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If you are a subscriber to HIVE blogs, we want to let you know that UK data protection law changes on 25 May 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. This new legislation gives you more control over how your data is used.

We are taking this opportunity to update our subscription sign up options to make sure we provide our HIVE blog readers with the information they want, when they want to receive it. This means that if you are already a subscriber, emails you currently receive will stop and all readers will have the opportunity to sign up for new email updates as soon as the new subscription option is in place.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018


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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Government Tax Free Childcare (TFC) Scheme

Joint Service Housing Advice Office

JSHAO Housing Briefs

The MoD provides civilian housing information to members of the Armed Forces via the Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO). JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point providing Service personnel and their family members with pertinent information for those considering civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. The bulk of this information is via a 2-2½ hr presentation with 1-1 consults available.

An Independent Financial Mortgage Adviser who is a member of SIIAP (Services Insurance and Investment Advisory Panel) which is recognised by the MOD as supporting the Armed Forces (refer 2013DIN01-218), accompanies JSHAO at the briefings.

Each JSHAO briefing is notified on all HIVE blogs regardless of location to ensure maximum coverage to the Service community.

Child Safety Week Mon 4 - Sun 10 June

This year, Child Safety Week takes place between Monday 4th and Sunday 10th June 2018, with the theme 

 Please Click Here <<< for more information or to read the action pack, Click Here <<<

MOD Services Cotswold Centre - Short Term Accommodation

The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (AWS) and funded by Headquarters Support Commands (HQ Sp Comd) on behalf of the MOD. It provides short term transit accommodation for service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families.

The SCC accommodation comprises of 60 self contained chalet style homes and is located near Corsham, Wiltshire in the United Kingdom.
Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521
website - click link  Services-cotswold-centre <<<

6 Principles of Data Protection DPA 18

Monday, 21 May 2018

To read the full newsletter please follow this link

MOT Rules Are Changing

To View The Changes Please Click Here <<<

Foreign & Commonwealth Serving personnel & Families presentation by AFF

Royal British Legion Break Centres.

Break Centres

The Legion offers much-needed breaks to ex-Service and serving personnel and their families. If you or a member of your family is recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life-affecting event, the Legion can provide a comfortable and enjoyable break.

About our break centres

We have four Break Centres located in prime locations around the country, and for our family breaks, we also have close ties with Parkdean and Haven Holiday Parks.
The Legion also provides Adventure Breaks, where young people of Service families can have a fun and activity-packed week.

Armed Forces Butlins Discount: Up to 30% May Half Term

                                                     Have you got your card?

We've got hundreds of offers for you with Defence Discount Service; The Official MoD discount provider. Online and on the high street - we have a discount for you!

Please visit and register on the Defence discount website to receive the discount code:

Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC): Management of British armed forces casualties and compassionate cases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? 

For casualty and compassionate cases contact our 24/7 
telephone helpline 01452 519951

Click Here <<<  to read the full guidance

Download the new Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) app ‘MOD ICE’ to guide you through the most common types of family emergency and how JCCC can help. Two new JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages. JCCC FILMS

Applying for settlement – Armed Forces

Apply to settle in the UK - HM Forces category:
 Please Click Here <<< for the full details and guidance. 
Guidance is also available on the Army Families Federation website: Visit Here <<<

Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know

Information for European Union citizens living in the UK.
Click Here <<<  for the full details on the Government website.
This page will be updated with the latest information about the status of European Union (EU) citizens and their families in the UK.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

BFPO Father's Day - Latest Recommended Posting Date


Mental Health Awareness Week - 14-20 May 2018

The Forces Network is broadcasting a week-long series of reports and interviews looking at mental health issues in forces communities.

Forces TV will show clips online taken from a recent interview with Prince Harry. He describes how his experiences in Afghanistan were the trigger to deal with his own mental health problems:
 “Not to get too personal but if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you’ve got to deal with it.
 “…15, 17 years later, I still hadn’t dealt with it. Afghan was the moment ...”
Forces Radio BFBS is taking part in the Mental Health Minute, a nationwide initiative involving hundreds of radio stations across the UK simultaneously playing a one-minute message. The audio features famous voices talking about mental health and will be broadcast at 10.59am on Tuesday 15th May.

Child Safety Week - Monday 4th - Sunday 10th June 2018

This year, Child Safety Week takes place between Monday 4th and Sunday 10th June 2018, with the theme "Safe children: together we've got this"

Charity Evening With Simon Weston OBE CBE - 7th September 2018

Sexual Health Support For Young People

Postnatal Depression - Symptoms & Treatment

 For more information please click Here <<<

Just For Her Magazine - Issue 17

To read this issue online  Click Here <<<

Help With Your English Language In Finding A Job

The future learn course is for learners of English that helps you with the language you need to find a job and successfully function in the workplace.

Service leavers: Civvy Street Magazine - May 18

Service leavers: Quest Magazine May 18

Understanding Universal Credit

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Universal Credit supports you if you are on a low income or out of work. It includes a monthly payment to help with your living costs.

Visit the website to help you understand what Universal Credit means for you. 

Service Leavers: Pathfinder Magazine May 18

Service Families & Children - Reading Force

One of the best things about reading books is sharing and talking about them with family and friends – and if you have a family member or friend in the Armed Forces then Reading Force is for you! Whether your loved ones are at home or away, all can get involved. So join the fun and sign up to receive your free book and special scrapbook. It’s free and easy – and brings families and friends closer together.
At Reading Force we are passionate about using books to bring Service children and families closer together. Our shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk, and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching relationships with books and each other - one page at a time.
Get involved and encourage Service children and families to do Reading Force. Find out how you can receive a free resources pack and set up Reading Force in your setting or group.
Click Here <<< to claim your free book and sign up to Reading Force

Monday, 14 May 2018

Destinations - Armed Forces Holiday & Leisure Guide

This glossy full colour holiday guide is aimed at giving all Service personnel ideas for holiday destinations around the world. It is A4 in size and published annually. Forces personnel get a generous holiday entitlement and they like to experience different parts of the world - Destinations helps them to fulfil their holiday dreams.

The HIVE will soon have copies of the 2018 guide but in the meantime, you can download the magazine online-to do so, Click Here <<<

What can the Armed Forces Covenant do for Service Families?


Carillionamey - On Line Option For Requesting New Non-Urgent Repair In Your Property

Did you know you can log a new non-urgent Housing repair without calling our Customer Service Centre? 
Fill out the online form available, all new requests will be responded to within 1 working day. 

To find the form, please follow the link: if you're having issues inputting data, please return to

Lifeworks - Free Employability Support For Military Spouses - Poole 19th-21st June 2018

Please Click Here <<< to visit the website

Thursday, 10 May 2018

CarillionAmey Factsheets

CarillionAmey have produced fact sheets to help customers living in service families accommodation.

The following factsheets are available on their website. Please use the link below to access them. 
  • Problems with your heating?
  • Utility Bill Management – move in
  • Utility Bill Management – move out
  • Furniture Service
  • Vital Safety Inspections
  • Safety in the home
  • Running a business in your Service home
  • Pets in your Service home
  • Protecting your family and Service home in winter
  • Additional Needs Adaptations (move in)
  • Additional Needs Adaptations (living in)
  • Damp and Mould

If you would like a sheet printed call into your HIVE

AFF Survey - Work/life balance: is your family working to live, or living to work? (4-31 May)

Do you think your soldier has a good work/life balance? 

How does that affect your Army family?

In AFF's latest survey, they want to discover more about the barriers that families face when trying to balance their family life with their soldier's workload, and what they feel could be done to improve things.

The short survey is live from 4-31 May and is designed to help us gather evidence of families’ biggest challenges including:

  • Difficulties with taking annual leave
  • Too many compulsory social functions
  • Too much time away from the family
  • Not being able to switch off from work when at home
  • Increased or unmanageable workload

Families’ feedback will be used to inform AFF’s work and help us build a case for approaching decision makers to push for positive changes.

Take our survey <<< and make sure your voice is counted.

Struggling to manage your stress levels?

Big White Wall is an online mental health and well-being service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that cares. When you're dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, we'll help you get through it.
See the full details Here <<<

Monday, 30 April 2018

JOB FAIR - Wednesday 2nd May PIAVE LINES

Tesco, McDonalds, Sparta Security, North Yorkshire Timber, Empire Cinema, Office Outlet, NY Fire & Rescue, Princes Trust, Citizens Advice, Action Towards Inclusion, Richmondshire District Council, National Careers Service, AFF, SSAFA, NYCC Adult Learning and more.  The event is more than a job fair, we’ll be offering CV support, training opportunities, money and mortgage advice, volunteer roles, home working opportunities and advice on apprenticeships.

JSHAO Brief - DST Leconfield- 3 May

Setting Up A Device Safely For Kids

Carillionamey: Tempo Latest Update, 26th April

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MOT Rule Changes 20 May 2018 for England, Scotland & Wales

For Full Details Click Here <<<

Visa Price Increases - 2018

See the breakdown of prices on the AFF website using this link: AFF

Full document available on the Government website:

  Home Office immigration and nationality fees from 6 April 2018

SCOTTISH VETERANS RESIDENCES - Current Accommodation Vacancy

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Bake for Heroes - Armed Forces Week 23 June - 1 July

Click Here <<< to sign up for a free fundraising pack

Poppy Pod Holidays For Armed Forces - Membership Closed for 2018

Due to once again an unprecedented demand of the Poppy Pods for military families, membership is now closed for 2018. As a result of the overwhelming up take for this year the Centre has reluctantly decided to suspend membership of the Poppy Pods until January 2019.

This decision has been made in order that we do not disappoint any members by the lack of availability. centres/ourcentres/tilebarn/poppypods

Carillionamey: Service Families Accommodation - Patch Management

Improving the way we manage your patch
Each Accommodation Officer (AO) is responsible for making regular checks on the Service Family homes and the surrounding communal areas for which they are responsible. 
They conduct regular inspections looking out for things such as graffiti, fallen trees, and potholes in roads. During their walk-around they also take a look at the exterior of properties, and may often notice things that families miss, such as a leaking drainpipe or blocked guttering and should alert the occupants so that a job can be raised.
Nowadays with so many families where both partners work, sometimes issues are identified when no one is home, and although the AO will raise the job with the Helpdesk, families may only find out about it when an engineer arrives to complete the job. We recognise that may be a concern for some families so CarillionAmey’s new patch management inspection card aims to solve this problem. Once the AO has identified an issue with the exterior of a property, the details will be completed on the card and posted through the letterbox, helping to prevent small repairs becoming bigger ones.