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

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

COVID-19 Home Testing Kits Now Easier To Order

The Government has introduced a number of new accessibility improvements to the home testing programme to make it even easier to get tested.
Full details HERE

 

Monday, 22 February 2021

Heropreneurs

Heropreneurs celebrates and rewards the energy, passion and dedication, of our British Armed Forces Community looking to forge a new path in business.



 

NHS Armed Forces Healthcare Briefing: 19 Feb


Read full Brief 👉 bit.ly/3kfhPd5

 

Friday, 19 February 2021

Defence Discount Service - Treat yourself ❤️

 








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DIO Message Update - Notices To Vacate Service Families Accommodation (SFA)


NOTICES TO VACATE (NTV)

Last year, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the government amended the Tenancy Act 2019 to introduce emergency measures to protect tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic. For Service personnel and their families remaining in SFA following the end of their entitlement, either due to leaving Service or estrangement, DIO followed government advice by pausing Notice to Vacate (NTV) action to regain possession of properties.

Following an amendment to the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, from 29 August 2020, landlords were able to recommence action to provide notice to their tenants. Until March 2021, landlords must provide six months’ notice before they can begin eviction proceedings. In line with this amendment, DIO has now recommenced the issuing of NTVs to Service personnel/families who have lost their entitlement to SFA since March 2020.

The Loss of Entitlement (LOE) team will be progressing all legal work, including court action - which could include seeking an Order for Possession - but will not be proceeding to eviction. This is in line with latest government guidance which is in place until at least 31 March 21. Until then, DIO is still issuing 6-month notices in line with the government guidance, as opposed to the normal 93 days until at least March 2021. This is to allow those Service personnel and families who have lost their entitlement more time to make alternative housing arrangements.

Since action was paused in March 2020, a backlog of cases has built up and DIO plans to spread the issue of NTVs over a 3-4 month period, starting with the oldest cases first. All occupants are aware that they have lost their entitlement to occupy SFA and DIO will continue to provide details of how they can find support and source alternative accommodation.

If affected Service Personnel and/or families have any concerns or enquiries then they should please contact DIO’s Loss of Entitlement Team at DIORDAccn-LOETeam@mod.gov.uk.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Army Career Policy Portal Launched

Free Online Training For Family Carers



This free online training is for family carers only and has been designed to help carers easily identify signs that someone may be unwell and to let them know what they should do next. The training is only for parents with children over the age of 16.

Please click HERE for more information and to register

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) - Government call for evidence

This call for evidence is seeking to collect views from those with lived experience of, or views on, crimes considered as violence against women and girls. It will run for a period of 10 weeks and is open to all genders.

This consultation closes at
11:45pm on 19 February 2021​


www.gov.uk/government/consultations/violence-against-women-and-girls-vawg-call-for-evidence

 

BFBS Veterans Survey



Click here

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Future Accommodation Model 2018 Baseline Survey Findings


 

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - New Funding Programme Opening April 2021


 AFCFT are pleased to announce new funding programmes for the 2021/22 financial year.


These programmes are designed to support veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel, to recover from some of the wider impacts of the Covid pandemic.​

Dogs Trust Freedom Project: A Fostering Service for People Fleeing Domestic Abuse

Freedom Project | Help & support | Dogs Trust

 

Dads and Football Project


 

Monday, 15 February 2021

Suicide Prevention Advice


 

Service Family Accommodation Allocation Panel goes virtual!


 

CTP Industry Sector Guides



 

Veterans Gateway App


The Veterans’ Gateway app helps veterans find support organisations in their area using their smartphone or tablet. These organisations cover both the Armed Forces sector and wider charity and not-for-profit sectors. 

Based on your location, you can access the support you need with finances, housing, employment, relationship, physical and mental health, and more. 

The directory, which is intuitive and easy to use, groups all NHS facilities across the country, and over 2,000 charitable organisations. You can either use the map tool to look for organisations in your area, or search by name, post code, or descriptive words (e.g. financial support). 


 

Drinking in Isolation


This can be a very stressful and uncertain time for many, and a drink can seem like the answer to calm feelings of anxiety. Drinking alcohol can actually make things worse. drinkaware.co.uk

 

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England

From 15 February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England who has visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days must:

· quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel

· take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining

· follow the national lockdown rules

How to book a place in a quarantine hotel and arrange coronavirus (COVID-19) tests if you're travelling to England from a country on the banned travel list.

Click here for the official Gov link

 

Credit Union welcomes MoD civilians


The MOD and the Civilian HR team have now agreed that civilians who support the armed forces, can now formally join our credit union. This means that more members of our military family can access flexible savings and affordable borrowing! 


 

Travel or relocation into NI from GB - Changes for pet travel


Since 1st January 2021, when travelling with your pet cat, dog or ferret into Northern Ireland the rules you must follow have changed. 

Please contact your local vet for latest advice or see 


 

Five Sites to support your Mental Health



Cruse

National DA Helpline

Mind

Rethink

One Plus One

 

The WalkAway Scheme update


Amey has advised that the WalkAway Scheme for SFA occupants in the UK can be accessed again. The website cannot be accessed from overseas yet and DIO will provide an update as soon as this is resolved. Due to IT issues, the scheme was temporarily withdrawn and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. ​

The Walkaway Scheme is a voluntary scheme that can help minimise the effort required from you to achieve Move-Out Standard. For information on taking up WalkAway cover, please click here

 

Accommodation Officer Surveys

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Amey’s Accommodation Officers (AOs) are currently unable to attend SFA to carry out surveys, such as damp and mould or kitchen replacement surveys, in person unless there is a health and safety risk.

 

Whilst lockdown restrictions are in place, for the safety of occupants and staff, AOs will conduct surveys via a telephone call at a previously agreed appointment slot. Occupants will be able to email photographs to AOs if required.

 

The Armed Forces Bill 2021


 

Postcode Checker to find out Rapid Testing in your Area

Tap to use the postcode checker



 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Census 2021 - Military Service Question



The Census2021 is coming on the 21st March 2021 in England and Wales.
This year it will be a digital first where you can complete online.
Also, for the 1st time there is a question relating to your military service.
It will ask if you were a full time serving member of the armed services and/or a reserve serving member of the armed services.
Please make sure you complete this section.
This is the first time we will be able to accurately record the amount of #Veterans and where they are in England and Wales.

This will help shape services and support for our Veterans community.
More info: HERE
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Big Sleep Event In Aid Of Homeless Veterans


 




New Advice to Help Employers Deal with Domestic Abuse and Stigma

With more staff working from home during the pandemic, the need for employers to be aware of domestic abuse and provide practical and emotional support and signposting of specialist services has never been greater. The office has traditionally offered an escape for some victims of domestic abuse, but lockdown has changed this. Domestic violence support charity Refuge reported a 700% increase in visits to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline website during the initial lockdown between April and June 2020. 

The January publication of the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Workplace Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse report aims to provide better guidance for employers who may be supporting the 2.3 million people who suffer domestic abuse each year, wherever they may be working. The report follows a review of existing workplace support. It also aims to reduce the £14bn economic cost of domestic abuse, such as reduced productivity or lost output. And it’s not just women who are suffering. A third of the 2.3 million victims are men.

Please CLICK HERE to help those at risk of domestic abuse.

 

 

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

The Army's Diverse Range of Apprenticeships



​As it is Apprenticeship Week think about the diverse range the British Army has to offer!​ Click here


 

Monday, 8 February 2021

Little Troopers launches free X-ray of feelings resource for military children

Charity Little Troopers has launched a new downloadable resource to help military children make sense of their emotions during challenging life events such as when their parent is deployed, when they move home or when they start a new school.

The ‘X-Ray of Feelings’ are a series of five beautifully illustrated pictures showing an X-Ray of a child’s body which undercovers some of the thoughts and feelings they might be experiencing such as ‘my stomach feels like a stormy sea’, ‘my brain is full of questions’, ‘my heart feels loud’, ‘I have jelly knees’, ‘my head hurts because I miss mummy / daddy so much’. Each illustration is accompanied by an activity sheet that has been created by an educational psychologist. Parents, guardians or teachers can then download the relevant scenario, talk through the illustration with the child and work through the activities; encouraging them to talk about and better understand how they are feeling.

The five scenarios covered by the X-Ray of feelings illustrations are:

Friday, 5 February 2021

RAF FF overseas funding offer



 

LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline


A new LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline, launched by Galop​, is open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, and can be reached on 020 7704 2040 or by emailing HateCrime@galop.org.uk 

Victims of anti-LGBT+ abuse can also contact Victim Support’s confidential 24/7 Supportline on 0808 168 9111, particularly if a victim requires support outside of Galop’s operating hours - www.victimsupport.org.uk

 

Government response to the McCloud Consultation - McCloud Remedy

The Government has today announced its response to the McCloud consultation have set out the way Public Sector Pension Schemes will remedy the age discrimination which was determined when the 2015 Schemes were introduced. For further information please see:


and https://forcespensionsociety.org/2021/02/mccloud-remedy-announced/ 

NHS Armed Forces Healthcare Briefing: 5 Feb

 

Briefing 

5 February 2021 Armed Forces healthcare briefing and latest updates on COVID-19 

This fortnightly brief is intended to keep you up-to-date on the provision of NHS services for the Armed Forces community, as well as latest information and guidance relating to COVID19.


The Childrens' Society - LOOK CLOSER

 


#LookCloser is a partnership campaign with the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and British Transport Police, aiming to raise awareness of child exploitation and abuse, with a particular focus on public spaces. For more information, please visit:

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Ways to keep in touch with Army HIVE

Army HIVE is now live on Twitter.


Visit us at @ArmyHIVEinfo for more details and give us a follow for all the latest news for the Service community.


 

Cunch-line Chronicles App

You may have heard about a fairly recent phone app game called Cunch-line Chronicles, which is advertised as a "light hearted satirical take on the darker side of urban UK culture". However it is far from this - the game promotes and sensationalises the county lines lifestyle, teaches users how to set a trap house and how to recruit runners (below are some screen shots from the game so you are aware of what it would look like if it's open on a child's phone).

Various national bodies are aware of this app and are investigating whether any action can be done about it. Of particular concern is that it appears to have an in-chat facility which could potentially enable grooming/recruitment and so hopefully action can be taken.

The Home Office has produced some guidance on County Lines that you may find helpful if you want to find out more about what this is and what some of the signs to look out for are. The PSCP website also has more information and links to useful resources relating to exploitation that can be found here. If you are concerned that a child may be at risk of exploitation then please complete a CERAF (Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework) and guidance on this can be found here

It goes without saying, but please be mindful of how you discuss this app with children. We've had feedback that some attempts to encourage children to not to download it, has actually had the opposite effect by drawing attention to it and encouraging them to actively seek it out