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, 28 August 2020

Returning to school after coronavirus lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown is an unprecedented situation in modern times. It is hard to gauge the full impact that the situation is having on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.   
Pupils’ experiences of the lockdown period will have been very varied. For some, it will mostly have been a safe and enjoyable time. For others, it will have been challenging or traumatic. Schools and teachers are used to supporting their pupils through challenges that they face in life – the current situation will amplify those situations many times over.  

Spurgeons Children's Charity

The resources on this page have been designed to help parents and carers to support their child in the transition to primary school.spurgeons.org/resources-for-parents/top-tips-for-school/

TogetherAll


 It’s not business as usual at the moment & it’s okay not to be okay. Connect with others who may be feeling the same at www.togetherall.com. A FREE online community dedicated to starting conversations & creating a safe place to share.

Did you know that Togetherall has a range of courses and resources? From managing anxiety to improving your sleep! You can take a course at a pace that suits you - it's there whenever you need it. Join for FREE today at www.togetherall.com

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Togetherall - Free to all Armed Forces veterans


NHS Armed Forces COVID briefing, 19th Aug


To view this document in full please click here

Back To School Primary


Welcome

The past few months have been very different from any other time we’ve known. For everyone, there has been a lot of change, and now we are having to think about getting back to school. This might feel exciting, or maybe even a little scary. However you feel about going back to school, this booklet is designed to give you hints, tips and activities to try so that you move back into school life feeling confident and calm.

To view this booklet, click HERE

Blind Veterans UK


Togetherall - Free to all Armed Forces Families

togetherall.com

Togetherall - Free to all Armed Forces Personnel

togetherall.com

How long do I need to self-isolate for?




You must self-isolate for 10 days if you have symptoms of COVID19 or receive a positive test result

People in your household should self-isolate for 14 days.

More info:

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

British Legion - Telephone Buddies

The Royal British Legion telephone buddy scheme offers companionship, support and a friendly ear to anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated.

Please click 
HERE for more information

Update on face coverings in schools in England

www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-face-coverings-in-schools

Plan your journey to School


                                    The government's advice is to walk, cycle or scoot to school, particularly during peak times. This helps to make sure there’s a space on public transport for everyone who needs it and it also really benefits your family’s health!
For more advice - HERE

Mental Health and Debt


Mental health problems can cause severe debt which, in turn can cause mental health problems. MoneySavingExpert.com has produced a useful booklet providing help, information and guidance.
Debt isn’t just a financial problem, it causes relationships to break up, people to lose their homes and families to break down.
The downloadable ‘Mental Health and Debt’ booklet, written in conjunction with the Money Advice Service and StepChange, amongst others, is available free of charge.

Chief Medical Officer's Statement on Schools Reopening


For children and young people, being at school improves health, learning, socialisation and opportunities throughout life, including employment.

Read the CMO's Statement on returning to school 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

blurt - Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Depression

11 WAYS WE CAN MANAGE OUR ANXIETY WHEN (WE’RE) IN PUBLIC

To find out more, use the link below.

Warwickshire against Domestic Abuse

www.talk2someone.org.uk
Refuge 
can also offer advice and support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire. They can be reached by calling 0800 408 1552 or emailing DVSW@refuge.org.uk but always dial 999 in an emergency #YouAreNotAlone

Warwickshire Police - Domestic Abuse Phonelines

Domestic abuse can be experienced irrespective of gender, age, sexuality or ethnicity. Help is available:
Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327
The Mix (for under 25s) – 0808 808 4994
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428

MOD - Childcare Choices - Supporting Families with Childcare costs


Moving back into SFA in the UK from an overseas posting?

Moving back into SFA in the UK from an overseas posting?
If you are returning to the UK from a country that is currently exempt from the Government's up to date list of Coronavirus (COVID-19)travel corridors and moving into SFA then you must appoint proxy to undertake the Move In appointment on your behalf whilst you are in the quarantine period.

AWS Activities - Family 7 Day Challenges Week 23

Click HERE to view



Monday, 24 August 2020

Tougher Fines Ahead Of Bank Holiday To Crack Down On Illegal Gatherings



Tougher measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions will come into effect on Friday 28th August 2020 ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

To read further please click HERE

Back To School Normal



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Creating A Winning CV With National Careers Service



Free workshop hosted by the National Careers Service to give information on how to write your CV.

About this Event
This workshop is available to those who live in the Hampshire area and will be held online via a Zoom conferencing call.

The Creating a Winning CV will provide information and advice on the following areas:

• Show yourself in the best light possible

• What should a CV contain and not contain

• How sifting happens using modern technology

• Check list on length, layout, format and style

• Tailoring your CV to specific jobs

• Identifying your transferable skills and your main strengths

• How to deal with gaps in your work history

For further information please click HERE

Virus Watch - Help Stop The Spread



We urgently need to understand more about COVID-19. The more we understand the virus the better equipped we will be to stop its spread and save lives. Current research does a very good job of reporting infection rates and identifying outbreaks. Virus Watch aims to identify how the virus spreads, and, how to stop it and prevent a second wave. To achieve this we need help from people in every community in the UK – from you and your family.

Please click HERE for more information

Flexible Service In The Armed Forces

Flexible Service allows regular personnel of the armed forces to ask to temporarily work part time and /or restrict their separation from home base.

Please click HERE to read further.

Click on the video below to see examples of what regular personnel of the armed forces would do with Flexible Service:


Defence Discount Service


Head out with friends or treat your family with great discounts on tickets to fantastic UK locations like Alton Towers, Go Ape, Legoland, or West Midland Safari Park!

Alternatively, check out some of our great offers this week on everything from Samsung and Motorfinity to Hotpoint and JD Sports! Click Here for more deals



Barnardo's - 'See, Hear, Respond'


About See, Hear, Respond

The See, Hear, Respond Partnership is a new service funded by the Department for Education. With your help, the See, Hear, Respond Partnership will quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus.



To read further please click HERE

Forces Families Jobs - Career Pursuit; A Career Guide For Military Families On The Move



Moving around with your Serving partner doesn’t mean you have to give up your own ambitions and Helen Massey shares who can help you through her brand new career guide.

Career Pursuit is for all ‘other halves’ of the Armed Forces which is free and offers career support, advice, resources and top tips, including setting up and running your own business.



You can access Career Pursuit online.

Virtual Careers Fair 2020 - Helping Young People Explore Their Options



National Careers Service are hosting a Virtual Careers Fair to help young people explore their options and get some guidance on their next steps.

Registration is now open, please click HERE

Friday, 21 August 2020

Little Troopers Photo Competition



21st August 2020

Little Troopers launches ‘Through Our Eyes’ photo competition

The charity Little Troopers has launched a national photography competition to shine a light on the day-to-day lives of military children.

British Armed Forces families are encouraged to submit poignant photos that capture both the adventures and the challenges of military life as experienced by the thousands of UK children who have parent serving with the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF or reserves. The competition is part of the charity’s ‘Through Our Eyes’ campaign which acknowledges and celebrates the unique experience of being a military child.

The winning photos, and the stories behind them, will be shared later this year and also made into a 2021 calendar. Families can submit their images on the Little Troopers website and the competition will close on Friday 25th September. Photos must feature a child who has a parent in the British Armed Forces, have a military connection and a heart-warming story, and have been taken between May 2019 and September 2020.

Examples include children welcoming a parent home from deployment, watching a military parade or display, saying goodbye to a parent or close friend, moving home or being separated from a parent during lockdown. Group pictures from schools with a military connection are also welcome. All winning entries will receive a prize.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, comments: “Recent months have been a real whirlwind for many military children and their families and this is a way for us to bring together some of these stories to share. We are looking for moving photos that document the highs and lows of military life and help us to see the lives of military children through their eyes. We hope that the photos will be a great way for us to show all the Little Troopers out there that they are not alone; they are part of a unique community of amazing children who all go through similar experiences.”

Little Troopers has had a busy 2020. Amongst its many resources and initiatives for forces children the charity recently launched a new Little Troopers Letters pack for service children who are due to move home soon and wish to keep in touch with a close friend they will be leaving behind. The charity is also preparing to climb Mount Snowdon on 19th September after being forced to cancel the fundraising event earlier in the year due to the Covid pandemic.

For more information about Little Troopers or the competition visit www.littletroopers.net

Guidance For Parents And Carers Of Children Attending Out-Of-School Settings During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak




Main changes to previous guidance

We have extended its applicability into the autumn school term. Included a change to the protective measures which will be effective from the point at which all pupils return to school in the autumn, making clear the position on group sizes. Added a question on live performances. Click Here for further information

Get Help With Anxiety, Fear And Panic



Anxiety, fear and panic

Most people feel anxious or scared sometimes, but if it's affecting your life there are things you can try that may help.

Support is also available if you're finding it hard to cope with anxiety, fear or panic.

Anxiety can cause many different symptoms. It might affect how you feel physically, mentally and how you behave.

It's not always easy to recognise when anxiety is the reason you're feeling or acting differently.

For more information on support, help and advice click here.

Travel Corridors - Updated 20th August 2020





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

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Stay up to date


Countries and territories can be taken off or added to the travel corridor list at any time.

Sign up to get an email alert whenever the Gov.UK Travel Corridors list is updated.


https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Government Launches Campaign To Get Children Back To School Safely



Measures such as staggered break times increased hygiene and handwashing, and children remaining in consistent groups will all contribute to minimizing risks, while allowing schools to get back to doing what they do best – teaching.



Click Here for more information

Back to School : AWS Supporting the Return to the "New Normal" and School for Parents and Young People



Thursday, 20 August 2020

Tax Free Childcare


Tax Free Childcare (TFC)

Back in April 2017, HM Government started rollout of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) across the UK; the scheme was fully rolled out by the end of 2017. TFC is a savings account which parents can use to pay for childcare. For every £8 parents pay in, HM Government adds another £2. Parents can save up to £2,000 per year (£4,000 where children are registered as disabled). To qualify for TFC, both parents have to be in paid employment, each working a minimum of 16 hours per week at the National Minimum/Living Wage (approx. £130 per week).

Sign-up to TFC across the Service community has been relatively low. This may be because parents are still making use of the Childcare Voucher scheme (CVS), which closed to new entrants in October 2018, or because parents are unsure whether they are eligible for TFC. Parents can check eligibility for TFC by visiting www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. A step-by-step guide can be found at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/how-to-use-tax-free-childcare/. Parents leaving the CVS to join TFC will not be able to re-join the CVS. A poster comparing the two schemes is attached.

Eligible parents posted overseas can access TFC as long as they use MOD approved childcare providers. This includes childcare offered by MOD schools and nurseries, and Ofsted regulated and inspected childminders. Parents in non-MOD school areas can access TFC only when the provider is regulated, registered and inspected by the relevant host nation and both the parent and provider have access to a UK bank account.

Financial Top Tips For Service Personnel



Highlighting common difficulties faced by the services’ mobile population in acquiring credit and offers advice on how to overcome these.

Service personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has worked with the financial sector to improve the ability of armed forces personnel to access financial products.

Please click HERE for information.

Get Back to School Safely



Gov.UK is working with schools and colleges throughout the country, to ensure they can get children back to school safely. Visit http://gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance on getting back to school safely.

GOV.UK: Student Guide to Post-16 Qualification Results: Summer 2020 - Updated 19th August 2020



Guide for those receiving qualification results in England this summer:
Updated 19 August.

CLICK HERE