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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Are You Being Treated Unfairly Because You Are Part Of An Armed Forces Family?


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CLICK HERE for further information

Postnatal Depression - Symptoms & Treatment


To visit the NHS website,

Sorted! - Employment Support For Service Leavers & Military Spouses



SORTED! comprises of seven well established charities, which provide a wide range of employment related services and support for the Forces community (including spouses/partners and dependants) to find and stay in work.

 These services have now been integrated into seamless employability support and guidance.

For further details CLICK HERE 

The Armed Forces Covenant - Veterans


to read this leaflet online

The Dad Pad!


New Dads in Wiltshire, B&NES and Swindon can now get support in the early weeks of fatherhood with the launch of this new mobile app. The aim of the app is to support dads to enjoy their new babies and feel more confident about fatherhood.

CLICK HERE to visit the website where you can read more information and download the app onto your device

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Moving Around The Country & Going To The Bottom Of NHS Waiting Lists?


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CLICK HERE for further details

What Can The Armed Forces Covenant Do For Service Families?


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For further information, CLICK HERE

Chippenham Toy Library


This monthly event is held at the Stanley Park Sports Ground in Chippenham.

For further details you can join the Facebook group-just search for
Chippenham Toy Library

Applying For UK Settlement - Armed Forces


Apply to settle in the UK - HM Forces category

 Please CLICK HERE for the full details and guidance on the Gov.uk website. 

Guidance is also available on the Army Families Federation website:

-For Citizenship queries, CLICK HERE
-For Visa queries, CLICK HERE

Status Of EU Citizens In The UK - What You Need To Know


Information for European Union citizens living in the UK

CLICK HERE for the full details on the Government website.

The above webpage will be updated with the latest information about the status of European Union (EU) citizens and their families in the UK.

FamCAS 2019 Survey Results


























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FamCAS 2019: Forces families have their say


FamCAS seeks the views of Armed Forces families so that Defence can review its policies to ensure Service families are not disadvantaged when compared to the rest of the population.


FamCAS data has previously influenced, and will continue to influence, policy in areas including:

• The Armed Forces Covenant
• The Armed Forces People Programme
• Community Support policies
• Welfare policies


This year over 6,500 spouses or civil partners of Regular Personnel completed FamCAS, a response rate of 25% (from the sample of 26,571 invited to take part).

Further information about the findings from this year's FamCAS can be found on the Gov.uk website. To visit the site, CLICK HERE


Key points include:

* Of those living in Service Accommodation, Service families are generally satisfied with the overall standard (57%) and value for money of Service Accommodation. There has been an increase in satisfaction with the quality and response to requests maintenance/repairs since 2018.

* Employment among Service spouses remains comparable with the UK employment rate. Those who experienced difficulty finding suitable employment report having a spouse who was often away and having a partner unable to assist with care responsibilities are the most commonly cited reasons for difficulty.

* Families are generally more satisfied with early years childcare than childcare for school aged children when it comes to quality, accessibility/availability and opening hours.

* Though the number of Service families reporting that they do not feel valued is fewer than in 2017, only 15% of Service Spouses report feeling valued. Service spouses continue to feel that Service family life has a negative effect on their career, the amount of separation from their spouse and on their children.

Child Death Prevention Newsletter - Drowning



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Armed Forces Personnel Tax Refunds


Armed Forces or MOD Personnel can claim military tax refunds on travel expenses for temporary postings of under 24 months, even outside the UK.

Using your own vehicle or public transport counts towards your MOD tax rebate claim.

To read more on the website, CLICK HERE

Veterans' Badge & Medals

You can get an Armed Forces Veterans badge if you’ve served in any of the UK armed forces - there’s no fee.

You can apply if you were in the:

-Army 
-Royal Navy 
-Royal Marines 
-Royal Air Force (RAF) 
-Volunteer or Regular Reserves 

You can’t apply if you:

-Served in the armed forces of another country 
-Served alongside the UK armed forces, for example in the Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force

    You’ll usually get your veterans badge within 6 to 8 weeks of applying.

    For information on how to apply for a Veterans Badge,

    Armed Forces Pay Rise



    Last week Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced an above inflation pay rise for the Armed Forces.

    The lowest paid Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen & Airwomen will receive a 6% increase to ensure they receive a living wage.

    To read more online at Gov.uk, CLICK HERE

    To access an online calculator to work out your increase, CLICK HERE



    Monday, 29 July 2019

    Martial Arts - Free Trial Class


    Martial Arts enables students to develop teamwork skills, learn self-defence techniques and make friends along the way.

    CLICK HERE to see the nearest clubs taking part in the free trial, including classes in Bath, Corsham & Chippenham

    How Reading Force Can Help Your Family



    To visit the Reading Force website,

    Alternatively please pop into the HIVE where you can collect a free scrapbook!

    Happy Families, Happy Futures - Now Accepting Referrals In Wiltshire







































    This programme includes a range of interventions to support parents, together or separated with relationships that feature conflict.

    The term 'parent' means:

    -Expectant parents or parents whose youngest child is 18 years or younger, or whose child is disabled (under the Equality Act 2010) and aged 25 years of younger

    -Individuals with caring responsibilities including step parents, adoptive or foster parents, or those with a special guardianship order

    Parents are eligible based on the criteria that they:

    -Live in Dorset, Devon, Somerset or Wiltshire

    -Are experiencing a level of distress and conflict in their relationship with each other

    To get in touch, please see the contact details on the above posters.

    Alternatively to visit the website, CLICK HERE


    How Have You Been Feeling Lately?


    When it comes to emotions, it can sometimes be hard to recognise or admit that we're not feeling 100%.

    The NHS Moodzone website has wellbeing audio guides and practical information, as well as a mood self-assessment questionnaire.

    To visit the website, CLICK HERE

    Visa's & Citizenship - Discharge Information


    Leaving the Forces?

    Lots of information is available for Foreign & Commonwealth Service Leavers on the Army Families Federation website.

    CLICK HERE to visit the site

    RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity




    RFEA exists to provide life-long, life changing support, including jobs & training opportunities to Service leavers and Veterans, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service or the reason for leaving.

    Their Ex-Forces Programme provides career advice and job opportunities to all ex-military.

    As part of their Families Programme, they also offer advice & guidance for Civilian spouses and partners of serving Armed Forces and ex-Service Personnel.

    To find out more online, CLICK HERE


    BFPO Services Guide


    For details on how to use the British Forces Post Office, claim compensation, or how to use the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS), please

    BFBS Player Live



    The BFBS Player Live is available to all entitled Serving Personnel. Users can access the BFBS Player via the Defence Gateway or the app's can be downloaded onto any iOS & Android device.

    For further details online, please 

    Friday, 26 July 2019

    Longleat Armed Forces Day Ticket


    Purchase a Longleat Day Ticket online and receive a 30% discount on standard prices.

    Available for members of the Army, Navy & RAF, including Veterans plus dependant and bereaved family members.

    A valid ID card must be presented on arrival to validate this offer (DDS cards are accepted)

    To book your tickets or find out more online,

    DLE eLearning Civilian Housing Options


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    Forces Connect South West


    The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

    Forces Connect South West is a local authority initiative that supports the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant to the military community across the South West through effective partnerships.

    The site has been designed to simplify the identification, understanding and the pathways to accessing the right support when and where required. It also provides information and resources to help better understand the Armed Forces Covenant in the South West and nationally.

    To visit the website, CLICK HERE




    INtouch Communication Service

     

    INtouch powered by Neopost technology helps our armed forces stay in contact with home, ensuring that those special moments and important events are not missed whilst on active service.

    This simple, free-to-use service has been designed to be as user friendly as possible, whilst being flexible enough to meet your needs.

    For further information CLICK HERE

    Huggable Heroes


    CLICK HERE to visit the website

    Thursday, 25 July 2019

    Safety In Your SFA


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    Beat Stress, Feel Better - Men's Health


    A practical toolkit for men's self-care and peer support, 'Beat Stress, Feel Better' covers the key areas of wellbeing such as work, relationships and home life.

    To read the booklet online, CLICK HERE

    Standard & Early Learning Credits


    There are two main learning credit schemes available throughout your career in the Armed Forces.

    These are provided to support you in gaining educational or vocational qualifications in addition to your Service and trade training (see JSP 898).

    To visit the RBL's MoneyForce website, where you will find out more about the differences between Standard & Early Learning Credits,

    You can also find out more on the Quest magazine website. To visit the site,

    CTP Resettlement Guides


    These Resettlement Guides include useful reference documents, articles for further reading and comprehensive listings of links to external sites relevant to each topic. Topics include:

    -Benefits
    -CV writing
    -Emigration
    -Pensions
    -LinkedIn

    ...and many more.

    Some guides also include checklists to highlight the key points. Save the checklists to myPlan and use them as reminders of actions to be taken as you progress through your resettlement.

    The CTP Editorial team add new content regularly to provide you with pertinent information on all areas of resettlement.

    To view these guides online, CLICK HERE

    Victim Support - Have You Been Affected By Crime?


    Wednesday, 24 July 2019

    Have You Recently Moved To Hullavington Or Stanton St Quintin?


    Your local HIVE Information Support Officer Amy Tuck will be at

    Tea & Toast
    Thursday 5th September
    1000-1200hrs 

    alongside AWS Community Support Development Worker, Amy Dallimore.

    Alternatively if you have moved to the area recently and have not received a HIVE welcome letter, please email your address to colernhive@armymail.mod.uk and a letter will be posted out to you.

    Please see the categories to the left of this page which show the kind of information HIVE holds, or enter a search term in the white box to explore the blog.

    You can also CLICK HERE for further information about the HIVE, plus military support services and a downloadable Forces family guide.

    Information For Families - Relocation/Moving


    The MOD's HIVE Information Service provides information on behalf of the chain of command to the Service community and welcomes enquiries from serving personnel, dependants, partners, extended families & the wider military community, including veterans & MOD civilians.

    CLICK HERE to find your nearest HIVE, either in the UK and abroad

    Tri-Service Disability & Additional Needs Policy


    JSP 820 provides policy for Service Personnel and their families on what they need to do if they have a disability or additional needs, and what to expect from overseas commands.

    To view JSP 820 online, CLICK HERE

    Household Waste Collection Calendar


    To view your waste collection calendar online, please




    Have You Recycled All You Can?

    Armed Forces Covenant - What's In It For You?






































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    To visit the AFC website, CLICK HERE

    Tuesday, 23 July 2019

    Sing & Play Corsham


    Health Alert - Travelling To Nepal?




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    To read more information on the IAMAT (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers) website,