Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Fylde Coast Skills Fair - 18th May

Fylde Coast Skills Fair

Start: 18th May 2017 09:00
End: 18th May 2017 17:00
Venue: Blackpool and the Fylde College - Bispham Campus

Businesses and training providers will be showcasing jobs and training opportunities available in the local area.

Fylde Coast Skills Fair, hosted by Paul Maynard MP
Fylde Coast Skills Fair, hosted by Paul Maynard MP
Thursday 18th May 2017.
Not sure of your options when you finish school?
Find out the career choices and jobs available in the Fylde Coast area at the Fylde Coast Skills Fair, hosted by Paul Maynard MP.
Businesses and training providers will be showcasing jobs and training opportunities available in the local area.
Where: Blackpool and the Fylde College

Fulwood Community Centre - Trips for Under 5's

Fulwood Community Centre - Messy Play

Fulwood Community Centre - Cooking Course

Fulwood Youth Club Programme May/July

Fulwood Barracks Youth Club Programme

Youth Clubs

Youth Clubs is on Wednesday night 4.30-6pm in the Community Centre with an entrance fee of £1 per session.  All participants must be over 5 years old.  All new members must complete a registration form before coming into youth club for the first time.


Youth Clubs rely on the support of volunteers to ensure that the session can go ahead.  All volunteers must have a returned DBS clearance before you can volunteer in Youth Club.  It is a great opportunity to learn new skills working with children and young people and there are free training opportunities available.  If you’re interested or could commit one evening every now and again please get in touch to arrange filling in a DBS form and induction. 

Car Seats

The Government guidelines say: ‘Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall.’   So please could all parents whose children fit this criteria ensure a suitable car seat is provided for all trips where transport is required or we’ll be unable to take them.  There is information on booster seats and a mark on the wall if you want to measure your child.
Contact Information

Phone:  01772260473 (please leave a message for me to get back to you)

Please check the HIVE HQ blog for up to date information

Activity and Information

Wednesday 26th April

Quiz Night

Wednesday 3rd May

Seed Planting

Wednesday 10th May

Paper Plane Challenge

Wednesday 17th May

Fire Breathing Dragons

Wednesday 24th May

Water Play (may get wet!)

Wednesday 31st May


Wednesday 7th June


Wednesday 14th June

Outdoor Sports

Wednesday 21st June

Games Night

Wednesday 28th June

Hoop Night

Wednesday 5th July

Stone Animals

Wednesday 12th July

Sports Day

Wednesday 19th July

Picnic at the Brook

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Childcare Choices - increase of free places

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 where you will find the 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: for further information.

DIO - SFA - Compensation Scheme

To view the document click HERE

MOD Police - Recruiting

Transition Fair - Cardiff

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

Broadband providers drop cancellation fees

Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for armed forces personnel 
Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel has announced that armed forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK not covered by their current provider.
The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of forces households in the UK and abroad.
The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts.
Up until now, members of the armed forces deployed overseas or to different part of the UK not covered by their provider could be forced to pay a cancellation fee. They will no longer have to face this cost and be disadvantaged due to the mobile nature of service life
The Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel said:
“Our armed forces are sent all over the world and across the country to help keep our country safe and they should never be disadvantaged because of this. The removal of cancellation fees by leading broadband providers is yet another example of the Covenant in action, which is making sure our brave personnel are treated fairly. It’s a welcome move and we’re looking forward to seeing what more British businesses can do to support our military.”
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. Delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Blackpool Carnival - 23 July

Blackpool will host a Carnival in 2017 thanks to Lottery funding and the community!
Sunday July 23rd 2017 is the date when Blackpool will re-launch its Carnival.
In 1923 Blackpool held its first Carnival.The population at that time was around 80,000 people - but an incredible 250,000 people came along - every day throughout the 8 day event!
The good news is that a Blackpool group have gained £10,000 from the Lottery fund to pay for Blackpool Carnival to come back!Please take part

The Blackpool Carnival Group are inviting all Blackpool schools, children’s groups, sports groups, adult organisations and businesses to enter a troop into the Carnival Parade which will travel on foot from Central Pier to the South Pier.As with other Fylde Coast galas there will be a Carnival Queen and Retinue, and all of the Gala Royalty from other local events are invited to take part.They are also inviting all musicians or musical groups to join in and play at the central stage on the Waterloo Road Headland. The Carnival will have an International flavour, representing the culture of many of the people now living in Blackpool and the North of England.The event will be free to attend, with acts, activities and events taking place after the parade on the Waterloo Headland.It's hoped that this will be the start of an annual event, growing year on year as have other Carnivals. Manchester Caribbean Carnival now attracts an audience of more than 6,000,000.Although it's expected to draw big crowds and everyone is welcome to come along on the day, taking part in and organising the event is for us, for the people of Blackpool.The organisers hope to bring people to this area of Blackpool to invigorate it, but also to gather people from both this area and the other areas of Blackpool to boost community spirit and local pride.

Find out More - If you'd like to take part or find out more, email 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Transition Information Sheet 10

To view the full document click  HERE

Free Training and Job Placement Programme - Amazon Web Services

Veterans' Gateway

There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.

We make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.

Many of our team are veterans themselves so they understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces.

They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible.

Who is part of Veterans’ Gateway?
Get in touch
Find information and advice by clicking HERE

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced a new mailing system for friends and family to send letters to personnel around the world.

The imail INtouch system will allow our personnel to stay in touch with friends and family as they work to protect the UK across the world. Crown Copyright

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

To find out more click on the link below;