Monday, 19 February 2018

Latest jobs - selection 19th Feb 2018

Assistant Nursery Practitioners 
Ormitots Nursery
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Deputy Room Leaders 
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Nursery Room Leaders
YMCA - Trinity Group
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Client Services Administrator
MoreLife (UK) Ltd
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Payroll Advisor (temp)
Suffolk County Council
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Business Support Officer/Administrator (temp)
Suffolk County Council
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Part-time cleaner (up to 20 hrs/week)
SGC Security Services
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Tui Retail Travel Adviser
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Medical Receptionist
Two Rivers Medical Centre
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Colchester ZOO - February offer

BFPO Mailing dates for Mothers' Day

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

South Suffolk Health and Children's Centres - Hadleigh

Job offer at Wattisham Airfield Childcare Centre

Veteran's Images on Parade 2018

Gallery 2, Ipswich Town Hall, IP1 1DH 
Public Viewing: Friday 9th – Saturday 10th March 10-4.00 p.m.

Private View 8th March

Come and see the diverse collection of photographs from the Veterans’ Images on Parade Exhibitions.
Open to the public in Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Cambridge & showcasing over 150 images which have kindly been donated by British Armed Forces Veterans.
Photography is often used as part of the therapy given to disabled British Armed Forces veterans by Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s), the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association ( BLESMA), Combat Stress and the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.
Some of the photographers taking part in Veterans’ Images on Parade are among those who have benefited greatly from being introduced to photography through such therapy. Their images form part of this collection of exciting, humourous, calm & beautiful, diverse & dramatic must-have images, printed and mounted for sale.

Reading Force Scrapbooks - FREE

Call into Wattisham HIVE for your FREE copy

Monday, 12 February 2018

Valentine Crafts

Carillion-Amey - Guide to SFA

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Introducing the updated SFA Guide to our customers and our stakeholders

CarillionAmey have made some necessary changes to their Guide to Living in Service Family Accommodation and the updated guide can now be found on their website. The SFA Guide needed a fresh look and some of the information was out of date. They also wanted to introduce the details of their new digital communication channels into the guide as well to ensure that everyone moving in knew that they could talk to CarillionAmey in a variety of ways, at their own convenience. 

Customers have started to move towards digital in a major way. In order to keep up with the movement, Accommodation Officers will now be directing customers, who have recently moved in to Service Family Accommodation, to the CarillionAmey website to read through the SFA Guide rather than have a printed copy in their Move-In pack.

There are plenty of benefits that come with this change, including easy and quick to access information. The guide also has a whole new ‘contact us’ page with hyperlinks, directing customers straight to the page they need. It will also be easier to update when CarillionAmey need to make any changes, customers will always be seeing the most up to date version, rather than having to update and then reprint, we can simply update and then upload on to the website.

Free Mortgage Clinic Wednesday 21st February - Colchester

Latest Jobs 12th February with Suffolk County Council

HR Advisor
Suffolk Family Carers
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Residential Childcare Workers
Suffolk County Council
Various locations
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Service Bridge Analyst
Suffolk County Council
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Support Workers - Home First
Suffolk County Council
Ipswich (South Suffolk)
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Business Support Co-ordinator
Suffolk County Council
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to check all the vacancies please visit the website

February half-term events

Knights and Princesses
Framlingham Castle
12th -16th Feb, 11am-3pm
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Kentwell Hall's Spring Garden Open
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
10th-18th Feb, 11am-4pm
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Animal Day - The Americas
Ipswich Museum
13th - 15th Feb, 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 13.00-13.45, 14.00-14.45
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Lamb Cuddling over Half-Term
Baylham House Farm, Baylham
10th-11th and 13th-18th February
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Ring Quest (Lord of the Rings theme)
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
West Stow, Bury St. Edmunds
10th-18th February
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Goat Kids and new Play Tent
Hollow Trees Farm, Semer, Ipswich
10th - 18th feb
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February half-term in London

Navigation Challenge
National Army Museum, Chelsea, London
10th-18th February
10.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30
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Whales: Beneath the Surface
Natural History Museum, London
until 28th February
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Airfix: Make and Take
RAF Museum, London
12th-16th Feb 11am-3pm
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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
V&A Museum, London
until 8th April
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Imagine Children's Festival
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London
7th-18th February
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Chinese New Year
China Town and West End, London
18th February
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Vets in Action
ZSL London ZOO
Regent's Park, London
10th-18th February
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MOD Discounts off Interflora Flowers & Gifts

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Government Tax Free Childcare (TFC) scheme

Boarding Schools Fair 2018

Boarding Schools Fair 2018 – Defence Academy, Shrivenham

A Boarding Schools Fair (BSF) will be held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy, Shrivenham on Tuesday 20 February 2018 from 1500 to 1800 hrs.
The aim of the BSF is to provide armed forces personnel and their families an opportunity to consult with schools from across the UK, who may be considering educating their children at a boarding school or independent day school.

This is the 15th year that the event has been held at the Defence Academy and over 70 schools will be represented, including St Mary’s School, Bexhill. St Mary’s School provides specialist education, therapy & care for young people (7-19) with speech, language and communication needs.
This is the perfect opportunity to speak to teachers and children from the schools but without the logistic difficulties of travelling many miles to do so. Some of the schools will bring pupils with them, which will allow your children to talk to those already at boarding or day school about their experiences. For further information and to register your attendance please visit the Defence Academy Website (www).

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Housing Brief Catterick

Monday, 5 February 2018

Services Cotswold Centre, Corsham

The Services Cotswold Centre at Corsham provides a secure, affordable place to stay in temporary housing for Service families who may find themselves in short-term need of accommodation.

The secure 25 acre site has a community centre with internet connection, bar, games hall (with large screen TV), launderette and children's playground.

The 3 bedroom chalets and converted flatlets are all self catering. They are fully furnished and include colour TV with freesat, cooking utensils, fridge, freezer, cutlery, crockery, bedding and towels.

For those families who need to stay longer at the site, there is an excellent early years centre for children from 3-4 and the Local Authority Run Lypiatt Primary School for 5-11 year olds. Older children can attend Corsham Secondary School, which is nearby.

For further information please call the centre at the numbers below:
Civilian: 01225 810 358
Military: 94382 4524
Or email them at

Finally, there is a leaflet with more information at this link.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Kings College London - Research Study for the Armed Forces

The King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) is an academic research team at King’s College London. KCMHR has been conducting research into issues relevant to current and former members of the UK Armed Forces and their families since 1996. KCMHR is independent of the Ministry of Defence.  

click here for the participant information sheet

Help for Heroes - Support to Forces Families


One in four admit their well-being is suffering yet stigma is stopping many from speaking up.

In the run up to Blue Monday, Armed Forces Veterans’ charity Help for Heroes is releasing new research which reveals that one in four (23 per cent) partners or family members of an Armed Services Veteran or Service Person state that their own wellbeing and mental health has been directly affected as a result of their family member’s situation. Worryingly, they are suffering in silence as one in eight (16 per cent) said they would try to cope with any issues alone, with only 5 per cent saying they would seek help from a mental health professional.  

It’s the stigma of speaking up as an Armed Services partner or family member that is the main reason many of those surveyed have not spoken up. Worryingly, reasons cited in the research include 39 per cent of those who would try to cope alone stating that they “don’t feel [they] have the right to seek help”, almost half (43 per cent) say they “need to be the strong one”, and 16 per cent admitting they would be “afraid of appearing weak”. One in three would turn to a family member, friend or other veteran wives/families before approaching their GP or a medical professional. 

Depression and anxiety are just two mental health conditions that affect almost one in three (30 per cent) of affected family members of serving and ex-Personnel.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

SSAFA Short Breaks - Information

Click here for Short Break Letter to Families

Thursday, 18 January 2018

'A Brave Face' @ Mercury Theatre, £5 tickets

'A Brave Face' is a co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival. Please for more information visit

Vamos Theatre and Mercury Theatre would like to invite any interested Military personnel to a Veteran and Press Event of a Made in Colchester production by the acclaimed Vamos Theatre's 'A Brave Face' at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester at a discount rate of £5 per ticket on Thursday 8th February 7.30pm

Please contact Wattisham HIVE to obtain a discount code

lastest jobs offers 18th January

Operations Assistant
Stowmarket Town Council
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Hales Jobs
Bury St. Edmunds
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Accomodation Support Worker
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General Classroom Technician
Hadleigh High School
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Outreach Officer
University of Suffolk
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Community Healthcare Assistants
St Elizabeth Hospice
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Train to be a Probation Officer
HM Prison and Probation Service
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Community Link Worker
Richmond Fellowship
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Monday, 15 January 2018

Royal British Legion Events 2018

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Carillion - Notice

Update on Carillion: Defence services to continue uninterrupted


Today's announcement about the financial situation of Carillion has no direct impact on services provided directly to those working for Defence, their families and the continuing work of the department.

Housing will continue to be serviced, catering facilities run, and buildings and offices cleaned, as well as other services the company is involved in providing. There are extensive contingency plans for dealing with issues such as this to make sure that services to personnel and their families continue to be provided to a high standard. This remains a top priority for the department. The facilities management contracts that provide catering, cleaning and maintenance services to Defence are all joint ventures involving partners in addition to Carillion. Contractually, these partners are required to continue to deliver services if one of the other partners fails. The department remains committed to these joint ventures, and has been working with relevant partners to ensure a smooth continuation of the provision of these services. The MOD is confident in the robustness of these arrangements and the strength of the supporting suppliers. Where Carillion is the sole provider of services, for example for construction projects, alternative arrangements are being put into place that will not affect Service personnel. All Service personnel should continue to use pre-existing processes to report problems, including the use of the 24/7 helpdesk telephone numbers.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Disneyland Paris 50% off tickets

Disneyland Paris

50% OFF Adult & Child 2 Day Park Tickets

Two day two Park tickets for Disneyland® Paris for just €75 for adults and €66.50 for children (3-11 yrs)*

Simply present your military ID card and purchase your tickets in Resort

Thursday, 11 January 2018