Wednesday, 24 February 2016

UBER Military Opportunities

Uber Military launches scheme in Newcastle, London and Liverpool
Uber is launching a new scheme to recruit veterans, their spouses and their dependents to become Uber drivers by launching UberMILITARY in the UK.
From veterans looking for flexible part-time work, to TA reservists looking for a full-time opportunity between drills, to military spouses hoping for a job that can follow them on the next move, Uber is a perfect fit.
From day one, drivers set their own hours, have access to customers and create their own steady and growing income streams.
Uber can provide a full package of support for ex-military personnel, reservists and their families to take on the Uber platform.
Clair on behalf of Uber said “ transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging, but at Uber we understand that veterans are some of our nation’s most talented, trustworthy and dependable individuals. That’s why we’re excited to launch UberMILITARY our new program to introduce service members, veterans and military spouses to Uber and empower them as small business owners.”
With Uber, drivers are self-employed and in control of their own work hours, meaning there is an incredible amount of flexibility in becoming a driver.  It is also safe, no money exchanges hands between the customer and the driver as the customer pays and books for their journey via the Uber app.
All drivers will receive a support package from Uber, all you need is a clean driver’s license, a medical and criminal record check and Uber do the rest.
If you would like to attend a workshop, please contact, 07531948014 so that she can book you on a place.  Uber host three workshops per week Newcastle, Liverpool and London.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Friday, 19 February 2016

The HIVE Blog Q & A

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:, 01785 258843
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.

NHS Choices Mental Health Apps Library

Visit the new NHS Choices Mental Health Apps Library here.

Domestic Abuse Support for Armed Forces

Monday, 15 February 2016

Armed Forces Childcare Voucher Scheme

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

For more information please click on the link below

Information for Service Leavers

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

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Defence Discount Service - Military Mutual Insurance

Licence to Occupy Insurance

Did you know?
If you occupy Service Family Accommodation be it either SFA or SSFA 
you will have signed an agreement when you moved into the property 
called a Service Licence to Occupy Service Family Accommodation
 (known as a Licence to Occupy). Due to this, you are not classed as a tenant.  
The Services Insurance and Investment Panel (siiap) have
 a web page that details a number of insurance providers
 who can organise policies that have been designed 
specifically for SFA Occupants.  
The webpage can be found at:

Monday, 8 February 2016

Friday, 5 February 2016

MOD Discount of 10% Off at Under Armour

Defence Discount Service are please to welcome Under Armour to the service offering members an exclusive 10% off. 

For more information please visit: 
or download our free mobile app!

Feedback on Army Website is built for you, make your opinion heard.

We are in the process of gathering feedback about the current website and your expectations for the new one and are looking for family members of soldiers and former staff thinking of re-joining the army for a short interview on the phone.

Please get in touch with our partner agency - 0207 173 2885 or

Changes to the Armed Forces Service Complaints Process

Please click HERE to view/download pamphlet

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Career Transition Partnership - Resettlement Support for up to Two Years Post-Service

Resettlement support continues
Resettlement support doesn’t end 
when you leave
 the Armed Forces.You can seek help
 if eligible
 from your Regional Resettlement 
Centre for 
up to two years after your 
discharge date.

Career advice and guidance

If you attended a Career Transition Workshop
 or worked with a CTP Career Consultant on
 a one-to-one basis prior to leaving, 
you’re eligible for advice and information
 from your Career Consultant for up to
 two years post-discharge.

You can contact them by phone, email, or in person,

 whether it’s to discuss a job application, get feedback on your CV,
 or simply review your career direction.

You may also be able to attend CTP Employment Fairs or seminars, 

interview techniques workshops or other events, 
depending on availability of places.

If you didn’t access resettlement services prior to leaving, 

you may still be eligible for job finding assistance. 
To check your eligibility and find out more, contact your nearest 
Regional Resettlement Centre.

Information extracted from
Please visit this link for further details.

Reading Force for Service Families


Military Mutual 20% Discount

SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) - Now Defence Relationship Management

DRM is a single point of contact linking employers with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

About DRM

We offer advice and support on employing members of the armed forces community, and enable organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the MOD. DRM builds on the successful SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) information campaign and continues defence’s work with reservists, their employers, and those organisations who want to partner with defence.

Find out more about rights and responsibilities for employers and reservists.

Defence is keen to establish open, strategic relationships with employers, tailoring partnering opportunities to mutual needs and business goals.

The ways we offer support include:

  • employment of reservists and support through flexible HR policies
  • employment of regular service personnel at the end of their engagements, in collaboration with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
  • employment opportunities for service leavers with more challenging transitions including the wounded, injured and sick
  • employment of spouses/civil partners of service personnel
  • joint development of skills in areas such as engineering, medical, communications and cyber security
  • career opportunities and support for cadet adult instructors
  • tackling disadvantages faced by service personnel in the consumer market
To find out more visit the DRM website at: 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

MOD Discount of 30% Off Mitre Sports

We would like to welcome Mitre Sports to Defence Discount Service who are offering members a huge 30% discount! 

For the code and link please visit