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Are you looking for new job opportunities in children’s social care? We’re recruiting qualified staff to support families to be successful. We offer excellent training, career development, salary & working environment (including agile & flexible working). Find out more at www.tameside.gov.uk/workingfortameside
You've got the skills, we'll give you the opportunities.

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We're so proud of one of our young people in care who was a finalist in the regional You Can Foster Inspiring Stories competition.
The story ‘What Friendship is all about’ was shortlisted for the age 9-13 category in the competition, which aimed to celebrate the creativity of children in foster care.
A panel of celebrated poets, performers and authors including Tony “Longfella” Walsh, who is originally from Tameside, read and judged the entries. The shortlisted entry from the... young Tameside entrant, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is showcased on the You Can Foster website at http://youcanfoster.org/what-friendship-all-about
Each of the competition winners is set to receive an artistic illustration of their story in the style of a book cover that beautifully represents the themes and characters within their stories, all of which can be seen at http://youcanfoster.org/inspiring-stories
Though the competition winners’ names need to remain anonymous, the stories they tell reveal a real sense of the value and motivation that foster carers instil in the young and the profound way in which they can help shape young lives for the better. Everyone shortlisted will receive a commemorative certificate.
The You Can Foster campaign, supported by Tameside Council, aims to help raise the profile of fostering and recruit more local authority foster carers.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “We are very proud that one of our children in care was shortlisted in the competition, which in itself has told an inspiring story of the talent and resilience of looked after children who have overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve well.
“Our foster carers play an invaluable role in providing stable and nurturing homes for children and young people in care and helping them to be the best they can be. Many of the entries to the inspiring stories competition highlighted the positive difference foster carers make to these young people’s lives. I would urge anyone interested in fostering to get in touch to find out more.”
Tameside Council foster carers receive excellent training and support as well as an attractive allowance. The fostering team want to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds who may be able to provide a stable and caring home. To find out more call 0161 368 8865 or see http://youcanfoster.org/
#ProudTameside #YouCanFoster #FosterLocal

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The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marches through Ashton. For the full video see http://www.tameside.gov.uk/video/regimentmarch
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The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marches through Ashton.
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ASHTON's Christmas Market was a huge success with record crowds visiting the town centre to enjoy the opening celebrations. More than 7000 people attended the spectacular event, which included a magical Winter Wonderland Lantern Parade, Christmas Lights Switch-on and show-stopping firework display. Watch this video to see the Parade for yourself.
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The Black Knight and Tameside Terrible Tales

SCALLYWAGS Theatre are back to tell some terrible tales about Tameside's horrible history. Stories and activities that would make the Black Knight quiver and shake. Fun for all the family.

11am to 3pm at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton, on Friday, February 23.

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The Black Knight and Tameside Terrible Tales
ScallyWags Theatre Company are back to tell some terrible tales about Tameside’s horrible history. There will be stories and activities that would make the Black Knight quiver and shake! This event is FREE to attend and lots of fun for all the family. Hope to see you there!!
11am to 3pm Friday 23 February at Portland Basin Museum

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Do You Need A Free NHS Flu Jab?

As Summer leaves us and autumn arrives it’s time to check if you are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination. It could save your life or that of someone you love.

Flu is highly infectious illness which causes fever, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles with extreme tiredness. For most people it is an unpleasant and self-limiting illness. But for some groups of people it can develop into a far more serious illness leading to a hosp...ital admission and for some people even death.

Anyone can catch flu but if you are any of the following you are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination
Aged 65 and over;
Resident in a care home
Pregnant (midwives can vaccinate)
Caring for someone who is frail or disabled;
Diagnosed with a long-term health condition
Immunosuppressed
Have a BMI of 40 or more
Aged 2-4 years old (delivered only by your GP)
In Reception to Year 4 primary classes (delivered in school by Intrahealth)

This is because these groups are either particularly vulnerable to illness and complications, or are at a greater risk of spreading infection to those at risk. The flu vaccination is needed every year as its tailor made to protect you from this winter’s flu strains.

If you are a parent of a young child don’t worry if they don’t like needles – the vaccination for children comes in the form of a nasal spray.

GPs and participating Pharmacists in Tameside and Glossop have now opened their flu clinics - make sure you get in touch with your doctor or local pharmacy to find out where and when you can get your flu vaccination. Most people do get their vaccination so don’t miss out on yours.

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YOUNG people will get the chance to enjoy an educational trip to Snowdonia thanks to Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC).
TASC was successful with a funding application to the Field Studies Council, which provides informative and enjoyable opportunities for young people to discover and explore the environment.
It has been awarded £3,000 to take a team of 24 looked-after young people from Tameside to Snowdonia on two separate day trips.
The application was completed by TA...SC Level 2 Apprentice Beth Robinson in conjunction with veterans from TASC.
The project will see young people aged 12 to 17 learn about the environment and take part in adventure type activities. It aims to develop their confidence and team-working skills and will be a great addition to their CVs.
Tameside Council’s Children’s Services and staff volunteers will help with the trips. They are still being organised but are due to take place in late spring.
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s Armed Forces Lead, said: “What a fabulous opportunity for our young people to visit beautiful Snowdonia to experience a wealth of challenging and exciting outdoor activities alongside our ex-service community.”
The fund focuses on providing opportunities for vulnerable children who may not otherwise have access to such experiences.

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A lasting memorial to the Manchester terror attack victims is being created in Hyde Park.
A permanent bee-shaped flowerbed will serve as a floral tribute, while a plaque will also be installed as a reminder that Tameside will always stand in solidarity and that those who tragically lost their lives will never be forgotten.
Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) is working with schools, colleges, community groups and families affected by the attack to plant the sustainable f...lowers.
TASC applied for funding from the We Stand Together Fund and has now had the grant approved. Staff spent a weekend with students from All Saints College planting the cuttings for the flowerbed. They were excited to see the final outcome, which will contain over 1,000 plants.
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s Armed Forces Lead, said: “The community response to what happened in Manchester has been remarkable and projects like this are exactly what we need to bring everyone together.”
The planting scheme will take place in the week commencing Monday, 19 March, with the frame being put into place, followed later in the week with schools, families and veterans assisting in the planting of the bee.

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Thinking of a new career? We're recruiting foster carers to provide stable & nurturing homes for local children & young people. In return we offer excellent training, support & an allowance. Find out more at our informal fostering drop in at Dukinfield Library on Monday 26 February 9am to 1pm or call 0161 368 8865 www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering
#BestJobintheWorld #YouCanFoster

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Tameside Council added 2 new photos from February 20.
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We'll be posting live from The Hack at Tameside College over the next two days, where young people have been set digital challenges to overcome from local industry figures #Hack18

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Instrumental Explosion

TRY out musical instruments – including your voice – and have some fun making music. Free sessions run by Tameside Music Service for children aged five to 12, their parents and carers. No need to book. Just drop in.

Today at Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, 10.45 to 11.45am.

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Space Mission

YOUNGSTERS aged seven to 10 are welcome at Stalybridge Library, Trinity Street, today (11am to noon) for a free workshop all about descriptive sentences. Book your place on 0161 338 2708.

www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries

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Nature and Nestboxes

WITH spring and the nesting season only a month away, come and give our feathered friends a helping hand.

On Wednesday, February 21, help us to create a giant nest in the woods and build a birdbox to take home.

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Drop-in, noon to 3pm, in Cheetham's Park, Stalybridge. £3 charge per nestbox.

www.tameside.gov.uk/culture

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Coffee Club

ROLES were reversed for volunteers from the weekly coffee morning at West End Methodist Church, Ashton, when they visited Dukinfield Town Hall. For once it was their turn to be waited on as they enjoyed coffee, tea and biscuits with the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman.

www.tameside.gov.uk/mayor

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Instrumental Explosion

TRY out musical instruments – including your voice – and have some fun making music. Free sessions run by Tameside Music Service for children aged five to 12, their parents and carers. No need to book. Just drop in.

Today at Hyde Library, Hyde Town Hall, 10.30 to 11.30am.

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Day at the Zoo

CHILDREN aged five and six are welcome at Denton Library today (1 to 2pm) for a free workshop all about rhyming descriptions. Book your place on 0161 342 3406.

www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries

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Half-term Fun

WATCH out for these workshops at Tameside libraries over the coming week.

www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries

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Where's My Igloo Gone?

AN Inuit girl called Oolik discovers that her igloo home is melting and goes on an extraordinary adventure to find help.

Fun theatre and live music by the Bone Ensemble and most suitable for children aged five and over.

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Tickets are £3 per child but adults are free (one per child). To book and get showtimes ring 0161 342 4144.

Tuesday, February 20, at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Trinity Street, Stalybridge.

www.tameside.gov.uk/culture

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