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Friday, 31 July 2020

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Keep Your Distance - Slow The Spread




For all the latest updates click HERE


AWS Family Challenge Activities - Week 19






































To see this activity sheet in full, 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


Home Working - Managing The Cyber Risks


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To visit the National Cyber Security Centre website, click HERE


Updated Guidance On Self Isolation



Today the Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have issued updated advice on the self-isolation period for symptomatic individuals or those with a positive test result increasing from 7 days to 10 days.

To read more online click HERE


Number Of COVID19 Tests In Defence & Positive Cases In The UK Armed Forces



This fortnightly official statistic provides information on the number of defence personnel who have attended a COVID19 test through the UK National Testing Programme; and for the UK Armed Forces, the number of positive cases of COVID19.

To read this information online, click HERE


Mental Resilience


During this fight against COVID19 the nation has come together; we are working differently and facing new challenges and uncertainties. This period will deliver many lessons and new ways of living. And the British Army Mental Resilience Training (MRT) delivered as part of the OPSMART package of work is just as important now as it has ever been and can help develop many useful coping mechanisms for us all to employ.

To read more about the MRT, some of which can also be used by civilians for positive mental health, click HERE


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Grants Launched



Following an earlier announcement in May, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust have now launched two more funding programmes for the Armed Forces communities.

Along with other organisations, individual units are entitled to apply.

Please click the links below to find out more.




Dept For Transport - Bold Vision For Cycling & Walking


To read this new guide online, click HERE


5 Ways To Wellbeing During COVID19


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Alternatively click HERE to view this leaflet online


Shared Lives Wiltshire





Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Check In On Your Child


The Childline website has lots of advice and information for parents and children alike. To visit the website, click HERE


Latest Updates From The Naval Families Federation


The Naval Families Federation are missing seeing you at the families events this year! Although their giant deckchair and chalkboard are on ‘summer leave’, please click HERE to visit their website if you would like to find out more about their tailored resources. Alternatively click on the links below:

Working Away From Home

Brighten Your Day

Forces Families Jobs

Homeport

Parental absence resource

Family Resource Project

Holiday Offers

Leaving the Service

Allowances


Chippenham Minor Injury Unit Is Now Open For Appointments Only (Booked Via NHS 111)






































To read more online click HERE


Better Health Campaign - Let's Do This


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Your health matters and there has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Better Health has a range of tools and support to help - find what works for you. Let's do this!

To read more about this new campaign, including details of free apps plus hints and tips, click HERE


Service Family Hot Topics - Parental Support


Combining being a parent with military service is not always easy and can lead to frustrations and conflicts which can be difficult to address.

The Personnel & Family Support team have created this handy information sheet with details of support networks military families can turn to.

To view this document 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


Monday, 27 July 2020

RFEA - Employment Support For Military Spouses & Partners







































To visit the website, click HERE


Union Jack Club - Weekend Special Offer






































To visit the website, click HERE


The Big White Wall Name Change


The Big White Wall is being renamed.

The service, which is available for free to all Service Personnel and military families, provides a safe online community to support your mental health, 24/7. 

At the beginning of August the new name will be announced, and you will start seeing communications from the service that look different, including an updated URL and logo.

The service name is changing, but the commitment to providing safe and accessible mental health support remains consistent.

​If you aren't yet a member, and you feel like you need a place to talk, click HERE to find out more


Wiltshire Council Family & Community Learning - New Website


Family and Community Learning includes a range of online, community based and outreach learning opportunities designed to help people of different ages and backgrounds to:

-Gain a new skill

-Reconnect with learning

-Prepare to progress to formal courses

-Learn how to support their children better

Courses are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and are free for Service families!

Are you stuck in a rut or going through a difficult time? We want to hear from people who are unsure about if they can join and we are always happy to talk things through.

To find out more on the brand new website, click HERE


Rise Trust Service Update


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To visit the Rise Trust website, click HERE


Friday, 24 July 2020

A Few More Summer Holiday Activity Ideas











AWS 7-Day Family Challenges - Week 18







































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


UK Schools Directory 2020-21



To visit the website, click HERE


NHS Urgent Eyecare Service

























People across Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire can access free NHS treatment for urgent eye care from their local optician.

The brand new service means that high-street opticians can offer free treatment advice and management for urgent eye conditions such as a red or painful eye or a sudden change in vision. 

Anyone, whatever age and whether registered with an optician or not, can access treatment for any new or worsening urgent eye conditions. 

To read more online click HERE


COVID19 - New Mum Study


The COVID19 New Mum Study is a study currently being conducted by Professor Jonathan Wells and Professor Mary Fewtrell and their team. It aims to identify how the experience of COVID19 'lockdown' measures are affecting mothers who are currently feeding young infants.

The findings will be used to help develop ways to improve support for mothers feeding young infants during this outbreak, and may contribute to similar support in the future. 

For this study, we are inviting adult mothers currently living in the UK with an infant aged up to 12 months to fill out an online survey.

For further details, click HERE


My Healthcare Hub


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The new 'My Healthcare Hub' is available on the Defence Gateway and provides useful information on the following:

-​Medical Care
-Dental Care
-Mental Health
-Occupational Health
-Rehab Services

​In addition, it links the eConsult system for online triage if you wish to book a medical appointment (which can also be accessed HERE)


Home Alone - Advice For All Families




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Did You Purchase A Property Or Move During Lockdown?


Buying Age-Restricted Products In Shops








































From today, it is mandatory by law for customers to wear a face covering in retail environments. The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 will be amended to allow police to issue fines of up to £100 to people who fail to wear a face covering. A face covering must be worn by all people using a shop, which is any indoor establishment which offers goods or services for sale or hire, when the shop is open. Face coverings do not need to be worn in hospitality premises or in banks. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that staff wear face coverings.


Face coverings may cause some difficulties for retail staff who have a legal responsibility to check customer identification when selling age restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco. Retail workers can ask customers to temporarily remove their face coverings in the event that they have to identify someone against a proof of age card for selling age-restricted products.


If customers refuse to remove their face covering and staff cannot confirm their age, in line with Challenge 25 policy, they should refuse to serve the customer.


Thursday, 23 July 2020

Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2020



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It is important for the Ministry of Defence and the single services to understand the opinions and attitudes of the families of service personnel. The annual tri-service families continuous attitude survey (FAMCAS) is one of the main ways to gather information on the views and experiences of our service families. The information from this survey helps shape policies for training, support, and the terms and conditions of service.

The final 2020 report has now been released. Please see the infographic above or click HERE and follow the relevant links for further details.


What's Re-Opening In Our Local Area? Weekly Roundup



Many businesses are re-opening as lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Please see the links below for the latest attractions in our local area to announce re-opening dates.

(Please note that many establishments will have to enforce restrictions therefore some services are likely to be unavailable, including some shops, cafe's and certain attractions. Face masks may also be required)















Many other attractions in the area have already re-opened. To view previous blogs with further details, click HERE



Webinars For Job Seekers From The National Careers Service



To visit the website, where you can register your interest for any of the above events, click HERE


Overseas Educational Clearances During The Summer Break (MASO)



DCYP will continue to support where possible, Educational Clearances for overseas postings. The usual requirements will remain and this includes the child’s current provision to complete the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form. However, due to the summer holidays with UK schools being closed, this process may be delayed and with some instances Educational Clearances can only be issued once all the relevant information has been gathered. 

Where a child is going directly to a MOD School overseas, the MOD School will support this process directly. (Please contact the MOD School) 

Where a child is going to an overseas location where no MOD School is available, CEAS will support this process. (Please contact DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk) Packs issued by Families Section will give further information on this also, e.g. children not yet of school age. 

When additional needs have been identified, e.g. Special Educational Needs then CEAS and MOD Schools may require additional information. This information is vital to allow the smooth continuation of children’s education as they move between schools and countries. Where further more complex needs have been identified, this may result in decisions around supportability needed to be made at a panel level. It is highly likely that these panels will only reconvene at the beginning of the autumn term. 

Children’s education is of high importance and quality information about children’s needs are vital in allowing the smooth continuation of this. We thank you for your support.

To read more online about overseas postings and educational settings, click HERE


Discover My Benefits



What is it?
Discover My Benefits is an online tool that shows the extensive range of benefits, allowances and support that Service personnel are entitled to because of the unique demands of military life and operations. It can be used by all Regular and Reserve Service personnel and their families. It's just one of a series of new initiatives the MOD is implementing to promote the Armed Forces as a flexible, modern, family-friendly career choice.  The tool is constantly updated with new benefits and changes to existing ones, including those that have come from the modernising Defence and transformation programmes like the Future Accommodation Model and Flexible Service.

How can it help?
Service Personnel can visit Discover My Benefits to find out about what they're entitled to in every area of Service life, including pay and pensions, accommodation, flexible working, professional development, health and wellbeing services, relocation and leave. During the Covid-19 crisis, the tool is providing a useful feature by signposting Service personnel to the updated guidance that has been published on certain allowances. This includes allowances such as Continuity of Education, Food and Incidental, Longer Separation, Get You Home Overseas and Special Messing.

What’s next?
The launch of Discover My Benefits last year was only the beginning! We have seen over 120,000 hits since then and would like to see this number continue to rise.
The tool has been built with input from potential users and is being continually improved based on user feedback. A new feedback tool has been introduced that allows users to provide feedback on every page. The team have been working hard on an update to the Change of Circumstances tool that makes it easier for people to identify the changes that have impacted their benefits package. The tool will also be evolving to include Civil Servant benefits.

For more information, click HERE to visit the Discover My Benefits website


2020/21 Contributions In Lieu Of Council Tax (CILOCT)



Service Children's Progression Alliance (SCiP)


The Service Children's Progression Alliance bring people together to improve educational outcomes for children from Armed Forces families so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers.

The SCiP Alliance's network of regional hubs brings together partnerships which connect stakeholders so that they can enable new and better collaborations and facilitate communication

To view the above document in full, please click HERE

Alternatively to visit the website, 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


Run On Of Legacy Benefits For Those Moving To Universal Credit


The DWP has announced that from Wednesday 22nd July they are introducing a run-on of legacy benefits for those moving to Universal Credit, to provide them with extra support.

What this means in practice is that if someone’s existing claim of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support ends due to them applying for Universal Credit they will, from Wednesday, receive a new, additional payment, worth up to two weeks of their legacy award. Eligible claimants will receive the full two-week run on as long as they do not have a change of circumstance during those two weeks that would terminate the legacy benefit that is being run on. If they do have a change that ends the legacy benefit during the run-on period, they would receive a partial run-on.

The one-time run-on payment does not need to be paid back, and will be paid automatically to eligible claimants when they claim Universal Credit for the first time. It will not affect the amount of Universal Credit they receive.

Run-on payments will also be made for other premiums claimants have been receiving prior to moving over to Universal Credit, including Enhanced Disability Premium, carer premium or ESA work-related activity component.

To find out more about Universal Credit online, click HERE


MOD Assessment Of Supportability Overseas


DCYP will continue to support where possible, Educational Clearances for overseas postings. The usual requirements will remain, and this includes the child’s current provision to complete the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form. However, due to the summer holidays with UK schools being closed, this process may be delayed and with some instances Educational Clearances can only be issued once all the relevant information has been gathered.

Where a child is going directly to a MOD School overseas, the MOD School will support this process directly. (Please contact the MOD School)

Where a child is going to an overseas location where no MOD School is available, CEAS will support this process. (Please contact DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk)

Packs issued by Families Section will give further information on this also, e.g. children not yet of school age.

When additional needs have been identified, e.g. Special Educational Needs, then CEAS and MOD Schools may require additional information. This information is vital to allow the smooth continuation of children’s education as they move between schools and countries. Where further more complex needs have been identified, this may result in decisions around supportability needed to be made at a panel level. It is highly likely that these panels will only reconvene at the beginning of the autumn term.

Children’s education is of high importance and quality information about children’s needs are vital in allowing the smooth continuation of this. We thank you for your support.

To find out more about DCYP, click HERE


Armed Forces To Receive 2% Pay Rise


Service personnel in the UK will receive an above inflation 2% pay rise this year, in recognition of the vital work they do every day protecting the country.

Personnel will see the 2020/21 rise implemented in their September pay packets and backdated to April 2020. The award comes in addition to the non-contributory pension and access to incremental pay progression.

To read more online click HERE


Family Lives - Family Support Charity



























Family Lives is a national family support charity providing help and support to families who are struggling. We build better family lives together.
There is a wealth of information and advice on their website, including:

-Shared parenting
-Cyber bullying
-Health and development
-Communicating with teenagers
-Pregnancy

...and much more, including a confidential helpline, a chat forum and online parenting courses.

To visit the website, click HERE