Friday, 28 October 2016

Location Overview Thorney Island

If you are relocating to Thorney Island area, see the HIVE Location Overview at this link: 

The HIVE also has information sheets on Accommodation / Education / Employment / Health / Local Community Information.

If you would like any of the above information sheets, please contact 
the HIVE 
Thorney Island (Tues & Thurs): 01243 388308

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Damp & Mould SFA

An action plan for dealing with damp and mould in your SFA
Here’s a downloadable infographic showing our process for any Damp and Mould issues raised with Carillionamey.

Benefits and concessions for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families

This information applies to:
  • people who are serving in the Armed Forces
  • people who used to serve in the Armed Forces (veterans)
  • the dependants of people serving in the Armed Forces and veterans.
There are many different kinds of financial help available for people in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
You can use this information to find out what financial help might be available to you, depending on your situation. You can also use this information to find details of organisations that might be able to help you further.

CLICK HERE to find out more.....

Forces Resettlement Guide - What next?

Single Persons Accommodation Centre

What is SPACES? Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
    • The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
    • Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
    • Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
    • Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
    • All information treated in strict confidence.
    • Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
    • If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
    • Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
    • Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for single veterans.

Thorney Island School Meals: Chartwells West Sussex Meal Selector

If your child will be in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 you are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.  

CLICK HERE to visit the Chartwells website and for the full details.

From 1st September 2016 the price of a school lunch will be £2.30 per meal : Testicular Cancer Awareness

Watch the Video on You Tube:

The Royal British Legion - Here To Help You

For more information visit
or telephone
0808 802 8080

Combat Stress: The Veterans Mental Health Charity

or visit the website:

Big White Wall

That moment when everything calms down to a standstill; when, even if it is just for moment, life seems to make sense and the smile that has appeared on your face had no second thought. Peace is a simple concept yet it can be the hardest to accomplish. September sees the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (Wednesday 21st) take place around the world. It is a time to reflect on what makes each of us peaceful, on how we can create a more peaceful society, and on what has been sacrificed to achieve peace in the past. It can serve as a reminder that we are all seeking a more peaceful life.

With Big White Wall’s trained counsellors (called Wall Guides) and peer support, there is always a peaceful place to go 24/7. All UK serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families aged 16+ can access free and anonymous online

Whether it is wellbeing or mental health issues, stress or just going through a tough time, Big White Wall is here to provide safe, anonymous support at any time, day or night.

Big White Wall is supported by Help for Heroes, the Ministry of Defence and
NHS England to support the UK Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Teaching Assistant Qualification-Thorney Island

If you are interested in this course please contact Nikki Walters the learning centre manager on Thorney Island. Tel: 01243 388298.  If there is  enough interest there may be an opportunity for us to run the course on the Island.

Service Parents' Guide to Boarding Schools

Available from HIVE

Child Care Vouchers

You could be saving up to £933 in childcare costs – are you missing out?
Raising a family is demanding, and worrying about the cost of childcare is something that most parents could do without. As you work for the MOD, you could be saving money on your childcare costs by taking childcare vouchers.  

What are childcare vouchers? Childcare vouchers are a government initiative, allowing working parents or guardians to save money on childcare costs until your child is 15. 

How much can you save? Childcare vouchers are taken from your salary before your usual Tax and NI contributions are deducted so, each year, you could save £933 as a basic-rate earner, £623 as a higher-rate earner and £622 as an additional-rate earner. And if both parents claim, that can be over £1,800 a year – enough to pay for a great family holiday! 

Where can you use them? Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for more than just nursery fees. You can use them to pay for childcare and kids activities up to 15 years old. This includes:  
 Certain elements of Independent school fees  Out-of-hours school clubs  Sport, music and drama lessons  Holiday clubs or schemes  Activity holidays  Exclusive discounts What’s more, with the Sodexo childcare voucher scheme you can now make your money go that extra mile with exclusive discounts* on:   Childcare – such as holiday camps, and Maths and English tuition   Family days out – Legoland, Alton Towers and Sealife Centre to name a few  Retailer discounts – at Toys R Us, John Lewis, Halfords and many more 

     * Discounts are subject to change and availability Get them while you can In early 2017, the Government is planning to introduce Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme. Many families will be better off with the current system – so signing up now puts you in a great position as it means that you can decide which scheme suits your family best.  How do I sign up? If you would like to find out more about our childcare voucher scheme, and how much you could save, please call 0800 066 5075 or visit   

Thorney Island Primary School

All information for Thorney Island Primary School can be found on their website....Click HERE

Hampshire School Calendar 2016-2017

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Please check with your school dates for inset days

If you would like a copy ASK HIVE

West Sussex Academic Calendar 2016-2017

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If you would like a copy ASK HIVE

Service Children's Education Advisory Service

Moving School Booklet available from HIVE
The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.
CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.
To read more CLICK HERE
Telephone: 01980 618 244 (Military 94 344 8244)

Forces Additional Needs and Disability e-Newsletter

CLICK HERE to read...

Queen Elizabeth Country Park: Forts & Fleets

Book with Welfare: 01243 388250

Friday, 21 October 2016

Hampshire Leisure Discounts: 50% off

The Armed Forces are no longer issued with a Hampshire Leisure Discount Card.
Armed services personnel based in Hampshire will need to show proof of identity (their ID) at the locations listed below to receive any discounts offered.
Special events and paid entry exhibitions may not included.

Union Jack Club - Weekend Special Offer

Save 50% on places to eat!


BFBS Radio & TV Services for Deployed Personnel

BFBS provide radio and TV programmes in operational theatres for deployed personnel. Details of how to access the services are available from the HIVE (publications illustrated) or watch the video guide at

Family and friends can also leave messages and dedications for personnel in theatre.  The 'Access All Areas' show is aired live every Sunday with dedications and requests to and from the frontline.
Family and friends in the UK can access BFBS Radio via the following methods:
  • Online at
  • DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio. Simply tune to 'BFBS Radio'.
  • On a Sky Digital box under the 'Radio' section of your Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) – Channel 021.
  • On a Freesat satellite receiver under the 'Radio' section, Channel 786.

Further information about BFBS services in operational theatres and in the UK can be found at

Supporting children, young people and families during deployment.

Click HERE to read.

BFPO - Sending Parcels

Note:  Postal charges apply for parcels to certain areas. 
 Download the App to your tablet or smart phone to see details:

In response to feedback received from personnel, the MOD has taken the step to extend its Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) from 1 September 2015.
It will allow a further 1,200 personnel serving on joint operations on land, sea, and air to benefit from the opportunity to receive letters and parcels from their family and friends for free.

The MOD Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) has been authorised for Op Backwell, Op Elgan, Op Kipion, Op Modest, Op Newcombe, Op Orbital, Op Percival, Op Praiser, Op Shader, Op Tangham, Op Toral, Op Tosca, Op Turus, Op Veritas, Op Vocate, Op Vogul, and HM Ships in support. This service will operate until further notice.

Families and friends in the UK and at BFPOs can send packets up to 2kg in weight, free of charge, to military and entitled civilian personnel only on the above operations and HM Ships in support.
The EFFMS is delivered by the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) in conjunction with Royal Mail, and allows family and friends to send letters and items roughly the size of a shoe box and weighing up to 2kg from one of the 11,500 post offices throughout the UK to Defence personnel around the world.

See full details at this link

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Emergency requests on deployments

Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre (JCCC) Cards and fridge magnets are available from the HIVE on request.   

Family members requiring a Serviceperson to return from overseas due to emergency circumstances should contact JCCC on 01452 519951 (open 24/7 including Bank Holidays). 

Further information about the procedures for requesting the return of a Service person in the event of an emergency can be found at or within the Regular or TA & Reservists Families Deployment Guide or DVD (copies of all these publications are also available from the HIVE).

JCCC films and app

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

BFPO Indicator List

Please use this link to see the full list of BFPO numbers: BFPO

Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs): Blueys

Please check the BFPO number below  to see if you require a postage stamp or ask at your local post office
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:
222, 243, 254, 255, 270, 273, 276, 292, 334, 335, 350, 358, 361, 367, 381, 403, 432, 442, 443, 447, 448, 482, 485, 494, 496, 497, 501, 550, 556, 567, 572, 576, 583, 590, 597, 598, 602, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 611, 616, 617, 618, 619, 625, 626, 627, 631, 632, 636, 637, 639, 651, 652, 655, 660, 664, 675, 684, 685, 689, 695, 759, 762, 764, 767, 779, 798
Note 1: FFALs are not to include enclosures of any kind.
Note 2: FFALs sent to BFPO addresses not listed above must be paid for at normal postage rates.

Haven for Heroes-Victory Services Club-London

The Haven for Heroes scheme offers an exclusive 50% discount on our room rates for the British Armed Forces who are members of the VSC. This offer is available to personnel returning on mid-operational tour R&R from named operations in overseas theatres or those who are within 6 months of returning at the end of an operational deployment on a named operation overseas.
CLICK HERE for the full details and T&C.

Army Welfare Service - HIVE Information Support for Military Personnel and Families

Don't Forget.......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 and Dentists and much more. In addition, 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 you may experience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Thorney: 01243 388308

BRITISH Forces Post Office (BFPO) - APP

Find out more about BFPO at this link: CLICK HERE

Thorney Island HIVE Information

Tel: 01243 388308

Latest offers from Defence Discount Service

TV Licence: Armed forces personnel

Find out how to check if you need a TV Licence when you’re on base, what it covers and how much it costs.

A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV – on any device. That includes TVs, computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.
It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
A TV Licence costs £145.50. You can spread the cost with a Direct Debit or pay in one go.

The Services Cotswold Centre

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.

To Book Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521