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


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Wildlife Rescue During Coronavirus Outbreak

During the Coronavirus outbreak, many wildlife rescue centre's are utilising social media but are not able to work to full capacity. Please consider the following advice:

-Please be careful when gardening, especially strimming, as a lot of birds and mammals are currently busy making nests

-Do not allow your children or dogs to disturb nests as any disruption may cause the Mother to abandon the babies

-Please be mindful when making essential journeys in the car as there will be a lot more animals moving freely on the roads

Should you need any information, please click on the links below, or in emergencies call the contact numbers supplied.

Currently open for telephone advice only
01793 751412

Rescuing, treating and rehabilitating wildlife
07850 778752

24-hour emergency rescues

Coronavirus Support Links For Corsham Residents

On Facebook?
Why not join the 'Corsham Covid19 
Mutual Aid Group' page

US Income Tax & UK Service Children Born In The USA

A DIN has been published which highlights the issue of UK Service Children born in the USA (and therefore holding dual nationality) being liable for US income tax when they reach the age of 18.  The Armed Forces Covenant Team have had a number of enquiries from former Service Personnel whose adult children are being chased for back taxes by the IRS.
The DIN explains the problem and highlights the options open to people in this situation.  All UK personnel serving in the US are briefed about this and the HIVEs and Family Federations will also disseminate information.  One option is for individuals to renounce (at no cost) their US citizenship at the age of 18.​

For further details of the DIN, please contact Colerne HIVE.

Action Fraud - Scam Warning

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To visit the Action Fraud website, CLICK HERE

Quest Distance Learning & COVID-19 Update

Whether you are still serving, preparing to leave the Armed Forces or have already left, now more than ever it’s important to keep looking to the future and continue to pursue courses or training that will set you up for civvy street. Of course, it’s impossible to study everything remotely, but you might be surprised by what is out there.

If you’re among the thousands of people ‘confined to barracks’ by COVID-19, don’t let it knock your plans off course. Thanks to distance learning, even if you’re in isolation or quarantine – or at home taking care of the kids – you don’t have to abandon your studies. In fact, it could offer the perfect opportunity!

CLICK HERE to visit the Quest website and check out what our advertisers have to offer, plus read their in-depth feature on distance learning and a COVID19 update page to keep up with the latest information.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Free Boxsets, Audiobooks, Wellbeing Apps & More

To help the millions of people having to stay home, one of the uplifting aspects of the current crisis is a number of companies have made products and services free, both for kids and grown-ups.

To see this list online, CLICK HERE

Please note that these are NOT endorsed by the MOD

National Crime Agency Update & Social Media Threats

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Army personnel and their families are also reminded to consider their operational and personal security responsibilities, especially when posting on social media. Remain alert to threats/scams/direct approaches that are suspicious and ensure that no operational or personal information is disclosed during these challenging times.

To visit the Think U Know website, CLICK HERE

The Defence Holistic Transition Policy & A Families’ Transition Guide


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Following last year's publication of JSP 100, the Defence Holistic Transition Policy, the RAF Families Federation have just produced a useful guide for families who are leaving the service.  The Departures guide is available on the the RAF FF website, but please note that some of the information will be relevant to all services, not just RAF.

Mental Resilience During Uncertain Times

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Wiltshire Council COVID19 Community Groups Directory

Wiltshire Council has published a directory of community volunteer groups that have been set up throughout the county, in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
So far, Wiltshire Council has been made aware of more than 100 groups that are supporting their fellow residents throughout Wiltshire during this difficult time.
Although not a formal endorsement of the groups, Wiltshire Council thought it would be useful for people to know the support that's being provided in their communities and their contact details, should anyone wish to get in touch with them.
The directory can be found online - and will be updated as regularly as possible.
To visit the website, where you can download the guide, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 26 March 2020

BFBS - Supporting Families

BFBS have released a statement documenting how they are still supporting the Armed Forces and their families during the COVID19 pandemic.

To read the statement in full online, CLICK HERE

Latest FTRS Job Opportunities

If you are serving in the Army Reserve, or are a Regular Reserve, and are actively seeking employment, you should check this site for new Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) posts each week. Personnel may only apply for a maximum of two posts at any one time.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Please note this list may not be updated again until approx 20 April due to COVID-19

How To Arrange Emotional Support For Someone Going Through A Difficult Time

To visit the Samaritans website, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Website Links To Help Keep The Children Entertained

This post will be updated as more advice and information becomes available.

If you are self-isolating and you have children at home, these pages should give you some ideas on how to keep the little ones entertained.

This information has been gathered with the helpful input from Army Welfare Service.

While some articles do include days out but are still being included due to the other stay-at-home ideas and content.

Please note that HIVE are not affiliated with any groups and are not responsible for any external content. For health advice always utilise proper channels ie. the NHS and World Health Organisation websites.

Why HIVE? What HIVE Can Do For You!

COVID19 Related Crime

Zoos Offering Live Streams

13 zoos that offer live streams - see giraffes, koalas, pandas, tigers, penguins & more!
Zoo's may be closed or we are unable to visit due to being on a lock down so the next best thing is watching them live and see what they are up to in real time.
There are many zoo's across the world offering this service giving you the opportunity to see some animals that you may not usually get to see as they are not in a zoo near you.

(Please note that these are NOT endorsed by the MOD)

1. Edinburgh Zoo (UK)
Panda, Koala, penguin & Tiger cams HERE

2. Marwell Zoo (UK)
Flamingo, Penguin, Giraffe & Lemur cams HERE

3. Dublin Zoo (Ireland)
Elephants, Penguins, giraffes, rhinos, ostrich & zebras cams HERE

4. San Diego Zoo (USA)
Panda, Penguin, Baboon, Polar Bear, Ape, Koala, Giraffe, Burrowing Owl, Condor, Elephant & Tiger cam HERE

5. Houston Zoo (USA)
Giraffe, Gorilla, Chimp, Elephant, Leafcutter Ant & Rhino cams HERE

6. Living Coast Wild Planet trust (UK)
Penguin cam HERE

7. Paignton Zoo (UK)
Meerkat & Sulawesi Crested Macaque cams HERE

8. Smithsonian’s National Zoo (USA)
Naked Mole-Rat, Lion, Giant Panda & Elephant cams HERE

9. Clearwater Marine Aquarium (USA)
Dolphins, Turtles, Pelicans & Otter cams HERE

10. Reid Park Zoo (USA)
Elephant, Lemur, Giraffe, Lion & Bear cams HERE

11. Chattanooga Zoo (USA)
Meerkat, Snow Leopard, Tamarin & Spotted Genet cams HERE

12. Monterey Bay Aquarium (USA)
Monterey Bay, Sea Otter, Shark, Penguin, Coral Reef, Aviary, Kelp Forest, Jelly, Moon Jell & Open Sea cams HERE

13. Kansa City Zoo (USA)
King Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Polar Bear & Masai Giraffe cams - HERE

A Guide To Help Your Child Understand Coronavirus & Other Resources From Wiltshire Council

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A selection of materials is now available on the Wiltshire Council 'Right Choice' website to support parents and children during the current COVID19 outbreak.

Within the 'looking after yourself and your children' section, you will find booklets and guidance to help during our current situation and also a guide for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is. 

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Little Troopers Treasures App - Isolated Grandparents Can Now Join In!

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Today's activity is a little different...are you having to isolate from Grandparents due to the Coronavirus?

If you are a military family, and your family & Grandparents both have a tablet device, Little Troopers are suggesting using their Treasures app to stay in touch with recorded stories at this difficult time.

- Military family must register on app
- Share the family login with grandparents
- Grandparents record a story (it captures face, audio & book pages)
- Children can then login and watch/listen

We hope this helps keep your military family connected.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

AFF Now Have A New COVID19 Page On Their Website

AFF now have a new COVID-19 page on their website giving relevant information and links on issues that have been raised with them. They will continue to update this and recommend that you should also look out for official notifications and information from the chain of command, wherever you are.

AFF is here to support you so please do keep in touch and let them know your issues or concerns.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

New AFF Co-Ordinator Covering North Wiltshire

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Carole is planning to visit camps once community activities resume. In the meantime you can contact Carole with any issues, or alternatively to visit the AFF website, CLICK HERE

Care For Veterans

To visit the Care for Veterans website, CLICK HERE

Coronavirus - Managing Your Financial Resilience

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To visit the Serve & Protect website, CLICK HERE

Monday, 23 March 2020

Stuck At Home? Protect Your Mental Health

For some, news of infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronovirus (COVID19) can create increased feelings of stress or anxiety.

In times of increased stress, seeking help and support from others can be a real help.

If you need a place to talk, why not sign up to Big White Wall where you will find FREE online wellbeing support. To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Supporting Your Mental Health While Working From Home

As more organisations switch to remote working, these human connections are more vital than ever. Working from home can feel isolating, so if your organisation is working remotely, My Whole Self is a great way to strengthen your virtual relationships.
We'll be focusing the first phase of My Whole Self on keeping people connected through online activities and sharing guidance to support employees experiencing anxiety, disconnectedness, or social isolation. Share your activities and My Whole Selfies using #MyWholeSelf. 
To view this article online, CLICK HERE

Friday, 20 March 2020

Domestic Abuse - Coping With Self Isolation

The current response to Covid-19 will inevitably put a greater strain on families in self-isolation. This may be particularly stressful for survivors of domestic abuse, and you can find guidance on actions to take and sources of advice and support from the various links below:

Refuge COVID19 Statement

Wiltshire Council Dedicated COVID19 Advice & Information

Wiltshire Council have set up a dedicated web page with information about council services that may be affected by COVID19.

Here you will also find their COVID19 community pack which you can download to support you and your local community.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Ideas On How To Keep The Children Entertained Whilst Self-Isolating

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This post will be updated as more advice and information becomes available. Website links have moved to another post titled 'website links to help keep the children entertained'

If you are self-isolating and you have children at home, this page should give you some ideas on how to keep the little ones entertained.

This information has been gathered with the helpful input from Army Welfare Service.

While some articles do include days out but are still being included due to the other stay-at-home ideas and content.

Please note that HIVE are not affiliated with any groups and are not responsible for any external content. For health advice always utilise proper channels ie. the NHS and World Health Organisation websites.