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Friday, 31 January 2020

What's Your Heart Age?

To take the heart age test, CLICK HERE

Press Release - Social Houses For Former Servicemen & Women with PTSD

New measures could help councils ensure that members of the Armed Forces and Veterans suffering from mental ill health are given the right priority for social housing.

Divorced partners of Armed Forces personnel will also benefit for the first time.

For more information please

Alabama Rot - Know The Symptoms

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To find out more about this deadly dog disease, please click on the links below:

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Healthy Soldier Cook Book - New Edition

Starting the New Year right, the British Army has launched its free to download Healthy Soldier Cookbook.

Check out the refreshed book which offers over 40 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and smoothies. There recipes have been designed so that they can be made with very basic cooking equipment; all you require is a microwave or a hob and some simple utensils like a saucepan, frying pan, knives and chopping board.

To download the new guide, CLICK HERE

Alternatively contact the HIVE for a copy of the previous edition

FAM Pilot In Aldershot Starts At The End Of January 2020

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Organ Donation Law In England Is Changing From Spring 2020

The law around organ donation is changing in Spring 2020. To find out more and to make your choice, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Strategy For Our Veterans - UK Gov Consultation Response

We are grateful to everyone who responded to the Strategy for our Veterans UK Government consultation paper. The UK Government's response outlines:

-a summary of the responses received
-a summary of what the UK Government already does to support Veterans
-the Government's plans in response to the consultation

To read this consultation response online, CLICK HERE

Co-habiting In Surplus SFA - Four Years' Service Rule Removed

Following a review of MOD policy, from 1st February Service Personnel will no longer need four years' service to apply to co-habit in surplus Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK.

Although the four years' service requirement has been removed, those wishing to cohabit in surplus SFA will still need to have established a long-term relationship and will be required to comply with Para 0301 of JSP464, Vol 1, Part 1.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

RAF Association Free Mental Wellbeing Training Courses For Non-Serving Members Of The RAF Family

Are you or someone you care about finding it tough? 
Throughout 2020, the RAF Association is holding free mental wellbeing training courses for non-serving members of the RAF family at locations across the UK.
We recognise that RAF service can sometimes place a strain on everyday life. And we all need a little bit of help from time to time.
This course is suitable for:
-All partners, parents, siblings and children (over 18) or anyone serving in the RAF
-All RAF Veterans and their families
-Anyone working on an RAF base (eg. MOD Civil Servants & defence contractors)
We welcome people who want to improve their own mental wellbeing, as well as anyone who wants to support their friends, family members and colleagues, and spot any signs that they might be suffering too.
To find out more online, CLICK HERE

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund - Emotional Wellbeing Support

Winter can be a difficult time for many due to additional family and financial pressures around the festive period. And for those who are already struggling with their mental health, this time of year can be hugely challenging.

To help tackle these problems, the RAF Benevolent Fund has continued to develop the emotional wellbeing services it offers.

These include a Listening & Counselling Service, free membership to the Headspace app and funded welfare breaks for the family.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

Monday, 27 January 2020

NHS Start 4 Life

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 23 January 2020

20 Reasons To Explore Wiltshire In 2020

It's a New Year and a New Decade, which means it's time to start making plans for 2020.

There are lots of great reasons to explore Wiltshire this year and the county's tourist information website, Visit Wiltshire, has compiled a list of things to see and do.

To see the full list online, CLICK HERE

Bet Regret Campaign

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GambleAware is wholly independent and has a framework agreement with the Gambling Commission to deliver the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms within the context of arrangements based on voluntary donations from the gambling industry.

To visit their website, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

First Aid Instructions From The Community HeartBeat Trust

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If you witness someone who has collapsed possibly because of cardiac arrest, dial 999 to call the emergency medical services immediately. Follow the instructions given by the ambulance control centre who will provide instructions about the steps to be taken. This may include the location of the nearest PAD. Staff working at the location should also know the location of an AED nearby.

The Resuscitation Council (UK) and British Heart Foundation have written a guide to Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) which gives full information about the use of AEDs in the community. We urge you to read this as it will answer your questions in more detail.

To read this guide online, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Relieving The Financial Pressure After Christmas

Christmas can be a tough time financially. It’s easy to see why as according to the Bank of England, the average UK household spends over £800 more in December, leaving millions of Brits with a large amount of debt in the new year.

The Military Credit Union, Serve & Protect, have listed some ideas below to help you ease the financial pressure after Christmas.

To read this list online, CLICK HERE

Household Waste Collection Calendar

To view your waste collection calendar online, please

The Wellbeing Of Women During & After Pregnancy - Military Spouses Required For National Study

The King's Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), King's College London, is the leading civilian UK centre of excellence for military health research. Independent of the Ministry of Defence and the chain of command, their research has provided much-needed evidence on the health and wellbeing of Serving and ex-Serving Personnel as well as their families.

This particular study will look at how having a partner in the UK Armed Forces affects the health & wellbeing of women during pregnancy and following birth.

The study intends to find out how factors such as deployment, training, family separation and relocation might affect women during pregnancy and in the year following the birth.

The information you provide during the study could then be used by organisations such as the NHS, Ministry of Defence, the individual Services and Armed Forces Family charities, to help improve support for women with a partner in the Armed Forces both during and after pregnancy.

For further information, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2019

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The Annual Report 2019 sets out major achievements of the Armed Forces Covenant and highlights remaining challenges and new commitments.

To find out more online CLICK HERE

Armed Forces Access To Jobcentre Plus Services

As part of the Armed Forces Covenant, DWP is improving the way current and former members of the Armed Forces (and their families) access Jobcentre Plus services.

This includes having an Armed Forces Champion in every Jobcentre Plus District who ensures that DWP provide support that meets the needs of the Armed Forces community.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

British Military Celebrates 20 Years Of Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Service

On 12th January 2000, the way the British military treated homosexuality within its ranks changed fundamentally.

Up until then, gay, lesbian and bisexual people had been banned from serving in the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF.

Many of course did sign up but were forced to hide their true identity. If they didn't, they risked an internal investigation and dishonourable discharge.

It is with great pride that the Ministry of Defence are now marking 20 years of lesbian, gay and bisexual service in the UK Armed Forces.

Enormous strides have been made and all three services now rank highly in the Stonewall Equality Index. The MOD are also celebrating their transgender personnel, who have served openly for 21 years.

To read a recent Forces Network article about this celebration and how far the Armed Forces have come, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

The NHS Website

You can find the following helpful information on the NHS website: 

-A-Z of health conditions, symptoms and treatment
-NHS services directory
-Book GP appointments and order prescriptions
-A-Z of medicines
-Apply for or renew your free
European Health Insurance Card
-NHS updates
-Health apps

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Service Family Accommodation Customer Service Charter

Military Community Helplines Available

What Goes Online, Stays Online

Your digital footprint is part of your online history and can potentially be seen by other people, or tracked and held in a database … or many databases. This is the case even if you are careful with your privacy settings. 

To see what could happen as a result of your online history please CLICK HERE

Monday, 13 January 2020

The Joint Service Housing Advice Office Needs Your Input!

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To visit the JSHAO website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 10 January 2020

Save & Borrow For Your Visa Costs With Repayments From Your Salary

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The Ministry of Defence is supporting three of the UK's leading credit unions to join forces in making saving simple and loans more affordable to the Armed Forces and its Veterans.

Serve and Protect Credit Union has published the above flyer targeted at Non-UK Service Personnel to encourage them to save to cover costs to fund visa applications.

To find out more about this and other services online,

There's Never Been A Better Time To Quit Smoking

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Royal Ascot - 2 For 1 Tickets For Armed Forces - Friday 19th June

Royal Ascot Racecourse are offering 1500 '2 for 1' Queen Anne admission tickets for Armed Forces Personnel, Unit Families Clubs and MOD Civil Servants on Friday 19th June 2020.

Guests will be able to enjoy all the Grandstand's fine facilities including a selection of bars and restaurants, including an exclusive Armed Forces bar.

To book tickets, Armed Forces Personnel and MOD Civil Servants should call 0344 346 3000 or purchase tickets online on the Royal Ascot website.

Please contact Colerne HIVE for the promotion code required (contact details to the right of this page)

*Commanding Officers of units which wish to book Queen Anne tickets for Unit Families Clubs should ensure this is managed as a consolidated request made by the Unit Welfare Officer or other officer authorised by the CO. The 2 for 1 offer for Queen Anne tickets applies to the whole party from the Unit Families Club*

ID in the form of a MOD90, Defence Discount Card or MOD Civil Service ID may be required by one of the ticket holders on entry (please note that tickets are mailed or collected at the Racecourse and that printing at home is not possible for these tickets)

The offer applies to Queen Anne tickets only and are sold on a first come first served basis. Maximum 4 tickets per eligible person-anyone wishing to bring a larger family party should contact the groups booking line on 0344 346 3000.

To visit the Royal Ascot website, CLICK HERE

Could You Leave A Gift In Your Will For ABF?

To find out more on the ABF website, CLICK HERE

Relationship Difficulties - Where To Turn

During January, the Army Families Federation will be highlighting the help that is out there for those who find themselves in the middles of a break-up, as well as offering support so that families can navigate this difficult time.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Olympiad Leisure Centre Car Park Closure

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Service Pupil Premium - Eligibility Check

SPP was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. SPP enables schools to provide extra, mainly pastoral support for children with parents in the regular Armed Forces. SPP is paid directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England for supporting Service children. The amount is £300 per child in classes Reception to Year 11.

Who is eligible?

Children of regular Service personnel (PStat Cat 1 and 2 only) who have been recorded as Service children on any January census since 2015 in state schools, free schools and academies in England in years reception to year 11 are eligible for SPP.

Schools can claim SPP for children of regular Service Personnel, for those who have had a Service parent who has died in Service as well as those who have left including through injury for up to a maximum of six years or up to the end of year 11 (whichever comes first).

If a child is not recorded as a Service child whilst the parent is serving, and the Service person has left the Services, schools will not be able to claim SPP.

If a child is home educated, parents agree to take on the financial responsibility and therefore are not eligible for SPP.

Deadline for recording Service children on the next January census is 16 January 2020. Parents are encouraged to inform their child/ren’s school of their Service status ahead of this date to ensure the school can secure SPP funding.

To visit the SPP section of the Gov.uk website,

For MODnet users, the SPP DIN is
 2019DIN01-120 SPP

The Poppy Factory - Helping Veterans Back To Work

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Revenge Porn - Know The Facts & Where To Get Support

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To read more on the Gov.uk website,

To visit the Revenge Porn Helpline website,

To visit the Safe Line website,