Tuesday, 13 December 2016

HIVE WORK CLUB - Cancelled for 2017







































Unfortunately, due to so few people attending the HIVE work club during 2016 it has been cancelled for 2017.  Alternative venues can be found above.

Career Transition Partnership



Friday, 18 November 2016

London Victory Services Club - Welfare And Respite For Service personnel


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:

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces

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

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Ex Services - Accommodation & Housing


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.

Tesco Delivers To British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (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’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll 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.
So, remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you’re looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day. 
Click HERE for more information

Royal British Legion Pop In Centre Colchester



POP IN AT COLCHESTER
Our Pop In advice and information centre is a welcoming space for Service personnel and veterans to get practical help and advice, and for members of the public to find out more about the wide range of services and community activities provided by the Legion.


Our Pop In advice and information centre is at 133 High Street, Colchester CO1 1SP and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Our East Anglia & Essex Area Office is just upstairs.








Monday, 17 October 2016

Free Attractions in London





Make the most of your stay in the city with these free London attractions.
From London's exquisite parks, to world-class museums such as the Natural History Museum, historic houses, stunning art galleriesand free activities for kids, there are some amazing free experiences to be had in London. 
The range of free London attractions is incredible. 
Where else in the world can you meet dinosaurs and creepy crawlies, see portraits of Tudor monarchs, travel back to the Battle of Britain, see Darwin's walking stick and the Lord Mayor's 18th-century gold coach, all without spending a penny?

For a full list please visit

Visit London Free-Attractions

Home Start Colchester - Support & Friendship for Families








Welcome to Home Start

Home-Start……   Taking the time to visit  you at home and provide family support when needed.

 Home-Start Colchester is an independent charity  dedicated to making a real difference to children and their parents.  Originally set up to offer a recognised Home-Start Volunteer Home Visiting Services in Colchester the scheme has since evolved by  expanding its reach in both geographic and age range.  We now offer  services in Colchester and limited services in South Tendring District, services that are both child targeted and parent targeted .

Friday, 14 October 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme Extended


The Secretary of State for Defence has announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.


The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/housing-development/ and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefited from the scheme.

For more information on the Scheme please click on the link below:


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Are You Looking for Help to Buy? Check Out the Government Website






















For more information, click here for the Homes & Communitites Agency.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Puddle Ducks Swimming Lessons - 10% Military Discount Available

CLICK HERE TO FIND A LOCAL CLASS

Service Complaints Ombudsman




visit the website at this link - 
http://www.servicecomplaintsombudsman.org.uk/

The Royal British Legion - Veteran Employment Gap Survey

While the majority of veterans go on to have successful careers after leaving Service, this is not the case for all.
Are you a veteran or know someone that is? the Royal British Legion want to know about your experience in finding work after Service.
Please fill out this quick survey: Here

MOD ICE App

MOD ICE App
12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched. The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The question is: Have you downloaded yours? If not then found out how here.

Please Click Here for More Information and How to Download

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Monday, 12 September 2016

Colchester Military Wives Choir


Colchester Military Wives Choir meets every Wednesday at Montgomery Infants School at 7-9 pm.

If you would like to join just pop along, new members always welcome.

Lock it or lose it - Make sure your bike is secure

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Monday, 5 September 2016

Forces Enterprise Network Hub - A new Careers and Enterprise Company for the Armed Forces Community


The Forces Enterprise Network, Recruit for Spouses and Evolution Forces Families have announced the creation of a new careers and enterprise company ‘Forces Enterprise Network Hub’ a fully integrated organisation which aims to transform the provision of careers and business support for the ‘whole’ Armed Forces Community.

FEN Hub exists to provide members of our Armed Forces community with the skills, resources and practical tools needed to be successful in whatever route to employment they choose, either by starting and maintaining a business or securing employment.

We bring our passion for business, experience in recruitment, knowledge of financial services and expertise in delivering training programmes and business networking to our defence community, and together we are making a difference in the lives of tri-service members, veterans, reservists, spouses and their families.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Your HIVE Information Service



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 your experience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Garrison Church Homefield Road Colchester








The Place

The Garrison Church building is located in Homefield Road, CO2 9ND. It is next door to the Community Centre and Costcutters Shop. It was opened in 2007 and inside is an attractive, peaceful and comfortable space for Christian worship.

The People

Everybody is welcome to come to the Garrison Church. It is an open and inclusive group of ordinary people. Some members of the congregation are serving members of the army, others are family       members or friends and there are some civilians who may have served in the past or who live locally. Children of all ages are very welcome.

The Purpose

The central purpose of the Garrison Church is to worship God. The main time this happens is at the Sunday Service which takes place at 1030hrs. This lasts for about an hour and is usually followed by some light refreshments. The Garrison Church can also be a place to develop friendships, ask questions, and explore faith in a personal way. Although none of these things are compulsory! Baptisms, weddings and funerals can be arranged through speaking to a Chaplain. Roman Catholic Mass is not routinely celebrated in the Garrison Church. Details of where this takes place can be obtained by speaking to the Brigade Roman Catholic Chaplain on 07770 824381.

The Padres

There is a team of army chaplains based in Colchester. They are attached to different units and are always available to offer spiritual, pastoral and moral support. The Senior Chaplain can be contacted on 07795 391107. He can provide additional information about the church or chaplaincy.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Time Out - Your Ultimate Guide to London

Timeout LondonCLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION

The Ripple Pond - Support Network For Families Of Physically & Emotionally Injured Personnel/Veterans

www.theripplepond.org

Have You Left The Regular Army And Want To Rejoin As Reservist?

Army Reserve


Nationwide
Full financial incentive of £10,000*

If you’ve left the Regular Army in the last six years, you could re-join as a Reservist and get incentive payments of up to £10,000. Provided you meet the full Reservist commitment, your payments will be split over four years.

You’ll find that Reserve service is flexible too, so you can fit it around your civilian career.

Service Leavers' Guide

Information for Service Leavers

The latest edition of the Service Leavers’ Guide is available on the .GOV website at this link

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Beat Stress Feel Better.......


Practical toolkit to men's self-care and peer support, 'Beat Stress, Feel Better', covering the key areas of wellbeing such as work, relationships and home life.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Free Beauty Therapy Course - Ring 01322 275807 for Information


























Course is held at Severals Industrial Park, 4 Acorn Place, Heckworth Close, Brunel Way, Colchester, CO4 9TQ.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tickets for Troops

Tickets for Troops (TFT) was set up in 2009 to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events, theatre performances, music concerts and cultural attractions.
Since launching TFT has been donated over 850,000 tickets and over 140,000 troops have registered on the website.
Tickets are available on the TFT website to troops who are currently serving or who have been medically discharged since 2001.
Tickets For Troops has teamed up with a wide range of organisations and has been able to offer free tickets to a huge number of high profile events, including The London Olympics and Paralympics, Invictus Games, The BRIT Awards, the Isle of Wight Festival, Formula One British Grand Prix, the FA Cup, Les Misérables, The Ideal Home Show, Premier League Football, the Aviva rugby Premiership, The British Summer Time Hyde Park series. The Calling Festival, Coldwell Boxing, darts and many others.
This initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of Patrons, including James Blunt, Steve Hayes, WO1 Kim Hughes GC and Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron. Troops are encouraged to go online and register at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk to take advantage of the fantastic tickets available for our Armed Forces

CarillionAmey Jobs for Spouses

Jobs for Dependants.  CarillionAmey are keen to employ military spouses as they feel they are well suited to the roles, having the experience of living in SFA and being a military family.  All vacancies can be found on the CarillionAmey website atwww.carillionamey.co.uk/chttp://www.carillionamey.co.uk/careers/vacancies

Monday, 4 July 2016

Future for Heroes

CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION

Carillion Amey - Improvements to Disabled Adaptations

Job Vacancies at Prested Hall Feering Colchester


Would you like to join the team at Prested? We are currently looking for a full or part time Night Porter for The Hall, and a full time Commis Chef for the Bistro at The Healthclub. Click on the link below to view more information on our current vacancies and how to apply.
Job Vacancies

Monday, 20 June 2016

On the Move?



Are you on the move soon or being re-located to Colchester Garrison? Please contact the HIVE for information sheets on the local area, schooling health and much more

If you are moving away from the area and looking for information on your new posting please contact the HIVE officer who will put you in contact with the nearest HIVE who will be able to help you

colchesterhive@armymail.mod.uk
01206 816588

Monday, 13 June 2016

Improve Your Home Security - Military Discount Available


North Essex Veterans Mental Health Group - Colchester Branch




Monthly Veterans Support Group in Colchester - for Veterans of all ages hosted by Combat Stress and Veterans First

Come and join us at our new home - The Pegasus Clubhouse, off Circular Road North, Colchester from 10am to 12.30pm.  Nearest postcode for SatNav is CO2 7SZ.  The Pegasus is next to the Garrison Athletics Track.  There is a car park approximately 300m from the entrance signposted 'Athletic Track Parking'

Refreshments kindly sponsored by ABF The Soldiers' Charity and The Invicta Foundation
The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month 
For more information please call 01206 228759











Thursday, 9 June 2016

Foreign & Commonwealth Information from the Army Families Federation

Visa and Citizenship information is available at the Army Families Federation website. Visit by clicking HERE.