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, 31 July 2020

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Home working: Managing the cyber risks


Mental Resilience In The Time Of COVID-19

During this fight against COVID-19 the nation has come together; we are working differently and facing new challenges and uncertainties. This period will deliver many lessons and new ways of living. And the British Army Mental Resilience Training (MRT) delivered as part of the OPSMART package of work is just as important now as it has ever been and can help develop many useful coping mechanisms for us all to employ.

Please click HERE for more information

Updated Guidance on Self Isolation

Today the Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have issued updated advice on the self-isolation period for symptomatic individuals or those with a positive test result increasing from 7 days to 10 days./government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-extension-of-self-isolation-period-30-july-2020

GOV.UK – Number of COVID-19 tests in defence and positive cases in the UK Armed Forces 2020

Summary statistics on the number of defence personnel who have had a COVID-19 test; and for the UK Armed Forces, the number of positive cases of COVID-19.  
Click HERE to read the main report

Celebrating Eid inside your home?

Click HERE for more information

Armed Forces Covenant Fund grants available - Tackling Loneliness Programme

The Tackling Loneliness programme will address this challenge by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach. Fixed, two-year grants of £70,000 are available. This programme seeks to target those within the Armed Forces community who traditionally don’t engage with available provision (eg local activities, NHS services or other third-sector provision they choose not to access). This might include one or more of the following groups of beneficiaries.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Eat Out to Help Out – look for the logo

Diners who eat-in will benefit from a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August.
Click HERE​​ to find a restaurant that's registered for the scheme.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Friday, 24 July 2020

Home alone


JSHAO - request for 'moving stories'


DPHC My Health Hub


The new 'My Healthcare Hub' is available on the Defence Gateway and provides useful information on the following:
​Medical Care, Dental Care, Mental Health, Occupational Health, Rehab Services
​In addition, it links the eConsult system for online triage if you wish to book a medical appointment (which can also be accessed via this ​link: https://patients.econsult.health/)

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Armed Forces - Discover my Benefits - Update


The Discover My Benefits tool is the definitive online resource to understand the wide range of benefits and allowances Service personnel and their families are entitled to and how to take them.

The tool supports a lot of the People Transformation activity going on across Defence by highlighting how particular changes will impact Service personnel in a simple and impartial way.

What is it? Discover My Benefits is an online tool that shows the extensive range of benefits, allowances and support that Service personnel are entitled to because of the unique demands of military life and operations. It can be used by all Regular and Reserve Service personnel and their families. It's just one of a series of new initiatives the MOD is implementing to promote the Armed Forces as a flexible, modern, family-friendly career choice.  The tool is constantly updated with new benefits and changes to existing ones, including those that have come from the modernising Defence and transformation programmes like the Future Accommodation Model and Flexible Service.

How can it help?
Service personnel can visit Discover My Benefits to find out about what they're entitled to in every area of Service life, including pay and pensions, accommodation, flexible working, professional development, health and wellbeing services, relocation and leave. During the Covid-19 crisis, the tool is providing a useful feature by signposting Service personnel to the updated guidance that has been published on certain allowances. This includes allowances such as Continuity of Education, Food and Incidental, Longer Separation, Get You Home Overseas and Special Messing.

What’s next?
The launch of Discover My Benefits last year was only the beginning! We have seen over 120,000 hits since then and would like to see this number continue to rise.
The tool has been built with input from potential users and is being continually improved based on user feedback. A new feedback tool has been introduced that allows users to provide feedback on every page. The team have been working hard on an update to the Change of Circumstances tool that makes it easier for people to identify the changes that have impacted their benefits package. The tool will also be evolving to include Civil Servant benefits.

More information Visit Discover My Benefits at discovermybenefits.mod.gov.uk.

Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2020

Tri-service results from the annual families continuous attitude survey.

Service Children's Progression Alliance (SCiP)

www.scipalliance.org​

Read more .......


2020/21 CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COUNCIL TAX (CILOCT)


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

MOD Assessment of Supportability Overseas

MOD Assessment of Supportability Overseas (MASO)

DCYP will continue to support where possible, Educational Clearances for overseas postings. The usual requirements will remain, and this includes the child’s current provision to complete the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form. However, due to the summer holidays with UK schools being closed, this process may be delayed and with some instances Educational Clearances can only be issued once all the relevant information has been gathered.

Where a child is going directly to a MOD School overseas, the MOD School will support this process directly. (Please contact the MOD School)

Where a child is going to an overseas location where no MOD School is available, CEAS will support this process. (Please contact DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk)

Packs issued by Families Section will give further information on this also, e.g. children not yet of school age.

When additional needs have been identified, e.g. Special Educational Needs, then CEAS and MOD Schools may require additional information. This information is vital to allow the smooth continuation of children’s education as they move between schools and countries. Where further more complex needs have been identified, this may result in decisions around supportability needed to be made at a panel level. It is highly likely that these panels will only reconvene at the beginning of the autumn term.

Children’s education is of high importance and quality information about children’s needs are vital in allowing the smooth continuation of this. We thank you for your support.

SSAFA - Veterans in Europe

Assisting British Veterans and their families to make the adjustments they need as Britain leaves the European Union.​


Armed Forces to receive 2% pay rise

Service personnel in the UK will receive an above inflation 2% pay rise this year, in recognition of the vital work they do every day protecting the country.

Further information can be found

Stay home if you have Covid-19 Symptoms


Warwickshire NHS Services - Pregnancy and vaccinations

Please don’t cancel or delay your vaccination
appointment in pregnancy. Pregnant women
need to have their whooping cough
vaccination. 

Warwickshire’s NHS services are
not too busy to vaccinate during this COVID
crisis. We want to see you!

For more advice call your GP or text
Warwickshire’s health visitors on CHAT
Health: 07520 615293 anytime (responses
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

Monday, 20 July 2020

Voices of Armed Forces Children


Please click on image to enlarge

and click HERE for more information

NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.
The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice.
Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.
You can access NHS Diabetes Advice via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.

Friday, 17 July 2020

Army @ The Virtual Fringe

AN ONLINE PROGRAMME OF WORKSHOPS, READINGS, LIVE PERFORMANCES AND CONVERSATIONS

WEEK ONE – FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY
MONDAY 10TH – THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST

WEEK TWO – THEATRE
MONDAY 17TH – THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST

WEEK THREE – POETRY, BOOKS & VISUAL ART
MONDAY 24TH – THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Thursday, 16 July 2020

UK Tracer Form arrival into the UK

Upon arrival into the UK, passengers are required to complete the Government's tracer form. This from can be accessed here - www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk. You'll need to show your completed form when you arrive at the UK border, either by printing a copy or showing it on your mobile.

Going Abroad for a holiday

Going abroad for a holiday?

Check if your destination is included in a travel corridor and whether you'll need to self-isolate when you return to England

Samaritans Shush Listening Tips

 Using an open question can encourage someone to open up and not give a yes/no answer. You could start by asking, 'how are you feeling today'?

Find out our other tips to become a better listener  Samaritans #TalkToUs

You can save me - Child abuse


NHS Screening during COVID 19


To see the document in full
please

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Defence Discount Service Update - July 2020


Veteran Owned New App Launched

Veteran Owned UK is the UK’s largest online business directory, exclusively supporting companies owned by members of the Armed Forces Community. They have recently launched an App that features over 1200 veteran owned businesses. The App and website helps to encourage the growth of networking within the veteran owned business community to improve business and develop contacts.

See more here at www.veteran-owned.uk/​ 


Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Guidance on face coverings in England is changing

​From 24 July in England, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport. Exemptions include young children, people with breathing difficulties and people living with a disability. ​




Announcing two more rounds of the Positive Pathways programme!

The popular Positive Pathways programme has reopened for two more rounds and is now open for applications.

There will be two further rounds, the first closing noon on 25 August with decisions in November. The second round will close at noon on 30 November with decisions in February 2021.​

Follow link to find out more information: 

How to make your own face covering



From 15 June it was compulsory to wear a face covering in England when on public transport and from 25th you will need to waer one at the shops too. You should also wear one in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult. Find out how to make one or visit: www.gov.uk

Statutory and Mandatory Checks on Service Family Accommodation

Carrying out Statutory and Mandatory checks is a legal requirement for Landlords, including DIO. These checks are essential to maintain a safe and compliant SFA estate, as well as reducing the risk of failure to critical infrastructure. We do understand the concerns of Service families, especially those who are isolating and/or shielding, in allowing access to their homes for these checks can be carried out.
However, the number of overdue checks has risen significantly, and now presents a clear danger to affected occupants. This is despite guidance on how safety checks will be carried out, fully in line with Government and Devolved Administration advice.

This has been reinforced by a video animation to reassure families that the safety of occupants and Amey​ operatives is a priority when checks are carried out to keep their homes, and those of their neighbours, safe. If we are unable to resolve the issue, we will need to consider more robust measures to gain access to properties to allow these vital safety checks to be carried out.


Parliament approves veterans question in next Census



Former Armed Forces personnel will for the first time be able to identify themselves as veterans in the next Census, following new legislation passed on 13 July.  For more information click HERE

Friday, 10 July 2020

Best Beginnings - Out of the Blue

With lockdown measures easing and the ability to see some of our friends and family we may be expecting to feel 'better' but for many the stress and anxiety of Covid-19 and all that accompanies it is still very real. Out of the blue has a selection of videos and resources aimed at helping parents during the pandemic. Just follow the link below

Supporting the Unsung Hero - New Online Cohort - Launching September 2020

A NEW online cohort is launching this September, Register your interest TODAY to start your new business journey in the comfort of your new home.
www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-the-unsung-hero-online-tickets-112935649568

MoD to give Scottish troops permanent tax refund of up to £2200

MILITARY staff are to be given a permanent income tax repayment if they are based in Scotland.


The Ministry of Defence has announced that the current arrangement, where military personnel are reimbursed for the additional income tax they pay if based in Scotland, will be made permanent.


It will see more than 7,000 serving personnel earning £28,443 or more given an average of £850 a year indefinitely.


Actual payments to troops who pay income tax in Scotland, regardless of where they are serving, will vary between £12 and £2200 with the latest payments being made retrospectively in June 2021.


The mitigation measures were brought in two years ago as concerns were raised about the higher rate of income tax in Scotland deterring troops from being based there.

Government announces gyms and pools to reopen safely

Outdoor pools can reopen to the public from 11 July followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July.  For more information click LINK

The British Army Newsletter Issue 5

To read this edition online, click HERE

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Travel advice and guidance tool - American Express, Travel Vitals

As travel begins to open back up it's likely there will be confusion with different countries and companies having differing policies. To help, American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) have set up a tool to help travellers understand what to expect on the road. 


The new tool is available on a single website – https://travelvitals.amexgbt.com/

The new site contains information about immigration restrictions, safety protocols, inflight food and beverage service, and other areas. Users get information tailored to their trips by entering their origins, destinations, and airlines. The site pulls in data via API from sources including governments, airports, risk management firms, and travel suppliers.

Please note that although this gives consumer facing advice on industry and government announcements, it does not substitute MOD specific guidance and policy.​​​

DIO - Reopening of Playparks


DIO recognise that playparks are hugely important to families and we are pleased that they will be reopened across SFA estates, in line with current Government COVID 19 guidance:

Scotland – All play parks to be open by COP Friday 10 July

England – All play parks to be open by COP Friday 10 July

Northern Ireland – All play parks to be open by COP Friday 10 July

Wales – All play parks to be open on 19 July.

New Government advice for Young Carers


The Government has released new advice specifically for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers around caring for someone during the coronavirus outbreak.  There is also a handy easy read version with information around symptoms of coronavirus, how to socially distance and more. 
Please click HE​RE for the information​

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Samaritans and being a better listener




Samaritans are challenging the UK to become better listeners by sharing expert tips on how to be a better listener. Throughout July, Samaritans branches are also holding events throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the services they offer in their local communities. The #talktous campaign celebrates the 20,000 incredible Samaritans volunteers supporting people through tough times.​

BetBlocker - Free tool to help you control your gambling

BetBlocker is a free tool to help you control your gambling. Install it on as many devices as you like and you can block yourself from accessing over 13121 gambling websites. You can select how long you want to be blocked for.

Please remember that once the tool is activated you cannot remove the restrictions until your selected restriction length has expired.

BetBlocker also has a Parental Controls setting that allows you to switch the tool on and off via a password so that parents can stop their children accessing gambling services (and other sites!!)


Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Wrap Around Childcare for the children of Serving Personnel


The children of service personnel will be entitled to free breakfast and after-school childcare as part of new measures to better support the armed forces and their loved ones.
Service personnel based in Buckinghamshire will be the first to trial the new offer of free ‘wraparound’ childcare as pilots are rolled out in September to coincide with the beginning of the academic year. Following these initial trials, details of further roll-out are anticipated in 2021.
The manifesto commitment of paying for childcare for service families, covering before and after-school during term time for children aged 4 to 11, will ease the burden for service parents who’re often held at readiness to be deployed on operations at short notice.


For more Information Support & Guidance please see www.gov.uk/free-wraparound-childcare

Forces Families virtual open morning at Cottesmore School

Register for the event

Ofqual Launches Consultation on 2021 Exams and Assessment

Ofqual​ launches consultation on 2021 exams and assessments.
For more Information and Guidance please see:   www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Vaccines Stop the spread of disease

There is no vaccine for COVID19, but there are

many vaccines to protect infants and children

from serious diseases still circulating in our

communities. To check you’re up-to-date, look

at your child’s Red Book or visit:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/.

For more information call your GP or text

Warwickshire health visitors on CHAT Health:

07520 615293 anytime (responses Monday to Friday 9-5pm)