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

Monday, 29 March 2021

The way people live and work is changing - FAM case study


The way people live and work is changing and the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) reflects this. FAM gives more choice to support the needs of Service personnel over where, how and with whom they live. With FAM personnel can still select Single Living Accommodation (SLA) or Service Family Accommodation (SFA), but they can also choose to live in private rental accommodation or buy their own home with support from the MOD.

FAM applies equally to Service personnel whether single, married, in a civil partnership, long term established relationship or parents who have their children over 80 nights per calendar year. This means that Service personnel assigned to a pilot site, who are eligible, can choose the accommodation that best suits their needs, whether they want to live closer to a particular school or nursery, on the base, in town with their friends or somewhere they and their partner can both easily commute from.

Army Major Lisa Brown shares her story about how she received support through FAM to help buy a dream home with plenty of room for her family.

To find out more about FAM check out GOV.UK. You can also visit Discover My Benefits to find out which FAM payments, allowances and support apply to your personal situation.

Celebrating the month of the Military Child with Little Troopers

April is the international month of the military child and charity Little Troopers is inviting military families to join in and celebrate with their children.  

Kicking off the celebrations on Saturday 3rd April, the charity is holding a free virtual Easter party at 2pm. The special interactive show will be packed with magic, songs, games and storytelling to entertain military children of all ages. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by following this link.  

Later in the school holidays, the charity will be hosting a live Facebook baking event on Thursday 8th April at 3pm where military families are encouraged to come together and bake alongside Great British Bake-Off star, Beca Lyne-Pirkis.  

As a special gift, Little Troopers will be giving away free packets of sunflower seeds for children to grow at home this summer. Families can order their packs now by visiting the charity’s dedicated Month of the Military Child web page. Throughout the month, families can also download a series of free activities from the Little Troopers website to get them talking about what it means to be a military child. The activities include games, recipes, colouring-in sheets, school activities and a special ‘X-Ray of feelings’ illustration which explores some of the unique experiences and emotions associated with being a little trooper.   

The charity will be running a series of giveaways on its social media pages and has also launched a limited-edition grey version of its Little Troopers t-shirt featuring the dandelion motif – the official flower of the military child. 

Covid-19: Restrictions in England from 29 March


 

BFPO Latest Service Update



Reading Force - March Update

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Changes to timeline for submission of Indefinite Leave to Remain applications pre-discharge


The MOD has agreed with the Home Office to extend the time limit before discharge that non-UK Service Personnel can submit applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain, with immediate effect.

Previously, non-UK soldiers had been able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) up to 10 weeks prior to discharge. This has now been changed to up to 18 weeks prior to discharge. 

It will take time to reflect this in Army / MOD and Home Office documents and websites, as well as other Army guidance documents. In the meantime, any questions should be directed to your soldier's chain of command.

 www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-armed-forces

Friday, 26 March 2021

Healthcare for the Armed Forces community: a forward view


Healthcare for the Armed Forces community: this forward view should be seen as a companion document to the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), outlining the commitments NHS England and NHS Improvement is making to improve the health and wellbeing of the Armed Forces community, serving personnel (regulars and reservists), veterans and their families.
Full details: HERE



 

Spring Forward this Sunday


Remember to put your clocks forward 1 hour at 1am on Sunday 28th March to mark the beginning of British Summer time.

 

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Non UK Nationals and Unit Support Guide - Part 2

 


To view this document in full please click here

Welcome to Scotland - New Guide launched online

The Scottish Government have launched a new 2021 updated version of Welcome To Scotland.

 

Fiji - border restrictions and entry requirements for Fijian passport holders




British Army Support Officer (BASO) Fiji has informed Regional Command of changes due to be made to border restrictions and entry requirements for Fijian passport holders returning to Fiji.


The changes are due to take effect from 29 Mar 21 and have been outlined on the Fijian Government’s Facebook page.

Official guidance has not been updated yet. Anyone wishing to travel to Fiji should check the following websites before booking a flight:


Foreign Travel Advice Fiji: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/fiji/entry-requirements


Latest Covid Update Fijian Immigration: www.immigration.gov.fj/

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

DCYP Podcast - Global Education Matters



Global Education Matters – A new Podcast series to explore the education options available to UK military families in key worldwide locations
Andrew Malcolm and Ed Harris are Senior Education Officers within the Global Education Team in the MOD. As part of their role, Andrew and Ed complete reviews of education systems and schools in key global locations. The team wanted to create a way for the information and knowledge generated through these reviews to be easily available and accessible to armed forces families, including family members without access to MOD IT systems.

The team have therefore begun to publish a series of Podcasts to provide information about local education systems, schools and the range of opportunities and experiences families can explore in local worldwide areas.

The series is beginning with a broad look at education systems in the USA, which is one of the MOD’s largest footprints of UK armed forces families. Following this, we will be exploring some of the key specific locations our families are assigned to in the US, beginning with Washington DC and the surrounding area; subsequently moving onto other key areas of the US and then wider global locations.

Parents can access the Podcast series at https://tinyurl.com/GlobalEdTeam. It is also available on the main Podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts by searching Global Education Matters.

A is for Arrivals



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Stay Safe - DA Awareness

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Families' Activity Breaks (FAB) For Bereaved Military Families


Families' Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri-service charity, providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families. Family and Volunteer applications are open.



 

Defence Integrated Review


To read the Review, click on the link below.


 

All Call Signs: What to do when a Veteran or Service Person Goes Missing


 

Monday, 22 March 2021

Home Office Advice for UK visa holders - COVID 19

The Home Office has updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for UK visa holders and visa applicants inside and outside the UK. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents


 

NHS Smoke Free Personal Quit Plan


From the free Smokefree app to daily emails and a chatbot, there's lots of free online support to help you stay on the right track when you decide to quit. You can find all the support tools you need by visiting:

NHS Armed Forces Healthcare Briefing: 19 March

Click HERE to view Briefing

 

Friday, 19 March 2021

EU Settlement Scheme - EUSS

EU Settlement Scheme

All Army Personnel are reminded that any dependents who are EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizens must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) if they wish to continue living in the UK. Please refer to the Government guidance if you are unsure whether a family member needs to apply.

EU, EEA, Swiss citizens currently on a posting within the EU with a British Citizen SP

If the family member has resided in the UK prior to 31 December 2020, then they should be eligible to make an application to the EUSS from outside of the UK. Their time overseas will count as residency in the UK for the purposes of the application. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Please note that to apply from outside of the UK, family members will require a biometric passport.

If the family member has never previously resided in the UK, then they will not be able to apply directly to the EUSS from outside of the UK. They will, instead, be required to apply for a EUSS Family Permit to enter the UK, and then submit an EUSS application (which in this case cannot be made online. Family members will need to contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre and request a paper application form). They must return to the UK with the SP by 29 March 2022 in order to qualify under the EUSS.

EU, EEA, Swiss citizens currently on a posting outside the EU with a British Citizen SP

If the family member has resided in the UK prior to 31 December 2020, then they should be eligible to make an application to the EUSS from outside of the UK. Their time overseas will count as residency in the UK for the purposes of the application. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Please note that to apply from outside of the UK, family members will require a biometric passport.

If the family member has never previously resided in the UK, they will be required to make an application to enter the UK under UK Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces.

Supporting Documentation

All applicants to the EUSS must provide evidence of being resident in the UK prior to 31 December 2020. Please refer to Government guidance for details of required supporting documentation.

In order to ensure time spent overseas on a posting is considered for UK residency purposes, family members will need to provide a letter from their SP’s unit on official stationery, signed by the Commanding Officer, confirming:

* The start date of the SP’s overseas posting.

* The end date of the SP’s overseas posting (if applicable).

* The period during which the family member accompanied the SP overseas.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Samaritans Veterans app – Pilot


The Samaritans Veterans app, Out to You, provides UK Military Service Leavers and Veterans with emotional health and wellbeing information, guidance and resources.

 

Out of School Adventures - Army Welfare Service (AWS)



The Army Welfare Service Community Support team are beginning to plan Out of School Adventures for the school summer holidays. There will be local summer activity programmes to look forward to (keep an eye out for local publicity May onwards) and residential activities for a great week away. We are inviting parents to complete a short survey and register their interest in the residential activities to help with our planning. Please click the link below.

Defence Committee - Register your interest: Women in the Armed Forces private parliamentary session by 21 March


MPs on the Defence Committee, are seeking those who identify as women and are currently serving in the UK Armed Forces to take part in a private focus group with the House of Commons Defence Committee, as part of our inquiry on Women in the Armed Forces. 


 

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Royal British Legion - Carer Survey


Are you an unpaid carer in the Armed Forces community? Royal British Legion and Poppy Scotland want to hear from you. Tell us how we can make your experiences better by completing our survey. Your answers will help shape our policy and campaigning work, and improve the support you receive. http://bit.ly/3865QJV
Survey closes: 5 April


 

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Stay Home after the Covid-19 Vaccine


You still need to stay home after you have had the COVID-19 vaccine.

Even if you have been vaccinated you need to follow the guidance and stay at home to stop the spread of the virus.

If you go outside for an essential reason, remember #HandsFaceSpace. Get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.

Friday, 12 March 2021

Service Cotswold Centre - Home from Home



In beautiful countryside, just one mile south of the small Cotswold town of Corsham and midway between Bath and Chippenham lies the Services Cotswold Centre, a Tri Service Accommodation Centre.

The Centre is open to any Service person or MOD Civil Servant and their families who need short-term housing for welfare purposes (including contact housing), between assignments, on discharge, home leave or just a short break in the country.

Offering 3- or 4-bedroom self-catering chalets in a secure and peaceful 25-acre site, all accommodation is centrally heated and fully furnished and includes a fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave, TV, Freeview, towels and bedding.

On site facilities include a Community Centre offering internet access, the Tavern Bar, a 24-hour launderette, a fitness suite and 2 fantastic new Playparks.

For a relaxing break at minimal cost, in easy reach of the many tourist attractions the South West offers, click HERE where you will find an application form or contact the Centre on 01225 810358.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme - Update 11 March 21

If you have an old bike gathering dust at home, you can apply for a voucher of up to £50 to get it repaired.

Last updated:11 March 2021 Applies to: England The Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle. The third batch of Fix Your Bike vouchers is now available.




 

Virtual Events with the British Army


Have you considered a role in the Army but not sure where to start? Our regular drop in virtual sessions will give you a detailed overview of what a role in the Army could be like for you. You'll hear from a serving soldier, have the chance to participate in interactive polls, and ask any questions you might have about Army life.

SSAFA Veterans in the Criminal Justice Systems Support Service


The SSAFA VCJS Support Service is committed to giving veterans and their families a service that delivers. Our aim is to ensure that we offer a recognised and consistent service nationwide whilst meeting our five strategic objectives: effective support, awareness and understanding, sustainable resource, and collaborative working. 

It is vital that the service we provide within the Criminal Justice System has a proactive approach and supports all of the Armed Forces community, no matter what the circumstances. Armed Forces community includes all serving and ex-serving personnel from the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force whether regular or reservists, national service and families.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Veterans UK Customer Satisfaction Survey 2021



Veterans UK are always trying to improve the services we deliver to our customers and one of the best ways to understand how we can make improvements is to ask the people who use our services.

The survey is open now and until midnight on Tuesday 6 April at 11.59pm.

If you would like to tell us about your experiences of using our Veterans UK services, please complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey 2021.


GP Practices - Coventry & Warwickshire


GP practices across Coventry & Warwickshire are very much open and able to provide help, advice and treatment. Alternatively, anyone with a non-life threatening condition can contact NHS111 via telephone or online in order to receive expert advice in relation to the most appropriate course of action. In an emergency, dial 999.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Defence Discount Service - Are you a Military Spouse?


Are you a spouse/partner of a serving member of the UK Armed Forces? Sign up to our service to receive exclusive discounts online and on the high street! 


 

Monday, 8 March 2021

New UK Declaration Form required for international travel from Mon 8th March 2021

Whilst the stay at home restrictions are in place, you are only allowed to travel abroad if you have a legally permitted reason.

It is illegal to leave home without a reasonable excuse. This means that, whilst stay at home restrictions apply, it is illegal to travel abroad for holidays.

Even once the stay at home requirement ends on 29 March 2021, it will remain unlawful to leave the UK unless you have a reasonable excuse, permitted by law.
Full details: HERE


 

AWS Community Support Virtual Stay & Play - Monday Mornings



 

Friday, 5 March 2021

Warwickshire Council - Stay at home support


If you’ve been told you are at increased risk of serious coronavirus symptoms and have been asked to stay at home until 31 March, the council and partners can help you stay safe, well & connected. 

 

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Headspace: free package of free meditations - Weathering the Storm


 Headspace have made available an enhanced free package called ‘Weathering the Storm’ with more meditations, movement exercises and sleep music to help through this difficult time, as well as links to further resources.


British Army 8 week Mindfulness course



Everyone is stressed. Everyone has pressures. And it is hard to slow down in this fast-paced world. Welcome to the Army’s Mindfulness Course which has been available to serving Army personnel for some time, but it has now been opened up to a wider audience. Although this is an eight-week course, and it will be rolled out over eight weeks, it is designed so you can go at your own pace.​


Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Army&You Online Magazine - Spring Edition



The Spring edition of Army & You is available online now 
Click HERE to read

HIVE Stories


Lindsay Edmeades 
HISO Sennelager August 2019 – July 2020
I was thrilled to be given an opportunity to work for HIVE following the drawdown of British Forces Germany (BFG). The community remaining was much smaller and the HIVE was reduced in size too, although it was still the central point for information in the new British Army Germany (BA(G)). 

There were still a lot of changes to the facilities following drawdown of BFG so after two office moves, HIVE was finally established within Brydon House along with the Welfare and Community Support Team, and this enabled me to work closely with them. 

My challenge was to set up the HIVE in a new location and build upon and amend the information to hand so that it was relevant for the community remaining, whether Serving, family members or UKBC. After a lot of research, I was required to ensure core information was up to date, and I sourced information about events and places to visit around the local and regional area. I established a weekly email update that was distributed to the community which included Garrison need-to-know information, and local events. I love working with people so also thoroughly enjoyed talking to and assisting everyone that came through the HIVE door. 

COVID-19 then struck in March 2020, and my new challenge was to keep everyone informed, but now remotely. Working closely with the Welfare and Community Support Team and other work units, I did this by increasing the frequency of the Sennelager HIVE update email and using the HIVE blog platform that could be referred to at any time. Included were updates from the German Authorities, the Medical Centre, the school, UK news and messages from the Chain of Command. 

I was able to support the community until posted with my husband, and Lisa from the UK took over managing the Sennelager HIVE update remotely until my role was filled by a new HISO. 

Thank you to HIVE for the opportunity to make a difference and have the chance to work with so many fantastic people! 

Monday, 1 March 2021

Army Welfare Service recruiting Military and Civilian Army Welfare Workers


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Have you ever considered a career an as Army Welfare Worker?

Army Welfare Service are currently recruiting for both Military and Civilian Army Welfare Workers (AWWs).

Army Welfare Service (AWS) is the Army’s professional welfare provider; it delivers a comprehensive and confidential welfare service responsive to the needs of individuals, families and the Chain of Command in order to maximise the operational effectiveness of Service Personnel.

Military and Civilian Army Welfare Workers (AWWs) provide an independent, confidential and specialist welfare service to Service Personnel and their families. AWWs are a Main Trade for Pay (MTFP) within the Adjutant General’s Corps, SPS Branch, and an employment specialism within the MOD Civil Service. Civilian AWWs (D Grade Civil Servants) undertake an equivalent selection/recruitment process to Military AWWs.

AWWs are required to undertake the 8-month Defence Specialist Welfare Worker Course run through Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA) School of Personal Administration (DSPA). This course includes a residential phase at Worthy Down and a placement under supervision in an AWS Area Team. Successful completion of the course attracts accreditation with a Level 7 Certificate in Specialist Welfare.

Regular military personnel from any cap badge and Service may apply to transfer into the AWW role. The AWW MTFP offers a career structure from Sergeant (Sgt/OR6) to Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1/OR9) with assignments in major garrisons within the UK and a limited number of overseas posts such as Brunei.

Civilian AWW vacancies will be advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website at https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi in line with the usual Civil Service job application process.

Full details on the application process for military and civilians is contained in 2021DIN01-031 which is available to current CS personnel.


All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week



Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8 March. ​ 

Find out more:​​​