Thursday, 21 September 2017

Families LifeWorks Programme 2017-2018

RBLI have an excellent website specifically for Lifeworks Families It has details of what the course involves, when courses are taking place and information about extra support RBLI can offer.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Brand new SPINNING FOR SPOUSES class STARTS 09:30 - 10:30 on Fri 22 Sep 17

Designed for ALL abilities.  If you're a total beginner and always wanted to give it a go or a seasoned pro then come along.  Indoor cycling to music is a great fun way to achieve your health and fitness goals.  

The class is held in the cycle studio in the East Camp Gym. 
If you are new to the Gym then you have to read and sign orders with Claire at the Gym reception.  You can do this before the class. 

If you are new to spinning or haven't been for a while then try to get there 10mins early so I can go through the bike set-up with you.

I seriously doubt the class will be full but if you want a bike reserved then message me otherwise it is first come first served.

New Garden Waste Bags after Customer Demand

After taking on board resident feedback we have introduced new garden waste bags, the bags are now similar in design to our blue recycling bags. 

Garden Waste BagThe new bags have a 500g weighted base and a lid to help prevent the bags and their contents from blowing away and to protect garden waste from the elements.

The bags, which are still only £2, can be purchased from:
  • Civic Offices
  • Dock Offices
  • Alps Depot
  • Most libraries.
Our garden waste service runs every fortnight during the summer months until the end of the November when it reverts to a ring and request service over the winter months.

Free bike rides on offer to women living across the Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is supporting a campaign that offers women free bike rides in an effort to reduce the inequality between the number of male and female cyclists.  

 Through the Council, the HSBC UK Breeze programme delivers fun, free, local rides for women on a weekly basis.

The number of female cyclists has increased in the last few years, and thanks to two enthusiastic ‘Breeze Champions’ Sara Novo and Hilary May, the rides were introduced into the Vale last year. 
“I was new to Wales and I wanted to work as a volunteer. I found out about the HSBC UK Breeze project through the Wales Volunteering website, and thought it would be a great way to meet
new people, and improve my English
 The rides vary in speed and terrain and Breeze Champions will ensure no one is left behind.

Both champions are also looking to set up regular coaching sessions for women in the Vale. 

 For more information on cycling activities in the Vale of Glamorgan you can email Rachel Shepherd or to find a HSBC UK Breeze ride in your local region, visit

Friday, 15 September 2017

Welfare Office Weekly Update

Here is the weekly update for week commencing Monday 18th September 2017

Tuesday 19/09/17 - 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 20/09/15 - Youth Club - West Camp Community Centre
As we now have larger numbers the youth club has been split into 2 age groups so that the activities are more age appropriate
The timings are as follows:
For 5 years to 10 years inclusive from 16.00 to 17.45
For ages 11 and above 18.00 to 19.30.
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.
 We are also looking for volunteers to help out so if you have a spare some time on a Wednesday evening feel free to come along and have a chat to the staff. 

Thursday 21/09/17 - 10.00 to 11.20 in West Camp Community Centre (Back Port-a-cabin). Mums and Tots 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.

Other News

As the new school year is upon us we are providing a Maths and English course for adults in the Community Centre. This course is run in conjunction with Bridgend college and starts off at a level 1 and can be extended to GCSE depending on your skills and needs. It is a very relaxed pace, is free to attend and is currently being held on a Monday Afternoon. (Please note change of day)

Also we would like to offer you the opportunity to learn some basic maths, English and simple Welsh to help out with the children's homework. If you would be interested in this then please give us a call. At the moment we have no day or date for this to start as it will depend on numbers of parents interested.

For either of the above please ring the Welfare Office on 01446 790122, email us or call in to the Office.

In the Community Centre on West Camp on a Monday ( during term time) we have  baby land sessions. Baby beeps is for new-born to sitting and runs from 10.00 to 10.45 whilst Baby bells is for sitting to toddling and runs from 11.00 to 11.45.  There is a charge for these classes. For more information or to book a place please call Tracy on 07870405383 or email
This class is not run by the Welfare Office

Our MOD Policeman PC Bob Rand is currently taking some time away from work.  If you need to speak to police but don't require an emergency response? Call 101… The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in Wales and England. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Families Federations seek vital transition feedback from military families

The Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations have today launched their joint Transition Survey.

The federations are inviting military families to take part in sharing their views and experiences to help make a difference to Forces families.

Focus on Transition
The survey focusses on transition out of the Armed Forces and will target those families who have either left the Forces in the last two years, or are due to leave before September 2019.

It will cover all aspects of the transition process including reasons for leaving, and the effect this has on the family of the serving person. They’ll also be asking families to tell them what they find to be the most challenging aspect of transition.
As well as asking for families’ experiences, we’ll be asking them to share their ideas about how the transition process can be improved. Their opinions are vital in informing our future work and success.”

Get involved

For those who are leaving: click here to take the survey.

For those that have left: click here to take the survey.

All those who take part will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC technology.

Don’t miss your chance to help improve transition for Forces families now and in the future. Families’ feedback will also be used to shape the coming work of the Transition Liaison for each of the families federations, who are each kindly funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

Find out more
To find out more about the families federations, visit their websites and