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

Thursday, 27 May 2021

West Midlands Ambulance Service - Student Paramedics



 Our recruitment team will be uploading a brand new Student Paramedic Programme vacancy from tomorrow (Thursday 27th May) on NHS Jobs. If you missed out last time or fancy the sounds of this hugely popular programme, head to NHS Jobs from tomorrow to find out more and to apply.


To get ahead, why not visit our website to find out more about the programme and the entry criteria via https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/studen

Climb Pen y Fan for Little Troopers this July

On Saturday 17th July, Forces Wives Challenge are organising a climb for 100 women from their community to climb the infamous Pen y Fan in Wales.  


The event will raise money for military children’s charity, Little Troopers, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. This will be the fourth FWC100 event following a hugely successful virtual event in 2020. 

 

Heather Sharp, founder of Forces Wives Challenge, comments: “Pen y Fan holds a special place in the heart of the military community and for FWC so we are delighted to be returning to the mountain in person this year. It’s going to be a really fun day for a fantastic cause. Little Troopers is a small charity that has worked tirelessly to support military children, particularly over the last 12 months, so we hope that we can raise record funds to support their work. 


Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, adds: “We are so pleased to be the chosen charity for this year’s FWC100 event. Activities like this really do make a big difference for our charity and enable us to carry on our work supporting all children who have a parent serving in the British Armed Forces. We’ll be taking our own Little Troopers team and we look forward to seeing everyone there!


To attend the Pen Y Fan climb you must be a FWC member (you can sign-up for free). Tickets cost £15 and you will receive a FWC t-shirt.  


For more information and to book your ticket visit: www.forceswiveschallenge.org/fw100-pen-y-fan-2021

 

R is for Rebasing


 

Parkdean Resorts Recruitment



 

Q is for Questions


 

Immigration Fees - Public Consultation

 The Government today launched its consultation on proposals to waive visa fees for non-UK Service Personnel if they apply to settle in the UK at the end of their military service. The closing date is 7 July 2021.

 

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas
How spouses and civil partners of armed forces personnel posted overseas can fill gaps in their National Insurance record.


Veterans' Gateway Unclaimed Service Pensions


If you served in the Armed Forces after April 1975, you could have an unclaimed pension. AFPS 75 pensions earned before April 2005 are payable at age 60.
Find out more below:

New SSCE Cymru Service Family Guide


The aim of the SSCE Cymru Service Family Guide is to provide information on education and living in Wales and the support that is available to schools, parents/carers and Service children. Sections include:

• Service children's experiences
• Armed Forces in Wales
• Living in Wales
• Education in Wales
• School admissions and term-time absence
• Health, wellbeing and ALN
• School support.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Advice & Support For Military Families Facing Relationship Breakdown




Are you a military parent facing a relationship breakdown? Here we share a leaflet which summarises the support available to you from the MOD and Cafcass.

Separation is a challenging time for any family, particularly if children are involved. And, when it comes to determining custody arrangements Service life adds an extra layer of complexity.

To help Service parents the MOD have worked with Cafcass to develop a leaflet for families about the court process and the support available from Cafcass.

To view this leaflet online click HERE

The NHS App now has a Covid-19 Vaccination Status Feature





Over one million new users have registered to use the NHS app following the addition of a Covid-19 vaccination status feature. This has led to: over 11,000 users registering their organ donor preference 90,000 users ordering repeat prescriptions

Here's what else it can do........



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Face Coverings in Education - Updated 24th May 2021



The Department for Education has updated its advice on face coverings in schools.



Change made:

We have converted the guidance to HTML to make it easier to read. We have not changed any of the guidance from the update on 10 May.

CLICK HERE for further information.

The Armed Forces Memorial and the Roll of Honour: A Guide for Bereaved Families


For guidance for the bereaved families of service personnel and veterans and information about the Armed Forces Memorial and the Roll of Honour



The Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire contains the names of members of the UK Armed Forces, Regular and Reserve, who have died on duty since 1948.

The Memorial was dedicated in 2007 and included almost 16,000 names. Each year, the Armed Forces Memorial Naming Panel, chaired by the Defence Services Secretary, supported by senior members of each Service and a senior medical adviser, considers the names of serving service personnel who have died during the preceding year in order to determine those who meet the necessary criteria to be included on the Memorial. A service for families is held at the National Memorial Arboretum, usually in July, to commemorate those personnel.

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GOV.UK: Help and Support when a Veteran or Service Person Dies


Emotional and practical support for bereaved families and loved ones is available from government departments and approved charities.

For the most recent guidance and support, please CLICK HERE

P is for Policy



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Monday, 24 May 2021

EU Settlement Scheme - Deadline Approaching



A reminder that if you’re an EU or EEA citizen, the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. Please contact your local HIVE if you have any queries.

For further information please click HERE

Barclays Savings and Cyber Security Session: 26 May


To read further please click HERE

BBC Teach



Whether you're at home or at school, you can use BBC Teach for free. This website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.



Click here for BBC Teach for free.

Have you Experienced a Suspected Side Effect of your Covid-19 Vaccination?



Experienced a suspected side effect of Covid-19 vaccination? Report it to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme, however small.

Anyone can report. Every report counts. The Yellow Card scheme helps make vaccines better for everyone.

If you're unsure what you should report or why, CLICK HERE for information.

Report your symptoms online HERE

World-first COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Study Launched in UK



19th May 2021
New government-funded clinical trial looking at different COVID-19 ‘booster’ vaccines launches in the UK.

Read more

O is for Overseas



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Friday, 21 May 2021

RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity - Families Programme


Spouses of service personnel and veterans seeking jobs can get support from the RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity.  This includes divorced and separated spouses.  The RFEA Families Programme, details of which are at the link, has provided the information below: 

 

  • The programme was established in 2018, funded by the Government Equalities Office and Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund (LPF) to address the employment barriers and needs of civilian spouses and partners of still serving and ex-service personnel including divorced, separated and widowed in the UK and overseas. 

  • Last year further funding from LPF enabled us to expand our team of Employment Advisors to cover key areas across the UK. 

  • Our Advisors are spouses of serving personnel themselves, they are also parents who had to home school with deployed partners through COVID. They can relate and are relatable. 

  • All clients are assigned a personal advisor. We deliver bespoke 1:1 holistic employment focused support, face to face / community (pre-COVID), online, telephone and through interactive online events such as our successful ‘Empowering you’ series (in collaboration with employers and speakers from the AF business community) webinars with FFJ, radio Q&A and live chats. 

  • Most of our referrals come via social media. The spousal status of our Advisors means they’re able to join groups (collectively they’re in circa 70) and reach our audience directly. In addition they run our Facebook group, recently launched Instagram and produce a monthly newsletter that is designed to be engagement focused rather than info packed. 

  • This YTD we have supported 273 beneficiaries: 94 into employment; 10 into vocational training; 6 into volunteering/work experience; and 5 into FT Ed.

N is for Non UK National


 

Friday, 14 May 2021

Togetherall UK





At Togetherall UK there are no labels, you don’t need to be ill or have a mentalhealth concern, you may just want to chat to others and explore a concern or feeling, join today to have a look around…..no commitment required 

British Army Band Sandhurst Webinar 20 May



Are you interested in a career with @BritishArmy Music?

There is still time to register for @BAB_Sandhurst
free online webinar on the 20th May at 7.00 pm.

To register, click here: 

The Warrior Programme Delivering Mental Strength




The Warrior Programme is a non-clinical intervention that has been developed over the last ten years to meet the demands and challenges experienced by past and present members of the armed forces and their families.

Who is it for:
Anyone from the Armed Forces community, past and present, including adult family members who have been affected by a close family members service, can apply for a place

In light of the current situation regarding COVID 19 we are now running online courses which run for 5 days. As soon as we have dates for residential courses confirmed we will update the website.

We have developed an online resource to enable all existing participants to continue to embed the techniques taught on the Programme and are running regular training via Facebook live and Zoom. We advertise all these sessions by email and on the Facebook closed site. If you do not currently receive regular invitations, and would like to do so, please contact us at enquiries@warriorprogramme.org.uk.

In addition, we have developed our online resource to support those individuals who are waiting to attend the programme. Once you have registered your interest with us and spoken to a Coordinator you will be able to access these modules. You will also receive invitations to join regular online live group sessions.

I is for International HIVE