This Army HIVE is open for visitors. An appointment system is in place so before your visit please email or phone the HIVE to book one. Please also 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 policy and guidance plus local insights, please contact the HIVE to be added to our distribution list for regular email updates. We abide by the Data Protection Act and you can withdraw your permission to receive our emails at any time.

Please also see HIVE’s other social media platforms: www.facebook.com/ArmyHIVE and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo

Monday, 10 December 2018

DIO’s e-1132 web address gets new launch date


The web address for SFA application system (e1132) is due to change at 8am on Friday 14th December. In preparation for this, the current e1132 system will be inaccessible from 3pm on Tuesday 11th December:

Friday, 7 December 2018

Friday, 23 November 2018

LifeWorks Families - Free Online Courses

Did you know that RBLI's LifeWorks offer free online courses to help build your confidence and get you back into work without leaving the comfort of your sofa?
In just a few short clicks you can access their exciting video series which will take you through everything you need to know.
To register online or for more information view link;

Monday, 19 November 2018

UNDERSTANDING SERVICE LEAVERS OVER 50

This research project aims to investigate the employment challenges and barriers faced by servicemen and servicewomen of all ranks aged 50 or over at the point of discharge from the UK Armed Forces. It is being conducted by the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce (CROW) on behalf of the Officers' Association.
Individuals from within this demographic are invited to participate in a series of focus groups and an online survey.
​For more information go to: https://www.over50serviceleavers.org.uk/

Friday, 2 November 2018

Adoption and fostering

There are many Service personnel and families who are both willing and well suited to the adoption and fostering of children, and at the same time there is a great demand for loving, secure homes for Looked After Children.  The MOD have published a new DIN that sets out the policy provisions to support Service personnel who would like to adopt or foster in accordance with the relevant guidance and legislation, particularly the Children and Families Act 2014.
If you are interested please contact your HIVE for a copy of the DIN, or speak to your unit welfare staff for further detail.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Bramcote Barbers and Bramcote Salon Hairdressers


Gents Walk-ins welcome
Lady Appointments available
Bank transfers accepted If appointments are preferred please message our page on the link below or text- 07518546988
Link for Facebook click HERE

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) pages on GOV.UK

The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) pages on GOV.UK are now live and can be accessed at the following link DCYP GOV.UK
DCYP was established in 2010 to provide a single Ministry of Defence (MOD) focus for all issues related to service children and young people. Service children are the children of serving service personnel but DCYP also has a responsibility for the children of MOD UK based civilians and sponsored organisations serving outside of the UK.
The work of DCYP falls in to the 6 broad areas of responsibility listed below:
  1. strategic direction and policy
  2. provision of high quality education in MOD schools and settings
  3. safeguarding children and young people
  4. supporting the Armed Forces Covenant
  5. direct support and advice to service families with advice on a wide range of education matters
  6. educational psychology and social work services

 A full explanation of these and any other aspect of education that falls under the DCYP remit can be accessed from the GOV.UK website.

Monday, 8 October 2018

AFF Media

New to Army life? We want to hear from you! 
Army&You’s spring edition will focus on the challenges that young partners and spouses face.
What were your first impressions? What’s good/bad about the Forces community? Where do you go for support and information? 
To take part, email deped@aff.org.uk or PM us on our social media channels @ArmyandYou

Monday, 1 October 2018

Give Us Time respite breaks

GIve Us Time takes commercially let accommodation donated by owners of holiday groups, hotels, holiday homes and timeshares, and matches them with military families in need of rest, rehabilitation and reconnection with their families.

Often, after 6 months away from home, the family dynamic can change considerably and it can be stressful for both the service personnel and their families to readjust to a life together again, in a domestic situation that may be different to how it was before they left. Give Us Time helps service families reconnect to life after deployments and provides them with the chance to spend time together and to reaffirm their family bonds and strengthen relationships.

Click HERE for more information

Supporting Service children moving between schools in England

In collaboration between the Department for Education and the MoD's Directorate for Children and Young People there will be changes to the Common Transfer File (CTF) from this month, September 2018. The CTF is the means by which state schools and local authorities in England transfer pupil data when a pupil moves from one school to another. From September 2018:

When a school receives a CTF with the Service Child flag indicator set to 'Yes', an alert will be raised asking that a) the appropriate member of staff be informed of the identity of the Service child joining the school and b) where the concerns section in the 'Service Child' section of the CTF has not been completed, that the appropriate member of staff be informed and advised to contact the CTF sending school for clarification.


A 'Service Child' section has been added to the CTF that asks additional questions based around a child's response to moving school, parental deployment and parental separation due to extended training periods or other forms of duty. A free text box has also been added in which a school can include details about any concerns, gaps in education, strengths of the child, etc. These developments are designed to help schools manage the transfer of Service children and ensure a greater continuity of education and pastoral support.

 Any enquiries should be addressed to: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk

Reintroduction of the MOD Education Support Fund (ESF)

In light of the ongoing drawdown from Germany and to provide time for the educational authorities across the UK to bring in longer-term provision for Service children as necessary, the Secretary of State for Defence on 24 July 2018 announced the extension of the MOD Education Support Fund, on a limited basis, for an additional two years. The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20.

The ESF is open to publicly funded schools, Academies and Free Schools in the UK attended by Service children whose parents are subject to exceptional mobility and/or deployment. Applications from Local Authorities in support of these schools can also be accepted.

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which is the MOD’s professional focal point for all matters relating to children and young people associated with the armed forces are the lead organisation supporting the fund, as part of the MOD’s commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. Read the Instructions and Guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria. For further information around the Education Support Fund and access to the application pack, please use the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-support-fund-for-schools-with-service-children-grant-application-pack

Contact: DCYP-MOD-ESF-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Mental health: Helping Armed Forces Loved Ones (HALO)

  • Worried about the mental health of your armed forces loved one (currently serving or veteran)?
  • Worried about the effect of your loved one's mental health on your own wellbeing?
  • Want to know how to get your loved one to seek help for their mental health?
Many of us are close to someone who is struggling with things and are not quite themselves. The strain on the relationship can sometimes feel like too much to cope with.  If you are the loved one of a veteran or serving person who hasn't reached out for help, particularly if you are worried about the impact of their mental health on your own wellbeing, Help for Heroes is here to offer free and confidential support. .
The service can also support you if you are ex-service personnel, or a family member, who is living with anxiety, low mood , anger or wishing to change your drinking habits.
You can contact the Hidden Wounds team confidentially weekdays 9am – 5pm on 0808 2020144 (free from UK landlines), by email hidden.wounds@helpforheroes.org.uk, or through the contact form:  https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/hidden-wounds

SSAFA Mentoring Service

SSAFA has created a short animated film to promote their mentoring service, dedicated to Service leavers and their families. This service can provide one-to-one support to help with practical and emotional support, assisting with decision-making, supporting career decisions, and so on. If you are interested in accessing this service, or if you would like to consider becoming a mentor, please visit here.

MOD Guide to Expenses and Allowances


The Ministry of Defence has produced a guide to expenses and allowances for Serving personnel and the support families could receive. 

This booklet holds a wealth of information to help both regular and reserve members for all three Services to better understand some of the most common expenses, allowances and other provisions that are available.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Service Pupil Premium - Education Funding For State Schools

Service personnel with children in state schools in England only have until 17 January 2019 to notify schools of their children’s eligibility for the Service Pupil Premium (SPP).
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.
State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.


Pupils attract the SPP if they meet the following criteria:
  • One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • They have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011, see footnote 1
  • One of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children.
    For further information see : www.gov.uk
    SPP should not be used to subsidise routine school activity (trips, music lessons etc.), however, schools may choose to fund school trips just for service children, to help them enjoy their time at school and build a sense of a wider community and understanding of the role their service parent plays (e.g. with military specific trips) to help them cope with the potential strains of service life.

Friday, 24 August 2018

NHS A-Z Conditions & Treatments


To see this list online, CLICK HERE

Help For Heroes - Creative Force - Online Exhibition



The Help for Heroes exhibition is a selection of creative works produced by wounded, injured and sick Veterans and their families, which will showcase the role that creative expression plays in their recovery, in particular its positive impact on wellbeing, as well as mental and physical health.

To access the online gallery, CLICK HERE

Steer Clear of Morning After Drink Driving



The Morning After Campaign, which has been running for several years, is designed to help normally responsible people avoid the risk of a drink drive conviction - or worse still, cause a collision or casualties while ‘over the limit’ - by highlighting how long it takes for alcohol to pass through the body.





The website has a very useful calculator to give you an idea if you are safe to drive the following morning. This calculator is not intended to help you work out how much you can drink on a night out before driving home.

If you are drinking any amount of alcohol on a night out - even one drink - you should leave the car at home and make alternative arrangements.

And the calculator won’t help you if you are arrested for drink driving.

What it will do is enable you to calculate roughly when it will be safe for you to drive the morning after drinking alcohol. And it can help you calculate when to stop drinking alcohol if you have to drive the following morning. CLICK HERE

For further information, see the Morning After Campaign website.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Friday, 22 June 2018

Military Step into Health NHS

Developed in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking With The Wounded,
Step into Health provides a dedicated pathway for the Armed Forces community to
access the numerous career opportunities available in the NHS.


www.militarystepintohealth.nhs.uk