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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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Friday, 18 December 2020

Resources For The Parents Of RAF Personnel



There is a lot of support out there for the spouses, partners and children of Service personnel. But what about the ‘parents of’?

Being the parent of a Service person brings with it a unique set of challenges, so click HERE for resources and support available just for you.


Thursday, 17 December 2020

Artlift - A Free Creative Space For Those Suffering With Mental Health Issues In Wiltshire


Welcome to Artlift. For adults living with mental health challenges and / or a long-term health condition, we are a creative space for them to recover because of the experience of the artists, the relaxed atmosphere, and the personalised approach.

Artlift runs arts programmes for anyone registered with a doctor in Gloucestershire or Wiltshire and is living with mental health challenges like depression or anxiety, managing long-term conditions like chronic pain and living with or moving on from cancer.

To find out more online, click HERE


Entrain Space - For Veterans Transitioning Out Of The Military

 

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Entrain Space is designed to meet the needs of veterans transitioning from the military. When serving in the Forces, the time and space needed to focus on a future civilian life is often at a premium. Entrain Space exists to provide exactly that – time and space to retrain, to start a career and to reconnect with a civilian community.

To find out more, click HERE


The Rise Trust Newsletter - Issue 1

 


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If you are unable to read the smaller print on the newsletter, please click HERE (this link will not work on MODnet devices-please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk if you have any viewing issues)

To keep up to date with The Rise Trust, visit their social media pages or to visit their website, click HERE



Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Adults To Gain New Skills On 400 Free Courses

 

Tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year, in the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September.

The fully-funded courses, ranging from engineering to healthcare to conservation, will be available to adults without a full qualification at Level 3 (A-level equivalent) from April 2021 to help them gain in-demand skills and open up further job opportunities.

Designed to help our country build back better after the pandemic, the qualifications in this offer have been carefully chosen to help adults improve their career prospects and meet the needs of the economy. They will be reviewed regularly so the courses offered can be updated as the economy changes.

To read more about this announcement, click HERE



Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Free Classes & Activities At The Virtual Village Hall!



Funded by The Royal Voluntary Service and the People's Postcode Lottery, The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment.

You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you!

To find out more online click HERE



Monday, 14 December 2020

COVID19 Doesn't Care

 


More Local Christmas & New Year Events!

 

Christmas elf trail at Lydiard Park

Corsham Christmas Activity Trail

Santa's coming to Slimbridge!

Advent calendar trail at Prior Park, Bath

Winter festival at The Parking Lot Social, Bristol

Santa's workshop at KidzAbout, Swindon

Holt advent trail

Twilight Tobogganing at Mendip Activity Centre

Christmas Eve cosy session at JungleMania, Swindon

Cotswold Farm Park's enchanted light trail



Investigation Of The Challenges With Menstruation Of Service Personnel

 

The MOD are inviting Service personnel who currently have periods, or have had periods during their military careers, to participate in a short survey to share their experiences. We want to use your experiences having periods both on operational deployments and on exercises to inform options on how MOD can better support you. 

We want to gain an understanding of how you have coped, any challenges or barriers you may have faced, and what you would like to happen in the future.

You will be asked to answer a series of questions in an online survey which will ask about your experiences of having periods while serving in the UK Armed Forces. It will take about 15 minutes to complete.

This research is being conducted by MOD researchers to understand this issue on behalf of Minister for the Armed Forces. 

Your involvement is entirely voluntary, and the survey is anonymous with no way of identifying you as an individual from your responses. You will be given an option to skip any questions you are not comfortable responding to and you can withdraw at any time from the survey up until you submit your response without any consequence, and you do not have to provide a reason.

The survey closes on 21st December 2020 and works best in Google Chrome.

Please click HERE to access the survey



JSHAO Briefing Dates For The First Quarter Of 2021

 

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If you are unable to view the above poster clearly, please visit the JSHAO page on Defence Gateway or non-MODnet users can click HERE

To find out more about JSHAO and how they can help to support all Service Personnel and their families, please see the video below:



Service Families Thank You Letter From The Secretary Of State For Defence

 

The Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, has written a thank you letter to Service families for the support they have provided to Service Personnel during this particular challenging year.

To read this letter in full, please click HERE

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



Thursday, 10 December 2020

AFF Regional Lead South West - Carol Morris


We hope to invite Carol to future coffee mornings in 2021.

To find out more about AFF and how they support Army families, click HERE



Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Stay Vigilant & Report Suspicious Activity



With the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives, it is understandable that the threat from terrorism isn’t necessarily front of mind for everyone across the country. But the threat of terrorism has not gone away.

Given national and regional restrictions, there will be a different look and feel to public locations and workplace environments over the festive season. However, the recent terror attacks in Europe and the change in the UK’s terrorism threat level to SEVERE – meaning an attack is highly likely – are reminders of how important it is to stay vigilant whenever you are out and about.

This year in the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) we will again be joining policing colleagues and businesses across the UK to support and promote the Counter Terrorism Policing Winter campaign, together with promoting our Project Servator deployments and festive campaign material. All with the same purpose to PROTECT, by reminding everyone in the communities that we serve to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.

To read more information online, click HERE

 


Discover My Benefits - Available For Regular Personnel, Reservists & MOD Civil Servants

 

Discover My Benefits is a free, easy-to-use tool for those working in Defence, their families and anyone interested in joining.

You can use it to find out what support and benefits are available to you as a Regular service person, Reservist or Civil Servant.

Click HERE to start exploring your benefits!


BFPO Services Guide Announcement

 

Changes to UK and international law will affect how mail and parcels will be cleared in the future and these new laws, which are driven by aviation security and fiscal requirements, will be getting much stricter throughout 2021.

These changes start to be introduced as the UK/EU transition period ends and from 1 January 2021, parcels posted to/from BFPO customers located in EU/UK will require either a Royal Mail Customs Notification 22 (CN22), Customs Notification 23 (CN23) or Parcelforce Customs Pack (CP72) and Electronic Customs Data (ECD).

Please note, that it is the senders responsibility to ensure that the new regulations are followed and failure to comply could result in items being seized and subjected to additional VAT/clearance charges prior to release by local customs authorities. In extreme cases, it could also lead to your parcels being returned or destroyed.

To read the full guidance online click HERE



Tuesday, 8 December 2020

SFA - Notice To Vacate


Earlier this year, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Government amended the Tenancy Act 2019 to introduce emergency measures to protect tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic. For Service personnel and their families remaining in SFA following the end of their entitlement, either due to leaving Service or estrangement, DIO followed Government advice by pausing, from March 2020, Notice to Vacate (NTV) action to regain possession of properties.

Following a recent amendment to the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, landlords can, from 29 August 2020, recommence action to provide notice to their tenants. Until March 2021, landlords must provide six months’ notice before they can begin eviction proceedings. In line with this amendment, DIO has now been given authority to recommence NTV action from 4 January 2021 on a phased basis. We shall continue to follow Government guidance in relation to the notice period; the period of the NTV will be for a minimum period of six months, as opposed to the normal 93 days, for any issued until March 2021, when revised Government guidance is expected. This period will allow those Service personnel and families who have lost their entitlement more time to make alternative housing arrangements.

Since action was paused in March 2020, a backlog of cases has built up and we plan to spread the issue of NTV over a 3-4 month period, starting with the oldest cases first. All occupants are aware that they have lost their entitlement to occupy SFA and we will continue to provide details of how they can find support and source alternative accommodation.

If affected Service Personnel and/or families have any concerns or enquiries then they should please contact DIO’s Loss of Entitlement Team at DIORDAccn-LOETeam@mod.gov.uk. The team will not be contactable via the usual telephone numbers due to social distancing measures still being in place.



Latest NHS Armed Forces Health Briefing


To read this document in full click HERE

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



Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2020

 

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The 2020 annual report on the Armed Forces Covenant has been published by the MOD, covering progress in areas such as health, education and housing across the UK.

To read the report online, click HERE



Monday, 7 December 2020

Reported Dog Theft Attempts Across Wiltshire

 

There are more and more reports of suspicious behaviour and/or reported dog theft attempts across Wiltshire and in bordering counties.

Please be extra vigilant at home in your garden, when answering your front door and when out and about with your dogs. Never leave your dog unattended in your garden, car or tied up outside a shop.

To read about the Dogs Trust's awareness campaign please click on the poster below or to visit the website, click HERE




Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Christmas Events In The Local Area


Please be mindful of COVID19 restrictions and note that many venues and events will require pre-booking. Click on the red links to find out more and please check before travelling that these events are still taking place:
























Coping With A Partner Away This Christmas


Whose turn is it to have the grandparents? 
What new provision is required for those with special diets?
What about partners – how long before they must be together over the festive season? 
Who sleeps where? 

But in the midst of all this planning, there are many families who already know they aren’t going to be able to spend Christmas together, and so can feel very left out of workplace or school-gate conversations about whose turn it is to be with whom.

There are many people in this position, most notably those who are separated or divorced. But there are also thousands of military families for whom Christmas regularly falls within a period of duty – and enforced separation.

For some top tips on coping please click HERE