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

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Living in our shoes: understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces families

A review commissioned by the Ministry of Defence into the concerns raised by armed forces families and recommendations for change.

Service Families Accommodation £650m funding boost

Thousands of service families receive £650-million accommodation boost

New contracts to enhance maintenance and repair services across Service Family Accommodation (SFA) supporting jobs across the UK Defence supply chain over 7 years.

More info: HERE

MOD Women's Network: 1st Anniversary Event: 14th & 15th September

A full list of speakers and events will follow:

Register your interest HERE


Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Button Batteries - Where are yours?

If a big, powerful lithium coin cell battery – a thin button battery like a 5 pence piece – gets stuck in a small child’s food pipe, it can cause catastrophic internal bleeding and even death.

So it’s important to keep everyday objects with easily accessible batteries out of children’s reach, as well as spare and even ‘flat’ batteries.

The poster above helps you find button batteries in your home, so you can keep your children safe. Please share it as widely as possible.


Monday, 28 June 2021

The Children's Society - Champions for Change Activity Days


Amazon’s UK military recruitment programme recognised  by the Officers’ Association 

Amazon's commitment to recruiting and retaining former military personnel in recognition of the value military skills and training add to their business has been honoured with the Officers' Association (OA) Employer of the Year award. 


Amazon employs hundreds of former military personnel and spouses throughout the UK, having recognised the impact hiring military-trained veterans deliver to their business.  


Since engaging with the OA and other military recruitment organisations, Amazon has established a highly successful military program, that aids talent acquisition, career progression and community engagement for veterans, reservists and military spouses. As a result, last year, Amazon recruited over 100 veterans across different posts nationwide.  


Founded as a military charity in 1920, the OA supports officers and reservists as they transition into civilian employment. It awards the OA Employer Recognition Award every year to an employer who recognises and utilises the transferable skills and qualities of the officer corps as part of their overall recruitment strategy. This year the OA has decided to honour Amazon for its innovative ways of engaging with veterans and reservists, its commitment to recruiting them and its role as a job creator within the e-commerce and digital streaming sectors.  


Amazon's Senior Program Manager for Global Military Affairs, Gillian Russell, accepted the award, alongside Yonatan Gal, Director of Operations UK. The former Royal Navy officer said: "Amazon strives to be earth’s most customer-centric company. We actively seek leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and deliver results on behalf of our customers. These principles look very familiar to those who have served in the British military, and we find that their experience leading people is invaluable in our fast-paced work environment."  


The award presentation took place at the Ex-Forces in Business Awards dinner in London at the O2 Arena. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the links between military values and business excellence. The event was attended by over 500 people whilst observing social distancing guidelines and raised £32,586 for the Armed Forces charity SSAFA.  


Lee Holloway, CEO of the Officers' Association, said:  


"The OA Employer of the Year Award is our acknowledgement to Amazon for their ongoing and high-profile commitment to recruit from one of the most highly trained and skilled talent pools in the UK. British business, no matter their size, can benefit from recruiting former military personnel and Amazon's success in doing so absolutely demonstrates the difference former military personnel can make to their workforce and ultimately their business."   

Be part of the 'Home: Arts and Homlessness Festival' Coventry City Inspirations Sessions 27 and 29 July


TheNMA and Lunar Cinema - 16-18 July

Experience a place of peace, beauty and Remembrance.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre of Remembrance where you can celebrate and honour the men and women who have served our Nation in many different ways.

With 150 acres of beautiful woodland and gardens to explore and over 300 unique memorials to see, you’re sure to be fascinated by our many memorials and the amazing stories and symbolism behind them.

Scroll below to find out what’s on, information on food & drink options and more on this incredible park (including how to get there)

Full details HERE

Bramcote and Kineton Summer Sports Week: 26-29 July

To express an interest and request a registration form please scan the QR code or click here -
Please register your interest by 12th July; lack of interest may mean the week is cancelled. 


Friday, 25 June 2021

Defence Digital MOD Women's Network: Grief Café on Wednesday 30th June

Grief Café

Collaboration with the Health and Well-being team at the Cabinet Office

Wednesday 30th June – 14:00 – 15:00

With over half a million deaths in the UK every year, at some time in our lives ALL of us will be affected by grief and none of us know how we will react to the death of someone close until it happens.

The Grief Café is held every month. During the Grief Cafe, we grab a cuppa, we talk about bereavement and grief, we share coping mechanisms, we say their name and we share stories of loved ones. The grief cafe is a safe space to talk. Grief can be a difficult conversation, it could be quite raw for some attendees. You are not alone, support is available and the Grief Cafe may help you to find support, or to support others.

If you would like to sign up to this event. Please follow the link to sign up.

Welsh Government 2020 Covenant Report

The Welsh Government have published their 2020 Covenant report. Follow the link HERE

MOD Covenant Animation On FaceBook and Twitter

The MOD has produced a short Covenant animation on FB and Twitter. Links are below



Waterloo Uncovered 2021 Programme - Closing Date for Applications 30th June 2021

Are you a veteran, serving personnel or family member? Are you interested in battlefield archaeology and military history? Do you want to gain new skills and build your confidence alongside a friendly group?

Check out Battlefields Uncovered, a free military history and archaeology course for veterans and serving personnel, brought to you by Waterloo Uncovered.

Battlefields Uncovered Programme

Applications are now open!

Battlefields Uncovered Application Form

Find out more: HERE

TogetherAll - Summer Break

Don't forget that @TogetherallUK is here for you all Summer. If you're feeling worried or anxious or have any #mentalhealth concerns, sign up and take a look around. There's a wealth of courses and resources and a community to share your experiences.

Join today HERE

TogetherAll Course - Balancing Your Thinking

Did you know that @Togetherall has a course dedicated to 'Balancing Your Thinking' which can help you spot and track unhelpful thoughts.

Join today HERE to have a look.​

Anglia Ruskin University: Non UK Veterans Research

Research project “Understanding and improving Non-UK Service and transition in the British Armed Forces” ​

Anglia Ruskin University are now recruiting for family members of non-UK personnel and veterans as part of their research. If you know of anyone who has a partner or family member who is serving, or has previously served in the Army, RAF, or RN/RM, please can you ask them to get in touch with the research team Nick Caddick - and Nicola Gillin -
The team are asking Non-UK family members (whether the partner/family member is British or also Non-UK) to take part in online focus groups held via Zoom. They are interested in hearing about the experiences of;
a) the military community in the UK,
b) the UK immigration system,
c) life in the UK.

There will be a series of online focus groups held throughout this summer. The first two are taking place on Wednesday 7th July at 12:00 - 13:00, and Monday 12th July at 12:00 - 13:00.

You can register your interest to take part in one of these focus groups here: Families of Non-UK members of the British Armed Forces: Focus Groups Tickets | Eventbrite

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) Accommodation Contracts Awarded

A message from DIO’s Head of Accommodation, Air Commodore James Savage

I am pleased to confirm that we have reached another important milestone in the transition to the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) Accommodation contracts with the contracts being awarded today. These contracts, worth £650m, will replace the National Housing Prime (NHP) contract from 1 March 2022 and will fulfil the Defence requirement for the delivery of effective and responsive accommodation services for Service personnel and their families.

The £144m National Accommodation Management Services (NAMS) contract includes the operation of a National Service Centre, which will be a single point of contact for requests from occupants living in SFA. This contract has been awarded to Pinnacle Group Ltd.

Four Regional Accommodation Maintenance Services (RAMS) contracts, worth £506m, will provide statutory and mandatory checks, repair and maintenance services and the preparation of allocated properties for Service families. These contracts have been awarded to:

Northern: Amey Community Ltd

Central: Amey Community Ltd

South East: Vivo Defence Ltd

South West: Vivo Defence Ltd

Accommodation is such an important part of family life for Service personnel, and safe, secure and well-maintained homes support effective operational capability. That is why we collaborated closely with the individual Services and their respective Families Federations to develop these contracts and ensure that the needs of our people are fully considered.

Therefore, it is important to recognise that the new contracts will be different – they have been developed with Service families firmly in mind. As such, they offer the opportunity to break decisively from the past and to build on the commitments made by all suppliers to innovate and deliver more responsive and flexible services to Service families. Importantly, contracted performance standards have been informed by industry best practice and include targets for customer satisfaction, with financial incentives for contractors to exceed the minimum contracted standards.

I look forward to working with Amey and the other new suppliers to transition smoothly from the NHP to the new FDIS contracts, and to ensure delivery performance is maintained. In addition, we will keep SFA stakeholders and Service families informed about the changes and opportunities the new contracts will bring as we move towards the In-Service Dates of 1 March 2022. More details will become available as we approach those In-Service Dates, with comprehensive guides to the new contracts to be issued to all families in SFA in good time before the contracts go live.

Please do keep checking as all the latest SFA FDIS guidance is there, and we will be updating those pages as appropriate. I have also written a short blog about the new accommodation contracts that can be viewed here.

Op COURAGE – The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

In the June edition of Civvy Street magazine, Eleanor Duke, Royal Air Force Veteran and Op COURAGE mental health nurse and team manager in the East Midlands service, shares her specialist experience and describes what happens when a veteran gets in contact with or is referred to Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

Visit the Civvy Street website and Facebook and Twitter accounts to see more.

Support for Serving Armed Forces Personnel and their Families

Below is a guide to provide information and contacts to Serving personnel and their families leaving the Services and settling in Wales. ​​​​

To read full guide click HERE​

Imagine Days Out This Summer with Defence Discount Service

As the weather warms up, restrictions continue to ease and the summer holidays start to peep over the horizon, it’s high time for us to start thinking about how we can let go, have fun and make the most of the next few months.

So, whether you’re planning a casual get-together, a day trip out to the beach or (if it’s safe enough to do so) treating your family to a much-needed holiday abroad; now’s the time to start planning (and saving!) on all the things to help make it happen.

To read the latest newsletter online please CLICK HERE

NHS Armed Forces Update - Special Edition

(Click image to read in full)

11 Signal Brigade Summer Residential 16th - 20th Aug 2021 Expressions of Interest is Now Closed

The Summer Residential is now fully subscribed.

Therefore is now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted by AWS staff week commencing the 5th July.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 - Apply to Volunteer

 The Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham  are looking for more than 13,000 spirited, dedicated and dynamic volunteers to be the heartbeat of the Commonwealth Games, a community of passionate people coming together to help deliver the biggest sporting and cultural event the West Midlands has ever seen.  Birmingham and the West Midlands is a community of communities, home to more than 180 nationalities. The Commonwealth Collective will represent the vibrancy and diversity of our people at Birmingham 2022, a home Games for every nation. 


As part of the Commonwealth Collective, you’ll be the public face of Birmingham 2022, the heart and soul of the Games experience for athletes, officials, spectators, and a global audience of more than one billion.

Applications are open now at this link: Volunteering for the Commonwealth Games - Birmingham and Interviews will start in Sep 2021.  In Jan 22 roles will be offered and training delivered in Apr 22.  In Jun 22 the uniform will be delivered, accreditation in Jun-Jul 22 and the Games shifts start in Jul 2022.


Military families, off duty reservists, friends and anyone can volunteer and you will join over 500 veterans from Team RE:ACT who will also be volunteering. Volunteering cannot be done on duty


The key FAQ’s link is here: and copied below are the key points about volunteering:


Volunteer Entitlements

Volunteers will not receive free tickets to any of the Birmingham 2022 events. You are welcome to apply for tickets, and we will attempt, wherever possible, to schedule your volunteer shifts so that you can attend a Birmingham 2022 event that you have purchased tickets for.

Food and beverages/refreshments will be provided to you when you’re on shift during your allocated break. We will be taking dietary requirements during the application stage to cater to Volunteers’ needs.

No accommodation will be provided to volunteers. All volunteers are responsible for arranging, and paying for, any accommodation they may require before or during the Games.

Volunteers will receive free public transport on trains, buses and trams to and from venues in the West Midlands when on shift during Games time.  You will not be reimbursed for the cost of using a private car or any other mode of transport to attend your shifts.

There will be a separate transport plan for volunteers attending shifts at the Lee Valley Velopark in London.

Birmingham 2022 is unable to provide childcare for volunteers

Time Commitment

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Volunteer Selection Centre in Birmingham between September and December 2021 for around one hour, to discuss your application in more detail.

Successful applicants will then attend a minimum of three training sessions:

  • Orientation training
  • Role specific training
  • Venue specific training
  • Leadership training (only required for some roles)

You must be available to volunteer for the duration of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (28th July to 8th August 2022), and commit to, and accept, a minimum of eight shifts.

The length of your shifts will be dependent on the role you are assigned and the competition schedule. A shift will be on average between six and ten hours. The health and safety of volunteers is paramount, therefore length of time between shifts will be managed and the relevant breaks during shift will be enforced.



Veteran Friendly GP Practices - Sign Up

This Armed Forces Week we are celebrating 1,000 Veteran Friendly GP accredited practices. If your practice is not yet accredited, show your support by signing up. 

#RCGP #VeteranFriendly #ArmedForcesDay


Drayton Manor Armed Forces Discount

Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout 2021, we are offering free entry to all those serving and ex-serving personnel of the British Armed Forces*.

Booking in advance is not necessary so please show your ID on arrival at any ticket kiosk before approaching the gate and free entry will be granted to the individual.

Accepted forms of military ID for the Drayton Manor Park free entry include:

For serving personnel: A Valid Military personnel card/MOD card, Rewards for Forces ID Card, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card.

For Veterans: A leaving certificate, proof of War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation, Rewards for Forces ID Card, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card.

Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and discount only applies to gate entry


*Please check the website for all opening times and dates before travel, selected dates the park will be closed. Drayton Manor Park has the right to refuse entry and amend this offer at any time. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and discount only applies to gate entry. All other members of the party without an Armed Forces ID badge must book tickets online in advance.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Explaining the new Local Overseas Allowance package


From 1 July 2021, the way in which the Armed Forces’ Local Overseas Allowance (LOA) is calculated will be changing. The new model will mean that Service Personnel, their families and all LOA claimants receive a fair and sustainable contribution towards necessary additional living costs when serving overseas. Eligibility for LOA will remain the same, and it will still be paid at a daily rate with additional payments based on circumstances.

Prepare for changes to the early years foundation stage framework


This guidance will help you understand the requirements for each area of learning and development, and get ideas for activities you can do with children.

National Memorial Arboretum - Armed Forces Week Activity Pack - Free to download

Why not join in NMA's #ArmedForcesWeek celebrations online by downloading their free activity pack with recipes, colouring sheets, quizzes and challenges that highlight some of the lesser-known jobs in the Armed Forces:'s-on/even #ArmedForcesDay


The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) Employment Opportunities

Latest news on various employment opportunities with charities within COBSEO ​can be found at this link​​​​


Op Courage - Veterans: NHS mental health services

Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. Specialist care and support for Service leavers, reservists, veterans and their families.

#OpCourage #NHSArmedForcesHealth #Veterans #ArmedForcesDay #ArmedForcesWeek



Monday, 21 June 2021



This Armed Forces Day Toby Carvery are offering a free carvery or breakfast to all military personnel, including members of the British Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force (including serving troops, reserves, veterans and cadets).

Just download your voucher from the app, (HERE) show it alongside your military ID, and enjoy your roast or breakfast.

Book your table HERE and enjoy your free meal, on Saturday 26th June only

Armed Forces Week

Today marks the start of #ArmedForcesWeek, an opportunity to celebrate the range of activities & people comprising HM Armed Forces, exploring the work of our people at home & around the world, closing with #ArmedForcesDay on Sat 26 June.
Keep up to date with events and activities:  HERE


2021 Magazine Launch – Career Pursuit - The new, pioneering career guide for Military spouses, partners, and veterans

On 21st June 2021 the Barclays and RAF Astra sponsored career guide, Career Pursuit, will arrive at Military base information offices across the UK and online. Seen by many as the ultimate free career guide, Career Pursuit is a one-stop-shop magazine providing tailored advice to military spouses, partners, and veterans looking to build a career that works for them.  

Created by Military spouses and partners, including Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Helen Massy, and printed by a Veteran, the magazine has been created as a direct response to the UK Government’s ground-breaking report into the effects of Military service on family lives, most notably the challenges spouses and partners have regarding their working life. Career Pursuit delivers solutions to military spouse and partner employment problems highlighted in this seminal government report entitled “Living in our shoes”, by bringing advice and resources for both job seekers and entrepreneurs in this annual publication. 

Launched as a pilot magazine last year, the importance and influence of Career Pursuit were quickly recognised, leading to sponsorship from Barclays and RAF Astra. From being produced at a kitchen table, it has grown to be a fully-fledged publication with 900 copies distributed to Army, Navy, and RAF information offices UK wide. In addition, a digital version of the magazine is freely available globally, ensuring military spouses and partners are supported in both the UK and overseas: 

From articles on how to start a podcast to pensions for business owners, what you need to know about salary negotiation, and how to access free digital marketing courses – Career Pursuit is a wealth of advice, resources, and valuable contacts. This enables military spouses and partners to successfully build a career or business of their choice despite the challenges of military life.  

“There has long been a need to combine career resources available to military spouses and partners to remove the difficulty of accessing advice and raise awareness,” says Helen Massy, Editor-in-Chief at Career Pursuit. “The need for this magazine is evident with over half of all military spouses and partners being unaware of what career support is available to them.” 

Career Pursuit is designed to inspire, inform, support, and connect military spouses, partners, and veterans, including: 

  • Advice for job seekers 

  • Advice for entrepreneurs 

  • Information and contact details for resources, companies, training, courses, and mentoring available  


Career Pursuit has been entirely produced by military spouses, partners, and veterans, providing actionable advice from the people who have already overcome the challenges of building a successful career or business whilst moving with the military.  


The future of the magazine looks bright as plans are afoot to expand the magazine size and reach, with a goal to enable hard copies to be available in every service family accommodation upon moving in, within the next few years.  

About Career Pursuit: The number one career guide for Military spouses, partners and veterans will be launched on 21st June 2021 and is completely free of charge. For more information on Career Pursuit and to read the free 88 page flipbook, visit 

About Helen Massy: Founder and Editor-In-Chief Helen Massy is a military spouse of over 18 years. Following a successful career in the NHS, she built a medical and health writing business providing the platform to launch Career Pursuit. Her advocacy for health literacy and passion to support military spouses and partners through their career struggles has led to being shortlisted in this year’s Digital Women’s Awards and a place on the MOD Partner Employment Steering Group. 

About Living in our Shoes’ Report: Living in our shoes: understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces families - A review, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, into the concerns raised by armed forces families and recommendations for change. The report undertaken in 2019 and published in 2020 can be found at: