Thursday, 8 December 2016

Mental Health First Aid Awareness

Are you deploying or going on exercise in 2017 - Why not record a story for the children through Storybook Soldiers?

Medical Advice On Who To Contact During Festive Period

Latest offers from Defence Discount Service

Homes for Veterans - Cheltenham Borough Homes

Cheltenham Borough Homes Ltd

Phase 1 (AFFORDABLE RENT) advertising 7 Dec 16 for one week:
·         2x 2 bed house
·         3x ground floor flats (all with wet rooms)

Phase 2 (AFFORDABLE RENT) advertising 14 Dec 16 for one week:
·         3x 1-bed flats (1st & 2nd floors)
·         2x 2-bed flats (1st & 2nd floors)

The development has a communal garden and parking available.

Applicants will need to register to allow bidding on Gloucester Homeseekers Plus

For more information and rental costs contact: Contact Louise Oliver on 0800 408 0000 or

Carillionamey: Smoke Alarm Testing

Safety in your home. 
When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms? 
Be sure to push the test button every so often and replace batteries if the warning bleeps start.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Career Transition Partnership (CTP) - Early Service Leavers Resettlement Programme

SPACES - Singles Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services

Community Risk Management Plan 2017-22 - Consultation



Have your say

We are seeking views on our proposed five-year Community Risk Management Plan and its accompanying year one Action Plan (2017-18). These are key strategic documents for the service and drive our work.
Your views are vital and allow you to influence our future decision-making and annual projects aimed at improving our ways of working. 
In this consultation we are keen to hear your feedback on the community risks that we have identified for Oxfordshire.  Are these the right risks, is anything missing? We also want your comments on our proposed plans to address these risks and any ideas for what we could do differently.
Enter the consultation portal

Thames Valley Alert - Live Web Chat About Drink/Drug-Driving

TODAY there will be a live web chat with Ch Insp Henry Parsons, of the Joint Roads Policing Unit, who will be online to answer your questions about drink/drug-driving.

The session is taking place as part of the Thames Valley Police / Hampshire Constabulary month-long Christmas campaign against drink/drug-driving, which began on Thursday (1/12) to prevent the destruction and distress caused by motorists who drive after drinking or taking drugs.
Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary are working together as part of the two Forces’ Joint Roads Policing Unit to deter and detect behaviour behind the wheel that puts lives in danger on our roads.
Drink and drug-driving is recognised by independent research as one of the ‘Fatal 4’ factors that result in collisions that cause people to be killed or seriously injured. 
Whether it is about the legal alcohol limit, penalties for drink/drug-driving, how alcohol and drugs affect your driving, or something else related to drink/drug-driving, Ch Insp Parsons will endeavour to respond to your queries.

To take part in the session - anonymously - from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, 

Friday, 2 December 2016

Oxfordshire Mind - Notes of the Week

It's Friday and time for Notes of the Week!

If you have any good news stories or communications requests, please don't hesitate to contact me at
In this week's issue you'll find: 
 To read more - please follow this link

Forces TV - Who's Your A Team?

Who’s Your A-Team?

As episodes of The A-Team explode into action on Forces TV we’re asking Who’s Your A-Team?

Tell us why your team is top, how they impress you…and quite simply why they beat the rest!
Let us know why you ‘love it when a plan comes together’ and you could treat your team.
The winning idea will be chosen by a panel of judges and we’ll send you the money to spoil your staff.
Email us via by Saturday 10th December, describing how you’d spend £200 on your very own A-Team.
WatchThe A-Teamweekdays onForces TV at 6pm. From 13th December it will be broadcast at 10pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Samaritans monthly newsletter

Welcome to Samaritans' monthly newsletter, full of the latest news and updates on our work in the UK and Ireland. To make sure you see future emails from us, please add us to your Safe Senders list.

We've had a busy November, not least because over 1000 people showed their support as part of our Local Action Saves Lives campaign! Find out how you can get involved below.

Also this month, we received recognition for our work with ITV's Loose Women on their 'Lighten the Load' campaign at the Mind Media Awards and we produced our Annual Report, which tells the story of our work over the past year. We're also getting ready to launch our exciting Christmas campaign which you can support throughout December... 

Samaritans' work with Loose Women wins Award

A campaign developed with Samaritans for ITV's Loose Women, asking people to open up about their mental health and listen to each other, has been recognised with a prestigious MIND Media Award.

Find out more here >>
Working together to reduce suicide

Over the last year we answered more than 5.4 million calls for help. Read about all of our achievements as well as our plans for the year ahead.

Learn more here >>
Local Action Saves Lives

"My cousin took his own life. Eighteen months later, his mum killed herself too. Her death could have been prevented, but she wasn't offered any help whatsoever."

Make sure everything's being done in your area to prevent suicide >>
Better online support for suicidal patients 

The internet is often used by people who self-harm or attempt suicide to explore methods, share experiences and seek help. New research shows the need for more regulation, policy and best practice to reduce risk and ensure better support.

Find out more here >>
Christmas campaign 

We have exciting things in store this Christmas!

Keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages throughout December, where you can support our #RealChristmas campaign; reminding people that it's okay to reach out for help when they need it. 
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Thames Valleys Alert - Warning to Drivers using Motorway Serivces

Drivers using motorway services stations, particularly those along the M4 in Berkshire, are being warned that thieves could be using technology to prevent people locking their vehicles and then steal from them.
Thames Valley Police officers are warning people to make a manual check that doors are locked before leaving their vehicles.
This advice follows a spate of 14 thefts from vehicles at motorway services in Berkshire. In many of the cases there was no obvious sign of a break in and no damage was caused to the vehicles as items were stolen from them.
Officers are also appealing for anyone who visited the services during the dates outlined below and have any dashcam footage to please get in touch as they may have vital information for the investigations.
At Chieveley Moto Services on M4 at junction 13 between 24 November and 1 December two vans, two lorries and a Mercedes car were entered and items including tools, a suitcase and laptop were taken.
At Reading Moto Services M4 junctions 11-12 between 26 November and 28 November two Range Rovers, a Jaguar, a Mercedes and a Fiat 500 were all accessed by unknown means, ie no obvious sign of a break-in, and various pieces of luggage were stolen from the vehicles.
At Membury Welcome Break M4 at junctions 14 -15 between 24 November and 26 November two Land Rovers, a Mercedes and a Renault were accessed by unknown means. Luggage, wallets and cash were stolen.
Investigating officer, Sgt Alan Hawkett of Newbury Police Station said: “I strongly recommend that any members of the public visiting motorway services stations anywhere in the country keep all valuable items in their possession when away from their vehicle. Offenders may be using technology to prevent your vehicle from locking therefore we would advise a manual check of the doors before leaving your vehicle.
“I am appealing to the public who use in car dash cameras who may have been at any of the above service stations on the above dates and times to contact me. You may have captured an offence or offender on camera. I am extremely keen to review the footage.”
Anyone with any information or dashcam footage relevant to these incidents is asked to call 101 using ref 409 27/11/2016 or email

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

MOD Veterans UK - Changes to Helpline Opening Hours

Changes to our helpline opening hours took 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.

Freephone (UK only): 0808 1914 2 18
Telephone (overseas): +44 1253 866 043

MOD - Duke Of York Royal Military School - Sixth Form Open Days December 2016 & January 2017

Respite & Welfare Breaks at Victory Services Club

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 
by following this link

Military Personnel: Thinking of Doing a Course?

“use it or lose it” 

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. 

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) The ELC allowance provides funding support to Service personnel who want to enhance their educational or vocational achievements for long-term personal development.  It may only be used to gain National Qualification Level 3 or higher qualifications. (i.e. A Level & some NVQ Level 4 or 5, 1st Degree, Post Graduate studies and Doctorate)  Candidates must have registered while serving and strict criteria apply when making a claim. Depending on a number of factors, this can amount to up to as much as £2000 per year, over a 3 year course. Again, individuals must both have registered and made their claim prior to starting any course.  Also, provided you registered whilst still serving , you may also claim for up to 10 years after leaving the service. See JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 3 for details or visit  or contact your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.

HIVE - Linking in with Agencies to support the Military Community

Common questions about the HIVE BLOG and accessing the BLOG

Q.  What is the Blog?
A.           The Blog is an Internet based Information Platform on which information pertaining to service personnel and their families is publicised on a daily basis (Monday – Friday). 

The Blog provides information, Education, Accommodation, Transition to civilian life, Local and Tourist Information, Employment, Housing, What’s on in your local community and much more.

Q.I. Sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so probably miss out on what is going on and find out about events too late.
A.           Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (on right hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email once a day on the day the blog has been updated.
By using this facility, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest 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 the whole Blog.
A.        There are a number of ways to address this.  You can use the tabs and filters to view specific topics of information, or you can use the Labels facility on the right hand side.  Just click on the label and it will display all the information held under that label for example click on Accommodation (59)  and the Blog will display the 59 items under that label.  There is also the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom right hand side of the webpage.  
Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted information on Service Accommodation, just type, Accommodation into the box and the relevant post will be displayed.

Q. I would like to put information on the Blog such as an 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 they will upload your poster or information 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
·                     Local business advertising(can be advertised as long as there is a discount for military personnel and their families)

Please contact the HIVE by email at or call Abingdon HIVE  on 01235 543588 or Bicester HIVE on 01869 256158.

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.