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This Army HIVE is now open again for visitors. No appointment is necessary but please ensure that ‘Hands, Face, Space’ is adhered to within the HIVE building and office to protect all visitors and staff. Alternatively our staff are available to answer your queries by email and telephone during the advertised office hours.

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: www.facebook.com/ArmyHIVE and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo

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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



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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

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

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

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

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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

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,

Bottle Top Recycling With Lush


Did you know you can now send your bottle tops for free to Lush via your local post office. Just pop them in the envelope with: Freepost LUSH GREENHUB

The scheme is domestic rather than business collections so just post the bottle tops in either an envelope or box. The bottle tops are melted down, pressed into board and made into useful things from wall cladding to furniture and beehives. They've even been used to make a play area at a refugee camp in France.

Alternatively you can take them to your nearest Lush shop. To find details of the nearest store, please

Wiltshire Mind - Now Supporting Young People 13+


Wiltshire Mind is the local mental health charity based in Melksham which works across Wiltshire to support anyone with mental health issues. They are a self funding independent charity which provides a variety of support to local people ranging from Peer Support Groups, Evening group, Carers Groups, 1-1 counselling and Polish Counselling. They also have a Charity Shop in Melksham and provide Mental Health Awareness Training to local businesses.

Wiltshire Mind is now extending its 1-1 counselling service to support young people 13+. This will run two afternoons/evenings per week to support local young people. It is a fact that a half of all lifetime cases of diagnosable mental health conditions start in teenage years and Wiltshire Mind wants to work with young people, at an early stage, to prevent progression of poor mental health and to support their future wellbeing. Wiltshire Mind CEO stated “We know there are many gaps in provision in Wiltshire for young people and we feel we can bridge the gap; supporting statutory services and enabling more young people to gain help. It is a sad fact that depression and anxiety in teens has increased by 70% in the last 25 years and more and more need help. In Wiltshire we know that a third of young people report having some kind of mental health issue at age 13, 12% of young people in Year 12 report self harming”. “Wiltshire Mind wants to be able to support young people who may not be able to currently find help in Wiltshire, we will provide up to 24 counselling sessions to ensure that young people receive suitable help. We know sadly of young people who have received a small amount of help in Wiltshire only to go on to suicide. We want to provide an easy to access service, which will prevent the escalation of issues”.

To access the Wiltshire Mind Young People’s Counselling service, parents and young people can call 01225 706532 or email counselling@wiltshiremind.co.uk.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

TEN - The Enterprise Network - Free Impartial, Independent And Expert Business Support & Advice



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