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Monday, 30 April 2018

Welfare Office Weekly Update - 30 April 2018

Monday 30/04/18 - 
Free Numeracy and Literacy Classes  at 10.30 in the back portacabin of West Camp Community Centre.
There are spaces free if you would like to join the class. Give us a call for more info on 01446 790122. Open to all families and dependants of Service and Civilian personnel working at MOD St Athan- Sorry, No children.

Hartbeeps at 10.00 in main hall. This is a musical class for little ones from birth to 4 years. This class is not run by the Welfare Team. For more information please contact Alison (ali@hartbeeps.com) or see attached leaflet.

Tuesday 01/05/18 -
Lily's Sing-along at 13.30 in West Camp Community Centre (Main Hall) for Parents/Carers and small children from 0 to school age. The group will last for an hour and will be based around singing and stories so come and join in the fun. Squash and biscuits provided.

Wednesday 02/05/18 -
Youth Club - West Camp Community Centre
Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no youth club for the next few weeks.

Thursday 03/05/18 -
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.

Friday 04/05/18 -
Breast Feeding Support Group at 10.30 to 12.30 in West Camp Community Centre (Not run by Welfare)

Other Information

Churchill lines Families Day 
This year the Churchill Lines Families Day will be held on the Parade Square within Churchill Lines on Thursday 31st May from 12.00 to 17.00. The event is open to Serving Personnel and Civilians working within Churchill Lines and their immediate families. More information will be published shortly.

Contact House Charges
There are 4 contact houses at St Athan, 2 on East Camp and 2 on West Camp. One of the houses on East Camp is run by the RAF and more details for this can be obtained by ringing 01446 797332.  The other 3 are managed by the Army Welfare Office and all have 3 bedrooms (Double, Twin, Single and a cot) They are fully furnished and all bedding is laundered at a local laundry but we do not supply towels. Bookings can be made by contacting the Welfare office on 01446 790122.
The contact Houses are very popular especially at the weekends. They are primarily used for Welfare Cases  but can be used for family visits when vacant. This year has seen a large increase in the number of soldiers from other units using them for child access which comes under the welfare umbrella.
We have been reviewing the current charges and found that due to a discounted price for welfare cases we are sometimes running at a loss. 
We currently have to pay daily rent to Carillion Amey, TV License, Laundry, Cleaning and replacement of damaged/ broken items.  To keep the costs down, much of the cleaning is done by the team but inevitably some has to be paid for ie cooker deep clean. Sadly we have had to increase the rental costs from 1st May 2018 for new bookings but will keep the price at £30 for all bookings currently in the diary for May 2018.

The new charges will be as follows
Current bookings in diary for May -
West Camp Community Centre and Bouncy Castle - £30
Contact Houses run by Army Welfare Team -£30

New bookings in May and all bookings from 1st June -
West Camp Community Centre and Bouncy Castle - £35 each 
Contact Houses on West Camp  - £35 per night
Contact house on East Camp run by Army Welfare Team - £40 per night