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Friday, 31 May 2019

Vision For Special Needs Education Agreed At Wiltshire Council


A vision to secure first-class education and facilities for all special needs pupils in Wiltshire has been agreed by council leaders.

At a cabinet meeting on 22nd May 2019, Wiltshire Council agreed to invest in ambitious plans designed to improve outcomes for all 3,500 special needs pupils in Wiltshire in both special and maintained schools.

Under the plans, Larkrise, St Nicholas and Rowdeford schools would be brought together as a single school under one executive leadership team no later than September 2021, and then to a site at Rowde in the future.

To read more online, CLICK HERE




Drayton Manor Park - Free Entry For Serving Personnel & Veterans


Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout our 2019 Main Season (27th March - 2nd November 2019)* we are offering free entry to all those serving and ex-serving personnel of the British Armed Forces*.
Booking in advance is not necessary so please show your ID on arrival at any ticket kiosk before approaching the gate and free entry will be granted to the individual.
*Terms and conditions apply*
To find out more, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Children's Education Advisory Service



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Printed copies are available from Colerne HIVE or to download the leaflet, CLICK HERE

To visit the CEAS website, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

First Defence Finance Launched By Plane Saver Credit Union



Plane Saver Credit Union, a member of the Joining Forces partnership, is delighted to announce the launch of First Defence Finance, a new brand targeting serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families.
As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, which was established in 2015 by the Ministry of Defence to address concerns about rising levels of debt among Armed Forces personnel, First Defence Finance will offer credit union services such as flexible savings and ethical loans to Serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their family members.
The partnership comprises three credit unions, including Plane Saver Credit Union which has already helped 3,000 serving personnel save over £1 million and borrow £9 million since 2015. The Credit Union also launched a special Payday Payoff loan last year to help service personnel pay off high interest rate payday loans. As a Silver Covenant holder, the credit union also donated £5,000 to The Royal British Legion, in December to support of the charity’s life-changing work.
With the launch of First Defence Finance, the credit union aims to help even more members of the Armed Forces increase their financial resilience while making the cost of borrowing more affordable and accessible.
Additionally, a section entitled 'Let's Talk Money' has been added to the website to help with financial education. Common challenges faced by members include credit score checks and finding free debt advice. This section of the website will provide this information and will be updated regularly.
To visit the website, CLICK HERE
For further information about the Joining Forces Credit Union partnership, CLICK HERE

SEAP Military Advocacy - Supporting Veterans, Reservists & Their Families


seAp’s Military Advocacy Service (mAs) supports veterans, reservists, and their direct family, many of whom find themselves facing a range of health, housing, financial, family and social problems. The specialist service understands and appreciates the distinct needs of veterans, and their advocates work to help get people's lives back on track. 

For further information please

Estimate Your Armed Forces Pension


 If you’re currently serving in the Armed Forces, you can find a calculator on the Gov.uk website to work out how much armed forces pension you may get. 

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

BFBS Big Salute


PRESS RELEASE

BFBS Big Salute Open for Grant Applications

The BFBS Big Salute fundraising campaign is inviting forces charities to apply for project-based grants.

Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Broadcasting and Entertainment, said: “We are keen to hear from armed forces charities who find it a challenge to secure funds for specific projects.

“We offer grants of up to £10k and have seen how Big Salute funds can make a huge difference to all areas of the forces community, from cadets to serving personnel, veterans and their families.”

Nine of the charities that applied for Big Salute grants last year have just been awarded funds for a diverse range of projects, they are: Building Heroes, Bournemouth Memorial Homes, Clervaux Trust, AF & V Launchpad Ltd, Our Wilton Trust, Royal Air Forces Association, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Scotty's Little Soldiers, and Winchester Sea Cadets.

Full details about how to apply for the next round of funding is online where charities can complete an application form. To visit the website, 

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2019.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Removing Barriers To Family Life


This programme is about supporting Armed Forces Families facing challenges. Large grants will help to address substantial challenges; providing funding for transformative ideas. Medium grants will support projects that make a proven difference to Armed Forces Families and will support existing work.
The programme will make grants to projects where we can see that the project is addressing a clear need, and where we think the idea will be of practical benefit to Armed Forces Families. The focus of the project should be on supporting the family; rather than serving personnel or veterans.
To read more on the website, CLICK HERE

Forces Travel




To visit the website,

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Heroes Wednesday - Half Price Karting


Introducing The Ant Middleton Fund



Ant Middleton, best-selling writer and star of Channel 4's 'SAS: Who Dares Wins' & 'Extreme Everest' launched the Ant Middleton Fund for SSAFA in July 2018, with the aim of helping veterans like him get back on their feet as they return to civilian life.

To read more about Ant or to donate to SSAFA online, CLICK HERE


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Combat Stress Is 100


12th May 2019 marked 100 years since the charity Combat Stress was founded. Over time a lot has changed, but the mental health problems Veterans can face are the same as they were in 1919.

Combat Stress have always relied on the generosity of the public to help fund the treatment they deliver to Veterans. To mark this special day, they would like to say thank you to all their supporters-past, present & future.

To read more about Combat Stress, CLICK HERE

Need support?

Veterans & their families can call 
0800 138 1619

Serving personnel & their families can call
0800 323 4444

You can also text on 07537 404719 or email helpline@combatstress.org.uk
(Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider)


Army Mediation Service

The Army Mediation Service (AMS) provides soldiers and civil servants with the opportunity to address workplace relationships which have broken down by offering resolution at the appropriate level of escalation. Mediation is most effective when used to address problems when they first occur so that individuals can resolve issues before they get out of hand.

The AMS can be contacted for advice and support on 96770 7691 or 0306 770 7691. Alternatively email
Army-Mediation-0Mailbox@mod.gov.uk

To read more about Conflict Management Services within the Army, CLICK HERE

Monday, 13 May 2019

Welcome Wednesdays At Buckley Barracks Community Centre


Should you have any queries, the 9 Regt RLC Welfare team can be called on 01666 508635

Cotswold Country Park & Beach - A Beach In The Country!



Located around 45 minutes from Colerne & Corsham, and 30 minutes from Hullavington, is the Cotswold Country Park & Beach, open seven days a week from April to early November.

There are lots of activities for the whole family, including Aquaventure inflatables, swan pedalo's, Vertigo Adventues and mini golf.

To visit the website for more information, CLICK HERE

Alternatively to find out more about the Cotswold Water Park area, covering more than 40 square miles across three counties, CLICK HERE



Maternal Mental Health


It's common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. Women may feel more vulnerable and anxious, and some may develop depression.

Whatever your situation, talk to your midwife or doctor – there is help, support and treatment available.

CLICK HERE for more information

Friday, 10 May 2019

What To Do In Wiltshire






Visit Wiltshire is the official tourist information website for the county of Wiltshire with plenty of ideas on things to do & see in the local area.

The above guides can be found in Colerne HIVE or printed off in black & white using the public computers.

Alternatively you can view the guides online. To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 9 May 2019

AFF - Housing Facts For Families



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To visit the AFF website, CLICK HERE

Lakeland Poppy Baking Range



Lakeland have recently released a new Poppy Baking range in collaboration with the Royal British Legion to show their support for the Armed Forces Community.
Lakeland have designed this range with two styles of poppy – the classic 2-petalled asymmetric version for England and Wales, and a 4-petalled version like the one used by Poppyscotland, so no matter where you live you can bake up a storm.
The range includes:
•A twin pack of Poppy Stencils, made from colour-coated stainless steel
•A 4-Piece Set of Poppy Plunger Cutters
•A pack of 48 Poppy Cupcake Cases
•Two Poppy Cookie Cutters with embossed presses

A portion of the price of four of the products will be donated to Royal British Legion. To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Confidential Bullying, Harrassment & Discrimination Helpline For Armed Forces

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Gambling - A Serious Risk To Military Personnel



CLICK HERE to view/download
 this information sheet.

For a printed copy please contact Colerne HIVE

Colerne Costcutter Hours


The Costcutter shop on camp have amended their weekend trading hours from Saturday 4th May. The new hours are-

Saturday 1000-1400hrs
Sunday 1000-1400hrs

Please also note the new contact number which is
 01904 488663


Discover My Benefits



The Discover My Benefits website is free, easy-to-use and gives you clear, unbiased information. It can be used by all Regular & Reserve Service Personnel, their families, and anyone interested in joining the Armed Forces.

The website shows the extensive range of benefits, allowances and support that Service Personnel are entitled to because of the unique demands of military life and operations.

Discover My Benefits will continue to be developed and updated over time to keep you up to date with the latest benefits & developments in our employment offer.

To explore your entitlements, CLICK HERE


SEND Support For Military Families


My child has SEND. We’re moving back to UK…Help!
Moving back to the UK from your overseas posting can leave you with mixed emotions. However, when you have children with SEND this can leave you with additional worries and anxieties. Below are some common questions asked by parents who have children with SEND moving back. To help ease your concerns, we have asked DCYP Assistant Head SEND Services, Anna Vrahimi to answer your questions.


1. Will my child’s SEND support and provision be replicated when we move back to the UK?
There are four nations in the UK and over 400 local authorities in England alone. Each area will have different resources available to them. It may not be possible to have the exact replication of support and provision when you are between any school in the UK and the same is true when children move back from overseas. Even though support may not look the same, it may be very similar but delivered in a different way. Each school and local authority in England will have their SEND Offer available on their websites. Take some time to look at these to get an understanding of what is available to meet your child’s specific needs.


2. My child has a SCAN (Service Children’s Assessment of Need) in their MOD School. Does that mean they will automatically get an EHCP? Will they receive 1:1 support?
At DCYP we have been working very closely with local authorities and agreeing processes and procedures for children moving back with a SCAN. Let your child’s SENDCO know which local authority you are moving to and they will contact the SEND Team there. An EHCP only exists in England. In Wales, Scotland and Ireland they will have a different name. The SCAN is only available in MOD Schools and does not guarantee that this will be transferred directly into an ECHP and does not mean they will receive 1:1 support. It does however give comprehensive information about your child, what they need to be successful in school and will have all the professional assessments.


3. My child is used to small class sizes. How will they cope in larger class sizes with less adults?
Having larger class sizes should not be seen as a disadvantage. There are many advantages including opportunities for more group work where children can learn to problem solve together, more activity options and it encourages independence in learning. Research also shows that classrooms who have additional adults do not outperform those classrooms with no additional adult support. There are also children who simply cope better by not constantly being in the spotlight and work better when being part of a larger group. Larger class sizes also benefits children’s social interactions, where children have more experiences to interact with a wider range of individuals, which then better prepares them for adult life. Some children could become over-reliant on the additional adults in the classroom and it’s important we teach our children to be independent and problem solvers. In MOD Schools, there are still classrooms with up to 30 children. They are not all small as is a common belief.

4. How do I find a school that will support my child’s SEND needs?
It is your responsibility as a parent to find a school for your child. Find out which schools will be in the catchment area of your house address. This information will be available on the local authority websites. My advice to parents is to look at the SEND Offer on the school websites. Phone the SENDCO of the school and have a chat. If you have the opportunity to go and visit the schools, this is also a good idea. Talk about your child’s needs and ask them how their school can support your child. As a parent, you will know your child best and you will know which school best suits your child.

To visit the DCYP website, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Forces For Warmth


Please contact the HIVE if you would like a grant application form or to read the crisis fund terms & conditions-

colernehive@armymail.mod.uk
07973 723221

E-Resource: Adjusting To Life Outside The Armed Forces







Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant partnership launches innovative e-learning programme aimed at those leaving or who have left the Armed Forces (Service Leavers and Veterans)


Warwickshire County Council, on behalf of the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant partnership has launched an innovative e-learning  resource for those who are leaving or have recently left the Armed Forces and their families. 

This training programme has been designed to support those leaving or who have left the Armed Forces and helps in the process of adjusting to life outside of the Armed Forces.  It addresses issues that are commonly experienced within the transition and adjustment process such as acquiring accommodation, employment, health as well as personal and family adjustment.  It also raises awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant and the support that exists for veterans and their families. 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
“I am very pleased to welcome this new resource focused on Service Leavers and Veterans.  We know that the period of transition and adjustment to civilian life can be difficult for some individuals and families and this e-learning will aid them in settling back into civilian life.  One excellent feature is the ‘Three Top Tips’ being shared from veterans of all 3 services as well as spouses who have made the transition.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader of Warwickshire County Council said “I am delighted that the Covenant Team at the Council have developed these fabulous resources for those who are leaving the Services or who have recently left.  These resources will also help families supporting Service leavers and veterans.  This work is part of the local partnership’s contribution to supporting the Armed Forces and their families and delivering on the Covenant promise to reduce disadvantage for the Armed Forces community.”

These free and specially designed modules were created by the Armed Forces Covenant Team within the Warwickshire County Council, in collaboration with ex-serving personnel, Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations and organisations within the local partnership. The work was majority funded by WCC with additional funds coming from the MOD Covenant Fund. 

Anna Wright, Chief Executive of the Naval Families Federation said “I am delighted to lend my support to this fifth, and final, Armed Forces Covenant e-learning module, which has been developed by the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Covenant Partnership. We have worked with Phil Deakin and his colleagues on all of these modules and have been thrilled to see how successful they have been in not only raising awareness of the issues faced by serving personnel and their families, but also providing advice about how the Covenant can help to overcome them.
This final module really strikes a chord as it coincides with the research that we and the other Families Federations have recently published, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust, which puts the spotlight on how families transition out of the Armed Forces. I am sure that the module will help the individual and whole family make a successful move back to civilian life”

The e-learning is available at online-to access,
 CLICK HERE.  From here individuals will be able to work through different aspects of the module such as Housing, Employment, Adjusting etc .

Background: The Covenant Fund was launched in 2015 and is an annual £10 million fund from the MOD to support the Armed Forces community.  On 1 Apr 18 this moved to be an independent trust; the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund.  The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund has 4 broad funding themes, which are:

·     removing barriers to family life;
·     extra support after service for those that need help;
·     measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the Armed Forces community to participate as citizens;
·     and non-core healthcare services for veterans.

How The Armed Forces Covenant Supports You

Do you know how the Armed Forces Covenant supports you?


Welcome Guides For Serving Personnel & Families Moving Between Devolved Admins & From Overseas



The following Welcome guides have been provided by the Nation States of the United Kingdom to explain what support and services are available to Service personnel and their families when they move between the Devolved Administrations or return from overseas. The guides include information on key topics such as housing, education, healthcare and employment. 

To access the Welcome to England Guide,

To access the Welcome to Scotland Guide,

To access the Welcome to Wales Guide,

The Welcome to Northern Ireland Guide is currently being prepared. 

The guides are also available via the

Lifting The Lid On Transition - The Families' Experience


The Service Families’ Federations have worked collaboratively on a two-year project which has culminated with the publication of a comprehensive report into the experience of transition. To view the report, CLICK HERE

The report, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, has revealed that more awareness about the unique experience and demands of transition is needed for the families of Service leavers.  The report, the first to specifically look at the lived experience of Service families, reveals the complex nature of transition and affirms the six ‘elements’ of transition: housing, health, education and children, employment, finances and wellbeing.

For further, Service-specific, information, please contact:

Lucy Heaver
Naval Families Federation

Kate McCullough
Army Families Federation

Louise Briggs
RAF Families Federation

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Applications Open For First FREE Social Media Training Programme For Military Spouses & Partners


Applications Open for First Free Social Media Training Programme for Military Spouses and Partners 

Today BFBS announces that applications are now open for 
Social Media Spouses, the UK’s first free online social media training programme for the spouses and partners of full-time HM Forces personnel. The course is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and people can apply online - CLICK HERE to visit the website.

Social Media Spouses addresses a real need amongst military spouses and partners to obtain the skills required to find flexible and interesting work that fits around military and family life. As well as being the first dedicated course to offer detailed training on how to use social media to grow a business, or find a career in social media. 

This 12-week course is designed by social media experts, to offer military spouses the opportunity to build up professional skills, ultimately enabling them to become social media professionals.  
  
The online course will focus on the following areas of social media:
·        Social Media Platforms: How each platform’s algorithms work, along with effective strategies to make content stand out  
·        Campaign Planning: Plan, implement and evaluate social media campaigns  
·        Community Management: How to grow and engage an audience, how to moderate comments and discussions, and how to deal with difficult situations 
·        Photography: Learn how to take truly show-stopping images using a phone 
·        Videos: Create professional social media videos using a smartphone 
·        Ads: Using paid-for advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 
·        Analytics: Using each of the major platforms’ built-in analytics tools 

Course Leader Jackie Rautenbach, BFBS Social Media Manager says; “Being married to someone in the military, I understand first-hand what it feels like having to give up your job or career. Finding work that fits around military life is a challenge, but it’s not impossible. The world of social media offers so many opportunities. It’s used by entrepreneurial spouses who run their own businesses, and social media managers who often work remotely. That’s exactly why we want to equip as many spouses and partners with the sought-after social media management skills. We want to change as many lives as possible.” 

Social Media Spouses also has a dedicated Facebook group where the course leaders offer advice on careers in social media, content or campaigns, plus ongoing support and feedback on anything related to social media.  

The course will be completed through a learning platform which can be accessed from anywhere around the world!