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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.

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: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyHIVE and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Stoptober



Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health.

When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately.

It's never too late to quit, so join in this Stoptober. Let's do this!

To find out more, search 'Stoptober' or click HERE


 

Healthy Soldier Cookbook - Volume 2


The British Army has launched the 'Healthy Soldier Cookbook' volume 2 in a bid to help troops embrace a better diet.

Both volumes one and two can be downloaded from the Army website HERE



Supporting The Unsung Hero - Autumn E-Newsletter



Just like so many of our fantastic delegate businesses we too have made changes to the way we deliver Supporting the Unsung Hero to ensure that as many budding entrepreneurs from the Armed Forces Community can access our programme as possible.

Due to the pandemic we took the decision to postpone all scheduled face to face courses and instead provide delegates with an online version. Our bespoke online programme, is delivered by our team of experts who have ten years experience supporting the Armed Forces community to start-up in business both in the UK and overseas.

To read more online click HERE



British Forces Social Work Service (BFSWS)


 

Update To Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) For Service Homes

 

The Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) will be updated on 1 October 2020 to bring CAAS charging in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in line with England by introducing a location assessment based on access to local services. This step has been included in policy for England since 2016 and means that all Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK will be charged using the same measure. This will deliver a fairer application of the UK Location Factor to all SFA across the UK. For more information please visit the Combined Accommodation Assessment System: the new accommodation charging system explained page.

The CAAS for service family accommodation (SFA) is the method of setting charges in the UK and overseas and replaces the 4 Tier Grading (4TG) System (except Germany). CAAS is a fairer and less subjective system than the 4TG System, and ensures that charges for SFA are set in accordance with modern, nationally recognised standards (utilising the Department of Communities and Local Government Decent Homes Standard. Where charges increase there will be transitional protection that will set a maximum cap for the increase in any single year.​



Friday, 25 September 2020

Winter Economy Plan

 

To read more about the latest additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by Coronavirus across the UK, click HERE




Claim Tax Relief For Your Job Expenses

 

You may be able to claim tax relief for some of the bills you have to pay because you have to work at home on a regular basis. You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home.

You can only claim for things to do with your work, for example, business telephone calls or the extra cost of gas and electricity for your work area.

From 6 April 2020 your employer can pay you up to £6 a week (£26 a month) to cover your additional costs if you have to work from home. For previous tax years the rate is £4 a week (£18 a month).

You will not need to keep any records.

To check if you can claim, click HERE



A Brief Guide To School Funding & Support For Military Children

 

To view this brief guide online, click HERE

Please note that the majority of information included in this guide also applies to Army & Navy families



New Stop Loan Sharks App

 

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) have launched a new smartphone app to make it quicker and easier for people to report loan sharks and access support services.

The Stop Loan Sharks app, which launched this week, includes a contact form and phone number to report loan sharks, as well as information to help victims of illegal money lending to get support.

It also offers users advice on the tell-tale signs that someone is a loan shark. These include offering cash loans without any paperwork, charging extortionate interest, use of benefits or bank cards as security, and threatening behaviour or violence to get money.

The app was developed in partnership with MakoMedia and funded from cash recovered from loan sharks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

To find out more and to download the app online, click HERE



Alabama Rot - Recent Case Identified In Wiltshire

 


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To find out more about this deadly dog disease, please click on the links below:





Thursday, 24 September 2020

NHS COVID19 App Launches Across England & Wales

 

People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.

The app launches today, and after positive trials and rigorous testing is an important new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus.

It will be available to those aged 16 and over in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme – identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.

As part of a major campaign to encourage downloads of the app a new advertisement will launch on primetime TV tonight with the strapline ‘Protect your loved ones. Get the app.’

Today the UK’s major mobile network operators, including Vodafone, Three, EE and O2, Sky and Virgin, have confirmed that all in-app activity will not come out of customers’ data allowance.

To read more online, click HERE



Families Deployment Support Guide Edition 4 - September 2020

This guide, compiled by the Family Support Team at HQ Regional Command, primarily focuses on spouses, partners and parents of those serving in the Regular and Reserve Army based in the UK.

To view this guide in full, click HERE

If you are unable to view the attached document on a MODnet device please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed back to you



The Warrior Programme - In Their Own Words



To visit The Warrior Programme's website, click HERE



Help For Heroes Announces Restructure To Protect Future Of The Charity

 

Help for Heroes has announced a major restructure in order to protect its life-changing recovery services from the devastating financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To read the latest information, click HERE



Wednesday, 23 September 2020

NHS Armed Forces Engagement Brief

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DCYP Bites - Education Updates For Forces Families


The DCYP (Department for Children and Young People) has updated its series of policy bites for military families. To view these 1-page documents, please click the red links below:

30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement

Stationery Items

Universal Infant Free School Meals

Tax-Free Childcare

Term-Time Absence

Service Pupil Premium

Overseas Nursery Allowance

If you are trying to view these documents on a MODnet device and are unable to access them, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and copies can be emailed to you



JSHAO Telephone Number Update


The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) is the tri-service focal point for all civilian housing information.

Due to new working patterns as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the JSHAO landline contact numbers (Civ: 01252 787574 and Mil: 94222 7574) can no longer be staffed.

All SP and their families are therefore encouraged to use the mobile number: 07814 612120
Please note the email contact remains unchanged:

To visit the website, click HERE

 


Childcare To Be Exempt From Interhousehold Mixing Restrictions In Local Areas Of Intervention

 

Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary announced this week.

Interhousehold mixing is currently banned in some areas under local restrictions, including parts of the North West, North East, and Bolton and Leicester. From Tuesday 22 September care bubbles will be able to form in areas of intervention, to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household.

This announcement recognises that the current restriction of interhousehold mixing in areas of local intervention could cause hardship for families, and may affect the ability of essential workers, such as NHS front line staff, to do their job. The introduction of care bubbles will allow informal childcare arrangements to continue with another household, as long as they are consistent. One-off arrangements, such as a play date, will not be included.

To read more online, click HERE


Tuesday, 22 September 2020

National Eye Health Week 21st-27th September

Early detection and treatment is vital to prevent avoidable sight loss.

If you notice a change in your vision or have any concerns about your eye health call your local optician. Visit the Vision Matters website HERE for advice.

 


Are You Eligible For The Free Flu Vaccine This Year?

 

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts spreading. But you can get the vaccine later.

Flu vaccination is important because:

-if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu

-if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, you may be more seriously ill

-it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

To read more click HERE


MyWilts Goes Live Tuesday 22nd September

 


Wiltshire Council are excited to announce they will be going live with their new online reporting system, MyWilts on Tuesday 22 September.

The new system replaces the previous MyWiltshire, which was introduced in 2013. MyWilts allows you to report issues such as:

-Abandoned vehicles 
-Fraud 
-Weather emergencies 
-Fly tipping 
-Dog mess 
-Graffiti 

Over time they will be adding more services to the app and website, making it simpler, quicker and easier for you to access services digitally, when you choose to.  

The new MyWilts will be available shortly via your internet browser, App Store (Apple) and Google Play (Android).

To show you the new system in advance, watch the following five-minute below which provides an overview of the system features.



Safe Space Pharmacy Scheme For Those Experiencing Domestic Abuse

 

More pharmacies in the UK have signed up to the UK Says No More 'Safe Spaces' scheme.

UK SAYS NO MORE is working with with Boots UK, Superdrug pharmacies, Morrisons pharmacies and independent pharmacies across the country to provide Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse.

These Safe Spaces increase the opportunity for victims of domestic abuse to access specialist support, providing a space for them to phone a helpline, contact a support service or talk to a friend or family member.

Their consultation rooms are open and ready for you to use. Inside, you will find will information on how to access specialist domestic abuse services. 

How to access a Safe Space

Walk into any Boots UK store, Superdrug Pharmacy, Morrisons Pharmacy, or one of the independent pharmacies involved in the scheme, go to the healthcare counter and ask to use their Safe Space.

The pharmacist will show you to the Safe Space. Once you are inside, all the specialist domestic abuse support information will be available for you to access, and you can make that call safely.

To find out more online, click HERE




UK Boarding School Online Exhibition For Forces Families

 

To visit the Anderson Education website, click HERE



Carer Support Wiltshire Are Here To Talk

 


During the current Coronavirus limitations for in person support, Carer Support Wiltshire have developed virtual support for carers to help you during this time.

Call 0800 181 4118 or email admin@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk to be registered for these free services, or for any information, advice or support. To visit the website, click HERE



Monday, 21 September 2020

A Guide For Dog Owners & Dog Walkers In Wiltshire

 

Many of Wiltshire's public rights of way cross fields used to grow crops or graze animals. People walking their dogs are welcome, provided dogs are kept under control and their owners clear up after them.

Dog mess can contain roundworm parasites which cause Toxocariasis in humans. It is spread from animals to humans through contact with infected faeces. Toxocariasis symptoms include dizziness and nausea, asthma and epileptic seizures. It can even lead to serious eye damage or permanent blindness.

Dog mess also harbours parasites that can harm farm animals, especially cows and sheep, often causing them to fall ill and miscarry their young.

Please don’t let your dog foul a public right of way or open space. Always carry a plastic bag with you so that if your dog is caught short, you can pick up its mess and dispose of it in a bin.

Did you know? It is an offence to allow your dog to chase or attack livestock. A farmer is legally entitled to shoot a dog if they can’t stop it chasing or worrying their livestock. An out of control dog could cause a pregnant ewe to miscarry or cause a newborn lamb to be separated from and rejected by its mother. As a responsible dog owner please do everything you can to make sure no one has to protect their
livestock by destroying your dog.

To view the above guide in full, click HERE



The Partner Career Support Programme


 
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To read more about this opportunity online, click HERE

If you are reading this on a MODnet device and cannot follow the link above, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk for a copy of the document



New Package To Support & Enforce Self Isolation

 

If you are asked to self-isolate you must stay at home to protect others.

There will be financial support available for those who cannot work from home. For further information click HERE



'Snip The Straps' Off Face Masks As Great British September Clean Launches

 

Dumped face masks have become a new hazard to wildlife since the COVID19 pandemic started and the RSPCA have received reports of animals tangled in the ear straps of single-use masks since it became law for the public to wear them in shops.

This message comes as we back Keep Britain Tidy's Great British September Clean, which kicks off on 11 September and runs until 27 September.

RSPCA top tips to protect wildlife from litter:

-Recycle and reuse as much as possible - and put everything else in the bin

-Cut the loop handles of plastic carrier bags before recycling to prevent animals being tangled

-Cut plastic can holders and elastic bands so animals can't get caught up 

-Cut up balloons before putting them in the bin

-Cut up disposable gloves and snip the straps on face masks to prevent animals getting tangled

-Clean and empty containers after use and pinch cans shut or cut containers in half before recycling

To read more on the RSPCA website, click HERE



Ashwicke Hall School Swimming Pool

 

The following swimming groups offer both adult and children's lessons and classes at Ashwicke Hall School Swimming Pool, which is located on the road behind Azimghur Barracks, between Batheaston and The Shoe-

Otters Swim School

Puddleducks



Are You Concerned About Your Behaviour In Your Relationships With Women?

 



To find out more about Reprovide click HERE or to read the above leaflet in full, click HERE

Please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk if you cannot see the attached file on a MODnet device



Parentalk - The Teenage Years

 


To visit the Care For The Family website, click HERE



Friday, 18 September 2020

COVID19 Advice For Parents & Carers

 

Are you unsure on what action to take if your child becomes unwell?

Should you send your child into school if they have a runny nose?

Check out the the new two-page advice leaflet from Wiltshire Council HERE which will tell you which actions to take, if any, for a number of different scenarios.



Travelling To Europe From 1 January 2021

 

Travel to Europe will change after the transition period.

If you are visiting Europe from 1 January 2021, you may need to take extra steps before your trip. Be prepared. Read the latest advice on passports, travel insurance, pet travel and driving HERE



Thursday, 17 September 2020

Little Troopers Letters & Downloadable Resources

 

Little Troopers move around frequently and are often lucky enough to make friends all over the world! Little Troopers Letters is an initiative to keep military children connected with their friends. Writing letters is so much fun!

If you are moving in the next four – six weeks you can apply for a pack for your military child. Applications will be open for one week per month and we currently have a limited number of packs available per month. If you are successful you will receive a folder which is a special place for your child to keep all their letters. In the folder you will find two letter packs, one for your Little Trooper and one for a special friend they are saying goodbye to when you move.

Also available for all Little Troopers are free downloadable information sheets, writing prompts, letter templates and lots more! Please note you will need to register for an online account to be able to download the resources, however registration is free.

To visit the website, click HERE



JSHAO Civilian Housing Options Leaflets


The JSHAO (Joint Services Housing Advice Office) have released updated versions of their informative online leaflets for Service Personnel and their dependants regarding civilian housing options.

Subjects covered include:

-Forces Help To Buy scheme
-Affordable housing
-House purchases
-Choosing a financial advisor
-Removals

There is also a section regarding the occupation of Service Family Accommodation, containing information on:

-Discharge from service
-Marital breakdown
-Notice to Vacate and Irregular Occupancy

To visit the website, click HERE



AFCAS 2021 Is Open

 

The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) is now out for completion by selected service personnel and we want to hear from you.

The annual Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) is one of the main ways MOD gathers information on the views and experiences of armed forces personnel.

The information collected from this survey helps shape policies for training, support, and the terms and conditions of service.

AFCAS - Who can complete it?

A different selection of personnel are chosen to complete the survey each year, to ensure that a representative view of the armed forces community is captured. This year nearly 28,000 personnel have been selected.

Unsure if you've been selected to complete AFCAS?

Armed forces personnel can check the Continuous Attitude Survey Eligibility Tool to to see whether they have been selected. The tool can be accessed HERE (the Tool should be opened using Google Chrome).

On using the tool, personnel who have been selected to complete AFCAS will be directed to their service’s questionnaire. Those who haven't will be offered a set of AFCAS questions so their views can still be considered.

AFCAS - How do I complete it?

Personnel who have been selected to complete AFCAS, will have been sent an email containing information on how to access the survey. Paper copies of the survey will also be sent to select personnel over the coming weeks, allowing those without easy access to DII/MODNET to complete the survey.

Personnel are free to choose which version of the survey - electronic or paper - they wish to complete.

Further information:

When accessing AFCAS, personnel will be asked for a token - this is the individual's service number which is case sensitive (as in JPA).

Personnel should use the Google Chrome web browser to complete the survey.



Wednesday, 16 September 2020

DCYP's Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)


The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) provides professional direction, support and advice in order to ensure that Service children and young people are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and fulfil their potential. 

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) is part of the MOD’s Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP). We are a tri-service organisation which supports operational effectiveness through the provision of support to Service and eligible MOD civilian families trying to secure appropriate educational provision for their children and young people.

To read the above leaflet in full online, click HERE

If you are on a MODnet computer and are unable to open the above attachment, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy will be emailed to you



Upcoming Events In The Local Area - Click The Red Links For Further Info

Lacock Whitehall Garden Centre



Corsham Creative Market



Avon Valley Pumpkin Patch events plus Fireworks




Marshfield Movies






Puxton Park







TogetherAll - For Service Personnel & Their Families




Togetherall is available for free to all of the UK Armed Forces Community (past and present) and their Family members (aged 16+).

Togetherall Support Network is available 24/7 and monitored by trained Mental Health professionals. It's a safe place online to get things off your chest, have conversations, express yourself creatively and learn how to manage your mental health.

Within the Togetherall platform members are anonymous, so no one will know you’re using it unless you tell them. Most members report feeling better and more able to cope as a result of using the service and because it’s available 24/7, nearly 70% use Togetherall outside of normal working hours. There are:

* Self-assessments & recommended resources

* Creative tools to help express how you’re feeling

* Plus a wide range of self-guided support courses to do at your own pace across wellbeing, Self-development and healthy lifestyle

To visit the website, click HERE

Togetherall was previously known as Big White Wall