Due to the current COVID19 situation this Army HIVE is closed but our staff continue to work from home and are available during office hours to answer your queries by email. Colerne HIVE is also contactable via phone.
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As some of us return to work, the RSPCA are issuing advice to dog owners to help their pets adjust to the change...
For many of us, life has changed significantly during the COVID19 lockdown - and it's also changed for our pets. As the restrictions are lifting, we will have to adjust again to returning to our normal routines - and our pets will too.
The Gov.uk website shares guidance for British people travelling overseas during the COVID19 pandemic.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review and any updates will be posted on the Gov.uk website.
Occupancy Services re-opened the telephone service on 17th June.
You should be aware that we are anticipating a high volume of telephone calls, as we re-open the Occupancy Services telephone functionality.
We continue to work closely with DIO, the single services, Agility and our Industry Partners, in line with UK Government guidance, to reactivate housing services in a phased and orderly way, currently prioritising any entitled service family moves.
RAF partners and spouses can now access online mindfulness platform, Headspace, in a recent initiative launched by the RAF Benevolent Fund. Previously available to serving personnel only, it is now available to the partners of personnel, too.
Headspace is a ‘gym membership for the mind’ offering guided mindfulness and meditation exercises to help improve and maintain emotional wellbeing. These bite-sized 10-minute sessions can be accessed either through a mobile phone app or through a web-browser.
The platform offers various exercises focusing on specific areas of life such as sport, health, or happiness. Research has found that users begin to experience the benefits of Headspace after using it for just 10 minutes a day for 10 days.
The Road Safety team at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue have created a vibrant digital leaflet for all drivers returning to the road as we ease out of lockdown. Whether you are returning to work at the office, travelling to meet family or friends as part of the permissible “bubble” or starting the school run; this leaflet covers the importance of vehicle checks given the current MOT exemption.
It also addresses the “Fatal 4” as a reminder of the good driving habits we ought to practice and includes signposting for any challenges families may have faced during recent months.
Over the coming weeks, similar leaflets will also be launched to help develop the confidence of older drivers returning to the road and for those who passed their driving test just before essential travel was introduced.
Due to the nature of military life, many spouses run their own business which may have been impacted by the recent lockdown restrictions.
Wiltshire businesses re-opening their premises can benefit from a COVID19 Business Recovery Pack launched by Wiltshire Council.
The pack contains a round-up of government guidance, helpful tips on how to implement the guidance and safety advice posters and social distancing floor spots for businesses to use to keep their staff, customers and visitors safe.
These resources have been created to support businesses across the county as they adapt their premises to provide a safe and welcoming experience for customers. They also complement additional signage being used across Wiltshire high streets to encourage people to follow social distancing guidelines.
In order to bring clarity to which services are and are not being provided on the ground by removals crews as well as to show parity across all suppliers in the UK for MOD or commercial work, Agility have released the attached information.
This will give every crew member across the UK the same working foundation. Of course crews will decide on the bespoke nature and levels of service as each household is prepared (or not) differently.
From now until 31st March 2021, as Britain exits the European Union, SSAFA is working alongside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to assist veteran UK nationals who reside in countries across Europe.
Our trained volunteer caseworkers will provide practical support to individuals in the Armed Forces community in order to secure their right to remain as a resident in France, Germany or Cyprus.
Whilst the MoneyForce website is now closed, financial support and advice is still available from The Royal British Legion. The Legion’s expert team of Financial Advisors are on hand to offer you guidance and support. Whether it’s worries about debts and paying bills or advice on benefits, pensions or planning for your future, they’re here to help. If you’re worried about your finances you can find our how the Royal British Legion can help via visiting their website HERE or call them on 0808 802 8080 8am-8pm 7 days a week.
The MoneyForce popular tools and calculators are still available from Money Advice Service. These include budget planners, mortgage and stamp duty calculators. Check out the website HERE.
Has COVID19 been affecting your finances? Many in the Armed Forces community are facing extra money worries as a result of COVID19 and we’re here to help. Click HERE to see our 5 top tips for managing your finances during the outbreak, written by our team of expert Financial Advisors.
The current pandemic has led to a national lockdown, with visibly much less traffic now on our roads. On week 6 of lockdown, we felt it was time for this blog due to incidents increasing and the patterns we are seeing. Tragically, we are hearing of more reports of cats being hit by cars now than we do in normal times, with almost all reports echoing similar circumstances.
Not only are cats enjoying a false sense of security with temporarily quieter roads, many cars have also been caught speeding and incidents have been occurring during the daytime as well as at night.
These factors can be a deadly combination. Most cats steer clear of busy streets and congested roads normally, but they now see a quiet emptiness which is free for them to go and explore. Not only will they roam much further than they might usually, they will also take chances they haven't before.
For advice on how to keep your cat safe, click HERE
A new study to understand the effect of Coronavirus on former service personnel has been launched, veterans minister Johnny Mercer has announced.
The work is sponsored by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and will be undertaken by the world leading King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), King’s College London.
The study will look at whether COVID19 has had any specific impact on the veteran community in the UK. This in turn will allow policy makers in government to understand potential issues affecting veterans and respond accordingly based on expert advice and evidence.
The final guidance from the Government and Church authorities was issued on Friday morning so after a weekend reading through it, finalising the risk assessments and putting the measures in place we are pleased to say that St John the Baptist parish church building is now open during the day for private prayer.
Both Government and National Church rules currently do not allow us to have regular church services at the moment. If you do go into the church building to pray please read the information signs and follow the guidance about which areas are open for access, hand washing and seat markers.
Timetables on all Faresaver services, including Colerne-Chippenham & Colerne-Bath, are changing from Monday 15th June.
The 33, 228 and 273 services will operate a special timetable. The 44 service will operate a Saturday timetable Monday - Saturday. Details of these timetables can be found HERE
All other services will revert to their normal pre-covid timetables - these can be viewed HERE
Also from Monday concessionary passes will only be valid after 0900 in Bath on weekdays, all day on weekends. In Wiltshire and Somerset they can still be used all day until further notice.
Finally, if you are using the bus from Monday, please remember that a face covering should be worn unless you have any of the following.....
1 - Breathing difficulties and other respiratory conditions.
2 - Conditions effecting their dexterity, meaning they are not able to put on a face covering.
3 - Mental health conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders.
4 - Other non-visible disabilities such as autism.
5 - Cognitive impairments, including dementia, who may not understand or remember the need to wear a face covering.
6 - Visual impairments, with a restricted field of vision, particularly if any residual vision is at the lower edge of the normal field of view.
7 - Impairments which would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain.
8 - Under the age of 11 or on dedicated home to school transport.
DfT expect everyone to wear a face covering if they can. The above list of exemptions is not exhaustive and would extend to someone who has a justifiable reason for not wearing one on the grounds of health or disability not outlined above.
The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) is for Forces families who have a dependent with an additional need and/or disability. This group is run by a Committee, family members themselves, who have experienced similar situations. They provide families and individuals with an opportunity to discuss ways of ensuring that children and adults have access to the best support available. Its mission is:
• To give a voice to Forces families with additional needs and disabilities.
• To change attitudes towards families with additional needs and disabilities within the Armed Forces.
• To ensure policy and decision makers understand the needs of Forces families, who have additional needs and disabilities.
Last year, to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the FANDF, the committee conducted a survey of issues faced by Serving Forces families with additional needs and disability. The new survey report, ‘Families Fighting on…’, written by the FANDF committee, shares the voices of this sometimes-overlooked Additional Needs and Disability community within the Armed Forces. This is the first time that this demographic has shared these insights and their experiences in an official capacity with the Ministry of Defence.
The committee also produce The Additional Need and Disability Guide: A Guide for Service Families. This aims to signpost some of the services and resources available to families, to help find the appropriate support and make life easier. This can be found HERE
For further information and to find out how to become a member, click HEREto the FANDF website.