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


Friday, 18 December 2020

Resources For The Parents Of RAF Personnel

There is a lot of support out there for the spouses, partners and children of Service personnel. But what about the ‘parents of’?

Being the parent of a Service person brings with it a unique set of challenges, so click HERE for resources and support available just for you.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Artlift - A Free Creative Space For Those Suffering With Mental Health Issues In Wiltshire

Welcome to Artlift. For adults living with mental health challenges and / or a long-term health condition, we are a creative space for them to recover because of the experience of the artists, the relaxed atmosphere, and the personalised approach.

Artlift runs arts programmes for anyone registered with a doctor in Gloucestershire or Wiltshire and is living with mental health challenges like depression or anxiety, managing long-term conditions like chronic pain and living with or moving on from cancer.

To find out more online, click HERE

Entrain Space - For Veterans Transitioning Out Of The Military


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Entrain Space is designed to meet the needs of veterans transitioning from the military. When serving in the Forces, the time and space needed to focus on a future civilian life is often at a premium. Entrain Space exists to provide exactly that – time and space to retrain, to start a career and to reconnect with a civilian community.

To find out more, click HERE

The Rise Trust Newsletter - Issue 1


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If you are unable to read the smaller print on the newsletter, please click HERE (this link will not work on MODnet devices-please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk if you have any viewing issues)

To keep up to date with The Rise Trust, visit their social media pages or to visit their website, click HERE

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Adults To Gain New Skills On 400 Free Courses


Tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year, in the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September.

The fully-funded courses, ranging from engineering to healthcare to conservation, will be available to adults without a full qualification at Level 3 (A-level equivalent) from April 2021 to help them gain in-demand skills and open up further job opportunities.

Designed to help our country build back better after the pandemic, the qualifications in this offer have been carefully chosen to help adults improve their career prospects and meet the needs of the economy. They will be reviewed regularly so the courses offered can be updated as the economy changes.

To read more about this announcement, click HERE

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Free Classes & Activities At The Virtual Village Hall!

Funded by The Royal Voluntary Service and the People's Postcode Lottery, The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment.

You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you!

To find out more online click HERE

Monday, 14 December 2020

COVID19 Doesn't Care


More Local Christmas & New Year Events!


Christmas elf trail at Lydiard Park

Corsham Christmas Activity Trail

Santa's coming to Slimbridge!

Advent calendar trail at Prior Park, Bath

Winter festival at The Parking Lot Social, Bristol

Santa's workshop at KidzAbout, Swindon

Holt advent trail

Twilight Tobogganing at Mendip Activity Centre

Christmas Eve cosy session at JungleMania, Swindon

Cotswold Farm Park's enchanted light trail

Investigation Of The Challenges With Menstruation Of Service Personnel


The MOD are inviting Service personnel who currently have periods, or have had periods during their military careers, to participate in a short survey to share their experiences. We want to use your experiences having periods both on operational deployments and on exercises to inform options on how MOD can better support you. 

We want to gain an understanding of how you have coped, any challenges or barriers you may have faced, and what you would like to happen in the future.

You will be asked to answer a series of questions in an online survey which will ask about your experiences of having periods while serving in the UK Armed Forces. It will take about 15 minutes to complete.

This research is being conducted by MOD researchers to understand this issue on behalf of Minister for the Armed Forces. 

Your involvement is entirely voluntary, and the survey is anonymous with no way of identifying you as an individual from your responses. You will be given an option to skip any questions you are not comfortable responding to and you can withdraw at any time from the survey up until you submit your response without any consequence, and you do not have to provide a reason.

The survey closes on 21st December 2020 and works best in Google Chrome.

Please click HERE to access the survey

JSHAO Briefing Dates For The First Quarter Of 2021


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If you are unable to view the above poster clearly, please visit the JSHAO page on Defence Gateway or non-MODnet users can click HERE

To find out more about JSHAO and how they can help to support all Service Personnel and their families, please see the video below:

Service Families Thank You Letter From The Secretary Of State For Defence


The Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, has written a thank you letter to Service families for the support they have provided to Service Personnel during this particular challenging year.

To read this letter in full, please click HERE

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

Thursday, 10 December 2020

AFF Regional Lead South West - Carol Morris

We hope to invite Carol to future coffee mornings in 2021.

To find out more about AFF and how they support Army families, click HERE

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Stay Vigilant & Report Suspicious Activity

With the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives, it is understandable that the threat from terrorism isn’t necessarily front of mind for everyone across the country. But the threat of terrorism has not gone away.

Given national and regional restrictions, there will be a different look and feel to public locations and workplace environments over the festive season. However, the recent terror attacks in Europe and the change in the UK’s terrorism threat level to SEVERE – meaning an attack is highly likely – are reminders of how important it is to stay vigilant whenever you are out and about.

This year in the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) we will again be joining policing colleagues and businesses across the UK to support and promote the Counter Terrorism Policing Winter campaign, together with promoting our Project Servator deployments and festive campaign material. All with the same purpose to PROTECT, by reminding everyone in the communities that we serve to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.

To read more information online, click HERE


Discover My Benefits - Available For Regular Personnel, Reservists & MOD Civil Servants


Discover My Benefits is a free, easy-to-use tool for those working in Defence, their families and anyone interested in joining.

You can use it to find out what support and benefits are available to you as a Regular service person, Reservist or Civil Servant.

Click HERE to start exploring your benefits!

BFPO Services Guide Announcement


Changes to UK and international law will affect how mail and parcels will be cleared in the future and these new laws, which are driven by aviation security and fiscal requirements, will be getting much stricter throughout 2021.

These changes start to be introduced as the UK/EU transition period ends and from 1 January 2021, parcels posted to/from BFPO customers located in EU/UK will require either a Royal Mail Customs Notification 22 (CN22), Customs Notification 23 (CN23) or Parcelforce Customs Pack (CP72) and Electronic Customs Data (ECD).

Please note, that it is the senders responsibility to ensure that the new regulations are followed and failure to comply could result in items being seized and subjected to additional VAT/clearance charges prior to release by local customs authorities. In extreme cases, it could also lead to your parcels being returned or destroyed.

To read the full guidance online click HERE

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Latest NHS Armed Forces Health Briefing

To read this document in full click HERE

If you are unable to view the attachment please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy of the document can be emailed to you

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2020


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The 2020 annual report on the Armed Forces Covenant has been published by the MOD, covering progress in areas such as health, education and housing across the UK.

To read the report online, click HERE

Monday, 7 December 2020

Reported Dog Theft Attempts Across Wiltshire


There are more and more reports of suspicious behaviour and/or reported dog theft attempts across Wiltshire and in bordering counties.

Please be extra vigilant at home in your garden, when answering your front door and when out and about with your dogs. Never leave your dog unattended in your garden, car or tied up outside a shop.

To read about the Dogs Trust's awareness campaign please click on the poster below or to visit the website, click HERE

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Christmas Events In The Local Area

Please be mindful of COVID19 restrictions and note that many venues and events will require pre-booking. Click on the red links to find out more and please check before travelling that these events are still taking place:

Coping With A Partner Away This Christmas

Whose turn is it to have the grandparents? 
What new provision is required for those with special diets?
What about partners – how long before they must be together over the festive season? 
Who sleeps where? 

But in the midst of all this planning, there are many families who already know they aren’t going to be able to spend Christmas together, and so can feel very left out of workplace or school-gate conversations about whose turn it is to be with whom.

There are many people in this position, most notably those who are separated or divorced. But there are also thousands of military families for whom Christmas regularly falls within a period of duty – and enforced separation.

For some top tips on coping please click HERE

Monday, 30 November 2020

Coping With Grief & Loss

Did you know that Togetherall has a range of online courses & resources to support your mental health, such as a course to help you cope with grief and loss?

Serving Personnel and Forces families can register and use this service for free. Just click HERE to visit the website.

For more resources regarding Grief Awareness Week 2020, click HERE

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Study To Explore Military To Civilian Transition Experiences Of Combat Veterans


Forces in Mind Trust awards £500,000 to the ADVANCE Study to explore military to civilian transition experiences of combat veterans. Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £500,000 to the ADVANCE Study Charity over the next five years, as part of a ground-breaking 20-year project exploring outcomes for battlefield casualties in the UK Armed Forces.

The ADVANCE Study (The Armed Service Trauma Rehabilitation Outcome Study) is a collaboration between the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR, Stanford Hall), Imperial College London and King’s College London. It is the first comprehensive long-term cohort study to investigate the physical and psycho-social outcomes of battlefield casualties.

Previous research into the long-term outcomes of Vietnam or World War II veterans have been inconclusive or focused on narrow criteria, resulting in the need for a methodologically robust cohort study. As such, the study is focused on those deployed in Afghanistan with the UK Armed Forces between 2002 and 2014, and will take place over a 20-year period. For more information, please click HERE

Images From The UK Armed Forces Community To Reflect Family Life Today

The team at Real Stories are inviting members of the UK Armed Forces community (anybody who is related or in a partnership with somebody who is serving or has served in the Armed Forces) to submit an image to show what it is like for military-connected families today.

Please click HERE for more information and to submit your image

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

New Challenge New Beginnings Magazine


New Challenge New Beginnings (NCNB) is a Resettlement and Lifestyle magazine for the Armed Forces Community.

Their latest front cover interview is with Capt Sir Tom Moore, a true inspiration to the Nation! The interview covers some fantastic insights to this generous gentleman. This is a must read for all.

To view the latest edition online, click HERE

Parent Talk's Digital Parenting Support - Free Online Support For Parents With Children Of All Ages Through Action For Children


Parent Talk are on hand to support parents when you need them. Browse their articles on the most common parenting questions from their experts, or talk one-to-one with a qualified parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you. It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.

Topics covered include online information for mental health, parenting and dealing with parental conflict, as well as COVID19 updates and practical home learning and activity ideas.

To visit the website click HERE

Monday, 23 November 2020

MOD LGBT+ Guide For Parents


In 2019, The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) LGBT network, along with other LGBT allies from across defence, launched a new guide for military and civilian parents of LGBT+ children.

Military life has unique pressures which can affect the children of service personnel, including regular relocation and change in schooling. The guide raises awareness of LGBT+ issues and includes advice and personal experiences of how military life can affect the parents of LGBT+ children.

It includes a number of tips and general advice for parents to create the best possible experience and covers a number of the common myths around having an LGBT+ child.

To read the guide online, please click HERE

Wrap Around Childcare Pilot - Catterick Garrison


The Defence Instruction Notice (DIN) for the Wrap Around Childcare (WAC) pilot for eligible Service personnel (SP) assigned to Catterick Garrison has now been released, copies are available on the internal Intranet or via Unit admin

Working parents, at least one of whom is a member of the Armed Forces, with children at school aged 4 to 11 will be able to receive funding for a maximum of 20 hours WAC per week during term time (equivalent to approx. one hour before and up to three hours after school per day) offered by a registered childcare provider (Ofsted or equivalent).

Eligible SP may now register an expression of interest in joining the Catterick WAC pilot by emailing the Directorate of Children & Young People (DCYP) (DCYP-HQ-WACP-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk) from an MOD e-mail address. They will need to clearly state ‘EOI-Catterick Garrison’ in the title of the e-mail.

There are a number of eligibility criteria:

-The pilot is only open to serving Regular or Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) personnel. SP must have completed Phase 1 training. Their eligibility will cease on their termination date or at the end of the pilot; whichever is sooner.

-SP and their partner (or a sole parent in a lone parent family) must be in paid employment or starting / re-starting work within the next 31 days. They must be working at least 16 hours each per week and have a weekly income equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage.

-If either the SP or their partner earn more than £100,000 they will not be eligible for this pilot.

-Eligible children must be 4 to 11 years old and be attending school (including home school). Children must have reached the age of four and will remain eligible until the end of the academic year in which they turn 11. Foster children are not eligible.

-The SP must have financial responsibility and the child(ren) must be living with the SP for the majority of the time; unless separated due to Service commitments (deployment, residential courses) or when on unaccompanied assignments.

-All children must be recorded on the SP’s Joint Personnel Administration (JPA).

-This pilot will be open to all SP who are assigned to one of the organisations within Catterick Garrison at the start of the spring term (1 January 2021) (the DIN contains a list of units and organisations). Ripon, Dishforth, Topcliffe and Albermarle are not included in the pilot.

-SP who have Assignment Orders to eligible Catterick units with report for duty dates between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021 and who meet the eligibility criteria may also apply for the scheme.

-SP can continue to be members of the Armed Forces Childcare Voucher scheme (AFCVS) (which closed to new entrants in October 2018) or have a Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) account. This pilot will not impact their existing entitlement.

-SP cannot be members of AFCVS and TFC at the same time. Service personnel choosing to leave AFCVS to join TFC will not be able to re-join AFCVS in the future.

There is more detail contained within the DIN and anyone interested in joining the pilot is very strongly encouraged to read it. All of the eligible Catterick Garrison units and establishments have been sent it.

Catterick Garrison intend to hold an online forum for all those interested in participating; details and date to be confirmed.

Latest NHS Armed Forces Briefing


To view this document in full please click HERE

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

Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme


The current version of the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme will end on 31 March 2021, but the deadline to apply if you want to take part is Tuesday 15 December.

To obtain the equity loan, your home must be built by 28 February 2021 and the sale completed by 31 March 2021. If you reserved your home by 30 June this year but construction has been delayed by coronavirus, the deadline for your home to be built is 30 April 2021 and completion of sale is 31 May 2021. More information about coronavirus-related delays to equity loan purchases can be found HERE

From 1 April 2021, equity loans will be restricted to first-time buyers. Applications for this version of the scheme will open on 16 December 2020. For further details click HERE

Friday, 20 November 2020

Happy 35th Birthday to HIVE!

You can submit your stories, comments or pictures to Celia at Celia.Waters281@mod.gov.uk

To visit the Army HIVE Facebook page, click HERE

Service Families Accommodation - Repair Response Times

We understand how stressful it can be when something in your home goes wrong or stops working like it should. We’ll always try to help you as quickly as we can.
We have four categories of response times:

Emergency: someone will be with you within 3 hours to carry out a temporary repair, make things safe and prevent further damage. Once the situation is safe, we’ll book this in for a permanent repair.

Critical: someone will be with you within 3 hours to make an assessment. We’ll then fix the problem (either temporarily or permanently) within 12 hours.

Urgent: we’ll make an assessment and complete the repair within 5 working days. Routine: we’ll make an assessment and fix the problem within 15 working days.

Routine: we’ll make an assessment and fix the problem within 15 working days.

To find out more and to book a repair online click HERE

Safer Gambling Week - 19th-25th November


To find out more about safer gambling, click HERE

Free Support Line For NHS & Social Care Workers

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS)


The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) has updated their leaflet which explains what support they can give to military families with children in education.

To view this new leaflet online, click HERE

If you are viewing this post on a MODnet device and cannot view the attachment, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

CTP Partner Career Support Programme

If your partner has been in regular, FTRS, or MPGS Service for at least four years and hasn’t submitted a notice of termination, or isn’t less than two years from ending their military engagement, the CTP Partner Career Support Programme would love to hear from you.

Please watch the video below and click HERE to visit the website.

Military Investment Announcement


The biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War will be announced today by the Prime Minister.

In a speech to the House of Commons he will set out a £16.5 billion increase above the manifesto commitment over four years that will protect our citizens, help us build back better from coronavirus by creating thousands of new jobs and demonstrate to our allies they can always count on the UK.

Our defence forces are operating in a rapidly changing world. This spending increase recognises the need for them to undertake a generational modernisation programme in order to defend the UK, our allies and the world’s most vulnerable people.

To read more online click HERE

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Army Gender Advocate Panel Discussion For International Mansday - Thursday 26th November


Manchester United Gives Free Access To MUTV To UK Armed Forces Overseas


Manchester United has become the first Premier League football club to stream its dedicated club channel, MUTV, free of charge on BFBS TV Player. For further details click HERE

BFBS has been broadcasting to the UK armed forces community for over 75 years, bringing the best of UK TV, sport, music and entertainment to forces and their families worldwide, wherever they may be stationed.​

Do You Want To Start Your Own Business? Free Monthly Webinars For The Armed Forces Community


Looking to take the next steps and start-up your business or do you have and idea but not know where to go next? Why not join the monthly free introduction webinar giving the first insights to running your own business.

This webinar will be delivered by the Head Trainer from the successful 'Supporting the Unsung Hero' Armed Forces business start-up programme.

So if you a member of the Armed Forces Community and dreamed of becoming your own boss, then come and join us and start your journey.

NOTE: This is only available to members of the Armed Forces Community and you will be ask to verify this on sign up.

To book your spot click HERE

Combat Stress Opens The Veterans' Intensive Mental Health Service

Combat Stress have launched the Veterans' Intensive Mental Health Service (VIMHS), focusing on veterans with the most complex mental health needs – those who have several severe mental health conditions that often hugely impact their lives.

Last year Combat Stress began a review of their services to ensure they continue to deliver the best treatment and support to veterans across the UK in need of their expertise. Following a significant reduction in income at the beginning of the year, they made the very difficult decision to scale back their services and workforce to ensure they could continue supporting veterans now and in the future.

Combat Stress are committed to providing accessible, modern and evidence-based treatment, and are gradually taking on new referrals again across the UK. They are continuing to deliver the best possible treatment to veterans in need of their expertise as they position themselves to support the NHS, which is moving to better serve veterans and their families within mainstream mental health services.

For more information click HERE