Friday, 28 July 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Customer Survey

The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. 

The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page,  

Thursday, 27 July 2017

ACA Football coaching in Bicester

Changes to Food Recycling for Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire County Council occupants

NEW! For occupants living in 
Vale of White Horse (Abingdon, Wantage Grove, Southmoor)
South Oxford (Didcot)  
You can now line your food waste caddy with plastic bags (e.g carrier bags, pedal bin liners, bread bags) or compostable liners and newspaper.

Apire Open Day - Friday 28th July 2017

Science Museum, London - Summer Activities 2017

Join us at the Science Museum this summer holiday for an action-packed programme of family events and activities. As well as exciting simulator rides and awesome 3D IMAX movies, there are fun and fascinating workshops to take part in and our blockbuster Robots exhibition to marvel at. 
Pay a visit to the actual spacecraft that returned Tim Peake to Earth from his mission aboard the International Space Station, then become a space adventurer yourself by following in Tim's footsteps aboard our new virtual reality ride Space Descent VR. Thrill to the incredible interactive experiences waiting for you in Wonderlab and feed your mind with amazing exhibits and stories throughout the Museum.
We're staying open until 19.00 (last entry 18.15) every day between Saturday 22 July to Sunday 3 September. Find out more about our half-term activities below, and visit our Plan Your Visit page to discover even more things to do.

A to Z of Places To Go With Kids in Oxfordshire

Follow this link to find out more

Carillionamyey - Moving In? Can't be there for your appointment? Need a Proxy ?

Moving in and can’t be there for the appointment? 
You can nominate a Service proxy or your spouse to act on your behalf by completing the Notification of Proxy form

OYAP Trust - Summer Activities 2017 - Digistal Challenge - Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th August 2017

OYAP Trust - Summer Activities 2017 - Astronaut Theatre - Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd august 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Military Wives Choir - Bicester

Go Active & Active Women - July 2017

GO Active & Active Women
July 2017
Welcome to the July 2017 edition of the GO Active & Active Women Newsletter for Oxford!

The schools have now officially broken up for summer, and hopefully we'll see some more of that glorious sunshine over the coming weeks. The holidays are the perfect time to head outdoors, get active and enjoy some quality time with the family.

If you're desperate to head outdoors but you don't know what you'd like to do, why not check out our current lists of fun and varied activities across our GO Active and Active Women schemes.

Ping! Pong Parlour

OYAP Trust Summer Activities 2017 - The Femenist Mouse Circus - Saturday 5th August 2017

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Nurturing Programme - Taster Session running at Dalton Barracks on Wednesday 13th September 2017

Employment Opportunity - Cafe Assistant, The Peacock Cafe , Windmill Nurseries, Bicester

Cafe Assistant
The Peacock Cafe - Windmill Nurseries
The newly refurbished Peacock Cafe is located within the Bicester Caravan and Leisure complex just off the A41 on the outskirts of Bicester.
We have an exciting vacancy for someone looking to work flexible hours.
Our team is a family – everyone works together to make this ‘one of a kind’ operation. All the team are keen to share their passion for serving great food and providing professional, friendly service.
The role:
Front of house service.
Cleaning of tables, preparation surfaces & kitchen area.
Preparation of food.

Full training shall be given to enable the right applicant.
We are looking for a confident, warm person with a great personality who can handle a very busy service and keep the customers happy whilst producing the best quality coffee, food and service.
Previous Cafe work and Barista training is desirable but on the job training will be given.

If this sounds like you then send us your CV and covering letter explain why you are suitable. We look forward to hearing from you!
Salary: Attractive salary for the right candidate.

Employment Opportunity - Kirtlington Golf Club - Full Time Pro Shop Assistant

Full Time Pro Shop Assistant
Kirtlington Golf Club is seeking an individual with excellent customer service skills who enjoys working with the public. Responsibilities include;
Opening and closing the golf shop and clubhouse
Collecting fees for golf
Scheduling tee times
Stock control
Administration duties and assisting with the arranging and Booking of golf events
The golf shop is open 7 days a week, including holidays. The position will be a 40 hour week with full holiday entitlement and many other staff benefits. The selected candidate must have good communication skills; an upbeat and cheerful “can do” nature and the ability to provide a friendly and courteous service.
We are a family run business with 27 holes of golf, a driving range, practice facilities and a busy pro shop and clubhouse. We cater for all levels of golfers from the complete beginner to the regular competitive golfer and pride ourselves on being a very friendly and welcoming club.
An interest in golf and some experience in reception, retail or administration would be preferred but not essential. Wage will be dependent on experience.
Please note that due to our rural location you will require your own transport for this position.
Please contact 01869 351133 for more details.
Kirtlington Golf Club OX5 3JY.

OYAP - Summer Activities - Positive Printing - Saturday 19th August 2017

Oxford Bus Museum celebrates thier Golden Wedding Anniversay - Sunday 30th July 2017

A Vintage bus, coach, car and lorry rally to celebrate the Golden Anniversary (that's 50 years) of bus preservation in Oxfordshire.
Sunday 30th July 2017
Rally held at Oxford Parkway railway station OX 2 8HA 
with frequent vintage bus shuttle service to/from the Bus Museum at Long Hanborough. 
Other regular vintage bus services to Witney and Woodstock.

For more details please follow the link below 

FREE monthly meet ups at The Positive Birth Movement Wantage

The Positive Birth Movement in Wantage is a FREE monthly, evening meet up hosted by an experienced Midwife and a Hypnobirthing Teacher. Open to everybody with the aim of spreading positivity around birth, to combat the fear that many women (and men) may feel when they are approaching what should be a very exciting (and normal) life event: BIRTH!
Its a lovely informal meet up and a great opportunity to meet other expectant families. Each month we have a theme which we will discuss but there is plenty of time to chat about other pregnancy/birth/baby related matters...and drink tea and eat cake ;)
This month we will be chatting about the importance of birth parters and we will also touch on fear and its effect on the process of birth. 

Hopefully we will have time for some deep relaxation exercises that you can take home to practice.
For more information please contact

Oxfordshire Autistic Society - Coffee & Chat - Dalton Barracks Community centre - Friday 6th October 2017

DKMS and Give Blood awareness event - Wednesday 2nd September 2017

Ambrosden 4 Children - 3 Summer Thursdays - Stay, Play and Learn Sessions - Thursday 27th July, Thursday 3rd & Thursday 10th August 2017

DIO Customer Survey

Open Day at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane - Saturday 16th September 2107

Extended Childcare Entitlement - Overseas Locations

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.

Veterans Mental Health - Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service

NHS veterans’ mental health services now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge

Information for patients

Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support in close liaison with Defence Medical Services (DMS).  This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.  Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

To access these services whilst you are still in the armed forces, you must meet the following criteria:

·         be a resident in England
·         have an identified or diagnosed mental health illness / disorder; AND
·         have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
·         have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
·         have had their pre-release medical and been identified by their DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
·         have had a pre-release medical before they self-refer.

If you wish to access these services once you are a veteran, you must meet the following criteria instead:

·         be a resident in England
·         have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
·         be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing to register with a GP
·         be able to provide your military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility.

If you meet either of these criteria, you can self-refer or request referral via a health care professional or service charity. 

Upon receipt of referral, patients will be offered an initial face to face assessment within two weeks and where appropriate a clinical appointment two weeks thereafter. 

Do you need help?
To find out more, speak to your DMS GP or use the information below to get in contact with your local service.

                                                           North of England
(County Durham, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire)
Service contact
Contact number
Anna Burke
0191 441 5974

Midlands and East of England
(Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)
Service contact
Contact number
Diane Palmer
0300 323 0137

London and South East England
(Greater London, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex)
Service contact
Contact number
Sue Ferrier
020 3317 6818

South Central and South West England
(Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
Service contact
Contact number
David Wilcox
(Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
0300 365 0300

Adele Stevens
(Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)

Further information
Information on the service can be found on NHS Choices.

MOD Supporting Families with Childcare Costs

Monday, 24 July 2017

Coffee, Croissant, Career - Bicester Village Breakfast Job Fair, Bicester Garrison Community Hub, Silibaravi Centre (Old Church), Ambrosden - Wednesday 26th July 2017 - Employment Opportunity - Music Makers Workshop Leader

Job opportunity: Music Makers Workshop Leader

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Thursday, 3 August, 2017
Music Makers Workshop Leader Job Brief
Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM) and Pegasus Theatre are seeking a Music Workshop Leader to deliver a music makers course for 11-15 year olds this Autumn at Pegasus Theatre. To download a pdf version of this job breif please visit
The brief
The Music Makers course will work with up to 20 students on a weekly basis every Thursday starting from Thursday September 14th 2017 – Thursday 30th November 2017, session times will be 5pm-6:30pm.
To deliver the project we are looking for a practitioner who is inclusive in their delivery, which means they can plan and deliver sessions, which do not require students to have any previous musical experience and regardless of a students learning ability everyone can take part and enjoy the course. Sessions should be fun, engaging and interactive.
We want to recruit a practitioner who can take students through various realms of music making from song writing, music production and recording, to making music with traditional and non-traditional instruments.
The selected practitioner will be required to design an exciting and engaging 10 week music-making course from scratch with support from OCM and Pegasus Theatre. If this course is successful we will seek to continue to run the course in the spring and summer of 2018.
We would be keen to hear from practitioners from all disciplines and genres in music making and sound recording. We can provide computers (Macs), instruments and some sound recording equipment, which can be used for your sessions, however you are more than welcome to bring your own.
We would like to hear from Practitioners who have:
• A high standard in their practice.
• A creative and flexible approach to delivering workshop sessions.
• Experience in working with young people aged 11-15 on informal music making projects and courses in and outside of school.
• Ideas for developing a music makers course, and can ensure that they will be accessible for any participants wishing to take part.
• An ability to facilitate the creativity of others and encourage them to try something new, take creative risks and experiment.
• An ability to work collaboratively with young people and staff to develop the programme and projects they work on.
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills and the ability to liaise with participants in the project.
• Experience or an ability to reflect, revise, encourage and enable others to do the same.
• An enhanced DBS disclosure or is willing to obtain this.

If you wish to apply for this opportunity then please tell us in no more than one side of A4:
• Who you are and what your artistic background in music and/or sound is and your contact details
• Why you would like to be involved in the project.
• How you feel you meet the criteria above.
• An outline plan for 3 music-making sessions.
• An example of a recent project involving children or young people you have delivered as a practitioner, and include what you have learnt from that project.
• Reference details from two recent projects.
Please note we cannot accept CV’s.

The fee for this work will be £45 per session, 10 sessions for delivery plus 1 session for feedback and 1 session for end of term sharing event. There is an additional flat rate fee of £60 included for planning. The total fee for services is £600.
The deadline to apply is 09:00 am Thursday 3rd August 2017. We will be inviting successful candidates to interview on Thursday 17th August 2017.
Please email your application to Lucy Coren on
Any supporting documentation, CDs, DVDs etc can be posted to the address on the footer of this document.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Lucy Coren
Participation Co-ordinator
Pegasus Theatre

Contact Details: 
Lucy Coren
Participation Co-ordinator
Pegasus Theatre - Lead Lantern Design and Workshop Artists

Lead Lantern Design and Workshop Artists

Salary / Fee: 
£250/full day
Closing Date: 
Monday, 14 August, 2017
Christmas Light Festival 2017
We are inviting artists to submit proposals to work with schools and community groups to create outstanding, centrepiece lanterns for this year’s Christmas Light Festival procession.
Christmas Light Festival
The procession will take place on Friday 17th November 2017 in Oxford City Centre, with workshops in late September, October and early November.
Oxford is a spectacle of light as the lanterns weave through central Oxford for up to an hour, beginning and ending at Oxford’s Castle Quarter and is accompanied by local music groups. This popular event attracts around 45,000 people and will set the tone for the season’s celebrations. The prestigious lantern procession is an incredibly popular event and has always been a highlight of the festival, involving around 350 participants from schools and community groups, who will illuminate the city with handmade lanterns. We are looking for lanterns that will emanate the reputation that the parade is accustomed to!

Producing Partners
Christmas Light Festival is produced by Oxford City Council and Ian Nolan Events Limited.
Artist’s Brief
This year’s festival theme is The World in Oxford.
We would like artists to respond to the specific theme of stories and communities within Oxford and journeys to and from Oxford.
We are looking for artists to design and create lanterns with our partner schools to feature in this year’s lantern parade. The larger elements of the project will then be displayed over the Festival weekend at Oxford Castle. The lanterns should work separately as an installation, but also when put together as a whole, will tell a complete story.
The making of the lanterns will take place during workshops with school and community groups. The 3 or 4 large structures (puppets or lanterns) should be created within two day long workshops with secondary/college students (this might be over four days), and small structures should take not more than one day for groups of 30 primary school children. The complexity of the lanterns should reflect the students’ abilities and ages.
We are looking to see 3 – 4 large lantern designs and 2 or 3 smaller designs, before commissioning the final designs.
Artist’s Role Description
• The appointed artist(s) will be required to design the structures for the lantern parade.
• The appointed artist(s) should prepare and deliver a workshop/training session for college students who will assist in the workshops with schools.
• Work in collaboration with a small team of artists and the producers to ensure there is a cohesive vision.
• The lanterns must be striking and memorable, they must also be easily carried as part of the lantern parade and work well as an installation following the parade. Consideration should be given to making the lanterns as durable as possible (consider rain and outdoor weather!)
• The role will also include:
- Collaborating with a team of artists
- Liaising with the producers, Ian Nolan Events, who will be in charge of budgets, the buying of necessary materials and overall event management of the Christmas Light Festival
• The lanterns will be made during workshops with primary school groups, secondary schools, art groups and colleges. It is essential that all artists taking part in this project be experienced in leading engaging and enjoyable group workshops to create the lanterns.
• Artists applying must have their own public liability insurance (£2m) and provide a detailed risk assessment for the make.
• Please be aware that you will need a valid DBS certificate for the role, issued within the last 12 months. Please make us aware when you apply, whether you have this. This can be facilitated by Ian Nolan Events / Oxford City Council.
• The producing partnership retains all rights over designs commissioned, creative themes and content at all times.

Submissions received
Artist confirmed
Designs to be confirmed by the end of the month

Workshop with assistant lantern workshop artists from local college
Workshop delivery

Workshop delivery

Workshop delivery
Event delivery – artists are required to attend the parade

Evaluation and Debrief

Sessions and Fees
The producing partnership is open to discussion regarding the delivery of the workshops – artists may not be required to deliver all workshops in the partner schools, but they should be available to assist artists, should they undertake these sessions in the lead artist’s place.
The fee is £250 per full day (pro rata) inclusive of expenses e.g travel, accommodation and per diems. A fee of £80 will be paid to artists to attend the Friday night event (exact times to be confirmed, but not longer than 4 hours). A design fee of £80 per lantern commissioned.
Please let us know your availability throughout October and November when workshops will take place.
The procession team will arrange for collection of all lanterns and delivery to the start point of the procession. The supervision of children during workshops and the event will remain the responsibility of the school/group leader.
How to Apply
If you would like to apply to be part of our team of artists working on the Christmas Light Festival procession, please send us a CV and a short cover letter, outlining your experience working with school and community groups on art work of this scale.
Please also include a paragraph describing your initial ideas and initial sketches (accurate, to scale drawings are not required at this stage).
Applications should be sent to by noon on Monday 14th August 2017. We would like to meet with artists in w/c 28th Aug to confirm.
Contact Details: 
Applications should be sent to by noon on Monday 14th August 2017.