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


Monday, 30 November 2020

Coping With Grief & Loss

Did you know that Togetherall has a range of online courses & resources to support your mental health, such as a course to help you cope with grief and loss?

Serving Personnel and Forces families can register and use this service for free. Just click HERE to visit the website.

For more resources regarding Grief Awareness Week 2020, click HERE

Friday, 27 November 2020

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council Virtual Coffee Mornings

The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council’s next virtual coffee morning takes place on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

The theme of their last coffee morning was Behaviour and it was a really friendly and constructive session full of tips, strategies, mutual support and sharing of ideas.

Join other parent carers at the Wiltshire parent Carer Council’s next virtual coffee morning on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 11.30am. The theme will be Anxiety, to include issues such as: poor sleep, panic attacks, refusal to attend school and separation anxiety would be really useful.

For links and contact information, please click HERE

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Study To Explore Military To Civilian Transition Experiences Of Combat Veterans


Forces in Mind Trust awards £500,000 to the ADVANCE Study to explore military to civilian transition experiences of combat veterans. Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £500,000 to the ADVANCE Study Charity over the next five years, as part of a ground-breaking 20-year project exploring outcomes for battlefield casualties in the UK Armed Forces.

The ADVANCE Study (The Armed Service Trauma Rehabilitation Outcome Study) is a collaboration between the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR, Stanford Hall), Imperial College London and King’s College London. It is the first comprehensive long-term cohort study to investigate the physical and psycho-social outcomes of battlefield casualties.

Previous research into the long-term outcomes of Vietnam or World War II veterans have been inconclusive or focused on narrow criteria, resulting in the need for a methodologically robust cohort study. As such, the study is focused on those deployed in Afghanistan with the UK Armed Forces between 2002 and 2014, and will take place over a 20-year period. For more information, please click HERE

Images From The UK Armed Forces Community To Reflect Family Life Today

The team at Real Stories are inviting members of the UK Armed Forces community (anybody who is related or in a partnership with somebody who is serving or has served in the Armed Forces) to submit an image to show what it is like for military-connected families today.

Please click HERE for more information and to submit your image

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

New Challenge New Beginnings Magazine


New Challenge New Beginnings (NCNB) is a Resettlement and Lifestyle magazine for the Armed Forces Community.

Their latest front cover interview is with Capt Sir Tom Moore, a true inspiration to the Nation! The interview covers some fantastic insights to this generous gentleman. This is a must read for all.

To view the latest edition online, click HERE

Parent Talk's Digital Parenting Support - Free Online Support For Parents With Children Of All Ages Through Action For Children


Parent Talk are on hand to support parents when you need them. Browse their articles on the most common parenting questions from their experts, or talk one-to-one with a qualified parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you. It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.

Topics covered include online information for mental health, parenting and dealing with parental conflict, as well as COVID19 updates and practical home learning and activity ideas.

To visit the website click HERE

Monday, 23 November 2020

MOD LGBT+ Guide For Parents


In 2019, The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) LGBT network, along with other LGBT allies from across defence, launched a new guide for military and civilian parents of LGBT+ children.

Military life has unique pressures which can affect the children of service personnel, including regular relocation and change in schooling. The guide raises awareness of LGBT+ issues and includes advice and personal experiences of how military life can affect the parents of LGBT+ children.

It includes a number of tips and general advice for parents to create the best possible experience and covers a number of the common myths around having an LGBT+ child.

To read the guide online, please click HERE

Wrap Around Childcare Pilot - Catterick Garrison


The Defence Instruction Notice (DIN) for the Wrap Around Childcare (WAC) pilot for eligible Service personnel (SP) assigned to Catterick Garrison has now been released, copies are available on the internal Intranet or via Unit admin

Working parents, at least one of whom is a member of the Armed Forces, with children at school aged 4 to 11 will be able to receive funding for a maximum of 20 hours WAC per week during term time (equivalent to approx. one hour before and up to three hours after school per day) offered by a registered childcare provider (Ofsted or equivalent).

Eligible SP may now register an expression of interest in joining the Catterick WAC pilot by emailing the Directorate of Children & Young People (DCYP) (DCYP-HQ-WACP-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk) from an MOD e-mail address. They will need to clearly state ‘EOI-Catterick Garrison’ in the title of the e-mail.

There are a number of eligibility criteria:

-The pilot is only open to serving Regular or Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) personnel. SP must have completed Phase 1 training. Their eligibility will cease on their termination date or at the end of the pilot; whichever is sooner.

-SP and their partner (or a sole parent in a lone parent family) must be in paid employment or starting / re-starting work within the next 31 days. They must be working at least 16 hours each per week and have a weekly income equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage.

-If either the SP or their partner earn more than £100,000 they will not be eligible for this pilot.

-Eligible children must be 4 to 11 years old and be attending school (including home school). Children must have reached the age of four and will remain eligible until the end of the academic year in which they turn 11. Foster children are not eligible.

-The SP must have financial responsibility and the child(ren) must be living with the SP for the majority of the time; unless separated due to Service commitments (deployment, residential courses) or when on unaccompanied assignments.

-All children must be recorded on the SP’s Joint Personnel Administration (JPA).

-This pilot will be open to all SP who are assigned to one of the organisations within Catterick Garrison at the start of the spring term (1 January 2021) (the DIN contains a list of units and organisations). Ripon, Dishforth, Topcliffe and Albermarle are not included in the pilot.

-SP who have Assignment Orders to eligible Catterick units with report for duty dates between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021 and who meet the eligibility criteria may also apply for the scheme.

-SP can continue to be members of the Armed Forces Childcare Voucher scheme (AFCVS) (which closed to new entrants in October 2018) or have a Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) account. This pilot will not impact their existing entitlement.

-SP cannot be members of AFCVS and TFC at the same time. Service personnel choosing to leave AFCVS to join TFC will not be able to re-join AFCVS in the future.

There is more detail contained within the DIN and anyone interested in joining the pilot is very strongly encouraged to read it. All of the eligible Catterick Garrison units and establishments have been sent it.

Catterick Garrison intend to hold an online forum for all those interested in participating; details and date to be confirmed.

Latest NHS Armed Forces Briefing


To view this document in full please click HERE

If you are unable to view the attached, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme


The current version of the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme will end on 31 March 2021, but the deadline to apply if you want to take part is Tuesday 15 December.

To obtain the equity loan, your home must be built by 28 February 2021 and the sale completed by 31 March 2021. If you reserved your home by 30 June this year but construction has been delayed by coronavirus, the deadline for your home to be built is 30 April 2021 and completion of sale is 31 May 2021. More information about coronavirus-related delays to equity loan purchases can be found HERE

From 1 April 2021, equity loans will be restricted to first-time buyers. Applications for this version of the scheme will open on 16 December 2020. For further details click HERE

Friday, 20 November 2020

Happy 35th Birthday to HIVE!

You can submit your stories, comments or pictures to Celia at Celia.Waters281@mod.gov.uk

To visit the Army HIVE Facebook page, click HERE

Latest COVID19 Updates From Wiltshire Council Including Local Contact Tracing Information

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is still below the national average, rates are continuing to rise and we can't be complacent.

Last week there were 469 cases, so an increase of 57 people this week.

The rate of cases per 100k has increased from 93.8 to 105.2.

We all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus, so please remember - hands, face, space.

We've launched our local COVID19 contact tracing partnership, with the aim of contacting positive cases quickly and slowing the spread of the virus.

It will support the NHS Test and Trace service and will step in should the national team be unable to reach a person in Wiltshire who has tested positive for COVID19.

If the national contact tracers are unable to reach a positive local case they will pass on the relevant details to us and we will use local methods to make contact. 

One of our members of staff will send a text message to the positive case first, and then follow this up with phone calls. It is a legal requirement for people to self-isolate when they receive a positive COVID19 test result.

For more details click HERE

We have created an updated Community Pack of information to help support communities during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and the current national restrictions.

Within it you'll find a list of key contacts, resources and information in one place, which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.

To view this updated pack click HERE


If you have a child aged between 4-18, be sure to get them involved with our three new competitions.

Poetry, short stories, posters or creating your own face covering are all part of the competition, and there is a prize up for grabs!

Final judging will take place early December when there will be prizes for the winners of the different age categories.

To find out more click HERE

Service Families Accommodation - Repair Response Times

We understand how stressful it can be when something in your home goes wrong or stops working like it should. We’ll always try to help you as quickly as we can.
We have four categories of response times:

Emergency: someone will be with you within 3 hours to carry out a temporary repair, make things safe and prevent further damage. Once the situation is safe, we’ll book this in for a permanent repair.

Critical: someone will be with you within 3 hours to make an assessment. We’ll then fix the problem (either temporarily or permanently) within 12 hours.

Urgent: we’ll make an assessment and complete the repair within 5 working days. Routine: we’ll make an assessment and fix the problem within 15 working days.

Routine: we’ll make an assessment and fix the problem within 15 working days.

To find out more and to book a repair online click HERE

Safer Gambling Week - 19th-25th November


To find out more about safer gambling, click HERE

Free Support Line For NHS & Social Care Workers

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS)


The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) has updated their leaflet which explains what support they can give to military families with children in education.

To view this new leaflet online, click HERE

If you are viewing this post on a MODnet device and cannot view the attachment, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

CTP Partner Career Support Programme

If your partner has been in regular, FTRS, or MPGS Service for at least four years and hasn’t submitted a notice of termination, or isn’t less than two years from ending their military engagement, the CTP Partner Career Support Programme would love to hear from you.

Please watch the video below and click HERE to visit the website.

Military Investment Announcement


The biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War will be announced today by the Prime Minister.

In a speech to the House of Commons he will set out a £16.5 billion increase above the manifesto commitment over four years that will protect our citizens, help us build back better from coronavirus by creating thousands of new jobs and demonstrate to our allies they can always count on the UK.

Our defence forces are operating in a rapidly changing world. This spending increase recognises the need for them to undertake a generational modernisation programme in order to defend the UK, our allies and the world’s most vulnerable people.

To read more online click HERE

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Army Gender Advocate Panel Discussion For International Mansday - Thursday 26th November


Manchester United Gives Free Access To MUTV To UK Armed Forces Overseas


Manchester United has become the first Premier League football club to stream its dedicated club channel, MUTV, free of charge on BFBS TV Player. For further details click HERE

BFBS has been broadcasting to the UK armed forces community for over 75 years, bringing the best of UK TV, sport, music and entertainment to forces and their families worldwide, wherever they may be stationed.​

Do You Want To Start Your Own Business? Free Monthly Webinars For The Armed Forces Community


Looking to take the next steps and start-up your business or do you have and idea but not know where to go next? Why not join the monthly free introduction webinar giving the first insights to running your own business.

This webinar will be delivered by the Head Trainer from the successful 'Supporting the Unsung Hero' Armed Forces business start-up programme.

So if you a member of the Armed Forces Community and dreamed of becoming your own boss, then come and join us and start your journey.

NOTE: This is only available to members of the Armed Forces Community and you will be ask to verify this on sign up.

To book your spot click HERE

Combat Stress Opens The Veterans' Intensive Mental Health Service

Combat Stress have launched the Veterans' Intensive Mental Health Service (VIMHS), focusing on veterans with the most complex mental health needs – those who have several severe mental health conditions that often hugely impact their lives.

Last year Combat Stress began a review of their services to ensure they continue to deliver the best treatment and support to veterans across the UK in need of their expertise. Following a significant reduction in income at the beginning of the year, they made the very difficult decision to scale back their services and workforce to ensure they could continue supporting veterans now and in the future.

Combat Stress are committed to providing accessible, modern and evidence-based treatment, and are gradually taking on new referrals again across the UK. They are continuing to deliver the best possible treatment to veterans in need of their expertise as they position themselves to support the NHS, which is moving to better serve veterans and their families within mainstream mental health services.

For more information click HERE

Gym-free Workouts From The NHS


Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels.

These illustrated guides are designed to help make your workouts effective and easy to follow. 

Created with busy people in mind, these routines can be done anywhere, at any time!

To see more workouts like the one above, click HERE

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Veterans Railcard Launched


The new Veterans Railcard, which is for anyone who has served at least one day in the UK Armed Forces or Merchant Marines who have seen duty on legally defined military operations, will save veterans 1/3 off most rail fares to help reconnect them to loved ones and connect them to new training and work opportunities.

To read more online, and to find out how to get the railcard, click HERE

World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID19 - Common Signs & Symptoms


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To visit the World Health Organisations website, click HERE

March On Men's Health - Prostate Cancer Awareness

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For further information, you can visit the Prostate Cancer UK website HERE

COVID19 Lockdown – Creative Ideas & Activities To Do From Your Home

These are extraordinary and challenging times and the arts and culture sector is responding in a variety of ways.

The information and links HERE have been collated to help you take part, enjoy and experience creative activity whilst you are at home during this COVID19 lockdown and beyond.

'We Are The NHS' Recruitment Campaign

Now in its third year, the ‘We are the NHS’ campaign is back to celebrate the extraordinary work of nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare support workers and inspire a new cohort to consider a career in the health service and be part of the NHS’s future.

Recruitment for the NHS has never been more vital, as those on the frontline of healthcare continue to battle the COVID19 pandemic, demonstrating their unwavering commitment, humanity and passion in keeping the UK public safe. ‘We are the NHS’ shines a light on some of the most in-demand roles in the NHS; all varied, exciting and challenging in equal measures.

This year, applicants to nursing courses as well as those studying toward a qualifying degree for allied health professions will benefit from additional NHS funding to support their studies. Healthcare support worker roles, accessible without a degree, are also in demand.

Search NHS Careers for more information on available roles or for direct access click HERE

Monday, 16 November 2020

Keep Playing Your Part In Wiltshire

COVID19 testing sites are open seven days a week including weekends. Current data shows that testing sites are much quieter at weekends than weekdays.

If you experience any COVID19 symptoms, you must book a test immediately. 

To find out how to get a test, click HERE

For the latest update from the Director of Public Health in Wiltshire, click HERE

Top 5 Apps To Stay Well


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To visit the Zero Suicide Alliance website, click HERE

What's Still Open In Wiltshire - Gardens & Open Spaces


Open spaces and gardens have been allowed to remain open during the November 2020 lockdown, allowing us all to enjoy our local beautiful outdoor areas for recreation and exercise.

If you're based in Wiltshire and are wondering which outdoor attractions and glorious gardens have decided to stay open across Wiltshire, there are lots of wonderful options to choose from. In addition to our timeless countryside, there are nature reserves, outdoor areas at historic sites, beautiful gardens, and more for local people to enjoy.

To read this article online, click HERE

Calling All Armed Forces Children - Have Your Voice Heard Through Poetry, Art, Speech & Song

Please click HERE for further information

Road Safety Week - 16th-22nd November

Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity.

The theme for 2020 is No Need To Speed. You can find out more about why we chose this theme and why speed matters when it comes to road safety HERE

Friday, 13 November 2020

Upcoming JSHAO (Joint Service Housing Advice Office) Presentations


To find out more about JSHAO and the support they can offer, click HERE