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, 23 July 2021

Message from Reading Force



It’s been a very busy summer at Reading Force – which culminates in a nationwide cycle ride to raise money for our charity. Not content with undertaking Ride London in aid of Reading Force, this time our intrepid cyclist is travelling from Land’s End to John o’Groats. If you would like to sponsor him, the link is here.


The period of Covid has been our most hectic time ever, as so many Forces families have found we offered a refreshingly simple way to remain in touch. We also celebrated our tenth anniversary with an online event at which the Chief of Defence Staff, commented on the valuable service we offer to Forces families. We heard from all the staff team at RF and announced new ventures such as the exciting new materials for teenagers which will be available very soon. The event finished with us being read to by internationally renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo.

Later the same week we returned to Wavel School in Aldershot, where we first began – and were delighted that award-winning author Meg Rosoff came with us to celebrate ten busy years.

Wherever you are this summer, do get in touch so we can equip your Forces family with reading materials that keep everyone in touch.

Very best wishes to all, Alison, Hattie, Elaine, Fiona, Judith and Paula.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Families Continuous Attitude Survey Results 2021


 

Little Troopers - Robin Hood Virtual Summer Show: 22 August

Little Troopers has organised a free virtual summer show for British Armed Forces children to watch at home on Sunday 22nd August at 4pm.
Performed by children’s entertainment company, Playhouse Parties, Robin Hood can be streamed live at 1600hrs on any device and is open to all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces.
Registration is required due to a limit of 1,000 families able to log in live, it will also be available as a recorded session after the live performance.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../little-troopers-summer...

 

SERVICES DAY 2021 AT THE BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURE - 26 October


The Bear Grylls Adventure will be open on Monday 25th October 2021 (during the school holidays) for Blue Light Card and Defence Discount Service members with our exclusive Services Day.

Pre-booking tickets is essential and guests should also bring with them a valid service related ID, Blue Light Card or Defence Privilege Card to present to our admissions team on the day - we will be unable to permit you entry without a valid ticket and your ID.

Experiences and adventures are available from just £15 including Archery, Climb, Shooting and Escape Rooms.

High Ropes, Cage Snorkel, Shark Dive and iFLY are also available to book at discounted rates.


 

Childcare for service children



 

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Update

 



The FAM policy changed. You said, we did. See for the updated eligibility criteria or contact one of our FAM Cells for more information.

HMNB Clyde people-famcell-cly@mod.gov.uk

Aldershot Garrison people-famcell-ald@mod.gov.uk

RAF Wittering people-famcell-wit@mod.gov.uk

More information www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-accommodation-model-what-you-need-to-know/what-you-need-to-know-about-fam

SSAFA Chatter - Podcasts and Videos



SSAFA Chatter is our new collection of podcasts and videos for members of the Armed Forces community, whether serving, veterans or families. Non-military SSAFA supporters may also find some interesting and useful content too.  

Don't Face it Along - #SpeakOutAboutBullying

Bullying in our schools or online is NOT acceptable.


Why adopt with SSAFA

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Adoption is a big decision. You may have many questions about the process and whether or not it's right for you, including if and how it might work alongside your military employment or career. We are here to advise and assist you with this every step of the way.

We are a friendly and professional Registered Adoption Agency, covering the whole of the UK – we can provide advice to those based abroad, but placements can only be made with those currently residing in the UK.

We are military specialists, who understand your needs.

We can support you through any potential postings, ensuring that you don’t have to start the adoption process again if you move.

We champion equality and inclusion, and welcome applications from all members of the serving Armed Forces community.

We are with you for the life of your adoption journey, thanks to our dedicated Post-Adoption Support service.

We were recently awarded an outstanding rating from the Ofsted inspection team. You can read the full report here.

Upbeat Families are coming to Bramcote! - Taster Session 8 September - UPDATE!!



Unfortunately, due to a rise in Covid cases/ isolation on camp we are having to cancel the Upbeat families taster session on 21st July. We are really disappointed but we understand the priority to keep everyone safe. All being well we will run the taster session again on Wednesday 8th September 11:00 - 12:00. I hope you can join us then. 

No need to book for the taster session, just come along.
(We'll split into smaller groups and utilise the whole building if necessary).
We know you'll love it so we'll bring along all the forms for you to sign up for September. 
Do check out 'Upbeat Families' on Facebook to meet Lian and Kristy and get an idea of what the sessions will be like. www.make-some-noise.com/

Monday, 19 July 2021

DIO SFA Communication Update

The Government has issued direction that Covid-19 restrictions in England will be lifted from today (19th of July 2021). Devolved administrations are also easing restrictions.  

 

The safety of families living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and Substitute Service Family Accommodation (SSFA) remains our top priority and with rates of Covid-19 continuing to rise throughout the UK, we want to reassure families that services to your homes will continue to be delivered safely and DIO and our Industry Partners will continue to maintain Covid-19 safe working practices including: 

 

  • Contractors will continue to call in advance of a visit to SFA/SSFA to ensure occupants are not self-isolating 

  • All operatives will wear a face covering whilst working in SFA/SSFA 

  • Contractors will continue to sanitise their hands and equipment before entering an SFA/SSFA 

  • Social distancing protocols will continue to apply 

 

For more guidance on how we will continue to ensure Covid-19 safe working practices in your homes please refer to guidance on Gov.uk.


 

SSAFA Forceslines - Financial Support


Financial problems account for a significant proportion of our support cases. Knowing that you can speak to someone without judgement makes

Forcesline the essential first port of call for anyone in the military community in need.
☎ 0800 260 6767

Thursday, 15 July 2021

The Maths Factor created by Carol Voderman - Summer Adventure

The Maths Factor Summer Adventure with Carol Vorderman is now open.

Sign-up your child for FREE today!


 

Need to contact Amey's Customer Service Centre?


 

National Careers Service - Results Day Webinars

 

If your child is getting their results this August sign up to our webinars and get advice on how you can support them on the day.

Fri 30th July, 12pm
Please click HERE to register

Tues 3rd August, 4pm
Please click HERE to register

Wed 4th August, 12pm
Please click HERE to register

The Money & Pensions Service Has Launched Money Helper

 


The Money and Pensions Service has launched Money Helper, a new support service and website for customers. This brings together the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.


For free guidance you can trust, we can help.


Little Troopers - Teen Podcast SQUAD - Applications by 17th July

 


 Casting call - we need your help! We are looking for teen military children to take part in our brand new teen podcast SQUAD.

This autumn we are launching a special podcast for military teens and we are looking for military children aged 13-18 to be our star guests! This is a really exciting opportunity to be involved in a professionally produced podcast with a well-known presenter. You'll get the chance to talk about military life from your perspective and share your story with other teenagers going through the same thing.

Recording to take place in August.

Please get in touch via email by 17th July for more details and to apply: info@littletroopers.net

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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Armed Forces Offer - Costco



 Click here for more information

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Get your NHS COVID Pass letter


Use this service to get a letter showing your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status.


You can use this letter if you're travelling abroad, or going to an event, and need proof you've had your COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Forestry England - Join the Summer ActiviTree Challenge


Keep the kids active and learning over the summer holidays!

Sign up for the ActiviTree challenge, running from 26 July until 29 August 2021. Each week you'll receive an email with free downloads to help you and your family stay active and connected to nature over the summer holidays.

What can you expect?

Weekly challenges to stay active in nature
Tree-themed activities for days at home
Facts and information about the life cycle of a tree
Printable activity sheets
The chance to win great prizes!

Don’t forget to share your photos on social media with #MyActiviTree for a chance to win one of five prize bundles, which includes a £100 voucher from Go Ape, a copy of the new Ordnance Survey Kids' Adventure Book and Forestry England Membership! Read the full terms and conditions.


 

Friday, 9 July 2021

Summer with Young Families at the NMA


 With the summer holidays nearly upon us, why not plan a day out with your family at the National Memorial Arboretum? 

New this summer, use your powers of deduction to identify the location of a high-profile bank robbery before it’s too late in Operation Kingpin. This two-hour family-friendly outdoor mission explores memorials dedicated to the emergency services and voluntary organisations (£12 per team, suitable for 8yrs+). 

To tie into our new, free exhibition, why not pick up an ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ family activity pack (£2)? A sticker trail will take you around memorials connected to military organisations that have supported with the Covid-19 pandemic response, and the pack also includes a worksheet, a special wooden badge and a craft pack that can be completed at home. 

Our younger visitors can let off steam in our two play areas or follow our hugely popular Stick Man trail as you discover incredible stories of service and sacrifice remembered throughout our 150-acre woodland and garden site. 

There is plenty of space for picnics, as well as a coffee shop and restaurant to buy snacks and treats. To find out more about visiting with your family, visit https://www.thenma.org.uk/.../visiting-with-young-families 

Please remember, if you'd like to visit the Arboretum you will need to pre-book and the latest coronavirus restrictions will apply.

Edinburgh and Stirling Castles - Armed Forces Offer

Current members of the British Armed Forces receive free entry to Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle.

Please make an online booking for the paying members of your party. 

To book a free ticket, please email us at ticketing@hes.scot quoting your order number. You will need to bring a valid MOD 90 card when you arrive at site. 

Please note free entry only applies to the serving member. 

HANDiApp - to support parents with poorly children

 This app (info at link) is designed to support families make appropriate decisions about children's health and suitably suggest best courses of action. Although originating from the SW it contains generic information of use to a wider audience.



Thursday, 8 July 2021

Warwickshire Road Safety Partners' School Parking Survey - Deadline 30 July


To take part in the surveys follow the links



All surveys need to be completed by 30 July 2021

Briefing for Spouse Development programme on 13 Jul


If you're thinking about 'What more can I do with my life?' then the Spouse Development programme is for you!  Meet Tina the Coach/Tutor for the programme and find out more about it next Tuesday at:
  • 0930 at Gamecock Barracks Church
  • 1300 at Kineton Station DEMS Lecture theatre
Please use the QR code in the poster to sign up to the face to face session!


Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Research Project: Accessibility of NHS Dental Services for British Army families


 

Over 37 Provision: Waiver of SLA Accommodation Charges; widening of E&E.




 Background. The Over 37 Provision is intended to support Service Personnel in the latter stages of their career to settle their family and serve unaccompanied. To enable and support this provision SP can access a SLA waiver of accommodation charges. This supports unaccompanied service in the latter part of a SP career.

Ref. JSP 752 Version 47 dated 1 Jul 21 Ch 12 Sect 7.

Policy Development. From 1 Jul 21 the SLA waiver element of the Over 37 Provision will be widened. Historically this has been linked to the UK and has not been accessible to SP with a Specified Personal Residence (SPR) overseas. This restriction to the SLA waiver will be removed.

The SLA waiver authority has been moved from JSP 752 to JSP 464. While policy direction exists in JSP 752 the authority for this policy now rests within JSP 464 coalesced with the other Service SLA waivers. This policy change is expected to impact c.140 SP who have family overseas and have, up to 1 Jul 21, been charged SLA accommodation rates. APSG have reinforced this policy change down the FC. Units have been directed to review their affected cohort in line with the updated JSP 752 policy (Ref A).

SSCE Cymru Newsletter: Summer 2021



SSCE Cymru Newsletter: Summer 2021 online now. If you are a Serving family currently based in Wales you might be interested in the SSCE Cymru Newsletter: Summer 2021 edition is available online now...
https://www.sscecymru.co.uk/.../SSCE%20Cymru%20Newsletter...

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Pilot Success Story


The way people live and work is changing and the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) is reflecting this by improving the accommodation offer for a modern Defence. FAM gives more choice to support the needs of Service personnel over where, how and with whom they live.

FAM pilot success story…
FAM have been speaking to Service personnel on the pilot about how they’ve benefited from FAM.

RAF Corporal, Steven and his wife Keely share their story about how, with the help of their FAM Cell, they were approved for a larger Service Family Accommodation (SFA) property that would have previously been unobtainable if based off rank. Their new SFA affords the family with the space they need to live and grow.




Serve and Protect Credit Union



Serve and Protect CU provides credit union services for the Police, Prison, Military, Fire and Health Services, offering a range of flexible savings and affordable loans with repayments straight from your salary.
We help over 33,000 members prepare for their financial future – helping them to save, but also there if they need to borrow throughout their career.


Click HERE to find out more and to join today for free


Monday, 5 July 2021

Bramcote and Kineton AWS Summer Program


In addition to our summer sports week and residential AWS are running a week of activities at each location. 

Please see poster for more details. 

To sign a child/ young person up for this week please attend the sign up session for your location detailed on the poster. If you can not make it during these times please contact Stacey Gales (CDW). "
 

Active solutions to prevent the practical act of suicide - The Jordan Legacy




thejordanlegacy.com/

Friday, 2 July 2021

RBL educational grants and scholarships for university for children



 The President's Award Scheme 

The President's Award Scheme can provide educational grants and scholarships to the children of serving and ex-Service non-commissioned ranks up to university age. One-off grants of up to £500 are available to help pay for course fees, public transport costs, text books, course equipment, specialist clothing and more. 

Alongside the grants, scholarships are available for applicants who are going to university and aged 21 or under. A continuation application is required each year and is accepted up to age 23. Up to £1,500 per year can be awarded to Service children going to university to study for their first undergraduate degree; usually awards are made to help with accommodation costs. The awards are decided by committee who will look at the individual circumstances of each applicant. 

The Committee meets tri-annually in January, July, and September.  

Full information on the awards and application process can be found here: support.britishlegion.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1359/~/womens-section-grants

Children’s Education Advisory Service


Children’s Educational Advisory Service (CEAS) provides advice, support and guidance regarding the educational well-being of the children and young people belonging to families in all 3 services and eligible MOD civilians who are based overseas.
All advice given is impartial, child-centred and focuses on the best interests of the individual. The CEAS team is comprised of qualified teachers and experienced case advisors who can answer queries predominantly via email and telephone. CEAS provides authoritative, bespoke, impartial advice to service and eligible MOD civilian families on a wide range of educational issues.

Click HERE to view full leaflet



 

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Plastic Free July


Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

Details of how to become involved are contained in the link below:


 

Soldier Magazine - Latest Issue

July 2021 issue includes:
Olympic ambition: Army boxer blazes a trail for Tokyo
Female focus: Virtus evolves and researchers tackle gender data gap
Be the best: App trial taps into troops’ competitive spirit
To read click the link below

Emergency Alerts - GOV.UK

Emergency Alerts is a new service from the UK government. It’s expected to launch in summer 2021.

Emergency alerts will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby.

In an emergency, your phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.


 

BFPO Service Update: acceptance of non-compliant mail items


 

Build Force and Amey Armed Forces Insight Day - 15 September


Armed Forces insight day hosted by Amey at RAF Cosford on the 15th September.

Our insight days bring together our nationwide construction employers and our military community to discuss transferable skills and the breadth of roles the sector has to offer, such as PMs, Designers, Logisticians, M&E, QS', Plant, Trades, supporting roles and so much more - a job in construction or the wider built environment is accessible to all ranks.

 Email: info@buildforce.org.uk for further information or to reserve your place.


 

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Living in our shoes: understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces families


A review commissioned by the Ministry of Defence into the concerns raised by armed forces families and recommendations for change.

Service Families Accommodation £650m funding boost



Thousands of service families receive £650-million accommodation boost

New contracts to enhance maintenance and repair services across Service Family Accommodation (SFA) supporting jobs across the UK Defence supply chain over 7 years.

More info: HERE

MOD Women's Network: 1st Anniversary Event: 14th & 15th September


A full list of speakers and events will follow:

Register your interest HERE


 

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Button Batteries - Where are yours?

If a big, powerful lithium coin cell battery – a thin button battery like a 5 pence piece – gets stuck in a small child’s food pipe, it can cause catastrophic internal bleeding and even death.

So it’s important to keep everyday objects with easily accessible batteries out of children’s reach, as well as spare and even ‘flat’ batteries.

The poster above helps you find button batteries in your home, so you can keep your children safe. Please share it as widely as possible.