Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Mental Health First Aid Awareness

BFBS Radio

Military Personnel: Thinking of Doing a Course?

Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Service personnel may make SLC claims each financial year for 80% of any course fees; up to a maximum of £175 per year for approved vocational and academic courses.  This is a “use it or lose it” allowance, as the funding does not roll-over into the next financial year. Before starting any course, individuals must obtain prior approval.  Further details can be found in JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 4 or by contacting your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.

CarillionAmey - Your SFA - Protecting your Family & Home in Winter

Extremes of winter weather can have a real affect on property ranging from structural damage to flooding. Dealing with winter damage can be a stressful time for families, which is made worse if valuable items and personal possessions are also affected. You are responsible for making sure that your Service Family Accommodation (SFA) is adequately protected from winter hazards, even when you are away from the property. Remember – you could be liable for any repairs that are needed if it is found that your actions or inactions were responsible for any issues (outlined in your Licence to Occupy).

CarillionAmey has issued an information sheet on how to protect your home in winter. 

CarillionAmey - Boiler Problems Advice

Click HERE to be taken to the CarillionAmey website

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Victory Services Club

Victory Services Club (VSC)
We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.

Further information is available at this link and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here

Monday, 28 November 2016

New BFBS App

BFBS offers three main radio services: BFBS Radio for upbeat music-based programming and news, BFBS Radio 2 for music, sport and speech including the best of the BBC, and BFBS Gurkha Radio for Nepali language programmes.
  • BFBS Radio can be heard across the UK on DAB radio, overseas on FM, and online. You can also find us on Sky and Freesat.
  • BFBS Radio 2 can be heard overseas on FM, and online.
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio can be heard across the UK on AM, overseas on FM, and online.

Veterans Support - Finchale Training College

Finchale was founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for injured servicemen. With continuous recruitment of more than 200 Veterans each year on to a wide range of training programmes and support services we continue to maintain our links with the Armed Forces community today.
Contact Details:
Telephone : 0191 386 2634
Email :
Website: Click Here

Big White Wall

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JSHAO Civilian Housing Briefs 2017

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Families Deployment Support Guide

HIVE Linking In With Agencies To Support The Military Community

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs)

FFALs, commonly known as ‘Blueys’, can be posted in a standard postbox in the UK or a BFPO postbox overseas. HM Forces Aerogrammes (blueys) are an all in one letter and envelope. They are available from all UK Post Office branches or BFPOs and may be sent free of charge to forces personnel on operational duty at the following BFPO addresses:

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Monday, 21 November 2016

Need To Talk! - SSAFA Forcesline (Freephone)

Rugby Tots

Sessions may be available at Leconfield Village Hall in 2017 should there be enough interest. 
For all enquiries please call 07732 761048

Free Employability Course for Armed Forces Spouses

Please note: Course dates have not been set for 2017

Own Your Home

Affordable Home Ownership Schemes

You may be able to get financial help from the government to buy a home.
You could get:

Buying your council or housing association property

There are also schemes for council tenants and housing association tenants.

Army & You Magazine - Winter Edition Out Now

Army & You Winter Edition is out now in print
and online

Changes to Receiving the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

Please use the following link to listen to the BFBS  Radio interview regarding changes being made with reference to the eligibility of the Long  Service  & Good Conduct  Medal,  

Friday, 18 November 2016

New postings and accessing healthcare

Healthcare advice for you and your family when relocating within the UK or returning home from an overseas posting.
If you are unsure about anything in relation to you or your family’s healthcare, you should speak to your unit or local HIVE as soon as possible.
The provision of healthcare to you and your family will depend on where you live.
Click Here: NHS Choices

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Common Questions About The HIVE Blog

Q.I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so probably miss out on what is going and find out about events too late.

A. Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (top - left hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email every day that the Blog is updated.By using this gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest community information is available to view.

Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.
A. You can browse the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom left hand side of the homepage or click on a specfic label heading on left hand panel.

Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted to find out about information on employment in the local area  just type job vacancy into the box and the relevant post will be displayed.

 Q. I would like to put information on the blog such as a event i am organising. I have a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.   
A. Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the blog home page) and your poster or information will be uploaded for you - free of charge. 

If you have any ...........
  • contributions to the blog 
  • any event or activity you would like to see featured
  • questions or queries regarding anything featured or 
  • questions about what is on in the local area
Please contact or call 01904 66 5253 / 94775 5253 HIVE blogs are an MOD sponsored online presence, registered with and approved by MOD

(DMC).  In accordance with the MOD Online Engagement Guidelines, HIVE blog content must be limited to unclassified information only which is relevant and useful to the local military community.

Domestic Abuse: Guidance & Support

Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.

This site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.
A concerned family or friend?
Who can help?

Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds

Hidden Wounds service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or who wish to change their drinking habits.

Calculate your Armed Forces Pension

You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.

Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.
Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.
Download and fill in the
pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Covenant funding helps AFF support F&C victims of Domestic Abuse

SupportAFF has received a grant through the Covenant Grants Fund to provide much-needed practical support to Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) Army families dealing with Domestic Abuse (DA).
Supporting the F&C community

Monday, 14 November 2016

Hull Trains

Mega Bus:Hull - Leeds

Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces

Rules for members of the armed forces, civilian employees and their families

Contact the HIVE for any questions or queries.

Joining the British Army? Information for Parents and Guardians

Is a son, daughter or loved one thinking about joining the Army? 
We know it’s a big decision. That’s why we want you to have all the facts. By being well informed, you can help your child or loved one get an accurate picture of Army life. Then they’ll be able to decide if this is the right path for them.

Your questions answered: Click here to find out more.....

Friday, 11 November 2016

Stop Smoking

Information on Meningitis & Septicaemia - Know The Signs & Symptons

You can pick up signs & symptoms cards in both BOTH  STRENSALL AND  FULFORD  HIVEs

Thursday, 10 November 2016

HMS Belfast - Free Entry to Current and Former Serving Personnel on 13th November

On Remembrance Sunday, 13 November, current and former service personnel will receive free entry to HMS Belfast. Plan your visit: HERE
Please keep in mind, due to Remembrance activities, HMS Belfast will open at 11:30 on this day.

Monday, 7 November 2016

AWS - HIVE Information Support for Military Personnel & Families

Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, finding Doctors,Dentists and much more. 

Your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

You can also let your HIVE Information Support Officer know of any concerns or issues your experience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Contact Details
Leconfield HIVE 
T: 01904 66 5253

Carillionamey- Advice on Keeping Your Home Safe When You Are Away

Credit Unions - Financial Help For Armed Forces

A new service offering simple savings accounts and "affordable" loans to military personnel, who can sometimes struggle to get access to financial products, has been launched by credit unions.
The arrangement, backed by the Ministry of Defence, means Armed Forces personnel will be able to save regularly or repay loans with credit unions directly through their pay packets, via deductions from their payroll.
Credit unions are mutual financial co-operatives that take deposits and give loans to members. Family members and retired personnel receiving a pension are also eligible to join the new service, whose launch coincides with International Credit Union Day.
Credit unions trade association Abcul (the Association of British Credit Unions Limited) says that over the years, people serving in the Armed Forces have reported difficulties accessing credit because their job involves moving regularly and it can be challenging to build up a good credit rating. It adds that some personnel report being targeted by high-cost lenders.

MOD Veterans UK - Changes to Helpline Opening Hours

Changes to our helpline opening hours take effect on Monday 31 October 2016.

The opening hours for the Veterans UK helpline service will change to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Analysis has shown that there are relatively few calls received in the early morning and evening and so the service has been re-organised to make more advisers available during our busiest times.

Callers phoning outside of these hours will still be offered an option to speak to our partners in the charities Combat Stress or The Samaritans where urgent assistance is needed.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Social Housing Opportunity in London

MoD Referral Applicants will be considered if they meet any of the following criteria:

§   Armed Forces personnel currently occupying Single or Families Service Accommodation and within six months prior to the discharge date
§   Armed Forces personnel and their families privately renting (six months prior to discharge only)
§   Veterans and their families, up to six months post discharge – still in Service Accommodation
§   Service leavers up to six months post discharge in hostel/temporary accommodation
§   Separated spouses occupying SSAFA or Services Cotswold accommodation

For more information about the JSHAO, please visit the website

Joint Service Housing Advice Office

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tesco Direct Delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

Tesco delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses
If you have got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you will want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the BFPO to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We will deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they will be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.

To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
Remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you are looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day.

Click HERE for more information