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, 30 April 2021

Joining Forces Credit Unions – now available to civilian staff on Discover My Benefits


As part of the commitment to improve financial wellbeing in the MOD, Joining Forces Credit Unions are now available to civilian staff as well as the military. 


Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide a range of savings and loan products to their members. They incentivise strong financial wellbeing by encouraging saving, as well as being ethical lenders that can provide lower interest rates than high street lenders. 

There are three Credit Unions available to military and civilian MOD staff under the Joining Forces banner. You can find out more about what Credit Unions are, and about the three different types, on Discover My Benefits. 


Discover My Benefits is regularly updated with the latest benefits and support available to both MOD civilians and those in the Armed Forces. It’s the place to go to find out the benefits you are entitled to and how to access them. 


A survey is currently being run to find out what users think of the site, and to identify any areas of improvement to make the experience of using Discover My Benefits better. If you visit the site and spend a bit of time on there, you may be asked to complete the survey - it would be really helpful if you could take the time to give your views.

MOD Families - Children Moving Schools, Pupil Passport and A Parents' Guide


The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) supports operational effectiveness through the provision of educational support to service and eligible MOD civilian families.

The CEAS has produced some useful booklets to support you and your child when moving from school to school.

To view or download the
Pupil Passport
please click HERE




The Moving Schools A Parents' Guide booklet may help when moving from one location to another. It is recognised that there are very individual and specific issues that Service children may experience as a result of parental mobility and deployment. If you have particular concerns or would like to discuss your child’s education further, please contact CEAS:


To view or download
the Parents' Guide to Moving School

MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) 2022

The 2022 ESF bidding round is now open for applications until 30 September 2021.
 

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

British Army Shortlisted For Working Families Best Practice Awards

The British Army has been recognised as a ‘best for mothers’ employer by work-life balance charity Working Families, reaching the final in the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2021.

Entrain Space New Availability: 2x One-Bed Flats


 

CTP Virtual Employment Event 4 May


Register HERE

 

The Children's Commissioner for England: The Big Ask


This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. We’ll use what you tell us to show the government what you think, and what children need to live happier lives.

 

ENTRAIN SPACE - homes, opportunities and support for ex-Service Personnel and Service Leavers



To view the full document, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

West Midlands Safari Park 2021 Discount Offer - Fully Reopens 12 April




All bookings must be made online in advance and payment is required from the purchaser at the time of booking. This scheme is valid until 5 Nov 2021

CONTACT YOUR HIVE 
T: 01543 434362 or E: lichfieldhive@armymail.mod.uk 
TO ACCESS THE ONLINE CODE IN ORDER TO ACCESS THE BOOKING PAGE AND BOOK YOUR TICKETS. 

World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2021 – Army Campaign

The Army is supporting the NHS to increase the number of new blood donors through a partnership that will run to World Blood Donor Day on 14 Jun 21.  Blood must be used within 35 days of a donation so it’s important to run this over a longer period and help close the NHS deficit of 4000 donors. 

 

Every type of blood is important and will help to save a life.  If you are Regular or Reserve, an MOD employee or family member, your contribution matters.  Please check if you can give blood then register with your regional blood and transplant services: 

 

England - NHSBT 

Scotland - SCOTBLOOD 

Wales - Welsh BTS 

Northern Ireland - NIBTS 

 

When you have registered fill in our short survey so we can count your contribution towards the 4000 target. 

 

The NHS needs more male, black heritage and universal donors, so if you fall into one of these categories you are likely to be fast tracked. 

 

Some donor venues have more capacity than donors and need our help – check in to one of these locations 

  • Bexley Heath - East 

  • Birmingham - West 

  • WEDC/Bloomsbury - East 

  • Edgware - East 

  • Manchester - North 

  • Liverpool  North 

  • Luton  East 

  • Stratford  East 

  • Twickenham  - East 

 

‘help the NHS when it needs you’ 




 

Ten Tors Youth Leaders Virtual Event: 11 May


Register 👉 HERE

 

SSAFA Short Breaks 2021 - Update



 THE SHORT BREAKS 2021 APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED.

Due to a high intake of applications already this year we have made the decision to close the process early. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.​

Monday, 26 April 2021

Free Poetry Workshop for Army Families: 29 April



 To wrap up the Month of the Military Child, Never Such Innocence are holding a special Poetry workshop for children who have parents in the Army on April 29th. email ks@neversuchinnocence.com to sign up!

Book Trust Pyjamarama is back for 2021! 14 May

Sign up your school or nursery now to get your free fundraising pack and take part in a fun-filled day in pyjamas on Friday, 14 May.

Together, let's try to make sure no child misses out on a bedtime story.

Register here: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/pyjamarama/...

 

COVID 19 Travel Restrictions - Fiji


 

​Fiji has introduced a 14-day restriction period following a COVID-19 case outside quarantine. Restrictions have been put in place affecting international flights. Fiji travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Army Cadets and Army Careers Insight Webinar: Ten Tors - 18th May


 

Friday, 23 April 2021

Warwickshire Elections - Polling Stations


The May elections are just around the corner! 

There are 57 divisions for re-election in Warwickshire County Council.

Where is your polling station?

If you have registered to vote, you will receive a poll card through the post. It will tell you where your polling station is.

 

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

BFPO - mportant International & EU Mail Import/Export Changes




From 4 May 2021, BFPO will no longer be accepting mail items addressed to overseas BFPO numbers/BF1 postcodes, which do not comply with current International Mail Import/Export Regulations. These mail items will either be refused at point of direct delivery at BFPO Northolt site or returned at the first opportunity back into the Royal Mail system.

CTP My Plan - CV Builder

Have you made a start with your CV, or are you struggling to make progress with it? It can be really challenging to start writing something so important on a new and empty page.

That's why we recommend our CV Builder tool, available through myPlan. It'll help you get the content ready, style the document, export it into an accepted format and have it ready to discuss with your Career Consultant.

Get started now, on myPlan. http://bit.ly/CTP_MyPlan
 


 

NHS Every Mind Matters


There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. Take the short Mind Plan Quiz from Every Mind Matters to get a free NHS plan, full of tailored tips and advice to help you manage stress, sleep better and boost your mood. https://nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

NHS: Covid-19 Vaccine Update - New Guidance for Pregnant Women


The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the #COVID19 vaccination at the same time as everyone else, based on age and clinical risk. There have been no specific safety concerns from COVID-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancy. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-new-advice-on-covid-19-vaccination-for-pregnant-women ​ 

If you're pregnant, you should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when you're eligible. You'll be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine because they've been used more in pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

BFBS & Tickets for Troops Invite You To Quiz Alan Shearer on BFBS: 27 April

To get your ticket, simply register with Tickets for Troops at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk or email liveevents@bfbs.com with the subject heading TICKETS PLEASE!

The deadline for tickets is 12pm UK time on Tuesday 27th April.

Monday, 19 April 2021

Army Parents’ Network Webinar - Tue 4 May 21 1030hrs.



 The Army Parents Network will hold the 5th Webinar in their series on Tue 4 May 21 at 1030. The event will be delivered on Zoom.

This webinar is open to all serving individuals and their families and will look to cover the following topics regarding the Army Families Federation:

  • Who AFF are
  • Where their support is located
  • What AFF can (and cannot) support families with
  • How they support families
  • What key issues families are raising with them

If people would like to attend the session, please could I ask them to complete the form at the following LINK.

FamCAS 2021 is now open - Closes 26 April

FamCAS 2021 is now open, and we want to hear from you! 

 

Completing the survey provides senior policy makers with invaluable information that facilitates policy change, in areas that matter most to the families and partners of Serving Personnel, so your opinion matters. 

 

To check whether you have been invited to take part, please click here to access the survey checker and follow the onscreen instructions (this works best in Google Chrome!). If you haven’t been invited to take part this time, you will have the opportunity to leave a comment instead. 

 

Alternatively, you can go straight to the survey, by scanning the QR code below, and enter the serving person’s service number to get started! 

 

The closing date for FamCAS is 26 April 2021. 

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FREE Entry to Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and The Royal Collection

MOD90 or Armed Forces ID card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE after 12 noon.

Be sure to check the Royal Collection website to plan and make the most of your visit : 


1. Call ahead of your visit on 0303 123 7300 check that the castle is open to the public (no advance booking required.


2. Bring your MOD90 / Armed Forces ID with you to get you and up to four friends or family in for FREE. Please remember to take photographic ID too.

For summer 2021 MOD90 cardholders are eligible for tickets to the Garden at Buckingham Palace which is open between 9 July and 19 September 2021. Further details about The Garden at Buckingham Palace can be found here

 The Palace of Holyrood House and the Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh will be re-opening to the public on Monday, 26 April 2021. 

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle will be re-opening to the public on Monday, 17 May 2021.

Click HERE for more information.

Wild Woodland Wellbeing Course - Armed Forces Veterans from 21 May


 

Official Relief Efforts for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)


On 08:41 (SVG time) 9th April 2021 an explosive eruption began at the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent. There have been 9 eruptions so far and Scientists have predicted that the eruptions may continue for weeks or even months. An evacuation effort is already underway for residents living in the island’s northern region where the volcano is located, referred to as the red zone. Approximately 20,000 people (20% of the population) have so far been evacuated. 

 
While the National Emergency Management Organisation is busily responding to the unfolding situation, it is recognised that it is also important to offer support during the disaster and post-disaster recovery. Falling ash, pyroclastic flows and severe flooding have destroyed homes, crops, livestock and contaminated water supply. According to the country’s prime minister the people in some shelters are in need of food, water and basic necessities. While the country have received support from its neighbours in the region there is still a great need for more assistance. 

 

Any donation will be greatly appreciated as this would ensure that persons directly affected will receive the critical support needed to get through this disaster and to prepare for life post-disaster recovery. To donate to the response to the La Soufriere eruption please go to the GoFundMe page https://gofund.me/90dbdc94 This has fundraising the approval of the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Government, Prime Minister and High Commission


 

Armed Forces Healthcare Briefing 9th April 2021

Click HERE to view Briefing


 

Officers’ Association: Officer Career Forum 22nd April

Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/officer-employment-forum-registration-145301499697?aff=website 

The OA's Officer Employment Forum on Thursday 22 April will help you understand where your skills fit in this emerging recruitment market by bringing together military-friendly employers for an unmissable one-day virtual event. 

You can expect: 

Current opportunities from employers like Elbit Systems UK, TechVets and Facebook 

Insights into employment trends from Partners at Deloitte and John Lewis 

Recruitment advice from HR Directors at BT OpenReach, Hiscox and Jacobs 

Guidance from former officers now thriving in civilian employment 

Opportunities to engage with employers and grow your network. 

The day promises valuable of-the-moment insights to help you move your career forward and secure your next role. Read our programme. 

Secure your place to join us on 22 April. 

https://www.officersassociation.org.uk/events/officer-employment-forum/ 

 

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Inspiring Governance - Becoming a Governor



Every state funded school and academy in England has a board of governors – volunteers from the community, people like you. If you’d like to develop your skills, connect with your community and help give young people the best start in life register to become a school governor today. www.inspiringgovernance.org/volunteers/​