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Friday, 28 September 2018

IMPACT - Swindon & Wiltshire Active Recovery Service

We are dedicated to promoting wellbeing and recovery from addiction when you feel ready to take those steps.

Swindon & Wiltshire Active Recovery Service (IMPACT) is a free & confidential service for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's substance use. Our team of specialist works are skilled in helping people decide what changes they want to make, and whether you need intensive support or just some brief advice, we will support you.

We provide evening sessions for those who cannot attend during the working day and can offer online tools to make accessing support as easy as possible.

If you can’t stop taking a substance even when you want to, or how much you use plays on your mind, you may benefit from having a chat with one of our team members. Fill in our assessment form or call us on 0345 603 6993.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Batheaston Baby & Toddler Group

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Updated Colerne To Chippenham School Bus Timetable

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To visit the Faresaver website, CLICK HERE

Etsy Made Local - Swindon - Sunday 2nd December 2018

You can follow the event on Facebook or to visit the organisers website, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

SSAFA Gurkha Services

SSAFA is committed to providing Gurkha veterans and their families with lifelong support, no matter what the circumstances.
Gurkha Services, as part of our Specialist Services team, provide tailored support for Gurkhas and their families who have settled in the UK. 
We work collaboratively with other Gurkha specific organisations such as Gurkha Welfare Trust, Gurkha Brigade Association, Army Welfare Service, Gurkha communities and others.
For more details, CLICK HERE

Monday, 24 September 2018

Payday Loan Payoff

Worrying where to go after Wonga?
Plane Saver offer members the chance to pay off any their Payday Loans, consolidating their repayments into one monthly repayment straight from their pay. 
Loans of up to £1,000 are available to members who wish to pay off their payday loans.
To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Continued Services For Ex-Military Spouses

Did you know that if you are a former military spouse, you can still get free support through Big White Wall?

You may also be entitled to continue using the Defence Discount Service for which you can sign up for free for online discounts, or pay £5 for a 5-year discount card.

To visit the Big White Wall website, CLICK HERE

To visit the DDS website, CLICK HERE

Monday, 17 September 2018

Common Questions About The HIVE Blog

Q.I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog, so how can I sign up to receive daily alerts so I don't miss any new updates on the blog? 

A. Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (top - left hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email/alert every day that the Blog is updated. Alternatively contact the HIVE and they will do it on your behalf. 
By using the alert gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest.

Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.

A. You can browse the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom left hand side of the homepage or click on a specific label heading on left hand panel.
Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted to find out about information on employment in the local area  just type Job vacancy into the box and  relevant posts will be displayed.

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A. Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the blog home page) and your poster or information will be uploaded for you - free of charge. 

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Mental Health App For Veterans

Following the successful launch of the innovative Joining Forces Mental Health Awareness app for Serving Military Personnel, a similar app is now also available for veterans. 

The Veterans Mental Heath app includes help and guidance on key mental conditions, much like the Joining Forces app. 

It also features videos of veterans telling their own stories. One veteran who has used the app said: It really helped me to know I am not alone. 

The app can be download for free on Apple or Android devices and users can receive guidance and identify with those in similar situations. 

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing access to mental health services to members of the armed forces, their families and veterans. 

This includes access to the Combat Stress 24-hour helpline, e-learning packages for GPs, and the Big White Wall, an online service providing help 24/7.

Are Your Dependent Children Registered On JPA?

Declaring dependent Service children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of Service housing and potential assignments.

To complete the registration process, the military member of the family should provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to their unit HR who will complete the JPA process.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

MOD & Samaritans Launch Pocket Support Book For Armed Forces

A new pocket guide has been launched to help the Armed Forces spot and support those who may be struggling with their mental health and considering suicide.

The guide, jointly launched by Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence, gives advice on how to identify signs that someone may be having difficulties, suggests ways of offering support, and gives information on where help can be found.

The guide builds on the range of support already available to Service personnel who are struggling with their mental health, including access to specialist mental health care, training and education on good mental fitness.

Specifically designed to promote peer support amongst those serving, the guide champions “looking after your mates”, and covers:

* Identifying someone struggling to cope with mental health issues
* Understanding the complexity of suicide
* Knowing when to intervene, support and report
* Where to get further support, including the Samaritans service, whose volunteers are available any time, via phone and email or in person at the charity’s 201 branches, and the recently launched Combat Stress 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline.

Samaritans and the MOD have announced several joint initiatives to offer training and support to Serving personnel, veterans, and their families who are struggling with mental health issues.

The Samaritans programme has been funded by £3.5m of LIBOR money, and the guide is the latest part of this programme. A separate booklet is set to be launched for veterans, and the wider military community.

The next stage of the project will include the launch of other peer support tools, specially designed training courses for military personnel and a confidential webchat service. Training for Samaritans volunteers on how address mental health in a military environment will also be introduced.

The booklet will also help personnel spot signs that colleagues may be having suicidal thoughts and provides information on how such a situation should be approached, and where support is available.

The Ministry of Defence is now spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for personnel. In February of this year, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline for serving personnel and their families, funded by the MOD and run by the charity Combat Stress.

To view the pocket support book, CLICK HERE
or to visit the Samaritans website, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Active Wiltshire

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Corsham Activities

Corsham Baby & Toddler Groups

Using Social Media - A Military Guide

The use of social media is accepted by Defence and, when used appropriately, should be encouraged. 

The issue we face is not why or how we use social media, but how well we use it. The government has produced a useful guide that tells you what is and isn’t acceptable social media behaviour for military personnel.

Please note that although this is aimed at Serving personnel, to ensure safety some advice is still relevant for spouses, dependants, etc.

CLICK HERE to read or print the guide