Monday, 11 December 2017

Herefordshire Council Job Vacancies 11/12/17

The council and local businesses have committed to honour and support the Corporate Covenant and the armed forces community by recognising the value serving regular and reservist personnel, veterans and military families contribute to our country and business. The Corporate Covenant, which will run in conjunction with the existing Community Covenant, will ensure employment support for veterans, reservists, service spouses and partners as well as support for cadet units, Armed Forces Day and discounts for the armed forces community. Part of this pledge is to advertise all council jobs through the Armed Forces Welfare System.  This will be sent to the HIVE on a regular basis and jobs advertised as below. Please see some examples of external jobs currently advertised below and for further jobs please go to links below.

·         Hoople vacancies

  • Trainee Tax Manager

    • Category: Other
    •  Location:
    •  Term: Permanent
    Trainee Tax Manager We are looking for a newly qualified ACA or ACCA accountant looking to specialise in tax. The ideal candidate will have broad accountancy experience and a working knowledge of personal and corporate tax which they are … More detailsfor Trainee Tax Manager

  • Senior Practitioner

    • Category: Adult Social Worker
    •  Location: Hereford
    •  Term: Permanent
    Senior Practitioner Salary: £31,601 - £35,444 Hours: 37 Closing date: 07/12/2017 The salary is competitive and a relocation package of up to £5k is available where appropriate* Herefordshire Adults and Well Being are developing adult … More detailsfor Senior Practitioner

  • Senior Practitioner

    • Category: Adult Social Care
    •  Location: Hereford
    •  Term: Permanent
    Senior Practitioner 37 hours per week Salary: £31,601 - £35,444 per annum Location: Plough Lane Closing date: 3rd December 2017 At Herefordshire Council we are transforming our services in response to the unprecedented challenges … More detailsfor Senior Practitioner

  • Museum Apprentice

    • Category: Administration / Clerical
    •  Location: Hereford
    •  Term: Fixed Term
    Museum Apprentice 37 hours per week Salary: £6,752 per annum Location: Museum Resource and Learning Centre Herefordshire Museum is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing apprentice who would enjoy working with the museum team and … More detailsfor Museum Apprentice

  • Rural Transport Coordinator

    • Category: Highways / Transport / Traffic
    •  Location: Plough Lane Hereford
    •  Term: Fixed Term
    Salary: £23,398 - £27,668 Location: Plough Lane Hours: 37 Closing date: 12/12/2017 We are looking for a Rural Transport Coordinator to join our busy Passenger Transport Team. The successful post holder will have good communication skills … More detailsfor Rural Transport Coordinator

  • Home First care and Support Workers Rapid Response

    • Category: Adult Social Care
    •  Location: Hereford
    •  Term: Fixed Term
    Home First care and Support Workers Rapid Response Salary: £16,491 - £17,419 pro rata Full and part-time positions available Herefordshire Council's Rapid Response Team and Home First Service are fantastic initiatives that support our … More detailsfor Home First care and Support Workers –Rapid Response

  • Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker

    • Category: Other
    •  Location: Hereford
    •  Term: Permanent
    Hours: 22.5 Salary: £23,398 - £27,668 pro rata Closing date: 13/12/2017 The opportunity has arisen to work within a small team offering an outreach service to those who are rough sleeping in Herefordshire. The successful post holder will … More detailsfor Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker

Aldi Christmas Eve Food Surplus

Are you a registered UK charity? Would you like to receive fresh food to help spread festive cheer to those in need this Christmas? 
Our stores are closing on Christmas Eve and we’ll be donating surplus fresh fruit, fish, meat and more! 
If your charity could benefit, please contact before 8th December to apply. Please note that we can only accept applications from registered charities.

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans. 

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.

For full details please see these links 

Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

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Friday, 8 December 2017

2gether NHS Foundation Trust Vacancy List - 08.12.17

2gether NHS Foundation Trust  have a range of exciting job opportunities available which you can view by clicking here.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Shoe Box Appeal

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Does the Army Families' 'Offer' meet the needs of the modern Army family?

Does the Army Families' 'Offer' meet the needs of the modern Army family?

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is appealing to all Army families to take their latest survey and say whether they feel the package offered to them eases the impact that Service life can have. 

How much do families know?

The charity is exploring various elements of the current package, or 'Offer' available to families, and how they translate to Army family life. This includes how aware families are of policies such as subsidised military housing, educational allowances, and healthcare policies such as support with assisted conception.

It also seeks to discover what more families feel needs to be done to improve life as a modern Army family.

Families' feedback vital

AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade explains: "Families' views have always been integral to our work and what we hope to achieve year on year. We want as many families as possible to get involved with our latest survey, whether married or unmarried, whether or not you live in military housing. Different elements of your soldier's 'offer' will affect you to varying degrees, but AFF is here for you all, so share your experience with us and help provide us with evidence we can present to decision makers to push for improvements where needed."

Pushing for positive change

Known as the voice of the Army community, AFF is keen for families to be open and candid in their views and opinions when providing feedback. They have a strong track record of using families' evidence to push for change, and believe the more families that take part in their surveys, the more influence they will have when approaching MOD, government and other policy makers.

Take AFF's survey

To take AFF's short survey and make your views on Army life count, go to You could WIN one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC Technology, just for taking part.

To find out more about AFF's work in support of Army families, visit their website


Notes to Editor:
·        The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families: Regular or Reserve, wherever they are based, whatever the make-up of their family.
·        Throughout the UK and overseas, AFF works hard to achieve policy change and progress in favour of Army families; they offer advice and guidance on all aspects of Army life, confidentially and in an easy-to-digest way.
·        They work with other agencies such as MOD, government, charities and other key players to strengthen their cause and fight for a fair deal for families everywhere.
·        Their family-focussed website ( contains information about all aspects of Army family life, and their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages offer families other easy ways to contact us, interact with us, or simply follow the work we are doing.
·        AFF operates by four core values, which are pivotal to our work. These are:

- AFF always puts families first
- AFF can be trusted
- AFF is bold and determined
- AFF is inclusive

Media Contact:
For more information about AFF's work, contact Donna Bernard, AFF Comms & Marketing Director, at

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Santa's Workshop Radway Bridge Garden Centre 02/12/17 - 23/12/17

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Christmas has come early at Halo Leisure

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Active Together Membership Price - £30.00 per month, per person & £10 Registration Fee
  • This is a £9.90 saving on the Complete Committed Membership (£39.90 per month & £30 Registration Fee)
  • So a yearly saving of £139
  • Discount open to military personel and dependant

Monday, 4 December 2017

Shaw Healthcare Recruiting Now

Shaw Health care are recruiting for Various roles at their Ledbury Nursing home in Market Street (next to the Market Theatre in Ledbury)
These are not just care jobs  -Please see attached poster for details

The shift patterns are 6, 10 and 12 hours for support workers

They are holding an open day on Wednesday 17th January 9.15am to 6pm  (they are hoping to catch school run parents/grandparents and people who may want a 2nd job after work) At the nursing home in the main reception area

Hire A Hero News

Our latest partnership with JobCentre Plus, how you can still support Hire a Hero this #GivingTuesday and more.....
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We're so pleased to announce our partnership with Job Centre Plus to support service leavers and veterans looking for employment.
The Powys branches of JCP will be launching the partnership next week. You'll be able to come along to any Powys JCP to find out more about how Hire a Hero can support you alongside the support already given by JCP.
If you're interested in finding out more then ask your JCP advisor or alternatively get in touch with our Military Liaison Officer:

National Autistic Society Autism Seminars

As some of you may be aware recently the National Autistic Society (NAS) received funding from the Army Benevolent Fund in order to run Autism Seminars for Army families with children on the Autistic Spectrum.  Three garrisons were identified - Salisbury Plain, Aldershot and Catterick - and each course consisted of three sessions. They were open to two people per family and each family member who registered was able to bring a spouse, family member or even a professional involved with their child.

NAS are looking at further opportunities for funding for more seminars and would like to know about the best geographical locations in order to target as many Service families as possible. Please can you take the time to follow the link below and answer the short questions regarding location. This should only take a minute and the information would be much appreciated.


Walking With The Wounded Campaign Dec 8th - 17th

This December, Walking with the Wounded are running the 'Walking home for Christmas' campaign. They are asking people to sign up to do sponsored walks between 8th and 17th December in aid of Walking with the wounded, a charity supporting Veterans.

Please see below for a link for more information and   to sign up to this is below. A great way to get out and about, and help a good cause.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Service Pupil Premium 2018 - This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England

For more information please click HERE

If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300. 

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement.  Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child.  The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date. 

You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family.  This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database. For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244.  

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Hereford Community Christmas Health and Wellbeing Day 21/12/17

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Real Birth Workshop 16/12/17

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Santa's Sleigh Route 2017

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Film Survey 2017

Here at The Courtyard, we like to know what makes our audience tick. We try our best to organise our programming around your feedback. To work out what you want, from time to time we need your help.
This survey will help to shape our film programming in the future and should only take about 5 minutes.
All answers are confidential; however, you may be quoted without the use of your name in the final report.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Jill Stevens Approved Driving Instructor

Jill Stevens is an approved Driving Instructor who is happy for you to take your child with you on a lesson, provided you have a child seat.
Cost £24 and hour or a package of 10 hours for £210.

For more Information Contact Jill on 07789912200, if it goes to voicemail please leave a clear message with your phone number and she will get back to you.

Jill normally does her driving lessons in Hereford every Thursday.

Army spouses to be the focus for new AFF employment project

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.

Better research for positive changes
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “With generous funding from LIBOR, we are now able to dig deeper into the issues surrounding spousal employment.

“We hope to obtain more robust evidence to help us achieve positive change for Army families who want to work, want to improve their skills, but are prevented from doing so for a range of reasons considered as relating to military life.”

The employment research will involve looking at employment statistics, and making comparisons with civilian counterparts to gain a better understanding of the similarities and differences these families are faced with.

Breaking down barriers
Clare Lyonette from the University of Warwick said: “We are very excited to work on this project for AFF, which will assist them in identifying any barriers that currently prevent military spouses from gaining and maintaining meaningful employment, and to help formulate recommendations for new and effective support services.

“Military spouses and partners have a variety of skills such as resourcefulness, adaptability and good communication skills, which are highly valued. Any pre-conceived ideas about military spouses can exclude a potentially valuable group of employees from the labour market.”

A fresh approach
Spousal employment has long been a focus for AFF, which continues to receive evidence from families that challenges in this area remain. While the evidence they have gained so far has been shared with chain of command and policy makers, the charity believes there is more work to be done, and that a fresh approach is needed to bring about positive, tangible change for those supporting their soldier.

The Employment Research project will feature surveys and interviews with families, key stakeholders and employers. Work has already begun on this extensive project and is due to be completed by April 2018.

Find out more
To find out more about AFF’s work in support of spousal employment, visit their website, or contact their Employment and Training Specialist Laura Lewin at

Veterans Hearing Fund

Please see the link below for more on the Veterans Hearing Fund

YUDO (UK) Limited Vacancy

7 Cropper Row, Haigh Industrial Estate, 
Alton Road,Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.  HR9 5LA
Tel: 01989 763423  Fax: 01989 566010  

Customer Support
Job Description

Hours of Work - This position is salaried.  The hours will depend on the job in hand but roughly based around 9:00am - 5pm with an hour break for  lunch

Training course hours will vary and hours when working on-site will be as necessary.
Duties and Responsibilities

Dealing with customer enquiries.

Liaising between Customers and Suppliers where necessary.

Check Yudo Equipment before delivery where necessary

Ordering systems from suppliers.

Testing heaters.

Quoting on customer enquiries.

Computer inputting including invoicing.

Stock /Warehouse control

Other Duties which may arise from time to time at the request of the employer within the employee’s capabilities

SKILS: To be able to:

Deliver a fast and friendly service to every customer consistently
Work as part of a team focused on delivering a fast and friendly customer experience
Achieve consistently high standards to meet customers’ expectations
Good computer literacy
“Can do” attitude to all duties
Deliver relevant added-value to customers to increase sales
Support profit protection through effective cost control

ABF Carol Concert, Hereford Cathedral, 19th December

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for military personnel

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Defence Discount Service - Drayton Manor Magical Christmas Offer on Selected Dates

Join Drayton Manor for a Magical Christmas experience this festive season, from Saturday 18th November for selected dates until Sunday 31st December.

They are celebrating 10 magical years of Christmas, with live shows, carols, presents, light shows, festive food, Father Christmas and everyday ending with a magnificent fireworks display, plus so much more. 

Please note tickets are for park entry only to Thomas Land and the zoo and do not include Father Christmas visits – this can be upgraded on the day for £6.00 per person subject to availability.
The park is open on the 23rd and 24th of December, however no discounted rates are available.

Click HERE for more information
Offer closes 31 December

CarillionAmey - Simple Steps for Winter Prep

New MOT reminder service launches in beta

 A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due.
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.
Research by DVSA has revealed that around 28% of cars will be overdue at any one time. Most of these are down to drivers forgetting to get it done, rather than deliberately avoiding having the test done.
If you drive a vehicle without a valid MOT, you’re breaking the law. The only exceptions are to drive it:
  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test
You’re also risking your own life and the lives of your passengers and other road users.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.