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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Family Matters With ABF - The Soldiers' Charity

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Friday, 25 January 2019

Project JEMS - Jobs & Education For Military Families South West

Project JEMS aims to enhance the opportunities for education, training and employment for adult family members of Service Personnel in the South West of England.

In order to find out which of the education, training or job opportunities match your interests and qualifications, we need to collect some information about you. If you provide your email address as part of this survey, we will keep you updated with relevant opportunities.

To access the surveyCLICK HERE

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Colerne HIVE who has made contact with Project JEMS regarding North Wiltshire military families.

Distressed Wild Animals - Advice From The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital

Advice from the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital
What should I do if I come across a wild animal in distress?
There’s no easy answer to this question, as every case is unique.  However, we’ve put together some basic guidelines which are designed to minimise stress for animals and to assist people in managing the situation.

  • Stop and think carefully about what you’re doing before rushing in.
  • Phone us and check first if you’re unsure about anything.
  • Take note of the location where you found the animal, including any landmarks or nearby buildings.  If appropriate, try to mark the spot so you can find it again easily.
  • Make sure you don’t endanger your own life or others’ lives.
  • If you come across an injured animal on the road, make sure it is safe to stop and pull off the road.  Use hazard lights and a reflector.
  • Try to assess the situation – if an animal is injured, is it safe for you to pick it up?
  • Animals in distress are frightened and may be in pain.  To prevent injury to yourself, avoid handling the animal.
  • All wild animals may carry diseases – be cautious and wear protective clothing.
  • If the animal is immobile, you can place a blanket over it to keep it calm and warm.
  • Call us first before bringing the animal to the hospital, as it may need to be taken somewhere else.
  • Avoid feeding wild animals.  For example, many people don’t realise that feeding bread and milk to birds or hedgehogs will kill them.

What if I find an abandoned baby animal?
  • Baby animals should not be handled if possible.
  • Think about the situation carefully – perhaps the mother has left her young for a reason and will return later.
  • Phone us and check first if you’re unsure about anything.
  • If the animal needs to be moved because it’s in danger and does not appear to be injured, move it to a safer position nearby so the mother has a chance of finding it.
  • If the baby is abandoned, call us for advice.

Who to contact?
The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital deals with the rescue, care and release of injured, sick or orphaned indigenous animals.  We don’t handle cases of animal abuse or animals that are causing an inconvenience.
General enquiries: 01980 629470
Emergencies: 07850 778752
Email: enquiries@wildthingsres-q.org.uk
To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Home Start Kennet - Local Volunteering Opportunities

To find out more about the work Home Start do,

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Armed Forces Covenant

Moving again? The Armed Forces Covenant can help military spouses to avoid the employment gap.

Frequent job changes, gaps between employment and having to put off starting a business are some of the burdens that partners of deployable personnel have to bear.
But prospects for Service partners are changing.  According to Defence Relationship Management (DRM), to date, more than 1260 private and public sector organisations and charities have signed the Covenant. And better still, through the Armed Forces Covenant, employers are getting better at creating programmes of support for military spouses. Some of which have meant that partners of deployed Servicemen and women no longer need to give up their job or put careers on hold.
To read more online, CLICK HERE
To read about other ways the Armed Forces Covenant can help military families, CLICK HERE

Meningitis & Septicaemia - Know The Signs

For further information on the website, CLICK HERE

SSAFA Forcesline

SSAFA Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving (regulars and reserves) and ex-service men and women from the Armed Forces and for their families. As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.

To visit the SSAFA Forcesline website, CLICK HERE

Social Housing Prioritised For Veterans With PTSD

Former service personnel suffering from PTSD or other mental illnesses will be prioritised for social housing under new proposals.

For more information please CLICK HERE

Friday, 11 January 2019

Health Visitor - New Clinic Times At The Three Shires Medical Practice, Colerne

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The Three Shires Surgery in Colerne hosts a drop-in clinic with the Health Visitor Cathy,
every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
0900-1030hrs (no appointment needed)

To read more about Family Health on the surgery website, please CLICK HERE

MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

CLICK HERE to find out how it works and to search for a provider or course

International HIVE

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To visit the iHIVE blog, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

NHS Mental Health Care For Veterans Leaflet

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To view and/or download this flyer please CLICK HERE

UK Armed Forces Veterans' Health Gambling Study

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AFF - Army Families Federation - What Is AFF?

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The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of live for Army families around the world - on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle.

AFF is independent of the Army and can offer confidential advice, dealing with your enquiry without revealing your identity.

AFF is often pivotal in achieving improvements for Army families such as changes to Government and military policy plus changes to the delivery of how things are provided for families. AFF does not do this by itself; their role is to highlight problems to the Chain of Command or service providers, and to work with them and other agencies to improve the support thy provide to Service families.

To visit the website,

Monday, 7 January 2019

Amber - Transforming Lives

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger Service

YoungMinds crisis messenger service. 

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus, and it's 24/7. 

To visit the website,

Veterans' Universal Passport Evaluation

Veterans’ Universal Passport (VUP) evaluation

Please find below a link to a recently published evaluation report on the Veterans’ Universal Passport (VUP) pilot project, that was developed by Diane Palmer (Midlands and East TILS) and piloted within the NHS.

The VUP was designed in response to veterans complaining about retelling their stories to multiple professionals and to support carers in understanding who is involved with providing treatment and support to their loved ones. In addition to confirming someone’s veteran status and therefore their entitlements under the Armed Forces Covenant, the Passport is also intended to help professionals gain a better understanding of who else is supporting the individual.

The research has been undertaken by the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research at Anglian Ruskin University and funded by NHS England, with the associated report combining two separate evaluations. The first reports the results of a survey-based evaluation and demographic analysis of the initial 63 veterans to be issued with the VUP between June 2016 and October 2017. The second report outlines a supplementary qualitative evaluation in which in-depth feedback interviews were carried out with veterans, their carers, and health and social care professionals.

For further information, please email diane.palmer6@nhs.net

Career Transition Partnership - 2019 Employment Fairs

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) organises around 70 Employment Fairs, Industry Awareness Days and Company Presentations at Regional Resettlement Centres (RRCs) around the UK and in Germany every year. They’re a great opportunity for Service leavers to network with potential employers and to find out about different sectors. As well as checking out the opportunities, you’ll be able to find out what qualifications you need.

To see the events lined up for 2019 CLICK HERE

If you are unable to attend an event in person, please check out the online events and webchats from the drop down box on the web page.

NHS Gym Free Workouts - Sofa Workout

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Kick start this January with these equipment-free workouts for all levels. To see the full list, CLICK HERE

Friday, 4 January 2019

Future For Heroes

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To access the Future For Heroes website, please CLICK HERE

NHS Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention & Liasion Service

The Veteran's Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service is available across England for Armed Forces personnel approaching discharge and for veterans. The Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) provides the services across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the South West of England.
Staff have a wealth of experience in mental health and are appropriately trained to provide an efficient and effective service to veterans and forces personnel coming up to discharge. The clinicians all have experience of working in military settings as serving or civilian personnel and so have a particular understanding of the issues veterans face.
The service seeks to provide increased access and treatment to appropriate and timely mental health services for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans with mental health difficulties.
For self-referrals-
Tel: 0300 555 0112

For further information, CLICK HERE

Combat Stress - Here For Veterans, Serving Personnel & Military Families


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Combat Stress have also produced handy wallet cards promoting mental health awareness for Serving personnel.

The cards feature a set of Five Signs associated with mental health and is a simple self-check to help identify potential early signs of stress or poor mental health.

To visit the Combat Stress website, CLICK HERE

Veterans Gateway

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M4 Karting - Military Discount Available

Race nights, kids parties, team endurance challenger and special offers are available at M4 Karting, the premier indoor Karting and Mini Moto centre in the South West.

Contact the HIVE or ask at M4 Karting reception for details of the military discounts available. To visit the website, please

Current offers also available-

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Action On Hearing Loss - Aged Veterans Project

Please CLICK HERE to view/download the leaflet on the Aged Veterans Project (hearing loss and/or tinnitus)

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Amey Defence Housing - Unknown Mail

You are advised to mark any mail not addressed to you as ‘return to sender’ and put it back into the postal system. Any utility bills not addressed to you can be passed back to your Housing Accommodation Officer

Amey Defence Housing - Repairs & Maintenance

It’s Amey's job to maintain and repair your Service Family Accommodation (SFA) when something goes wrong. They're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so if something needs to be fixed, you can contact them at anytime.

To raise a non-urgent repair, you can submit a form on the Amey website. To visit the site, CLICK HERE

To read more about Amey's responsibilities, safety inspections and repair response times, CLICK HERE

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you precious time to escape. They are cheap, easy to get hold of, and simple to install.

-Test them once a week, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds

-Change the batteries once a year (unless mains powered or fitted with a ten year battery)

-Replace the whole unit every ten years

-Clean your smoke alarms every three months by using the soft brush of your vacuum cleaner to remove any excess dust

To read more on the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue website, CLICK HERE

Amey Defence Housing - Complaints Procedures & Compensation

There are three stages to the Complaints procedures.

Stage One is raised via Amey, where you can submit the compliant via text message, online form, webchat, messenger or by phone.

Should Amey not be able to resolve your issue, Stage Two is via DIO (Defence Infrastructure Organisation) and this can be done online, via email or by letter.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive at the first two stages, you can escalate your complaint to the Independent Housing Review Panel via letter.
For further details, CLICK HERE

Missed Appointments?
Significant Defect(s) at Move-In?

Please CLICK HERE for a factsheet about the SFA compensation scheme

Amey Defence Housing - Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On & Furniture Forms

The following checklists and forms can all be found online on the Amey website-CLICK HERE to read these online.

Alternatively please contact the HIVE for printed copies.

For enquiries about loss of entitlement to SFA resulting from retirement, redundancy, discharge or estrangement, please contact the Loss of Entitlement Team who can also give you a reference should you next housing provider or landlord need one.

Telephone: 01904 418000 or 94510 8000

Email: diosdaccn-loeteam@mod.gov.uk

To visit the relevant section of the Gov.uk website,