Due to the current COVID19 situation this Army HIVE is closed but our staff continue to work from home and are available during office hours to answer your queries by email. Colerne HIVE is also contactable via phone.

If you want to ensure that you receive the very latest information including official Army COVID19 advice and guidance to Serving Personnel and their Families, please sign up using the ‘Follow by Email’ link. We abide by the Data Protection Act and you can withdraw your permission to receive our emails at any time by using the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of every update email you receive.

Please also see HIVE’s other social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyHIVE and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo


Thursday, 29 November 2018

Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant - Regulars

The Armed Forces Covenant provides you, as serving personnel, and your family with practical support and advice to help you.

Some policies will apply to you and others will not. This section of the website will direct you to the right place on GOV.UK and other trusted resources so that you can see what is available.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is here to support you in your role as a reservist, helping you to balance your civilian work with being part of the armed forces.
Your employer can support you in maintaining this balance by signing the covenant. They can pledge specific measures to make it easier for you to meet your reserve service commitments, such as offering extra paid leave to attend annual training or career courses.
To read more on the website, CLICK HERE

Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant - Families

Families offer considerable support to those serving, or those who have served in the armed forces. There are specific initiatives under the Armed Forces Covenant to support family life in the armed forces and for veteran families.

To read more information on the website, CLICK HERE

Support & Advice From The Armed Forces Covenant

For those leaving the Armed Forces, please

For those who have already left the Armed Forces, please

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Nuffield Centre - Anglesey

The Nuffield Centre at the Joint Service Mountain Training Centre Indefatigable provides affordable accommodation for Service Personnel and their families in North Wales on the banks of the Menai Strait.  The Nuffield Centre is unrivalled as a base for exploring the coast and mountains of North Wales . Only a minutes drive from the A55 and A5, the access is easy and the scenery stunning.

Beneficiaries- The object of the Charity is to ‘promote the welfare and efficiency of the Forces of the Crown either by the provision of facilities for recreation or by any other means’. The Trust therefore finances recreational and welfare amenities and facilities that will benefit those actually serving in the Armed Forces but which are not provided by public funds and which are beyond the resources of other non-public funds. In this context, the ‘Armed Forces’ does not include Ex-Servicemen or Cadet Forces.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Give Us Time Respite Breaks

Give Us Time was founded by former Defence Minister Liam Fox in 2012 and their mission is to give military families precious time together, particularly after a long deployment or exercise. They recognise the vital role family plays in providing a support system for our brave military personnel and that time together is crucial to strengthen this bond.

Holiday accommodation is generously donated by holiday companies or private owners. Give Us Time then matches these with British Service personnel who are in need of rest and quality time to spend with their families.

Give Us Time holidays are almost always accommodation only, except in exceptional circumstances.

For further information and to register online,

Thursday, 22 November 2018

UK Education Systems - A Guide For Service Families

To read this guide online at the Gov.uk website,

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Monday, 19 November 2018

Free Distance Learning Courses In The Care Sector

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To visit the New College Swindon website,

Friday, 16 November 2018

Weekly Wellbeing Checkup - Address Your Stress

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To visit the Mental Health Foundation's website,

First Aid For Children & Parents

Camomile Cafe (Corsham) -

Daisy First Aid (Swindon/Cirencester) -

Mini First Aid (Bath/Swindon/North Wilts) -

British First Aid -

St Johns Ambulance -

First Aid For Life -


Some of these websites also offer online training or can send you a free first aid guide.

Pet First Aid Courses

Woozelbears, Melksham -  CLICK HERE

Dog First Aid Ltd - CLICK HERE

The Canine First Aid Company - CLICK HERE

Friends For Pets - CLICK HERE

Bath Canine Academy - CLICK HERE

Some of these websites also offer online training.

You can also order a free first aid guide from PDSA via the website. To do this, CLICK HERE

Get The Free Defence Discount Service App For Offers & High Street Savings

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Wiltshire Mind - Mental Health Support

Are you struggling at work?  Are you in need of Mental Health support?  At some point in our lives we are all likely to struggle and things may reach breaking point.  At Wiltshire Mind we want to reach people at the earliest point to provide help and support. 

Wiltshire Mind, your local Mental Health Charity holds an Evening Support Group to support those, primarily who are in work but feel stressed, depressed, lacking in confidence or are just in need of mental health support. 

The weekly group offers support, information and signposting to other services as well as friendship.  The group is held at our offices in the High Street, Melksham from 6pm to 8pm on a Tuesday evening.  There is no need to book, just call in.

To find out more, 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Keeping Children Safe When Away From Home

It's something every parent experiences. The day that their child starts asking if they can go out on their own or with friends. It's just a natural part of their growing independence and, like every part of growing up, it can be a challenging hurdle for a parent to overcome.

CLICK HERE for advice from the NSPCC

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Have You Been A Victim Of Fraud Or ID Theft?

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud or identity theft, report it by or by calling 0300 123 2040

DDS Discounts On New & Used Cars

EMC Forces Cars are Europe’s largest Military and Diplomatic dealership specialising in the supply of new and used vehicles to our Armed Forces, Ex Forces and their families in the UK and Overseas as well as Diplomatic personnel, Missions and Agencies worldwide.

To take advantage of this offer, CLICK HERE to visit the DDS website and type 'cars' in the search box. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see the EMC Forces Cars logo.

If you haven't already, you can sign up to the Defence Discount Service for free online, or pay a small fee to receive a card you can use on the High Street.

To visit the EMC website, CLICK HERE

Splitz Support Service

Splitz is an independent charity and leading provider of domestic abuse support services in Southwest England. Splitz has a key role in shaping strategy and policy through participation in local strategy groups, domestic abuse forums and by lobbying local, regional and national government.

As a service user-led provider, Splitz work with partner agencies and the local community to research and forecast support needs, and develop and deliver a range of quality services and other solutions. Their services are developed with input from service users and others in the local community.

2018 saw the official launch of Splitz latest venture in Wiltshire – The Phoenix Project. Phoenix is the new domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for Wiltshire and Swindon.

To find out more about the support services Splitz provides in Wiltshire, including The Pheonix Project, please CLICK HERE

*Please note that you can pick up a leaflet or access the internet confidentially on a public computer in the HIVE. Opening times Mon-Thurs 0830-1630,
Fri 0830-1510.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Little Troopers Homecoming Support

Homecoming is so different for every family and that’s just fine, if you meet them or if you wait at home for your serving person to return, every family finds what works for them and as we all know it is very much subject to change when you get a homecoming date so try not to build up to one day to be disappointed.

To read more advice and hints from Little Troopers, CLICK HERE

To see the activity sheets available, including a template for 'Welcome Home Bunting' CLICK HERE

The Veterans & Reserves Mental Health Programme

If you have served in the Armed Forces since 1982 and have as a result suffered from mental health problems, the Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP) may be able to help you.

For further information, CLICK HERE

Armed Forces (Modernised Guidance) About Visas & Immigration

Modernised guidance about how UK Visas and Immigration deals with members of the armed forces.

For further information, CLICK HERE

Friday, 2 November 2018

SSAFA Support For Reservists

Volunteer Reserve Forces from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force are respected for their flexibility, including their ability to serve across a range of operation.

SSAFA know that the pressures of holding down a jog, along with active military service, may also be challenging for Reservists and their families.

To find out more about the support SSAFA can offer,

Support For Reservists

As a reservist, there’s a great deal of support available to you. If you have any questions relating to civilian employment that haven’t been answered in the rights and responsibilities for reservists and employers section on this site, or you are experiencing difficulties with your employer, you can contact your Unit Employer Support Officer.
Each unit has an Employer Support Officer who is the main authority on employer issues. Your detachment commander or Permanent Staff Administrative Officer (PSAO) will be able to put you in touch. Employer Support Officers can give you legal advice or tips on how best to talk to your employer to encourage them to support your reserve service.
You can also contact us for advice on the DRM helpline (0800 389 5459) or report disadvantage at work online.
To visit the Defence Relationship Management website, CLICK HERE

The Contribution Of The Reserve Forces Over The Last Century

For over a century the reserve forces of the United Kingdom have made an essential contribution to the defence of the nation. As the UK armed forces take on a greater contingent of reserves to train and deploy together with regulars as part of a ‘whole force’, ‘A history of our reserves’ reflects on the heroic contributions of individual reservists over the last century.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

Deployment Support For Reservists & Families

For those in the Reserves, being deployed on operational duty can be a life-changing experience - they are pitched into an environment that can be both hostile and totally alien to them. For those left behind the absence can also create problems which they may find difficult to deal with.

To read more on the website, CLICK HERE

Joining Forces - Access To Credit Unions For Military Personnel

The Ministry of Defence is supporting three of the UK’s leading credit unions to join forces and make saving simple and loans more affordable to the Armed Forces and its Veterans. The money is deducted straight from your pay or pension so you don’t have to think about it.

To read the full details, CLICK HERE

Adoption & Fostering

There are many Service personnel and families who are both willing and well suited to the adoption and fostering of children, and at the same time there is a great demand for loving, secure homes for Looked After Children.  The MOD have published a new DIN that sets out the policy provisions to support Service personnel who would like to adopt or foster in accordance with the relevant guidance and legislation, particularly the Children and Families Act 2014.
If you are interested please contact your HIVE for a copy of the DIN, or speak to your unit welfare staff for further detail.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Deployment Support

Please visit your local HIVE for a copy of this guide.

Alternatively you can CLICK HERE to read it online, or it can be emailed to you-please contact Colerne HIVE for further details-


Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting all children with one or both parents serving in the British Armed Forces, Regular or Reserve. They provide fundamental resources, initiatives and events to ease and aid repeated separation periods, aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

While a family member is deployed there are a range of family welfare support options available. This section aims to provide you with information and links to relevant websites to help you through what may be a difficult and at times lonely period.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

10 Ways To Look After Your Mental Health

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To visit the Mental Health Foundation website,