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, 28 January 2021

Barclay's Van hits the road

  Barclays have taken the bank’s financial expertise on the road, by providing a face to face and accessible service for those living in remote and rural communities.

The van is parked up at towns and villages, hospitals, colleges and businesses across the county, helping those who need support with budgeting, financial wellbeing or saving for the future.
Hosted by local Barclays bank colleagues, the van offers financial mentoring, digital education and the chance to complete complex banking services on your doorstep – and is a service open to both customers and non-customers.
If an appointment with a specialist is required, simply visit to find out when the van will be nearby.

Amazon Consumer Military Internship

Join Amazon on 4th February to hear all about their new-for-2021 Consumer Military Internship, which is a 6 month paid-programme that could lead straight to a corporate role within their eCommerce team. Book your place here


New legislation to help ensure fair treatment for armed forces

​The Armed Forces Bill​ will help ensure our Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans are treated fairly, both by bringing the Armed Forces Covenant into law and improving the Service Justice System​


MOD Flexible Working and You Digital Booklet

Flexible Working and You is a digital booklet that acts as a guide to Defence’s package of flexible working opportunities for Service personnel.

These opportunities range from delivering full output in a different place (such as Remote Working) to managed reductions of commitment levels and periods of leave.

The booklet is designed to help Service personnel, line managers and the Chain of Command to explore and discuss the different flexible working opportunities in the Armed Forces, based on an individual’s needs.

Flexible Working and You reminds readers that it may not always be possible to accommodate flexible working requests due to the ways in which different arms and branches of the Services operate; and that any flexible working arrangement is dependent on being able to maintain operational capability.

Click HERE to view

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Focus on Families Report

In this report, Directory of Social Change (DSC) explores armed forces charities' support for families. The report investigates the range of services provided by armed forces charities, the types of beneficiaries supported and how this support is delivered. It also explores the extent of collaboration, evaluation and challenges experienced by armed forces charities.​


Plan for Jobs: skills, employment and support programmes for jobseekers

​​This LINK  brings together guidance for jobs seekers so they can develop their skills, get advice on job applications, and search for opportunities. This is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs to support, protect and create jobs across the UK.


COVID Bounceback Fund for the Armed Forces community!

The Trustees of the Team Army Sports Foundation, in association with Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (Ultra), are pleased to announce the creation of a COVID Bounceback fund for 2021/22. The fund has been created to help groups and communities recover from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Groups and organisations from the armed forces community are invited to submit bids to receive a grant from this special purpose fund. Specifically, the trustees wish to award grants to groups or organisations which create the opportunity to improve mental and physical wellbeing in armed forces personnel, including WIS veterans, through sport, challenge or adventure during 2021 or 2022.


Bids should be submitted for one-off events where the physical activity serves a wider, greater purpose. The activity should be challenging or adventurous and provide a highly rewarding developmental and transformative experience for those involved. For WIS veterans, the activity should help to rebuild lives by providing the inspirational goals that help them move beyond their disability, regain confidence and recapture their zest for life.​

This is a rolling process and bids can be submitted to at any time throughout 2021.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Royal British Legion: Rebrand


National Forest Way Virtual Challenge - Ends 31 March

Looking for a new challenge? Join us, NMA and
DMRC Benevolent Fund on a FREE virtual walking challenge!
Sign up and walk the 75-mile National Forest Way from your doorstep, and clock up your miles now until the 31st March!


AWS Community Support Zoom Upbeat Families - Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings Open to 11 Signal Brigade


Friday, 22 January 2021

Recruit For Spouses - Podcast


​A brand new podcast​ hosted by Chris Keen and Heledd Kendrick. Every fortnight we'll be highlighting the amazing work that Recruit For Spouses​ do. We'll find out how they help military spouses to find employment and we'll talk to some of those incredible spouses along the way.​​​

NHS Armed Forces Brief 22nd Jan


To read the briefing in full

National Portrait Gallery : Family Activities

Click here​ for your free activity book​

Coronavirus (COVID-19): restrictions on travel and transport to England

Travel bans, coronavirus testing and self-isolating on arrival in England. Full details:HERE 


Thursday, 21 January 2021

Are you considering becoming self-employed in 2021?

Did you know that by being a partner of someone who Serves in the Armed Forces, you can apply for free start-up training and mentoring to become self-employed?

Two amazing organisations, X-Forces Enterprise and Supporting the Unsung Hero, offer free courses for you to join – both of which are run virtually in the current climate. They also welcome military family members on overseas postings.

Not only that – you can join some great networks and meet other military ‘partners of’ for both work purposes and to meet new friends through the MilSpo and Military Coworking Networks. You could also explore a social media course through BFBS to help you nail your business promotion or up-skill yourself ready for your next digital comms job!


Reading Force - Update

During this latest lockdown we know you’ll have many families that you’ll be trying to help in whatever way you can. We wanted to let you know that Reading Force, the shared reading and scrapbook activity is fully operational, and ask you to spread the word to your families so they can take part.

Thank you to all of you who have been giving out our scrapbooks and suggesting Reading Force to families to do at home: Sharing a book and chatting about it, using one of our special scrapbooks, provides a fun shared activity for Forces families, common ground for conversations and a means of keeping in touch through the most challenging of times. A completed scrapbook, and one of our certificates of participation, also enables families to emerge with physical reminder of time well spent – and something to look back on with pride.

‘During lockdown because of covid-19 this book brought us laughter, quality time spent together and a fun activity to do at home.’

Reading Force is available for free to all those with a Forces connection (whether serving, reservist, veteran, injured or wider family – including former families of Forces personnel, who are no longer living together due to relationship breakdown).

How it works
Families are encouraged to register to take part at and we send each child a special scrapbook and a free book. The book we send is tailored to the age of the child(ren) taking part.



Cervical Screening Tests

 This week is #CervicalCancerPreventionWeek.

Around 1 in 3 of those invited have failed to attend a CervicalScreening appointment due to COVID19 concerns.

Cervical screening is key for early diagnosis of cervical cancer, with measures in place to ensure it is done safely.

Find out more:

Wednesday, 20 January 2021


Army Welfare Service would like to reassure the whole Military Community of our commitment to deliver Personal Support and Community Support during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Our dedicated staff have been delivering their services via innovative ways to ensure Serving Personnel, their families and the Chain of Command are well supported. A virtual delivery model has been adopted and although we had started to move back to some face to face delivery and activities, the recent lockdown restrictions have meant that we have reverted back to a virtual delivery.

PERSONAL SUPPORT (PS) is maintaining a service, providing specialist welfare support via telephone and other virtual means. Referrals should be emailed to Intake and Assessment Team (IAT) in accordance with AGAI 81 for triage and assessment. IAT email address is Alternatively, call on 01904 882053. There may be a requirement to leave an answerphone message but be assured a member of staff will return the call as soon as possible.    

COMMUNITY SUPPORT (CS) delivery continues to provide a blend of virtual delivery and remotely planned activity as restrictions allow. All locations differ in delivery due to restrictions and staffing. Please contact your local Community Development Worker to find out what activities are going on in your area.



​Alison Dabbs, VSC​ Pastry Chef has written up a number of recipes she uses throughout the Club for you to enjoy at home. ​


CTP: Partner Career Support Programme - 2021 Events


Army Officer Insight Events

The Army Officer Recruiting Team run the Army Officer Insight Day and online presentations/ Q&A from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), giving you the opportunity to find out more about officer training and life beyond Sandhurst.


Military Women in Construction

​Join Buildforce for their 'Military Women in Construction' event​, where they'll be joined by Robertson Partner Homes, Amey, and Skansa.​


Lifeworks 2021 Courses

We pleased to announce new dates for our online employment courses for veterans and the families of serving personnel for 2021.


1st – 5th February

1st – 5th March

29th March – 1st April

Our courses provide delegates with modern job searching skills, tips on how to create/improve your CV along with interview techniques.

Each course is currently remote and is led by a team of skilled employability coaches, many of whom are veterans themselves.

Use lockdown to do something for you, learn how to sell yourself and your military experience. Sign up here - or call us 0800 319 6844 or email to find out more and book your place.


Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Census 2021 Counting Armed Forces Veterans

For the first time in the history of the census, there will be a question on armed forces service after a campaign led by The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland.

The government has announced the 2021 census will now include a question to provide information on whether someone has served in HM Armed Forces. 

The census is held every 10 years and gives government and local authorities the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information residents give will help decide how services are planned and funded in your area.

The Royal British Legion, which led the campaign, is at the heart of a national network offering a range of support and services to the armed forces community. The decision to include the question on the 2021 census will provide the Legion, as well as public bodies, local authorities, and other military charities with valuable information to ensure they can best meet the needs of serving personnel, veterans and their families.

It has been estimated that there are 2.4 million veterans currently living in Great Britain who make up part of a wider ex-service community which includes their spouses, partners, dependent children as well as widows and widowers. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including an armed forces question in the next census will provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our armed forces community.

Amey and DIO reflect on a challenging year and look ahead to 2021

 Air Commodore James Savage, DIO Head of Accommodation, and Tim Redfern, Amey's Managing Director, Defence, have been reflecting on the past year’s achievements while agreeing priorities for the coming year.  Both wish to indicate their commitment to the collaborative approach that has underpinned delivery of the Accommodation portfolio over the last 3 years.

Full details can be read: HERE

BBC Bitesize - Parents' Toolkit

Five ways to manage your wellbeing as a parent during lockdown

For more information and suggestions for parents and carers to manage their own wellbeing, click on the following link:


CAP Money Course

Whatever your income, learn practical ways to budget, save and spend so you can take full control of your money! No financial details need to be shared. The course will run for four weeks (from 27 January to 17 February) and will be delivered online via Zoom.

Click here for more information and to register


Job Centre Plus: Opening Hours


DIO - Respect the Range

If you're planning to take your daily exercise in your local military training area, remember that the army train all-year round. Please stick to public access routes, stay safe and check live firing times:


Monday, 18 January 2021

National Rail - Travel Updates

With the reintroduction of lockdown, train companies have worked with government to plan amended timetables focussing on morning and evening peak travel times and maintaining space for social distancing, so that those who need to take essential journeys can get to where they need to.

If you need to travel by train please check before you travel by:

The rail industry is doing everything it can to ensure that if you are travelling by train you can travel with confidence by boosting cleaning and improving customer information. Please wear a face covering (unless you are exempt), maintain social distancing where possible and wash your hands before and after your journey.

Women into Employment Exploring the opportunities and challenges for ex-military personnel & spouses - 10 March


Exploring the opportunities and challenges for ex-military personnel and spouses. 
Join us to understand why women have a lower employment rate (69%) compared to men (81%) after leaving the Armed Forces? 
Hear from business leaders, employment experts and inspirational women who have successfully transitioned from military to civilian employment. Understand what employers like Jacobs, JP Morgan and the MOD Abbey Wood are looking for from future employees and why they’re recruiting from the ex-military and spouse talent pools. 
A series of keynote presentations and panel discussions will discuss the key issues and opportunities facing women as they seek to swap military life for civilian employment tackling: 
The struggle to describe skills and experiences in a way that employers understand 
Holding back from applying for roles if they do not 100% fit the criteria and a lack of confidence 
Family commitments 
Unsure where they best fit in industry 

National employers will showcase their current opportunities and provide recruitment and job application advice. 

This is your chance to build your online network of supportive employers, contacts and industry champions: enabling you to find a sustainable and fulfilling next role.

To register click HERE

Date: Wednesday 10 March 20201

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Sources of Help and Support

During these challenging times, it is important to take care of ourselves and each other. Help and support is available 24/7.


Where might you receive your Covid-19 Vaccination?

 When the NHS contacts you or a loved one to get vaccinated, there are a few places you may be asked to go — a local hospital, a vaccination centre, a GP service, a pharmacy or through your care home if you live or work there.


Friday, 15 January 2021

Education overseas for service children

The education provision for service children overseas can be categorised as Ministry of Defence (MOD) Schools and Settings or non MOD schools locations.
(Last updated 6 January 2021)
An update on the Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form 2021
All children 0 to 18 require educational clearance prior to overseas postings. This includes postings to MOD Schools and Non-MOD School areas.
All MOD Primary and Secondary schools are now expected to use the January 2021 Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form (PDF, 184KB, 4 pages) and not any other variation. Overseas educational clearances for locations other than those supported by MOD Schools will be managed by CEAS using the January 2021 EOS Form.
Parents should contact either the MOD School in the Overseas location or CEAS for further information about the educational clearance process.
The link to the January 2021 Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form can be found below:


Directed letter: COVID-19 testing (12 January 2021)

To read the Directed letter: COVID-19 testing from the Ministry of Defence, please click the link below:


Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy was created in April 2020 as a rapid response to the coronavirus outbreak. More than 40 teachers and colleagues from leading education organisations came together to support schools’ efforts to keep children learning. ​

Visit our online classroom to view all of Oak’s free lessons, searchable by key stage, year or subject.​



Thursday, 14 January 2021

Coronavirus - If you are worried about working - CAB Advice


Family Lives - Supporting Families

Need to talk to someone about family life?

People contact Family Lives about stages of a child's development, issues with schools, and parenting/relationship support. Family Lives also respond when life becomes more complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.​

You can talk to Family Lives over the phone, via email or online from your phone, tablet or laptop. This service is free and confidential.


Jobs For UK Ex-Military And Their Families

Browse for Jobs for UK Ex-military and families below:

Live Lessons From The National Marine Aquariam - Every Friday

The first 'Deep Science' (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will see our schools team using aquarium exhibits and the AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC @12pm on weekdays during lockdown). Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!

The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, which will air from 1:30 – 1:45pm and will involve a short story narrated by the resident mermaid, Marina - perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.

For more information head here: ​

Check a passport for travel to Europe

Passport validity rules for travel to Europe have changed, you may need to renew earlier than planned.

Use this service to check if you need to renew your passport before travelling to Europe.

Click here


Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Providing School Meals - Update

Read update: 👉 HERE


Fitness with Lianne - Fridays 8.30-9 Throughout Lockdown

Lianne is offering a free family fitness session every Friday 8.30am via her Facebook page each week throughout​​ lockdown.

See poster for details - Free Confidential helpline


How would you like to work for the MOD's guarding service, MPGS?

How would you like to work for the MOD's guarding service, MPGS?
You should join them for an hour-long Live Chat on the 21st January 11.30-12.30 to chat to MPGS' SME's and find out more. More info at the link below: