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Central Bedfordshire libraries celebrate Black History Month

October is Black History Month, so here are some highlights from the great selection of books by black writers in Central Bedfordshire libraries: The Sellout by Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize in 2016, and is a biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the … Continue reading “Central Bedfordshire libraries celebrate Black History Month”

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New opening hours for libraries

As of 1 October, Central Bedfordshire libraries have changed their opening hours. Following a public consultation last year, the council responded to residents’ views and have realigned opening hours across its libraries. Despite having to work with reduced funding, the council is bucking the national trend by ensuring all of its libraries remain open, and … Continue reading “New opening hours for libraries”

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Jobs Fairs

There are two Jobs Fairs taking place in September where local employers will be promoting their current vacancies. There will also be a number of training providers on hand promoting their current courses, offering employment support and employment advice. Leighton Buzzard Library, LU7 1RX – Tuesday 19 September starting at 1.30pm through to 3pm Biggleswade Baptist … Continue reading “Jobs Fairs”

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Improve your IT skills

Are you looking for a job but find your IT skills are holding you back? You can achieve a recognised IT qualification to give you a head start. Taken over 18 weeks, this course will cover a number of widely used computer packages to improve skills and confidence, including: using the internet email staying safe online word processing … Continue reading “Improve your IT skills”

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Volunteer display space in council offices

Central Bedfordshire Council are committed to promoting and sharing the fantastic work of our Central Bedfordshire volunteers. From the end of September, the council office reception area at Priory House, Chicksands will have a designated display area where local volunteer engaging groups can display information about both their organisations and the people who volunteer with them, with … Continue reading “Volunteer display space in council offices”

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Time to apply for school places!

If you’ve got a child or children who are due to start school in September 2018 or transfer to middle, secondary or upper school, then applications are now open. The deadline for applications for transferring to secondary and upper schools is 31 October 2017, and you’ve got until 15 January 2018 if you’re applying for a … Continue reading “Time to apply for school places!”

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Inter Faith Week 2017

Inter Faith Week 2017 will take place from Sunday 12 November to Sunday 19 November. Building good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs is part of the year-round work of many people and organisations across the UK. Having a special Week provides a focal point, helping to open inter faith … Continue reading “Inter Faith Week 2017”

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Supporting Veterans and their families

Anyone that served in any of our Armed Forces and their families can come to SSAFA for confidential advice or support. The Bedfordshire Branch of SSAFA has an experienced team of case workers and visitors that are committed to giving help and support to veterans and serving personnel, and their families. Our commitment is to … Continue reading “Supporting Veterans and their families”

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The Salvation Army – supporting people in debt

When debts spiral out of control people find it hard to sleep at night because they don’t know how they are going to feed their children tomorrow let alone pay the bills.  Help is at hand at the Salvation Army Debt Advice Service in Dunstable. Regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority, The Debt Advice Service … Continue reading “The Salvation Army – supporting people in debt”

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Business rate relief to help your business grow

Central Bedfordshire Council is consulting on a new scheme which could see many small businesses get money back/discount on their business rates. In April this year, many businesses saw their business rate bills increase after a revaluation of property value by the Government. The Government is now making a £300m relief fund available to help … Continue reading “Business rate relief to help your business grow”

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Apprenticeships – everyone wins

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised programme that combines on-the-job practical skills with academic learning. It provides employers with a great opportunity to recruit fresh talent or boost the skills and knowledge of existing staff. The Central Bedfordshire Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention offers apprenticeships in: Early Years Supporting Teaching and Learning Health and … Continue reading “Apprenticeships – everyone wins”

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New Engineering and Construction Skills Centre for Leighton Buzzard

A bright new future awaits Central Bedfordshire College with the creation of the long-awaited new Engineering and Construction Skills Centre in Leighton Buzzard. The new Centre is based on Chartmoor Road and has opened its doors to the first cohort of students this September 2017. Central Bedfordshire College is proud to have worked in partnership with … Continue reading “New Engineering and Construction Skills Centre for Leighton Buzzard”

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Central Bedfordshire College Open Days

Find out more about Open Days coming up at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC). At CBC we take pride in the fact that 98% of all our students progress into employment or higher education, we think it’s our job to get you where you want to be in life. Come and find out how Central Bedfordshire … Continue reading “Central Bedfordshire College Open Days”

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Find Your Future – free careers and employment event

Central Bedfordshire Council is organising a free careers and employment event on Thursday, 2 November. The ‘Find Your Future’ event is being held at The Incuba in Dunstable, from 9.30am to 6.30pm. It’s a great opportunity for youngsters thinking about their future career and residents looking for work, training opportunities or advice about getting back … Continue reading “Find Your Future – free careers and employment event”

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Sport England New Funding Released – Tackling Inactivity

Sport England have just launched a £3 million fund to tackle inactivity and economic disadvantage. The funding is about more than getting people active. At the heart of it is using sport and physical activity to improve lives and communities. If you have a proposal, and would like help with your funding application please contact … Continue reading “Sport England New Funding Released – Tackling Inactivity”

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