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: and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo

Thursday, 30 April 2020

RBL Poppy Appeal - Volunteers needed for the area of Nuneaton

RBL's Poppy Appeal Organiser for the RBL in the district of Nuneaton is looking for volunteers to support events and the Poppy Appeal this year.
 Contact details are on the poster 

Military CoWorking Network - survey

Click HERE to take part in the Survey

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Royal Mail temporarily suspend Saturday letter delivery

Royal Mail will temporarily no longer deliver letters on a Saturday from 2 May. Letters will be delivered as normal from Monday to Friday.  They will continue to deliver the following account and non-account services as normal from Monday to Saturday across the country:

FAQs Substititute SFA

Click HERE to read the SSFA FAQs

Prenatal Mental Health Study

Army Rejoiners

Did you voluntarily leave the Regular Army in the last 3 years with 2 years or more left to serve? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you could be fast tracked back into the Army in 4 weeks or less. Apply to rejoin now. For more details and to apply:

WHO Advice on Helping Children Cope with Stress

AWS Activity Ideas and Resource Suggestions Pack

Click HERE to read the activity pack

MOD Guidance for Families

Click HERE to read this publication

Wild Things Environmental Education Activities for Children

To download/view click HERE

To download/view click HERE

Digital Safety and Wellbeing Kits for Children and Adults

Click HERE to view the kit
To view/download the Guide click HERE

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

COVID 19 Domestic Abuse Resources

To view/download the resources, please click HERE


The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility for entitled Service Personnel, MOD Civil Servants and family members. It provides short term housing. The SCC facility, provided by the Army Welfare Service, is set in 25 acres of countryside in Neston near Corsham, Wiltshire. Within the SCC estate there are 41 self-contained chalet style homes and 19 single-storey semi-detached units, all of which provide a refrigerator, freezer, cooker, microwave, TV, Free-Sat Box, crockery, cutlery, towels and bedding.

NB During COVID-19 –

* Accommodation is still available for welfare purposes, although some of the facilities are reduced in order to comply with Government guidelines.

* To allow parents to continue regular contact between themselves and their children/children, SCC is available for accommodation as normal.

* Any questions on the facilities or eligibility during COVID-19, please contact SCC via details below. 

A leaflet is available at this link MOD Services Cotswold Centre

Full details of eligibility and terms of SCC residency are provided in Defence Instruction Notice (DIN) 2019DIN01-159 which can be obtained from the local Unit Welfare Officer or from SCC.To make a booking please complete and submit a copy of this form Services Cotswold Centre booking form

Services Cotswold Centre, Neston, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9TU

Tel 012225 810358, (Military (9)4382 4521)
Fax 01225 816918, (Military (9)4382 4529) Email:

SCC is managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (HQ AWS) and funded by Headquarters Regional Command (HQ RC) on behalf of the MOD.

HeadFIT For Life

Click HERE for more information

Monday, 27 April 2020

COVID-19 Test for Essential Workers

Click HERE to see information regarding booking a test

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Personal Development From Home

The Army Educational and Training Services has created a handy guide, giving resources and tips to help educate your children and yourself.​
Click HERE to view/download the Guide

Domestic Abuse - Safety Planning

Click HERE to view/download the guide

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

BBC School Radio

Learning resources for primary schools offering video, audio and downloads for Early Years, KS1 & KS2 covering music, dance, history, collective worship, literacy and maths and some additional resources for secondary schools at KS3 & KS4.
Click HERE to go to the site

Army Parents Network - Facebook

Army Parent Network - Social Media.  
The Army Parent Network page on FB at ​Facebook = Army Parents Network​ is in place to provide information and guidance to Army Parents' and includes useful information on COVID 19 and other topics.  Visit the link above to join the group.

DCYP Support Fund for schools extension 20/21

Grant for UK maintained schools with children of frequently moved or deployed parents, please click HERE for further information

Chatter Pack - Free online resources for staying at home

Chatter Pack is offering many links to all sorts of things to do such as virtual museum tours, online learning, music concerts, all sorts of podcasts, health and wellbeing routes. Follow on Twitter @ChatterPackUK

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons - Starting 20 April 2020

To support home schooling the BBC is offering a range of resources and information through their Bitesize program via the BBC website.

Bitesize Daily - six different 20-minute shows, each targeted at specific age groups from 5 to 14, covering maths, science and English, as well as subjects including history and geography.
More than 150 new lessons added every week to the Bitesize website and app.
Advice for parents on home-schooling, and guides for pupils with special educational needs.
For older students, BBC Four is showing evening programmes to support the GCSE and A-level curriculum.

Also Horrible Histories can be found through the BBC website and programs on the iplayer. This is a fun and different way to learn about History.

Other resources that can be found on the web are:
NatWest Money Sense. MoneySense is a free financial education programme that aims to help 5-18 year-olds towards a better financial future. It uses the key money moments in a young person’s life – starting to save their pocket money, opening a bank account or getting their first mobile phone – to make learning about money feel relatable.

Barclays Life Skills is designed to help young people develop the skills they need for the 21st century workplace. A free programme content for educators, parents and young people.
CLICK HERE to find out more about home learning.

Quest Online Magazine

Click HERE to view the latest issue

Free Audible Stories

For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.It's that easy.

MOD Covid Health Guidance

Health & Wellbeing Support during Coronavirus
Support networks for your wellbeing
Taking care of your mental health during coronavirus

NHS England Covid 19 Information

Advice for everyone-Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DIO SFA FAQs - ~Update

The following update will shortly be added to the .Gov link:

Army Basing - COVID 19 Update

B&I COVID-19 UPDATE 20200421
The Army has reset Op FARAN 20, the basing moves due to run during Summer 2020. Army Basing and Infrastructure (B&I) is currently in consultation with the Directorate of Children and Young People, Children’s Education Advisory Service and Local Authorities to manage the Educational and Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities impact where challenges and issues are presented. Planning is now taking place to manage the Service Families Accommodation (SFA) implications and prepare for future moves. The focus is on units delayed by four months and scheduled to move outside of normal business as usual timeframes and within a school academic year.

SFA that had been prepared to support families returning from, or unable to deploy, overseas has now been occupied by 110 families from Kenya, Nepal and Belize, with the final 24 families due to move into the newly built SFA at Larkhill soon. These houses were fully furnished and included bespoke Get-You-In packs of white goods and other household items to help smooth the abrupt upheaval experienced by those families. BT Open Reach worked in close partnership to ensure that every house was fitted for phone and internet. This was a successful joint effort between B&I, Regional Command and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. The feedback from the families has been resoundingly positive. Further work is ongoing for other potential repatriations.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Joint Service Housing Advice Office

The Joint Service Housing Office is currently working remotely and happy to take your enquires, details as follows:
Mobile: 07813537511
Please note, all planned Housing Briefs up until end May 2020 have been postponed. Up to date information can be found at JSHAO SharePoint Brief Dates  or JSHAO on Defence Connect.
If you would like to arrange a Housing Presentation via Skype please do this via Outlook, Skype for Business.
Further information on JSHAO can be found on either Defence Connect or Gov.Uk

Monday, 20 April 2020

Guidance for Consumers on COVID-19 and Food

To read the guidance click HERE

Covid-19 - Education for Kids

The Army in Education team have provided 12 lessons to help you keep the children entertained during lockdown.

The accompanying classroom resources and broad variety of curriculum-linked activities encourage peer-to-peer learning and help your students develop vital life skills such as communication, working under pressure, working as part of a team and problem solving; all of which will last a lifetime.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

COVID-19 National Testing strategy summary released 18th April

One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it’s safe to return to normal life. Good quality testing can help provide us with greater certainty. It’s a big part of how we’re going to defeat this disease.

To read the programme please click HERE

Friday, 17 April 2020

NHS - Every Mind Matters

Looking after your mental health
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

BFBS interview with Helen Helliwell, Director Armed Forces People Policy

an interview with Helen Helliwell, Director Armed Forces People Policy, on the support for Service Families during the current Coronavirus pandemic. 

Click HERE to listen to the interview

CDP Message to Families



Thursday, 16 April 2020

Coronavirus: How To Help Safely

Click to HERE to read more

AWS PS COVID 19 Leaflet

Intake & Assessment Team Tel:  01904 88 2053

Army E and C Vlog - For Defence Connect Users Only

Army EandC have produced a Vlog which signposts Serving personnel as to what has changed and where to get the information on a few key and recent policy updates. It is on Defence Connect so only those with an account can access at

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Home Office DA Campaign

You will be aware that on Sat 11 Apr 20, the Government launched its new Domestic Abuse campaign highlighting that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, they are still able leave and seek refuge. The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, is aimed at creating a community around those affected by domestic abuse and reassure victims that support still remains available. 
More information, including helplines, is available at the Government website

Sport England - Stay in Work out

We're all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever.
Join the Movement is our brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.  
Official advice is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there's a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.
This inevitably means all our routines are changing

Keep your SFA patch safe

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care o confirm they are still operating their bereavement care service albeit via telephone only.
The helpline is open Monday-Friday 09:30-17:00 with late evenings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday till 20:00.
Their telephone number is 0808 808 1677.
If anybody rings they will speak with one of the Cruse staff who will listen, advise and move things on as required.
If you get an answer machine, this means all the phones are in use.  Please leave your contact details and somebody from Cruse will call you back.
There is useful information about bereavement and Covid-19 on their website to help during these difficult times