at Fletchers Farm has been established since
2004. The Riding School is registered with the BHS, PC and ABRS.
We have horses and ponies that are suitable for complete beginners to participate
in our full range of lessons, holiday and weekend clubs and activities.
For the more experienced and competitive riders we can offer training, shows and
an array of clinics.  
Fletchers Farm Riding School has 14 horses and ponies ranging from 11hh to
17.2hh and a very experienced team to offer top quality instruction and care in a
relaxed and friendly environment. We also offer lessons on your own horse. 
Fletchers Farm Riding School has access to extensive hacking in the beautiful
Essex countryside with 7km of off road hacking around the farm which joins on to
the East Anglian Farm rides. 

Great Notley Country Park - Home of Sky Ropes, High Ropes and Essex's Longest Play Trail




















CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO

Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

























Opening hours for Centre and Gardens
● 11.00am-4.00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays until 30th September plus Bank Holiday Mondays.
● Admission free.

Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester.
Enquiries and bookings: 01206 501785.

Colchester Archaeological Trust website: www.romancircus.co.uk

Joint Service Housing Advice Office Presentations



Monday, 24 July 2017

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.

NHS Veterans' Mental Health Services Now Available For Armed Forces Personnel Approaching Discharge


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Veterans Gateway

Officially launched on 20.06.17, the Veterans Gateway is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is made up of a consortium or organisations and Armed Forces Charities including  including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
They put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Understanding Autism

Do you know what small actions could reduce
the overload that autistic people face?

CLICK HERE to find out

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Information On The New 30 Hours Free Childcare Offer.


This new offer enables some working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to now get up to 30 hours of free childcare. Find out if you are eligible and apply.
Please view our parents' information page.


All 3 and 4 year olds get up to 15 hours of free childcare per week, and some2 year olds are also eligible. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds may also be able to get up to 30 hours of free childcare.

Who can get 30 hours free childcare?

It is for working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children. Parents must be working and each earning at least £120 a week, but no more than £100,000 a year.


You might also be able to get Tax-Free Childcare. If so you can apply for both at the same time.
See GOV.UK for the full eligibility criteria (opens in a new window)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

NSPCC Need To Know Guide - Is My Child Ready To Be Left Alone?


To view  the  full document please use the link below:

Childcare Costs - HM Government Support Website


UK families will soon see bills cut as date announced for the launch of Tax-Free Childcare. Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support...
Click 
HERE for more information

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme



Read HERE 

Monday, 10 April 2017

INtouch mail service for UK armed forces personnel: service guide


The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.



SENDING MAIL USING INTOUCH : CLICK HERE...

Imail INtouch service: quick start guide: CLICK HERE