Sunday, 31 December 2017

Ternhill HIVE Closed


Ternhill HIVE is currently closed. The Blog will continue to be updated.

To find another HIVE to assist with your enquiry please visit:


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

SSAFA Forces Additional Needs and Disability forum - 2nd November

News from Reading Force


Click HERE for the latest RF newsletter for teachers, Service Pupil Champions, HIVE officers, and club leaders. It includes the chance to win £150 worth of books for your school!

Don't Miss the Mail this Christmas - Latest Recommended Posting Dates for BFPO Mail


The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) has announced it's recommended posting dates for Christmas, as well as Royal Mail's Letter to Santa deadlines! 

Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.

Click BFPO mail over the Xmas period to see recommended posting dates for BFPO mail

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Information about the MOD Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

Latest details about FAM can be seen at this link HERE

BFBS promoting Forces Money Week

BFBS are promoting Forces Money Week via their website, FB and Twitter and are now seeking questions to put to the panel of experts. 

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.

Each day from 1:45pm UK join us live all week on your radio and through Facebook as we answer your money questions from around the forces world. Each day we will be tackling a different subject.

See more here....

BRITISH FORCES IN GERMANY - THE LIVED EXPERIENCE


Don't take it from us, tell the world the experiences that you had serving and living in Germany

The BFG Legacy Project is beginning – and you can be a part of it. 

By the time the last units in 20 Armoured Brigade leave Sennelager in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 80 years. 
To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ BFG is producing a book: 
British Forces in Germany – The Lived Experience.
This is a call for you to share your lived experiences with us. 

Please click on the link to share your experiences​

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount



West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount
Please contact Lichfield HIVE for Corporate Telephone Number and

Discount Code


Military ID may have to be shown on entry.

lichfieldhive@armymail.mod.uk
01543 434362

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

CarillionAmey - Rodents – control/treatment – all year round


If you suspect you have rodents in your property, read CA's advice on how to treat the problem and the steps you can take to prevent future infestations. It also advises how we treat different rodents and how long treatment normally takes. Click HERE to read more

npower launches its most competitive tariff for ‘Everyday Heroes’ - Everyday Heroes Fix

Today, npower launches ‘Everyday Heroes Fix’, a new tariff exclusively for employees of the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces, who hold either Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service memberships. The tariff is on average npower’s most competitive deal* and fixes energy prices until December 2018, offering these everyday heroes a great deal on their energy and protects them from price rises until the end of next year.

The tariff is exclusively available to Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service members, regardless of whether they are a new or existing npower customer, pay by Direct Debit or on receipt of bill, as long as they manage their account online. The npower offer is available by logging on to bluelightcard.co.uk or defencediscountservice.co.uk.

Toby Carvey - Armed Forces Offer



Receive 10% off your food bill at Toby Carvery Monday-Saturday by showing your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90 and the voucher that can be downloaded  HERE
T&Cs apply

DIO SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey


Friday, 30 June 2017

SFA Compensation Scheme fact sheet includes how to claim

DIO has launched a compensation scheme in the UK to cover missed appointments and significant issues at move-in for SFA. On occasion when standards are not met in these situations, you may be entitled to compensation, which will be paid through High Street vouchers.
Please note, the scheme took effect from 1st April 2017; no claims for compensation for events prior to that date will be considered. Please refer to this fact sheet for information and more details on how to claim.
Image: SFA estate, built at Beacon Barracks in Stafford, UK.
Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Service Family Accommodation - Who is responsible for what?

We all have a part to play - Video from Defence Infrastructure Organisation
We all recognise the importance of SFA, and also recognise the significant changes that have occurred within the housing arena in recent years. We realise that these changes have led to some confusion as to which organisation has responsibility for different aspects of SFA housing. To help overcome this, DIO has created a short video "We all have a part to play". The video illustrates the responsibilities of everyone – Service families, MOD, CarillionAmey, Front Line Commands and DIO – when it comes to accommodation.
Please take a couple of minutes to watch this video, which can be viewed on DII or YouTube.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Easy Resettlement Magazine - Summer 2017 Issue

The summer issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now...
Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication. Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop www.easyresettlement.com/magazine/
We are proud to announce our partnership with DSEI who run the largest Defence and Security Expo in Europe, the event is free for military personnel and it will be taking place between the 12th-15th September at the Excel arena in London. You will be able to pick up free copies of the summer issue at this event.
You may have heard our Sales Manager, James Atkins, on the Hal Stewart BFBS show earlier this month, if you missed it and would like to listen to what we are doing to help our readers simply click this link http://www.easyresettlement.com/bfbs/
We are especially proud to announce some new partnerships with companies who will be offering employment opportunities to our readers through our magazine. These include The AA, Aspire Defence, Amazon Web Services known as AWS, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Jaguar Land Rover. These are a welcome addition to those already recruiting our readers such as The East of England Ambulance Service, Maritime Transport and KLM UK Engineering. Each issue we include a Franchising for Veterans feature with the BFA giving some valuable insights in to what makes a good franchise, some great franchises that have already recruited veterans and service leavers include Action Coach, Chips Away, Gas Elec and Snap on Tools.

Take a look at the summer issue to read some great case studies. Finally we will be attending various events where we get the chance to speak with our readers, these include the CTP and Security Cleared Jobs Expos as well as the DSEI event. Please do come along and speak with the team and let us know what else you would like to know about in future issues.
All of this is only possible thanks to our advertisers so please mention our magazine when speaking with anyone. Also join our social media groups, subscribe to the magazine for free and let any friends and family know about how we can help.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

CarillionAmey - New Look Website

Here you’ll find help, advice and guidance on living in your Service Family Accommodation (SFA).
CarillionAmey - New Look Website http://housing.carillionamey.co.uk/


Amazon Web Services - reStart Programme

Click HERE to register

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount


Military ID may have to be shown on entry.


 Please contact the Lichfield HIVE  on 01543 434362
for Corporate Telephone Number and Discount Code

2017 Discounted Prices:

Admissions Only-

Adult  £17.25
Child  £13.50

Admission & Wristband

Adult  £24.05
Child  £20.80

Monday, 1 May 2017

Telford & Wrekin Council - Useful Links for Service Families Relocating to Donnington and Redhill

The following links to the Telford & Wrekin Council website provide detailed information on various local authority services.  This information may be of use to Service families relocating to Donnington/Redhill, and to those already resident in the area:

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Civvy Street April 17


To view the latest edition on line please click HERE

or pick up a copy from the HIVE

Housing Matters - Spring 17


If you are interested in living and/or selling in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland there are articles included in this edition that may offer you the information you need. Click HERE to find out!

Friday, 7 April 2017

IMAIL INTOUCH QUICK START GUIDE



                                                 Intouch repleaces E-Bluey - To view the Quick Start Guide please click HERE

Education in Scotland - An Introductory Guide for Service Families



Education in Scotland - An Introductory Guide has been produced with the full backing of the Scottish Government, and provides personnel either in Scotland or moving to Scotland with a comprehensive guide to all phases of education, with handy information and advice.  

Free Training and Job Placement Programme - Amazon Web Services


Veterans' Gateway

There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.
The Veterans Gateway makes it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.
Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
For more information on this fantastic service please click below

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Information for Service Leavers - Transition Information Sheet 10

Please click HERE to read Transition Information Sheet 10 in full

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

MOD Launches INtouch following the end of the e-bluey Service

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced a new mailing system for friends and family to send letters to personnel around the world.
The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s armed forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send. They system will allow users to send up to 8 pages, including high definition photographs and official documents. The old e-bluey system that is being replaced only allowed single pages to be sent and did not support high definition photographs.
For further information on the INtouch service, including a quick start guide, please see HERE

Friday, 31 March 2017

HM Passport Office - Online Passport Application Roll out



Customers to benefit from online passport application roll out. HM Passport Office has launched a new online passport renewal service as part of its drive to improve customer services...

Click HERE for more information

Childcare Choices Website

UK families will soon see bills cut as date announced for the launch of Tax-Free Childcare. Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support...
Click HERE for more information

Defence Discount Service - National Express Offer


For Defence Discount Service non serving members (such as Veterans and Civil Servants) save 30% on travel.

National Express are offering 30% off travel to over 900 towns, cities and airports across the UK

This offer is valid on all National Express services (excluding third party, events services, Eurolines and Ulster Bus), meaning you can relax on one of its comfortable coaches with leather seats, power sockets, air conditioning and ample leg room.

In order to book, follow the link and enter your destination and dates in the journey planner and the 30% off discount will automatically be applied.

YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW YOUR DEFENCE PRIVILEGE CARD WHEN BOARDING!

                                                 Click HERE for more information

Armed Forces Offer at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood House


MOD90 or Armed Forces ID card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE. That’s a potential saving of £85.
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 to 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.
This discount applies to Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House as well as Windsor Castle. Phone 0303 123 7300 to confirm.

Do you have a built in appliance in your Service Families Accommodation?

Service Family Accommodation (SFA) customers benefit from a comprehensive maintenance service, including the provision of items such as cookers but not the maintenance of fitted appliances in some of the new SFA.  

If you experience any issues with integrated appliances please report them to CarillionAmey on 0800 707 6000 in the normal way.  Cookers will be repaired or replaced, however other non-standard integrated appliances will be removed and a space left for your own white goods in accordance with MOD policy.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Drayton Manor 2017 Season - Free Entry for Serving Personnel and Veterans of the Armed Forces

Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout our 2017 season we are offering free entry to all those serving and ex serving personnel of the British Armed Forces.  
Our main 2017 season runs from Thursday 30th March – Friday 27th October* and any serving or ex serving member of the British Armed Forces will receive free entry to Drayton Manor Park.
Armed Forces discount is also available for Park Entry throughout Magical Christmas. Opens on 18th November for selected dates until 31st December.** 
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 for the individual.
Accepted forms of ID include:
For serving personnel: A Valid Military personal card/MOD card, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving member of the armed forces).
For Veterans: A leaving certificate, proof of War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces)
*Not available on park buy out days, please check the website before travelling for opening times and dates. No family or friend’s discounts offered at this time.    
**Park entry only, does not include a meeting with Father Christmas. This can be booked seperately at an extra price, https://www.draytonmanor.co.uk/magical-christmas.
Click HERE for full details

Drayton Manor 2017 Season - Defence Discount Service save up to 50% on tickets

Drayton Manor are offering an amazing offer that saves up to 50% on tickets! 
T& Cs apply


Click here to log onto Defence Discount Service for booking details or contact Lichfield HIVE
 on 01543 434362

Families Activity Breaks (FAB)

What is FAB?

Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri Service charitable initiative, providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families.
Families’ Activity Breaks

If your child is aged up to 19 years old and has suffered the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. The holidays offer an adventure for all the family and a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss.

A loved one can mean a parent, a step parent, or a child’s legal guardian, carer or sibling.


Full details of 2017 FAB dates are at www.fabcamps.org.uk

Monday, 27 February 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Pathfinder - Feb 2017 edition available now


Please click HERE to view online 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families


Our free 24-hr Helpline is here for veterans and serving military personnel, and their families.

AFC Education For Children

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 www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/support-and-advice/

Forces Additional Needs & Disability Newletter


To download or view online please click HERE

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Service Life Insurance

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You can protect the future of your family from today until 2042 at a fixed price FOR THE WHOLE TERM. Perfect for safeguarding your mortgage and with a Government guarantee of payment for operational casualties.
Service Life Insurance 365 was designed and introduced by MOD in 2007 to provide a robust, trustworthy solution for enduring Military Life Cover – when purely commercial operators declined to provide cover for Service Personnel facing the threat from war, weapons of mass destruction or terrorism.
Exclusively available online, you can either pay your premium by Direct Debit from your bank – ideal if you intend to retain SLI365 as a civilian (through to age 65 if you wish) or through your pay account with Joint Personnel Administration ‘JPA’.
SLI365 can provide up to £200,000 lump sum benefit in the event of death or terminal illness - covering all peacetime risks such as traffic accidents and illness. Most importantly, because SLI365 is available under a contract with MoD, it guarantees protection for up to 25 years for any unforeseen operational risk.
A summary of the benefits include:

* Cover on and off duty, 365 days a year

* Up to £200,000 lump sum benefit on death or diagnosis of terminal illness – covering all peacetime risks

* Quick application progress - acceptance a certainty – (18-45 year olds)

* No medical required

* Fixed premium

For every policy taken out we make a donation to tri-service charity, The Not Forgotten Association (nfassociation.org) to support the great work they do in providing help for serving injured and veterans.
So, have a look at a brochure available now from most local HIVEs or visit www.sli365.com where you can get a quote for your chosen term (anything between 5 and 25 years) and chosen benefit amount. If you would like more information, please visit our website www.sli365.com – or drop an email to sliteam@sli365.com to request a unit briefing from our ex-military manager.
Coming soon: tips on writing your life insurance policy in trust . . .