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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Welfare Office Weekly Update

 Hi Everyone,
Here is the weekly update for week commencing Monday 3rd December 2018

Tuesday 04/12/18 -
Lily's Sing-along at 13.30 - CANCELLED UNTIL AFTER XMAS

St Athan Youth Band in West Camp Community Centre (Main Hall) on Tuesdays during term time from 17.30 to 18.00 for new beginners group followed by the more advanced players at 18.00 to 19.00. They are a group of young musicians who put on concerts throughout the year. If you are interested in your child joining the band please contact Alan Bourne, the band master, on 07769977207 for further details.

Wednesday 05/12/18 - 
Coffee Morning - 10.00 to 11.00 in West Camp Community Centre (Main Hall)

Messy Play at 13.30 in West Camp Community Centre (Main Hall) for small children from 0 to school age. This will be messy so please make sure that your children are suitably dressed! (There will be mud, paint, water, jelly, glue etc) The cost for the hour session will be £1.50 and a drink and biscuits will be provided. Everyone welcome.


Youth Club in West Camp Community Centre (Main Hall). The club is open for children age 5 upwards from 16.00 to 18.00 . There are lots of activities available including pool, table tennis, arts and crafts, team games and cooking so come along and join in the fun. The cost of youth club is £1 and there is a tuck show available with very low prices and we suggest a maximum of £1 (this will purchase a can of pop, packet of crisps, chocolate bar and pack of jelly sweets) and there will be free squash throughout the evening. 

Thursday 06/12/18 - 
Mums and Tots at 10.00 to 11.20 in West Camp Community Centre (Back Port-a-cabin) for ages 0 to school age and includes organised activities, snack time, story time, singing and free play. Cost £1 and includes refreshments for parent or carer. Open to all families and dependants of Service and Civilian personnel working at MOD St Athan. There is an alternative entrance at the back of the community centre that can be used if the main hall is being used.


Dates for your diary
Here are the details of the events being organised by the team for Christmas this year.
All of the events are open to Serving and Civilian personnel at MOD St Athan and their families.
Please see the posters attached for more information or give the office a call on 01446 790122.
Tickets for all events are on sale now at the Welfare Office or HIVE.

Friday 14th December at 19.15 to Midnight in Cpls Mess
The Ladies Christmas dinner will be held in the Cpls Mess on Friday 14th December at 19.15 until Midnight. The cost per ticket is £15 and includes arrival drinks, 3 course meal, wine and coffee, transport and entertainment.

Sunday 16th December at 14.00 to 17.00 in the Cpls Mess.
The Children's Christmas party will be held in the  Cpls Mess on Sunday 16th December at 14.00 to 17.00. There will be food, entertainment and a visit from Father Christmas. Tickets cost £3 per child to cover the cost of the present from Father Christmas.

COMMUNITY CENTRE REFURBISHMENT
The St Athan Welfare Team are currently in the process of possibly acquiring funding to refurbish the Community Centre. This facility is here to benefit the local community and, more specifically, the dependants of  Service personnel. We would really appreciate any suggestions from the people that use the Community Centre about how you feel it could be improved! 
You can send any suggestions (Ideas for small or large projects are welcomed) by replying to this email, or popping into the Welfare House located across from the Community Centre at 1 Rook Close or you can  pop into the Coffee morning held in the community Centre on Wed 5 Dec at 1000 -1100 where the Welfare Team will be available to discuss any suggestions and ideas.


Regards
The Welfare Team

Forces Help to Buy Scheme

The Secretary of State for Defence has agreed that the Forces Help to Buy scheme will be extended for new applications until 31 December 2019.
Forces Help to Buy enables regular Armed Forces personnel to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment or as their family's needs change.
To date more than £242 million been provided to over 16,000 applicants. The extension of the pilot will allow Defence to explore how the policy fits within the wider housing strategy and understand any opportunities for private sector provision of the scheme.
The Secretary of State said:
"Everyone dreams of owning their own home and this hugely popular scheme has already helped thousands of Service personnel realise that dream. By extending the scheme by a further year I really hope we can help many more first-time buyers, families and married couples get a foot on the property ladder."
Help to Buy website: https://www.helptobuy.gov.uk/​ 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Monday, 19 November 2018

Welfare Office Welfare Update -week commencing Monday 12th November 2018




Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Mod St Athan Christmas Events

Hi Everyone,
Here are the details of the events being organised by the team for Christmas this year.
All of the events are open to Serving and Civilian personnel at MOD St Athan and their families.
Please see the posters attached for more information or give the office a call on 01446 790122.
Tickets for all events will be available from Monday 12th November.

Saturday 1st December at 13.00 to 15.00 in the Sgts Mess. 
There will be a performance of the pantomime "Sleeping beauty" provided by the British Forces  Foundation in partnership with The Panto Bus in the Sgts Mess on Saturday 1st December at 13.00. Tickets will be available from Monday 12th November at a cost of £1 per person and will include a soft drink, ice cream and candy floss. There will also be a tuck shop available in the interval. (No poster available at present)

Friday 14th December at 19.15 to Midnight in Cpls Mess
The Ladies Christmas dinner will be held in the Cpls Mess on Friday 14th December at 19.15 until Midnight. The cost per ticket is £15 and includes arrival drinks, 3 course meal, wine and coffee, transport and entertainment. 

Sunday 16th December at 14.00 to 17.00 in the Cpls Mess.
The Children's Christmas party will be held in the  Cpls Mess on Sunday 16th December at 14.00 to 17.00. There will be food, entertainment and a visit from Father Christmas. Tickets cost £3 per child to cover the cost of the present from Father Christmas.

Regards
The Welfare Team

Monday, 5 November 2018

Views, vouchers and vital participation: AFF’s Big Survey 2018 is live!



The Army Families Federation (AFF) has launched its annual Big Survey, which this year focusses on the future contract for military housing allocation and maintenance.




Your voice is key


Families have been vocal about the failings and issues with the current contract – now AFF is asking for suggestions and ideas on what the new contract should include to help make their lives easier. With the contract (currently held by Amey) due for renewal soon, the charity says that now more than ever, families have a real chance to shape future policy.




AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “Families tell us the many issues they face with their military housing – we want them to know that their voice is key in ensuring the changes they want to see actually happen, whether that be better appointment times, more first-time repair success, or more time to check their new quarter at move-in.”




Wherever you live


The charity assures those not currently living in military housing, and those currently posted overseas, that their views are just as vital, given that the next contract is likely to be in place for at least the next seven years.




Families’ views truly influential


Known for their work in pushing for positive changes that affect Army families’ lives, AFF is committed to ensuring families’ feedback is heard by decision makers at all levels – and acted upon. And this latest survey will be no exception.




Win in time for Christmas!


As a thank you for taking part, the military charity is also offering families the chance to win one of three Amazon vouchers for taking part (main prize £100).







To find out more about AFF, visit www.aff.org.uk

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