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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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Friday, 29 January 2021

Five New AWS Zoom Sessions For Military Families In Colerne, Hullavington, SCC & Corsham!






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They are open for children from all military families in SFA in our area, including Colerne, Hullavington, Lyneham, Corsham & Services Cotswold Centre.

For further information or to book please contact the relevant CS worker on the posters above.



Home & Remote Schooling In The UK & Overseas

 


The ongoing implications and restrictions of COVID continue to impact us all and dealing with the challenges causes us all stresses and worries. For our families overseas the challenges are exacerbated and we want to try and make sure that if you need help, you know where to find it.

We have refreshed some of our signposting to help with our wellbeing and remote/home education into a handy interactive infographic. Where we are aware of them, we have included links to location specific support. Together with the other Families Federations, we will continue to liaise with MOD on the issues that you highlight to us that you are experiencing. Please keep contacting us with these – via ‘report and issue’ on our website – so that we can be sure we are communicating the most relevant information and we will keep you up to date on the latest developments as we get them.

This infographic, with direct links to the websites advertised, is available HERE and also contains information relevant to military families in the UK, regardless of Service.



Children's Mental Health Week 2021






Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is Express Yourself!

All of our free resources can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.

To visit the website, click HERE


Thursday, 28 January 2021

Financially Fit In The Forces - BFBS

 


Forces life can bring added challenges when it comes to keeping on top of your money management but help is at hand with support from The Armed Forces Covenant.

The UK government initiative is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or who have served, are treated fairly – and that includes the area of finances.

BFBS Radio broadcaster Tim Humphries looks at how the Armed Forces Covenant can help you and your family when it comes to financial wellbeing. He spoke to Captain Simon Joll of the Royal Navy, Head of Armed Forces Welfare Policy at the Ministry of Defence (MOD), who explained that service personnel are no different from any other citizens but there are added challenges due being deployed around the world.

To read this article in full, click HERE



COVID Bounceback Fund For The Armed Forces Community!

 

The Trustees of the Team Army Sports Foundation, in association with Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (Ultra), are pleased to announce the creation of a COVID Bounceback fund for 2021/22. The fund has been created to help groups and communities recover from the effects of the COVID19 pandemic.

Groups and organisations from the armed forces community are invited to submit bids to receive a grant from this special purpose fund. Specifically, the trustees wish to award grants to groups or organisations which create the opportunity to improve mental and physical wellbeing in armed forces personnel, including WIS veterans, through sport, challenge or adventure during 2021 or 2022.

WHAT EVENTS WILL QUALIFY FOR FUNDING?

Bids should be submitted for one-off events where the physical activity serves a wider, greater purpose. The activity should be challenging or adventurous and provide a highly rewarding developmental and transformative experience for those involved. For WIS veterans, the activity should help to rebuild lives by providing the inspirational goals that help them move beyond their disability, regain confidence and recapture their zest for life.

This is a rolling process and bids can be submitted to enquiries@teamarmy.org at any time throughout 2021. To visit the website, click HERE



FiMT - Research Exploring Longer-Term Employment Outcomes For Ex-Service Personnel

 

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has commissioned QinetiQ, Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) and RFEA: The Forces Employment Charity, to undertake a study to explore the longer-term employment outcomes for ex-Service personnel who have been out of the Armed Forces for at least two years (and a maximum of 10 years).

Call to action

* They are looking for spouses/partners of ex-Service (Regular serving) personnel to take part in a telephone interview.

* During the interview they will be asked questions about their spouse / partner’s experience of finding and maintaining work after leaving the Armed Forces and the impact of transitioning on the family.

* The interview will take no longer than 60 minutes and will be conducted over the phone at a time/date that suits you.

To find out more click HERE



Plan For Jobs - Skills, Employment & Support Programmes For Jobseekers

 

A new page from the Gov.uk website brings together guidance for jobs seekers so they can develop their skills, get advice on job applications, and search for opportunities. This is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs to support, protect and create jobs across the UK. To visit the page, HERE


Focus On Families Report


 



​In this report, Directory of Social Change (DSC) explores Armed Forces charities' support for families. The report investigates the range of services provided by Armed Forces charities, the types of beneficiaries supported and how this support is delivered. It also explores the extent of collaboration, evaluation and challenges experienced by Armed Forces charities.​

To read the report, click HERE



Don't Accidentally Spread It

 


New Legislation To Help Ensure Fair Treatment For The Armed Forces

 


New legislation to help ensure Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and their families are not disadvantaged by their service when accessing key public services will be introduced in the House of Commons this week.

The Armed Forces Bill will embed the Armed Forces Covenant into law by introducing a legal duty for relevant UK public bodies to have due regard to the principles of the Covenant, a pledge to ensure the UK Armed Forces community is treated fairly.

Focusing on healthcare, housing and education, it will increase awareness among public bodies of the unique nature of military service, improving the level of service for members of the armed forces community, no matter where in the UK they live.

To read more about the new legislation online, click HERE


Royal British Legion - Rebrand

 

To visit the RBL website, click HERE



Monday, 25 January 2021

Looking After Your Dogs Paws In The Snow & Icy Weather

 

Winter brings ice, snow and rain and can cause surfaces to become slippery for both you and your dog, so take extra care!

Recently gritted surfaces can be harmful to dogs too. Grit can get stuck in the paws, causing soreness, redness or cracking and may contain salt or other chemicals that can cause further irritation. If licked in large enough amounts, the salt found in road grit can be harmful to your dog, so make sure to wipe your dog’s paws after walks in gritted areas. You may also want to consider using protective booties for your dog.

If you suspect your dog may have eaten rock salt, contact your vet immediately.



Tips From The Rise Trust To Support Your Family's Wellbeing






To visit the Rise Trust website, click HERE



Coronavirus & Your Wellbeing

 


Many of us are struggling to maintain our mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. The mental health charity Mind have put together some tips to help you cope, including ways to support yourself during winter, including:

*Understanding difficult feelings
*Tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing
*Looking after your practical needs
*Further advice and support

To visit the website, click HERE



Continuity Of Education Allowance (CEA) - Regulatory Flexibility In Response To COVID19

 


To view this letter in full click HERE


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



Free Online Workshops From The Soldier's Art Academy


The Soldiers’ Arts Academy is a not for profit organisation which gives serving and former military personnel a route into the arts. It may be part of a recovery process; it may provide training for a step into a new industry; or it may simply be there to help support the transition into civilian life. Working closely with actors, directors, producers, dancers, writers, poets and artists the SAA creates opportunities for participants to fulfil their artistic potential.

To read more about the workshops available, click HERE


Friday, 22 January 2021

Confidence Courses From Wiltshire Council - Free For Military Spouses

 

To visit the website, click HERE



Cervical Screening & Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

 


Around one in three of those invited have failed to attend a cervical screening appointment in the past year due to COVID fears.

Cervical screening is key for early diagnosis of cervical cancer and measures are in place to ensure it is done safely.​​ Further information can be found on the NHS website HERE

You can also click HERE to find out more about Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and The Eve Appeal.



COVID19 - Further Restrictions On Travel & Transport To England

 

More countries have been added to the UK's list of countries where travel bans are enforced.

This is separate from the new 'test to release' scheme.

To read more online click HERE



Recruit For Spouses New Podcast

 

Click HERE for a brand new podcast​, hosted by Chris Keen and Heledd Kendrick, highlighting the amazing work that Recruit For Spouses do. 

Chris and Heledd will find out how Recruit For Spouses help military spouses to find employment and will also talk to some of these incredible people along the way.​​​

To read more about Recruit For Spouses, click HERE



NHS Mental Health Self-Help Leaflets

 

Please click HERE for FREE NHS self-help guides, which include the following topics:

*Anxiety

*Eating Disorders

*Controlling Anger

*Post Traumatic Stress

*Sleeping Problems

*Post Natal Depression

It is also worth noting that although these guides have been published by a different NHS Trust, the majority of information will be relevant wherever you are in the country. There are three NHS Foundation Trusts serving Wiltshire-to find out more, click HERE



Think Brain Health

 

Your brain is the most complex thing in the universe. Billions of cells working together to control your emotions, memories, movement and speech. It’s what makes you ... you.

But many of us take our brains for granted.

Just as we can protect other areas of our health, we can take steps to keep our brains healthy and reduce our risk of developing dementia later in life.

Think Brain Health is an ongoing celebration of everything our incredible brains do for us and a guide to the simple things we can do to protect them in return.

So how well do you know your brain? Test your knowledge and learn more about looking after your incredible brain! Take the quiz HERE



Thursday, 21 January 2021

Bath College - Adult Community Learning - Online Courses

 

Keeping in line with government guidelines, we have unfortunately had to withdraw all of our face to face teaching across all sites. 

To keep our momentum up and to keep as much in place as we can for our existing and potential students, we have created a new and exciting curriculum which is being taught solely online. 

To read more details online, click HERE



Forces Families Jobs - Becoming Self-Employed


Are you considering becoming self-employed in 2021?

Did you know that if you are a partner of someone who Serves in the Armed Forces, you can apply for free start-up training and mentoring to become self-employed?

Two amazing organisations, X-Forces Enterprise and Supporting the Unsung Hero, offer free courses for you to join – both of which are run virtually in the current climate. They also welcome military family members on overseas postings.

Not only that – you can join some great networks and meet other military ‘partners of’ for both work purposes and to meet new friends through the MilSpo and Military Coworking Networks. You could also explore a social media course through BFBS to help you nail your business promotion or up-skill yourself ready for your next digital comms job!​

To find out more online click HERE



Registration For The 2022 Marathon Des Sables Is Now Open!

 


​Billed by the Discovery Channel as the 'toughest footrace on earth', competitors take on six marathons in five days across the Sahara desert.

Interested? Find out more online HERE



BBC Bitesize - Parents' Toolkit



For more information and suggestions for parents and carers to manage their own wellbeing, click HERE


Brew Monday - Samaritans

 

It’s more important than ever that we stay connected, even if we have to keep a physical distance.

Click HERE to find out more about the Brew Monday campaign as well as other methods of support from the Samaritans.



Lifeworks 2021 Courses

 

Lifeworks are pleased to announce new dates for our online employment courses for veterans and the families of Serving Personnel for 2021!

1st – 5th February

1st – 5th March

29th March – 1st April

Our courses provide delegates with modern job searching skills, tips on how to create/improve your CV along with interview techniques.

Each course is currently remote and is led by a team of skilled employability coaches, many of whom are veterans themselves.

Use lockdown to do something for you, learn how to sell yourself and your military experience. Find out more HERE or call us 0800 319 6844. Alternatively email lifeworks@rbli.co.uk to find out more and book your place.


Army Welfare Service Update


Army Welfare Service's Commitment to the Service Community during COVID19 pandemic
Army Welfare Service would like to reassure the whole Military Community of our commitment to deliver Personal Support and Community Support during the continuing COVID19 pandemic.

Our dedicated staff have been delivering their services via innovative ways to ensure Serving Personnel, their families and the Chain of Command are well supported. A virtual delivery model has been adopted and although we had started to move back to some face to face delivery and activities, the recent lockdown restrictions have meant that we have reverted back to a virtual delivery.

Personal Support (PS)
PS is maintaining a service, providing specialist welfare support via telephone and other virtual means. Referrals should be emailed to Intake and Assessment Team (IAT) in accordance with AGAI 81 for triage and assessment. IAT email address is RC-AWS-IAT-0Mailbox@mod.gov.uk. Alternatively, call on 01904 882053. There may be a requirement to leave an answerphone message but be assured a member of staff will return the call as soon as possible.    

Community Support (CS)
CS delivery continues to provide a blend of virtual delivery and remotely planned activity as restrictions allow. All locations differ in delivery due to restrictions and staffing. Please contact your local Community Development Worker to find out what activities are going on in your area.


Soldiering On Awards 2021

 


It’s time for you to nominate the person, group or organisation that you feel deserves recognition for their incredible achievements, for the work they do for and within the Armed Forces community. With 12 category awards up for grabs, you can nominate your inspirational colleagues, friends, family and any business owners that are part of the military family.

And, to add to this year’s excitement, there will be three categories open for a public vote – meaning that your nominees in those categories could be promoted far and wide so that members of the public can vote for their favourites.

Click HERE for further information



Job Centre Plus Opening Hours

 




Click HERE for contact details and further information



Kindness Matters Guide

 


​There are various health benefits associated with being kind, including reducing feelings of isolation.

Click HERE to read the 'kindness matters guide' from the Mental Health Foundation to learn more about being kind to others, and ourselves.
 


Reading Force - Lockdown Update

 


During this latest lockdown we wanted to let you know that Reading Force, the shared reading and scrapbook activity, is fully operational.

Sharing a book and chatting about it, using one of our special scrapbooks, provides a fun shared activity for Forces families, common ground for conversations and a means of keeping in touch through the most challenging of times. A completed scrapbook, and one of our certificates of participation, also enables families to emerge with physical reminder of time well spent – and something to look back on with pride.

‘During lockdown because of COVID19 this book brought us laughter, quality time spent together and a fun activity to do at home.’

Reading Force is available for free to all those with a Forces connection (whether serving, reservist, veteran, injured or wider family – including former families of Forces personnel, who are no longer living together due to relationship breakdown).

How it works Families are encouraged to register to take part HERE and we send each child a special scrapbook and a free book. The book we send is tailored to the age of the child(ren) taking part.

During the first lockdown we had huge demand from families to take part and sent out over 3,000 books and scrapbooks across all Services in all parts of the UK and overseas. We’ve received so many lovely comments about how doing Reading Force helped through this challenging times. Forces families are, of course, used to long periods of separation, and to counting off the ‘days to do’ but are finding the current uncertainty hard. To make matters more difficult, most of the support mechanisms they rely on to get them through long periods of single-parenting during deployments (e.g. unit coffee mornings, organised activities for families, meeting up with friends) are not available due to the lockdown.

‘Our pack arrived the day after daddy left for a while and we didn’t know when he would be coming back because of the coronavirus. We were all a bit grumpy until our books and scrapbooks arrived. I liked drawing the pictures and talking about the book with my mummy and my brother Freddie. We don’t know when we will speak to daddy next but we will read him our new books when we do.’

We have lots more books and scrapbooks ready to send out!



Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Act Like You've Got It


 

Census 2021 - Counting Armed Forces Veterans

 


​For the first time in the history of the census, there will be a question on armed forces service after a campaign led by The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland.

The government has announced the 2021 census will now include a question to provide information on whether someone has served in HM Armed Forces. 

The census is held every 10 years and gives government and local authorities the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information residents give will help decide how services are planned and funded in your area.

The Royal British Legion, which led the campaign, is at the heart of a national network offering a range of support and services to the armed forces community. The decision to include the question on the 2021 census will provide the Legion, as well as public bodies, local authorities, and other military charities with valuable information to ensure they can best meet the needs of serving personnel, veterans and their families.

It has been estimated that there are 2.4 million veterans currently living in Great Britain who make up part of a wider ex-service community which includes their spouses, partners, dependent children as well as widows and widowers. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including an armed forces question in the next census will provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our armed forces community.

You can read more about Census 2021 HERE


Amey & DIO Reflect On A Challenging Year

 

Air Commodore James Savage, DIO Head of Accommodation, and Tim Redfern, Amey's Managing Director, Defence, have been reflecting on the past year’s achievements while agreeing priorities for the coming year. Both wish to indicate their commitment to the collaborative approach that has underpinned delivery of the Accommodation portfolio over the last 3 years.

To read this statement in full, click HERE