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.

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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.