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This Army HIVE is now open again for visitors. No appointment is necessary but please ensure that ‘Hands, Face, Space’ is adhered to within the HIVE building and office to protect all visitors and staff. Alternatively our staff are available to answer your queries by email and telephone during the advertised office hours.

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

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Dealing With Suspicious Emails, Phone Calls & Text Messages


Suspicious messages might come from a company you don’t normally receive communications from, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it. By doing so you'll be helping to protect many more people from being affected.

Email
If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk.

Text message
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

For further advice online click HERE


The Dad Pad

 

The DadPad is the essential guide for new Dads, developed with the NHS.

As a new Dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need. The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.

To find out more, click HERE



Women Veterans Only - Six Week Online Mindfulness Of Dream & Sleep Course

 

To find out more click HERE



B Is For Blogs

 

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A Is For Accommodation

 

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

TogetherAll - May Is Maternal Mental Health Month

 


Did you know that 1 in 4 women can suffer from mental health problems during or after pregnancy?

There is help available and you will recover.

TogetherAll is a safe space to share your thoughts and feelings, and to connect with others. Join today for free by clicking HERE



AFF Spring Focus - Education & Childcare

 

This spring AFF are focusing on education and childcare and the issues that affect you as an Army family.

They'll look at funding for childcare, moving schools, home-schooling and what to do if you’re not happy with the school place you’ve been given.

Look out on their social media for info and top tips on important issues affecting your children.

AFF is here to support you during the COVID19 outbreak – don’t forget to check out their website HERE for key information, which will continue to be updated. You should also look out for official notifications and information from the chain of command, wherever you are.

Be sure to also keep in touch and let AFF know of any issues or concerns affecting your family life.


Little Troopers Virtual Roadshow - Wiltshire Session Tuesday 8th June

 

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Military children’s charity Little Troopers is inviting primary schools and their service children to sign-up to a free virtual workshop this June.

The two-hour workshop is completely free to attend and is part of a virtual roadshow that the charity is undertaking across England from 7th to 18th June for military children aged 4 to 11. Suitable for groups of any size, the workshop will give service children the opportunity to come together with others in a similar situation to explore some of the unique challenges they experience as members of the British Armed Forces community and to celebrate what it means to be a ‘Little Trooper’.

The session will be delivered by an experienced team of facilitators using Little Troopers’ primary school resources incorporating storytelling, movement, group discussion and drama. The activities are designed to encourage military children to feel proud of their identity as a forces child and to give schools the tools to help service children navigate any challenges they might face, either now or in the future.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, comments: “There are estimated to be more than 75,000 military children in UK schools and these children often experience life a bit differently from their civilian peers. Our Little Troopers At School project has been running for four years now and is all about giving schools useful information and resources to help them support their service children in the classroom.

We’re really excited to be able to offer our virtual workshops to primary schools across England this summer – something that we’ve been planning for a long time. Whether a school has two service pupils or two hundred, these workshops are a fun and engaging way to get these children together and focus on their needs and experiences. We can’t wait to meet all of your Little Troopers!”

The dates for the Little Troopers virtual roadshow have been organised by county so that pupils will be logging in at the same time as other children in their local area. For more information and to book a space on your nearest workshop click HERE (please note that you will have to signup for a free account to be able to register for this event)



Discover My Benefits

 


Discover My Benefits is an easy-to-use tool for those working in Defence, their families and anyone interested in joining. MOD Civil Servants, MPGS staff and Reservists can also utilise this facility.

You can use the Discover My Benefits website to find out what support and benefits are available to you as a Service person or Civil Servant. Click HERE to start exploring your benefits!


The Careers Hub – Learn Live Event For Students & Parents

 

The Careers Hub will be hosting a Learn Live Event for students and parents with interactive chat from all stakeholders involved. A list of stakeholders will be sent out closer to the time.

The broadcast will cover:

A FREE virtual post 16 and post 18 options event to all our schools and colleges in Swindon & Wiltshire for young people (aged 14+). A range of apprenticeships and other work-based training opportunities as well as further and higher education providers will be featured, alongside stakeholders who can support your choices. This is an interactive event, giving you the chance to ask questions directly to our colleges, universities, training providers, employers and speakers to help you in making your future career choices.

The event will run on an hour loop so students can watch it in different lessons, if they are not able to attend the early session there will also be a twilight session for students, parents and carers, 5-7pm.

Sections covered:

*College courses and local training opportunities
*Employers (list to be added) who offer apprenticeships
*Higher Education – Apprenticeships and Universities
*Traineeships
*Support and advice to support various opportunities
*Employability Skills and Wellbeing Tips

To find out more and to register online, click HERE



DDS Latest Discounts - Offers So Good They're Limited-Time Only!



DDS are counting down to summer with must-have exclusives and key enhanced offers from Samsung, RAC, JD Sports and more...these discounts are hot, hot, hot!

Don't miss out-they won't be around for long!

To view the latest newsletter click HERE


Thursday, 29 April 2021

British Army Shortlisted For Working Families Best Practice Awards

 


The British Army has been recognised as a ‘Best for Mothers’ employer by work-life balance charity Working Families, reaching the final in the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2021, announced this week.

Working Families Best Practice Awards celebrate employers who offer flexibility to all their staff and going above and beyond in their support for parents and carers. The British Army has been shortlisted in the Best for Mothers category.

From Flexible Service and Flexible Working through to Defence Wrap Around Childcare and Future Accommodation Trials, the Army is leading the way across UK businesses.

To read more about this achievement, and the support available for serving parents, click HERE



Springboard - The Charity That Supports Pre-School Children With Special Needs In North Wiltshire

 

Springboard are a charity based in Chippenham that support children (aged 0-5) with special needs, as well as their families, across the whole of North Wiltshire.

Younger children and their families attend our stay and play groups whereas children aged 2 and above can access our specialist preschool.

We also provide information, support and training to families and other members of the community that interact with the Springboard children e.g. other preschool settings, childminders & primary school teachers/TA's.

What makes our Chippenham Centre unique and successful is our high staff to child ratio’s (1:1 or 1:2). In addition, our staff are trained to deal with the specific medical and learning needs the children might have. Mainstream preschool settings are generally not able to provide this level of extra specialist support that some children with additional needs require to make progress.

To find out more, including details of the Saturdads group (which has now restarted; see picture above), click HERE to visit the website or HERE to head straight for the Facebook page.


Gigaclear - Rudloe Virtual Community Event - Wednesday 19th May


Gigaclear are working in partnership with Wiltshire Online to provide ultrafast full fibre broadband to over 14,700 homes and businesses across rural areas of North Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Council has enabled this project to go ahead through the Government’s national Building Digital UK (BDUK) scheme to improve connectivity across the country.

To enable the sharing of further information, Gigaclear are hosting an online community event for residents in the Rudloe area. To register for this event, click HERE

To find out more about Gigaclear and their rural upgrade programme, click HERE


Rise Youth - Supportive Sessions For LGBTQ Young People

 

Click HERE to visit the Rise Youth Facebook page


Future Accommodation Model - Success Story

 


The way people live and work is changing and the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) reflects this. FAM gives more choice to support the needs of Service personnel over where, how and with whom they live. With FAM personnel can still select Single Living Accommodation (SLA) or Service Family Accommodation (SFA), but they can also choose to live in private rental accommodation or buy their own home with support from the MOD.

FAM applies equally to Service personnel whether single, married, in a civil partnership, long term established relationship or parents such as Lt Col Chris Farrelly, who have their children over 80 nights per calendar year. This means that Service personnel assigned to a pilot site, who are eligible, can choose the accommodation that best suits their needs, whether they want to live closer to a particular school or nursery, on the base, in town with their friends or somewhere they and their partner can both easily commute from.

Click HERE to hear Army Lt Col Chris Farrelly's story about how under FAM he’s received Service Family Accommodation as his daughter stays with him on a regular basis.

To find out more about FAM visit Discover My Benefits HERE to find out which FAM payments, allowances and support could apply to your personal situation. You can also find out more on the Gov.uk website HERE



Wednesday, 28 April 2021

TogetherAll - Managing Social Anxiety

 


With lockdown restrictions easing in many places, it's natural you might be worried or anxious about social situations.

TogetherAll has a course dedicated to 'Managing Social Anxiety' and many other tools to support your mental health.

Join for free today by clicking HERE



Latest Job Vacancies


Various ESS roles - Azimghur Barracks, Colerne

Various ESS roles - Buckley Barracks, Hullavington

Cleaners - Services Cotswold Centre, Corsham

Various roles - Leigh Delamere Services, Nr. Chippenham

Children's Therapies Support Worker - Royal United Hospital, Bath

Out Of School Assistant - Snapdragons Broadwood Nursery, Corsham

Store Assistant - Asda, Melksham

Key Holder/Sales Assistant - The Puffin Hut, Chippenham

Teaching Assistant - Newbridge Primary School, Bath

Customer Service Assistant - Co-Op, Malmesbury

Various Roles - Interserve, MOD Corsham & MOD Lyneham

Customer Service Advisor - English Heritage, Swindon

Shift Leader - Caffe Nero, Chippenham

Sports Event Services Assistant - Raceahead Event Services Ltd, Corsham

Sales Assistant - WHSmith, Bath

Accounts Payable Assistant - Vysiion, Chippenham

Receptionist - Oxford Brookes University, Swindon

Apprentice Sales Administrator - Allen & Harris, Corsham

Summer Sales Associate - Anthropologie, Bath

School Cleaner - Lea, Nr. Malmesbury

IP Administrator - Dyson, Hullavington

Programmes Administrator - University Of Bath

Receptionist - Guyers House Hotel, Corsham

Office Coordinator - Right At Home, Chippenham

Ward Clerk - Great Western Hospital, Swindon

Duty Manager - Springfield Leisure Centre, Corsham

Viewings Agent - Purple Bricks, Chippenham

Secretary - BLB Solicitors Ltd, Bath

Lettings Negotiator - Lockstone, Malmesbury



Text Scam Including Supermarket Delivery Messages

 


The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has issued a warning of a text scam involving supermarket delivery messages.

One of the phoney texts states that "your Asda order is out for delivery" and links to a webpage supposedly allowing the recipient "to track your order and view your delivery note." Another similar message references an order from Morrisons. Scammers use the links to obtain personal details from the recipient, putting their finances at risk.

These supermarket scam messages come while similar scam campaigns such as a Royal Mail delivery scam, various phoney banking messages, and a National Insurance number scam target the public.

If you receive suspicious texts like these, please contact the supermarket if you shop with them to verify. Also, forward any scam texts to 7726, which is a free reporting service ran by Ofcom. This information is then shared with authorities so that they can grasp the full extent of this problem.

To find out more online click HERE


Wiltshire Elections - Polling Station Safety Measures

 


To find out more about the Wiltshire elections, click HERE




Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Armed Forces Offer - Costco

 

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To find your nearest store, click HERE



World Blood Donor Day - 14th June 2021 - Army Campaign

 

The Army is supporting the NHS to increase the number of new blood donors through a partnership that will run to World Blood Donor Day on 14 Jun 21. Blood must be used within 35 days of a donation so it’s important to run this over a longer period and help close the NHS deficit of 4000 donors.

Every type of blood is important and will help to save a life. If you are Regular or Reserve, an MOD employee or family member; your contribution matters. Please check if you can give blood HERE then register with your regional blood and transplant services (click the country for the relevant links):


When you have registered please fill in this short survey HERE so we can count your contribution towards the 4000 target.

The NHS needs more male, black heritage and universal donors, so if you fall into one of these categories you are likely to be fast tracked.

‘Help the NHS when it needs you’



Wiltshire Dog Watch



A new Dog Watch scheme has been set up by Wiltshire Police to help reassure owners around the safety of their pets. 

Over the past few months there has been a rising perception and concern that more dog thefts and attempted dog thefts are taking place across the country. This has primarily been driven by social media comments and reports. 

As a result, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, supported by Forces across the country, carried out a national survey on dog thefts in March this year. The Dog Watch scheme will be driven through the Wiltshire Community Messaging site.

For further details and to sign up to the scheme, please click HERE

Please note, you should still report any attempted thefts via 101 or the Wiltshire Police website.


Ten Tors Youth Group Leaders Event - Tuesday 11th May

 

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To register, click HERE



Monday, 26 April 2021

Full Time Meals - Get Cooking With Marcus Rashford & Tom Kerridge

 

A new campaign called Full Time Meals has been launched by Marcus Rashford, Tom Kerridge and the Child Food Poverty Taskforce.

A key part of this is encouraging families to come together and cook. There will be weekly recipe cards and videos available online, one for each week over the coming year and they will be available on the End Child Food Poverty website, as well as Facebook and Instagram.

The campaign will also be raising awareness of the Healthy Start Vouchers Scheme.

To find out more click HERE


Glasses Without Borders - Local Collection To Help The Visually Impaired




JSHAO Online Briefing Dates April-July

 

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To book your space please email

RC-PERS-JSHAO-0MAILBOX@MOD.CO.UK


To find out more about how the JSHAO can help you with your civilian housing options, click HERE



Army Cadets & Army Careers Insight Webinar - Ten Tors - Tuesday 18th May


 To visit the website, click HERE



COVID19 Travel Restrictions - Fiji

 

​Fiji has introduced a 14-day restriction period following a COVID19 case outside quarantine. Restrictions have been put in place affecting international flights. For further details please click HERE



Friday, 23 April 2021

Latest DDS Discounts


 
Find your favourite brands and treat yourself (and your family) to top savings on fashion, tech and more!

See how you can save with brands such as Apple, JD Sports and Lovehoney HERE



Are You A Parent/Carer Of A Child Under 5 Years Old?


Wiltshire Council are asking parents and carers for their views to ensure health services and children's centre services in Wiltshire continue to meet the needs of families into the future.

To take part in the survey please click HERE


New Recruit For Spouses Mentorship Programme

 

Together with Virgin Red, Recruit For Spouses have designed a mentorship programme which is available to all military spouses whether your partner is currently serving or a veteran.
Seven expert mentors from the Virgin Red business launch team with their own unique strengths and achievements are ready to help support you with the next step in your professional development.
You will have one-to-one access to your mentor twice a month over a six month period all from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you!
For further information or to apply online click HERE or email your CV to coaching@recruitforspouses.co.uk


HM Treasury - New 5% Deposit Scheme For Home Buyers Launched


A new government-backed mortgage scheme to help people with 5% deposits get on to the housing ladder is now available to lenders.

First announced at the Budget, the scheme will help first time buyers or current homeowners secure a mortgage with just a 5% deposit to buy a house of up to £600,000 – providing an affordable route to home ownership for aspiring home-owners.

The government will offer lenders the guarantee they need to provide mortgages that cover the other 95%, subject to the usual affordability checks.

The scheme is now available from lenders on high streets across the country, with Lloyds, Santander, Barclays, HSBC and NatWest launching mortgages under the scheme today and Virgin Money following next month.

To find out more, please click HERE


Thursday, 22 April 2021

More Things To Do & Places To Go!

 

Please click the images to visit the relevant websites


Boogie Beat classes in Corsham & Chippenham




Roves Farm - Swindon




ABF The Soldiers' Charity golf day - Bristol





4 Kingdoms Farm & Adventure Park




Mindful Monday's - Corsham



Tots Of Box - Thursday mornings in Box



Grimsby Community Farm - Bristol




Wiltshire Music Centre - Bradford On Avon



Jungle Parc Swindon - treetop adventures for both adults & kids




BBQ & Music at The Wellesley Arms, Sutton Benger



Pop Up Play Village UK - Bath locations including Pucklechurch & Bathford


You can also find links to earlier blog posts below:

Recently reopened local attractions

What's on this April/May



Planning A Trip Away?

 

Did you know? There are a number of establishments who open exclusively to Serving Personnel and military families.

There are also charities who, in some circumstances, fund military family breaks. They will have strict criteria in place that must be met.

Please note that many are likely to still have some Government restrictions in place at this time.

For further details please click the links below-

Poppy Pods - Hampshire

The Nuffield Centre - Wales

Give Us Time respite breaks

Union Jack Club - London

Victory Services Club - London

SSAFA short breaks for military families with a disabled child

Welfare breaks for RAF families

Families Activities Breaks for bereaved military families

Services Cotswold Centre - Corsham

Many hotel and leisure discounts can also be found on the Defence Discount Service website

(Please note the above list may be updated with new information as it becomes known)



ABF The Soldiers Charity - Annual Photo Competition


ABF's annual photo competition is now open!

Whether it’s cadet training, taking part in a parade or tabbing with your comrades – we want to see what the British Army means to you.

You could be selected to feature in our 2022 calendar with first place securing the front cover.

Entries close on Friday 30th April.

Don’t miss out!

Find out more and submit your entry HERE