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

Friday, 29 May 2020

Forces Communities Together

Grants of up to £10,000 for six-month projects beginning no later than mid-October 2020 are available to support creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible, projects need to:

* Provide a fun or engaging experience for people from the Armed Forces community or
* Reduce isolation and encourage social interaction between people from Armed Forces communities and
* Be delivered successfully while whatever social isolation measures the Government recommends are still in place.

The funding can pay for most things needed by the project, whether it’s people’s time, costs of delivering work online or buying/hiring equipment.

To be eligible, organisations must be a registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) and able to show that they have three or more unrelated Trustees/directors; a school; or an Armed Forces unit or base.

This is a single round programme funded through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.
The applications deadline is noon on 30 June 2020. 

www.covenantfund.org.uk/programme/forces-communities-together-programme/

www.grantfinder.co.uk/coronavirus/funding-for-creative-projects-for-armed-forces-communities-in-isolation/

Alcohol and coronavirus

Drinkaware is here to support you through this unprecedented and often stressful time. Stay safe with the crucial facts, information and practical advice about alcohol and isolation.
Click HERE for more information

MoD FAQs on new UK border restrictions

Click HERE to view full FAQs on border restrictions

National Trust Re-Opening

From 3 June, the National Trust are opening a small number of gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland. To ensure the safety of  visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, they've reduced the number of people who can come at one time you will have to book. You'll be able to book your visit to National Trust gardens and parklands from 29 May.​

 Click  HERE to find everything you need to know about what’s open, how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

NHS Test & Trace: How it works

Government launches NHS Test and Trace service
Guidance for the NHS test and trace, please use the link.​

AWS Moving on up - Year 6


Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Children's Society and NSPCC


HOME OFFICE Update - COVID 19 - Visa Application - Extension Scheme


The Extension Scheme, covering those whose visas had or were to expire by 31 May and were unable to return home, has now been extended to 31 July. Detail is at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents.​


Ofqual GCSE and A level consultation outcomes and Autumn exam series proposals

The decisions following consultation on the exceptional arrangements for awarding calculated grades in GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer; and proposals for an autumn exam series.
Click HERE to read

Friday, 22 May 2020

Women's Aid Rail to Refuge Scheme

Since lockdown, a huge amount of survivors need support and refuge. The Rail to refuge scheme, which helps survivors travel to refuge for free, is available nationwide during the crisis.

The scheme removes financial barriers to leaving, making a crucial step more accessible for many women - it's particularly important during the crisis when women experiencing domestic abuse are facing unimaginable isolation. Over 50 survivors have already benefited from the scheme since its launch last month.

For more information on the scheme, please visit our Rail to refuge FAQs here: www.womensaid.org.uk/rail-to-refuge-faqs/ 

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Forces Scrub Hub at RMAS

The Forces Scrub Hub can receive items in the post so it's not just limited to support from the area local to RMAS.
www.facebook.com/forcesscrubhub

NSPCC Helpline

Home isn't always a safe place. Schools closing could put some children at greater risk of abuse and neglect.
 
If you're worried about a child or young person, or if you notice that something just doesn't seem right, the @NSPCC is here.

You can talk to their helpline team who offer free support and guidance on 0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri / 9am-6pm weekends) or you can email 
help@nspcc.org.uk 24/7.

You don't have to say who you are.

Monday, 18 May 2020

DIO - Regeneration of Assignments & Relocation

You will have heard the recent announcements in relation to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions on moving house in England. These create the conditions for people to move house with immediate effect within the private and social housing market sectors if they so wish. 

This, together with recent TLB announcements on the phased regeneration of Service personnel assignments from 1 July, provides the authority for DIO Accommodation to recommence delivery of a timely SFA allocation and move-in/out service. However, all questions in relation to assignment dates, should be directed to the Service Manning Authorities in the first instance. 

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Families Under Pressure

Click HERE for all the information

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

COVID19 and NUKN visa queries


For those dependants who are on visas, please see the Home Office site dealing with Covid-19 support for migrants who do not have permission to live permanently in UK:
Click HERE for information

Government Guidance - Implementing Protective Measures in Education


As a result of the huge efforts everyone has made to adhere to strict social distancing measures, the transmission rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased. We therefore anticipate, with further progress, that we may be able, from the week commencing 1 June, to welcome back more children to early years, school and further education settings. We will only do this provided that the 5 key tests set by government justify the changes at the time, including that the rate of infection is decreasing and the enabling programmes set out in the roadmap are operating effectively. As a result we are asking schools, colleges and childcare providers to plan on this basis, ahead of confirmation that these tests are met.

Click HERE to view the Guidance


Reading Force

Reading Force supports ALL military families, including veterans and reserves, whether living together or apart, by sending FREE books and scrapbooks to children at home. There’s no better time to share stories and do a scrapbook with the kids, and include the loved ones you aren’t able to be with at the moment.
For your FREE books and scrapbooks go to https://www.readingforce.org.uk/reading-force-in-action

HM Gov & NHS Stay Alert


Families Tackling Tough Times Together

​Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) is pleased to launch Families Tackling Tough Times Together, a program to support families as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Guided by scientific evidence about family resilience, the “pop-up” program is being developed by HHS along with contributing partners from Purdue and beyond, with the aim of helping families strengthen their resilience while they cope with the crisis. Families are invited to join a public Facebook group (https://bit.ly/HHSFamiliesTogether) ​where they will find materials and activities tied to a specific aspect of resilience. All materials are carefully vetted and include engaging and fun activities that fit easily into daily life. Families with children, youth, young adults and older adults will find materials tailored for them. Additional features include podcasts with experts, live events and community engagement activities. All are welcome; we especially welcome military families.​

Government guidance: working safely during COVID19 in offices and contact centres


Click HERE to view the latest Guidance


BFBS Launch Forces Voices

BFBS launches ‘Forces Voices’ creativity competition to get families to share their ‘stay home’ creative masterpieces and be in with the chance of winning £500 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Click HERE for all the information

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Armed Forces Covenant - COVID 19 Information

Click HERE to read

Our Plan to Rebuild - UK Government's COVID 19 Recovery Strategy

Click HERE to view

Army Speak Out campaign

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with respect. If you feel that you are not being dealt with fairly, are being bullied or harassed or if you notice unfair treatment of others speak to your Chain of Command or your Diversity and Inclusion Adviser.

If you do not have access to your Chain of Command or would prefer external support to help you respond to or deal with any issues, speak to the Army’s Speak Out Team (0830-1700 Mon-Fri) on 0306 7704656 (Civ) or 96770 4656 (mil) or email Army-SpeakOut@mod.gov.uk.

Your call will be dealt with in confidence and no details will be passed back to your Chain of Command without your authorisation. The Speak Out staff can also provide advice and support if you are experiencing domestic abuse / domestic violence or if you would like to report someone else that you believe is being committing or experiencing domestic abuse / domestic violence.​

Domestic Abuse


Government Guidance on Face Masks

Click HERE to view how to make and wear a facemask

Monday, 11 May 2020

No Excuse for Abuse

If you see or hear anything that makes you think someone might be suffering abuse, please don't ignore it.
You can report online at Warwickshire Police  or by calling 101.
If someone is at risk of immediate harm, dial 999.

Latest Update from Army HQ - Video now on HIVE Facebook

Click HERE to view latest update

Overseas Nursery Authority - rename from Overseas Nursery Allowance

Parents of 3- and 4-year olds in overseas locations where MOD schools and settings are not available can apply for reimbursement of nursery fees by means of Overseas Nursery Allowance (ONA)

Formerly referred to as ISODET Nursery Allowance, Overseas Nursery Allowance has been mislabelled. It has never been an allowance, but rather a reimbursement of fees paid.

Following consultation with stakeholders across all three Services and Families Federations it was decided that Overseas Nursery Allowance, moving forward, will be known as Overseas Nursery Authority to avoid confusion.

The application process will not change. Parents will continue to apply via Army Res and if approved, are issued with an Authority to claim.
Overseas Nursery Authority DIN (2020DIN01-046) refers and information can also be found at DCYP GOV.UK page: www.gov.uk/guidance/childcare-for-service-children

Army Welfare Service - Domestic Abuse Guidance


Guidance for pre-Natal and ante-Natal care during COVID 19

Click HERE to view the Guidance publication

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Graduated Return to Routine Army Assignments FAQ

Click HERE to view this notice

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Keeping Children Safe during Coronavirus

To read/download click HERE

Supporting the Unsung Hero - Covid-19

wlv.ac.uk/supportingtheunsunghero

MOD Healthy Living Guide

Click HERE to view this publication

Everybody Worries free ebook

Click HERE to view book

Update from DIO FDIS Accommodation Project Invitation to Tender Release

Update from Air Commodore Wendy Rothery, Head of Accommodation DIO on the FDIS Accommodation Project Invitation to Tender Release

I am pleased to confirm that we have reached another important milestone in the transition to the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) Accommodation contracts. The Invitation to Tender (ITT) was issued on 5 May 20 to the suppliers selected to be on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Framework.

The FDIS Accommodation Project will replace the contractual arrangements for the National Housing Prime (NHP) contract, to fulfil the Defence requirement for the provision of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) for Service personnel.

There will be 5 new Accommodation contracts; one National Accommodation Management Services (NAMS) contract, and 4 Regional Accommodation Maintenance Services (RAMS) contracts:

•NAMS will provide a common user experience and deliver customer, occupancy and void management services.
•RAMS will ensure statutory and mandatory compliance of the SFA estate and undertake reactive and planned maintenance and void preparation services.

COVID-19 Parenting

Here are some helpful tips that the World Health Organisation and Unicef have put together for parents covering:


1) Planning 1:1 time

2) Staying positive

3) Creating a daily routine
4) Avoiding bad behaviour
5) Managing stress
6) Talking about COVID-19


To view all 6 posters, please click HERE


Tuesday, 5 May 2020

RAF Museum School Resources

RAF Museum Children's Author in Residence releases a short story commemorating The Battle of Britain​.​​​​

DIO SFA MESSAGE - Compensation Vouchers

DIO Accommodation is currently encountering delays in processing compensation claims for missed appointments and failed move ins. This is due to a reduction in staffing because of the COVID-19 situation. Therefore, please be aware that the issuing of vouchers to successful claimants will take longer than usual. In addition, the Compensation Team has been made aware that some individuals have encountered problems when trying to redeem vouchers. If an individual is unable to redeem their voucher they should email the DIO Compensation Team - mailto:DIORDAccn-CompTeam@mod.gov.uk - who will investigate and, where necessary, reissue the voucher. In the event this does not resolve the problem, the DIO Compensation Team will work with the provider to reach a satisfactory resolution for those individuals affected. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will let you know when these matters are resolved.

Little Troopers - Trooper of the Month

Click HERE for more information

Children And Family Court Advisory And Support Service (CAFCASS)

Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.
Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England. We put children’s needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard at the heart of the family court setting, and that decisions are made in their best interests. Operating within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000) and under the rules and directions of the family courts, we are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies.
To read more click HERE

Supporting the Unsung Hero - Business Start up Course Dates 2020-21



Click HERE for all the information

Monday, 4 May 2020

Rosetta Stone: 3 month free language learning for school children

Rosetta Stone are offering all school children the opportunity to learn a language at home for 3 months at no cost. Parents can register at the following link: www.rosettastone.co.uk/lp/freeforkids​

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION INDUSTRIES FREE ACTIVITY PACKS!

The RBLI have created a FREE weekly activity pack for children, and the older generation. They have a military theme, as they are a military charity, so hopefully your families may enjoy it. It’s just a bit of fun, and there are goody bags to be won!
The link to sign up is here: https://mailchi.mp/rbli/activity-pack Every week a new pack will be sent out automatically.
There’s more information and tutorial videos on their facebook page, www.facebook.com/royalbritishlegionindustries