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.

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Friday, 28 February 2020

Employee Assistance Programme For MOD Civil Servants

In addition to the counselling support and advice, Health Assured offers a virtual library of wellbeing information. These informative articles and self-help guides provide support on a range of health and advisory issues, as well as instant guidance to aid of an employee's physical and mental health.

To gain access to the Wellbeing Portal, CLICK HERE. Please note you will need to use your TLB login details-if you do not know these, please contact the HIVE or your Line Manager.

Military Credit Unions - Savings Plans & Loans

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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.

To find out more about these and other services online,

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

FANDF - Families Fighting On

The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) consists of serving Forces families who have a close loved one with an additional need or disability.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the forum, the FANDF committee conducted a survey of issues faced by serving Forces families with additional needs and disabilities.

The resulting report, Families Fighting On, provides a platform for the families to explain in their own words their lived experiences and the issues they face on a daily basis.

A wide range of stakeholders have been invited to to learn more about the findings and the outcomes of this report will be the basis for the FANDF conference in June. 

To read the report online, CLICK HERE

To visit the SSAFA FANDF website, CLICK HERE

Combat Stress Service Redesign

For 100 years, Combat Stress has supported former Servicemen and women with mental health problems. Their specialist work is life-changing and often life-saving, but they have reached a critical turning point due to a substantial drop in income during this financial year.

With this in mind Combat Stress have decided that for a temporary period, which started Monday 27th January, they will not take new referrals in England and Wales. They will keep the situation under close review and take referrals again when they can do so safely.

Their 24-hour helpline 0800 138 1619 remains open and the charity are working closely with other providers to ensure that Veterans and Serving Personnel with mental health challenges get the support they need where possible.

To read the full statement online, CLICK HERE

Monday, 24 February 2020

Life After Service

BFBS has today launched a week-long campaign of positive and inspiring stories about ex-servicemen and women everyday across all its media channels, including the Forces Network website, Forces Radio BFBS and BFBS TV.

Media reports of Veteran unemployment and mental health issues are only a very small part of a much more positive and bigger story, as you will find out each day this week.

To find out more on the Forces Network website,

Friday, 21 February 2020

Recycle For Wiltshire Air Ambulance

For more information, CLICK HERE

Alternatively visit the active Facebook page "Recycle For Wiltshire Air Ambulance" or to visit the website,

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Easton Spice - Free Delivery To Colerne On Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

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Easton Spice also offer a daily 10% discount to military staff with a MOD90
(collection only, minimum order £20)

To view the menu online, CLICK HERE

Citizens Advice - Armed Forces & Veterans

If you serve in the Armed Forces - or used to - this information is for you and your family. Find out about help you can get in the UK and abroad, including help with education and travel costs.

To visit this page online, CLICK HERE

Monday, 17 February 2020

Veterans With Dogs - Dogs For Military Veterans With Invisible Injuries

Veterans With Dogs' assistance dog programme is the first of its' kind in the UK. 

Veterans with Dogs is helping Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions, cope better with their symptoms and enabling them to lead more independent lives.

We do this because we care about our Veterans. There are those with physical injuries, and those with injuries less easy to see. We understand the real need to provide specially trained dogs to help mitigate the debilitating effects of mental health difficulties.

Seeing how veterans and their families suffer is a heart-breaking experience, and only strengthens our resolve to do 'something' to help. And that is exactly what we are doing.

The 'PALS' (Partner Animal Life Skills) Programme to train and provide assistance dogs for mental health is just one adjunct to treatment that is having a profound effect on helping Veterans to increase their quality of life and regain independence.

For further information, CLICK HERE

Friday, 14 February 2020

Supporting British Veterans - Benefits & Compensation Available In The UK

Whether you are currently serving in the military or are a veteran, there are many benefits and support schemes available to you and your family. For veterans, it can often feel isolating to leave the military and enter ‘civvy street’. It is a big life change to deal with so it is understandable that many veterans struggle with the transition in one way or another. It is vital to know what support is available and to utilise the backing if and when you feel it will be beneficial to you.

The HomeGuides website provides information on the key schemes, grants and organisations that can provide you with assistance in life after the military.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE 

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Forces Connect App Welcomes Wiltshire

Wiltshire has joined an app that is used to connect members of the Armed Forces community to provide support and advice in their area.

The Forces Connect app is designed to link users in four easy clicks to organisations offering help, support and services across a wide range of needs.

The app is free and aimed at all of the Armed Forces community serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families as well as a useful resource for frontline public services staff.

Initially commissioned by Forces Connect South East, an alliance of public services, the app has been made available to other local authorities that have received Ministry of Defence Covenant grant funding; and Wiltshire is the first of the south west’s partners to join.  The remainder of the partners; Bristol City, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset will be joining over the coming months, allowing easier access to local support.

The app is available to download via Google Play and iTunes-just choose the Wiltshire option.

To find out more about Forces Connect South West, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Special School's Transformation In North Wiltshire

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To visit the website, where you can view the support documents and complete the feedback survey,

Active Wiltshire

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Monday, 10 February 2020

MOD Domestic Abuse Awareness

DCYP: Pilot Launch Of A New Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form

There has been on-going work around how the Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP) assess children’s educational supportability prior to an overseas posting. Currently the Pupil Information Profile (PIP) has been used for this purpose.

As of 24th February 2020, the Pupil Information Profile (PIP) will no longer be used for assessing overseas educational supportability. This will be replaced with the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form. All children 0-18 require educational clearance prior to overseas postings. This includes postings to MOD Schools and Non-MOD School areas. The purpose of the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form is to support the information required for Educational Clearances. The Educational Clearance and MASO processes will continue and the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form is the tool for gathering the information needed towards this.

DCYP is now in a position to go ahead with a pilot phase running from 24th February 2020 until 31st August 2020, with its final endorsement ready for September 2020. During the piloting period please do not make amendments to the form, but share any feedback or proposed amendments to the form with Claire Scott, SEND Lead for MOD Schools claire.scott@modschools.org. These will then be considered for the final endorsed form, starting September 2020. MOD Schools and CEAS will use this form. The PIP will not be used for Educational Clearances and no amendments are to be made to the EOS Form. All Primary and Secondary schools are expected to use the MOD Schools Admission Form and not any other variation.

The new Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form (PILOT) together with a model email which will be used by schools can be access by clicking the following links:

If you would like an editable Word version of either of these documents, please contact

Further info on educational issues, available on the

Friday, 7 February 2020

Reading Well For Children - Books To Help You Feel Better

This week sees the launch of The Reading Agency's new Reading Well For Children booklist.

Reading Well For Children will support the mental health and wellbeing of children, providing them and their families & carers with information, advice and support for coping with feelings, worries, daily life and getting through tough times.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) but includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

Books are available across Wiltshire libraries and are free to reserve.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

Are Your Dependent Children Registered On JPA?

Declaring dependent Service children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of Service housing and potential assignments.

To complete the registration process, the military member of the family should provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to their unit HR who will complete the JPA process.

Military Veterans To Be Guaranteed Interviews For Civil Service Jobs

Military veterans are to be guaranteed interviews for Civil Service jobs, the Government has announced.

The initiative, launched by the Office for Veterans' Affairs in the Cabinet Office, underlines this Government's deep commitment to Veterans and will boost the employment prospects of those who have served in the British Armed Forces.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Continued Services For Ex-Military Spouses

Did you know that if you are a former military spouse, you can still get free support through Big White Wall?

You may also be entitled to continue using the Defence Discount Service for which you can sign up for free for online discounts, or pay £5 for a 5-year discount card.

To visit the Big White Wall website, CLICK HERE

To visit the DDS website, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Common Questions About The HIVE Blog

Q.I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog, so how can I sign up to receive daily alerts so I don't miss any new updates on the blog? 

A. Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (top - left hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email/alert every day that the Blog is updated. Alternatively contact the HIVE and they will do it on your behalf. 
By using the alert gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest.

Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.

A. You can browse the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom left hand side of the homepage or click on a specific label heading on left hand panel.
Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted to find out about information on employment in the local area  just type Job vacancy into the box and relevant posts will be displayed.

Q. I would like to put information on the blog such as a event I am organising. I have a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.   

A. Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the blog home page) and your poster or information will be uploaded for you - free of charge. 

If you have any:

-contributions to the blog
-any event or activity you would like to see featured
-questions or queries regarding anything featured or questions about what is on in the local area

Please contact  colernehive@armymail.mod.uk or call 
07973 723221

HIVE blogs are an MOD sponsored online presence, registered with and approved by MOD (DMC). In accordance with the MOD Online Engagement Guidelines, HIVE blog content must be limited to unclassified information only which is relevant and useful to the local military community.

Monday, 3 February 2020

SSAFA's Gurkha Services

SSAFA's Gurkha Services provide tailored support for Gurkha Veterans and their families who have settled in the UK.

They work collaboratively with other Gurkha specific organisations such as the Gurkha Welfare Trust, the Gurkha Brigade Association, the Army Welfare Service, Gurkha communities and others who support Serving and Veteran Gurkha's and their families.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE