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Friday, 3 July 2020

Wiltshire's Play Areas Will Reopen From 4th July

Wiltshire Council's play areas will reopen from Saturday (4 July) and families are strongly advised to follow the social distancing measures in place to protect others and use the facilities safely.

Measures will be in place to keep people as safe as possible and clear signage will be displayed in all Wiltshire Council play areas with the new guidelines and how people can use the facilities safely.

To read the safety measures online click HERE

Please note that DIO/Amey maintained playparks will remain closed until appropriate DIO guidance can be issued to provide the necessary safety levels.

Pubs Reopening 4th July - Key Advice From Wiltshire Local Authorities

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Plan Your Visit

Drink Responsibly

Follow The Guidance

For more advice and information, click HERE

Domestic Abuse

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Children's Art Week 2020 - 29th June-19th July

Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. 

In 2020, Children’s Art Week will take place online, at home and in schools across three weeks in June and July. Each week will focus on a special theme. 

To read more about Children's Art Week 2020, click HERE

Self-Employment Discovery 3 Day Course - Tri Service Spouses & Families

Friday 24th July

Tuesday 4th August

Friday 14th August

X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) is proud to launch a brand new 3-day training course designed exclusively for Tri-Service spouses, partners and family members, of both serving personnel and veterans, who are looking to explore alternative employment options.

The 3-Day Self-Employment Discovery course is an amazing opportunity to develop valuable enterprise skills, learn all about the self-employment landscape, determine the viability of any business idea and network with other spouses, partners and family members going on a similar journey to you.

To find out more and register your interest online, click HERE

NHS England Update - Bowel Cancer Screening

COVID19 has had a major impact on the NHS, including bowel screening. In light of this the following information sheets have been created-

To read more on the NHS website, click HERE

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached documents, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and copies can be emailed to you

Thursday, 2 July 2020

SFA CAAS Charges - Location Factor Review

Please click the red links below to read the updated information.

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached document, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

AWS Family Challenges - Week 15

To view these activities online click HERE

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached document, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

Defence Primary Healthcare Need You - Patient Experience Survey - Closes 30th September

To complete this survey online click HERE

Wiltshire Council Dismisses County Lockdown Suggestions

Wiltshire Council has dismissed suggestions the county could be one of the next locations in the country to go into lockdown.

Media reports this week have stated there had been a recent weekly increase of new cases in the county of 300%. However this actually equates to just an increase from one to four new cases.

To read more online click HERE

It's Money Month At AFF

This month AFF are focusing on money and allowances this July, including busting myths around benefits and clearing up confusion on pensions. For more information, please click HERE

AFF is there to support you during the COVID19 outbreak – don’t forget to check out their website for key information, which they will continue to update. You should also look out for official notifications and information from the chain of command, wherever you are based.

Little Troopers Letters - Encourages Lifelong Friendships For Military Children

Little Troopers Letters is a new scheme to keep military children who are posted in touch with a bestie they are saying goodbye to.

- Are you moving in the next 4-6 weeks?
- Is your little trooper 5 years+?
- Do they have a best friend they are having to leave behind?

If so, why not apply for a Letters pack today as applications for this month close THIS Friday (3rd July)! They will reopen again later in July.

To read more on the Little Troopers website, click HERE

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Army Understanding Disability Dial In Thursday 9th July 1000hrs

The Army Advocates for Disability are pleased to host a Skype dial-in to enhance and develop an understanding of disability and how this can be supported within the context of the Army.

The session is for all staff, including military and civilian personnel directly affected by disability or for line managers who would like to support staff better.

To register online click HERE

Priority Post Boxes

The NHS have partnered with Royal Mail to set up priority post boxes for returning home test kits.

By skipping the need to book a courier, these priority post boxes will increase the speed in which tests are collected and results processed. To find your nearest, click HERE

Armed Forces Domestic Abuse Support and Guidance

The Armed Forces Domestic Abuse Support and Guidance website provides information and support to the Armed Forces Community including Serving Personnel, their friends and family, veterans, the Chain of Command and civilian and military support providers.

To visit the website click HERE

Living In Our Shoes: Understanding The Needs Of UK Armed Forces Families

This review, commissioned by the Ministry Of Defence and undertaken in 2019, challenges some long-held military traditions and makes recommendations for change which would improve the support for UK Armed Forces families and ensure greater recognition for the sacrifices they make to keep the nation safe.

To view the full report, including recommendations, please click HERE

Serve & Protect Credit Union

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Serve and Protect CU provides credit union services for the Police, Military and Prison Service – offering a range of flexible savings and affordable loans with repayments straight from your salary.

Military CU is part of the Serve and Protect family and a trading name of Police Credit Union Ltd.

For more information visit the Serve and Protect website HERE

Ministry Of Defence Police Recruiting

MOD Police are looking for new recruits to join the MDP and train to be Authorised Firearms Officers.

Applicant registration opens on 13 July. There are vacancies at locations across the UK-click HERE to find out more.

National Insurance Credits For Military Spouses During Overseas Postings

You may be able to get National Insurance credits if you’re married to or the civil partner of a member of the Armed Forces and you go with them on an overseas posting.

Credits can help to fill gaps in your National Insurance record, for example if you were not in work when you were with your partner on an overseas posting. Credits can make sure you qualify for certain benefits including the State Pension.

To read more online click HERE

Wiltshire Council Health Trainers - Free Support To Improve Your Health

To find out more about the free Health Trainer service, click HERE

Alternatively to see details of the library drop-in's sessions in Corsham, Chippenham and Malmesbury, click HERE

Latest Vacancies

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Colerne Primary School

Next, Chippenham

Various Roles
Bath Cats & Dogs Home

Box Surgery

Corsham Primary School

Abbeyfield, Malmesbury

Tollgate Tea Rooms, Dyrham

Touchstone Property Services, Bath

Mencap, Corsham  Chippenham

Great Western Hospital, Swindon

Sheldon School, Chippenham

BB Fixings, Corsham

Persimmon Homes, Malmesbury

Wiltshire Health & Care, Chippenham

AWP Mental Health Trust, Bath or Swindon

The Orders Of St John Care Trust, Malmesbury

Freckles Childcare, Bath

British Public Help Reach Major Milestone In Fight Against Scammers

An influx of cryptocurrency investment scams is among a range of online threats which have been blocked as a result of more than 1 million suspect emails being reported by the public in just two months.

More than half of the 10,000 online links to scams blocked or taken down by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) with the help of the public relate to cryptocurrency schemes, where investors are typically promised high returns in exchange for buying currency such as Bitcoin.

To read more online, including how to report suspected spam emails, click HERE

Out-Of-School Settings During The COVID19 Outbreak

This guidance is for parents and carers and covers changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people over the age of 5 during the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak.

To read more online click HERE

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

New Preschool In Stanton St Quintin Coming September 2020

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To visit the school website, click HERE

Jump For July - Action For Happiness Resilience Calendar

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To visit the Action For Happiness website, click HERE

Union Jack Club - Re-Opening Saturday 4 July

London's Union Jack Club will re-open for members from Saturday 4th July.

The Union Jack Club is a famous Tri-Services membership club, established in 1904, for Serving and Veteran Enlisted members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Today, we are a registered charity dedicated to providing outstanding service for our members and their families. Whilst very much a military club, we are known for our uniquely un-stuffy and welcoming atmosphere, along with a superb location and extensive modern facilities.

To visit the Union Jack Club website, click HERE

Social Housing To Be Prioritised For Veterans

New measures announced to provide improved access for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families to social housing.

Other new measures will ensure former spouses or civil partners of serving personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for social housing.

To read more online click HERE

Applying For A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Getting ready to travel abroad later this year? A European Health Insurance Card lets you get state healthcare in EEA countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.

To visit the website click HERE

Please note that cards will be valid up to 31st December 2020 as the rules regarding travel to Europe are changing from 1st January 2021. To read more about these rules click HERE

Mandatory MOT Testing To Be Reintroduced From 1 August

Mandatory MOT testing for cars, motorcycles and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales are to be reintroduced to help keep roads safe.

To read more online click HERE

Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs - What You Can & Can't Do After 4th July

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home. This page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes planned for 4 July.

To read the full list online, click HERE

FANDF Summer Newsletter

This edition is being sent out to keep you informed about all of FANDF Committee’s ongoing activities.

To read this edition online, click HERE

Alternatively to visit the FANDF website, click HERE

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached document, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

Headspace - Limited Number Of Free Headspace Subscriptions

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Army Health & Wellbeing are offering a limited number of FREE Headspace subscriptions to Army personnel as part of an evaluation to understand how Apps can support Health and Wellbeing. Headspace is a meditation-based mindfulness App designed to help with wellbeing and to improve sleep.

To request a license please complete the expressions of interest survey HERE. Throughout the year you will be asked to complete surveys to provide feedback to help inform future roll-out. For more information please email Nicola.sides100@mod.gov.uk

Friday, 26 June 2020

Domestic Abuse

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Help Your Pet Adjust When You Go Back To Work After Lockdown

As some of us return to work, the RSPCA are issuing advice to dog owners to help their pets adjust to the change... 

For many of us, life has changed significantly during the COVID19 lockdown - and it's also changed for our pets. As the restrictions are lifting, we will have to adjust again to returning to our normal routines - and our pets will too.

To read this advice online, click HERE

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Victory Service Club

VSC is a prestigious military members club in the heart of London.

We offer accommodation, dining and respite for members and former serving members of the Armed Forces. We also host corporate events and weddings for non-members.

To visit the Victory Service Club website, click HERE

Big White Wall - Armed Forces Day 27th June

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.

Big White Wall is a safe place to share how you're feeling, while also providing tools and courses to look after your mind.

FREE for all serving personnel, veterans and their family members aged 16+. To join today click HERE

How Hot Is Too Hot For Walking Your Dog?

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What's Re-Opening In Our Area? Weekly Roundup

Many businesses are re-opening as lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Please see the links below for the latest shopping centres, animal attractions and outdoor activities in our area.

(Please note that many establishments will have to enforce restrictions therefore some services are likely to be unavailable, including some shops, cafe's and certain attractions)

Shopping centre's

Animal attractions

(Discounted family pass available to book through Welfare on 01225 745210 or 21welfareteam@gmail.com)

Outdoor activities

Many other local attractions have been featured in the weekly roundups and some have been able to open areas within their establishment. To view the previous roundups please click the links below:

Please note all venues will have safety precautions in place in-line with the latest Government advice. Please ensure you adhere to these rules at all times

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser - Vehicle Fires

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EU Citizens Living In The UK - Protect Your Rights

For more information on the Gov.uk website, click HERE