Due to the current COVID19 situation all Army HIVEs have been closed, however our staff continue to work from home and are available during office hours to answer your queries by email. Please do not try to phone us. 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.


Friday, 29 May 2020

LifeWorks - Career Support For Military Families

Do you know someone from a military family who has just finished college or 6th form and could benefit from some career advice? The team at LifeWorks Families know that the current situation will have had an impact on school leavers who have been unable to receive career support, direction and guidance - they are on hand to help!

Get in touch on 0800 319 6844 or to visit the website, click HERE

Update From 21 Sigs Unit Welfare Office

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Public Health England - Coping With Heat & COVID19

Further advice can be found HERE

MOD FAQ's On New UK Border Restrictions

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Updates From Wiltshire Council

Please click the red links below to read a few of this weeks updates:

Domestic Abuse - Safety Planning

The information in the two links above have been provided by Aurora New Dawn, a feminist led charity dedicated to ending violence against women and children, and hidden violence.

They provide a dedicated service to Armed Forces personnel and their families. To visit the military section of their website, click HERE

Cotswold Water Park Car Parks Are Now Open

All of the Cotswold Water Park Trust’s car parks are now open. 

Use of car parks and the sites to which they give access will be kept under constant review, and should management feel that public or staff health is being put at risk then they will not hesitate to implement further temporary closures. 

All visitors should be aware that maintenance of sites is extremely challenging at this time, so please help by adhering to government guidelines, keeping dogs on a lead, and taking your litter and dog waste home with you. 

Please read the instructions on the website before visiting and adhere to social distancing rules during your visit. 

To find out more online, click HERE

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Updates From The National Trust

From Wednesday 3 June, National Trust are opening a small number of gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland. To ensure the safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, they have reduced the number of people they can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Online bookings open Friday 29 May.

Please read the instructions on the website before booking and adhere to social distancing rules during your visit.

Full details can be found HERE

You can also find lots of activities online to keep your little ones occupied, including fun family-friendly ideas for things to do indoors, out in the garden or on a local walk. For more details click HERE

Zoom Junior Youth Clubs For 7-12 Year Olds In North Wiltshire - Military Families Only

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All 7-12 yr olds in military families attached to the units above, or living in SFA at the above locations, are welcome to join in.

Please note that a virtual membership form will be needed for your child to participate. Please contact local Community Development Worker Anna on the following email address- 

BBC Radio Wiltshire Airwaves Festival - 29th-31st May

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To read more online click HERE

Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO)

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JSHAO can assist Serving Personnel and their families with information and support about civilian housing, at any point during their Service career.

You can visit their website HERE where you will find a host of information about the options available to you now or when you leave the Forces.

JSHAO have also produced a brand awareness survey and would appreciate your honest and open feedback. To access this survey, click HERE

Drinkaware - Here To Help People Make Better Choices About Drinking

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Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.

Their website is packed full of advice and information, including unit calculators, self-assessments and the adverse effect alcohol has on mental health & sleep.

There is also a section regarding COVID19 and isolation.

To visit the website, click HERE

Test & Trace

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For further guidance, click HERE

AWS Moving On Up - Support For Year 6 Students

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If you are unable to read the Parents/Carers section, please see below:

Stay Local & Enjoy What's On Your Doorstep

You can now enjoy unlimited outdoor exercise as long as you continue to maintain social distancing rules, so why not explore what’s on your doorstep rather than driving long distances.

Playgrounds remain closed but why not enjoy a walk or cycle ride close to home and explore what’s around you.

For walking activities in Wiltshire, click HERE

For cycling activities in Wiltshire, click HERE

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

AWS Weekly Family Challenge - Week 10

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

Pick For Britain - Help Wiltshire Farmers Bring In The Harvest

Pick for Britain is a campaign to recruit people to help harvest this year's fruit and veg crops. The Coronavirus situation means that many farmers do not have enough people to pick this year's crops.

If you are looking for work this summer, visit the Pick for Britain website HERE where you will find growers, recruiters, and agencies that have job opportunities across the country and in Wiltshire.

​Transition Life Skills Information Sheet 15

Everyone will leave the Army at some point. For a minority of Service personnel (SP) who are compulsory discharged, this will be outside of their control. However, the vast majority of SP have control of this very important decision. It is vital that SP have a full understanding of the life they will be leaving behind, their personal responsibilities as a citizen in society and be fully aware and equipped to succeed in their new life.

The key to a successful return to civilian life is to continuously plan and make provision for it throughout a military career. This is best achieved by the accumulation of Life Skills and Personal Development which will enable SP (and their families) to make the necessary physical and emotional adjustments and have the resilience to overcome the challenges that most Service leavers (SLs) will face. A robust and viable transition plan is essential in advance of making the decision to leave the Service.

References to Transition Information Sheets throughout the attached document can be found HERE

To read sheet 15 in full 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

Visa Application - Extension Scheme

This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with Coronavirus.

To read more online click HERE

Please note that you can also find useful information for Army families on the AFF website. To visit the COVID19 section of the website, click HERE

Children's Society & NPCC - You Can Save Me

Urgent Eyecare Service

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To visit the website mentioned in the poster above, click HERE

Ofqual GCSE & A Level Consultation Outcomes & Autumn Exam Series Proposals

Students will be awarded calculated grades in GCSEs, AS and A levels, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and Advanced Extension Award in maths (AEA) this summer, after exams were cancelled in England this summer to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19).

Eighty two percent of the 12,623 respondents to our consultation on this summer’s exceptional arrangements agreed with our proposal to adopt the grading process into our regulatory framework this year. We have today, Friday 22 May, published our analysis and key decisions, and updated our information for Heads of Centres.

To read more online click HERE

Defence Discount Service Update

To view this document and it's embedded links 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

SFA Infographic 2020/21

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Face Coverings - Latest Guidance In The UK

If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.

You should be prepared to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers and staff for the purposes of identification.

Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.

Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste - anosmia), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.

It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

For further advice and guidance about staying safe outside of your home, click HERE

RSPCA's Seven Things Your Kids Can Learn In Lockdown

While parents across England and Wales continue to homeschool their children, we hope to provide a helping paw with our free educational resources.

These are very strange times and for the majority of parents, it'll be the first time they've attempted to teach their kids from home. Lots of us here at the RSPCA have been getting our heads stuck in workbooks and tuning in to do PE with Joe Wicks every morning. The reality of homeschooling is daunting - especially when you're juggling it with working from home - but we hope our fun and interactive resources will make it a little easier for you.

To read these seven examples of amazing animal knowledge, click HERE

For more online education resources, directly from the Gov.uk website, click HERE

Enjoying The Sun Safely

To read more advice online click HERE

Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Friday, 22 May 2020

DIO Help Desk Request - Regeneration Of Moves In & Out Of SFA

The recent announcements from the single Services about the regeneration of moves from 1 July onwards has led to a significant increase in the number of calls by Service personnel to the Amey Helpdesk.

This is understandable as Service families are keen to arrange Move In/Out appointments. However, the number of calls is impacting on the ability of Helpdesk staff to focus on the initial moves. We therefore seek your support in encouraging those Service personnel whose assignment is not until August or September to wait until they are contacted by the Helpdesk about their move. This approach will ensure a smooth and efficient service for all concerned.

Experience Wiltshire Virtually!

Click HERE to find out more about upcoming virtual events, including the Salisbury Big Weekend (29-31 May) and Malmesbury's St Aldhelm's Day Virtual Fair (24/25 May).

Fancy a virtual tour of Wiltshire? Click HERE for details of Hawk TV, Salisbury Cathedral service live-streaming and live streams from Stonehenge!

AFCAS 2020 Results Announced & A Message From DIO

Update from Head of Accommodation DIO on
AFCAS 2020

“The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Service 2020 results have been published today. I am pleased to see the increase in customer satisfaction for repairs, maintenance and allocations continue over the last year. This positive upward trend is also reflected in our routine SFA customer survey results. These are testament to our commitment to addressing Service families’ concerns in recent years, and to the ongoing prioritised investment in SFA. Last year we invested £123M on improving more than 9,000 properties including new kitchens, bathrooms, boilers, external wall insulation, new roofs and replacement doors and windows. Additionally, we improved the lived environment by delivering 29 upgraded playparks, together with improved roads, parking areas and street lighting.

We are continuing the same approach this year to build on progress to date; the 917 new build properties on the Salisbury Plain Training Area to support the Army Basing Programme will also be completed this year. I hope that these investments underline the importance that the MOD places on providing good quality homes for our Service personnel and their families.”

To read the survey results online click HERE

Domestic Abuse - Safety Planning

The information in the two links above have been provided by Aurora New Dawn, a feminist led charity dedicated to ending violence against women and children, and hidden violence.

They provide a dedicated service to Armed Forces personnel and their families. To visit the military section of their website, click HERE

Latest Discount Deals From DDS

To visit the DDS website click HERE