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Monday, 14 May 2018

Posting Dates for Fathers' Day


Here is the weekly update for week commencing 14/05/18

Monday 14/05/18 - 
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 15/05/18 -
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.

Wednesday16/05/18 -
Youth Club - West Camp Community Centre
Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no youth club for the next few weeks.

Thursday 17/05/18 -
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 18/05/18 -
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. Poster attached.

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

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Welfare Office Weekly Update

Here is the weekly update for week commencing Monday 7th May 2018.

Wednesday 09/05/18 -
Youth Club - West Camp Community Centre
Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no youth club for the next few weeks.

Thursday 10/05/18 -
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.

Other Information
Llantwit Major Tennis Club Open Day.
LMTC would like to invite everyone in the community to their open day on Saturday 12th May, 'The Great British Tennis Weekend', when they will be throwing open their doors and welcoming families and individuals who would like a FREE taster session of a range of fun tennis games and activities under the expert guidance of professional coaches.  All equipment is provided.  There is a 2pm session for families with children (year 6 and below), and a 3pm session for  Adults and teens.  With catering and a bouncy castle, it's going to be a whole lot of fun. To register, sign-up online at https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/LlantwitMajorTennisClub/Events or just come down on the day.  For more information or to join the club visit www.llantwittennis.co.uk.  For new members joining on the day there will be a 20% discount off membership fees and 50% off new coaching sessions.

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. Poster attached.

Huggable Heroes
Huggable Heroes is a company making soft toys for children who's parents are away. The toys help reduce separation anxiety and reinforce the bond between parent and child whilst they are away. 
Please see poster for more detail.

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

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

AFF addresses work/life balance of Army families




NEW grant funding scheme available to schools and Local Authorities in Wales!


Key information about the fund:
  • £200k available for 2018/19 academic year
  • Schools submit a grant application providing a breakdown of how they would spend the grant if successful
  • Deadline for applications is 30 June 2018
  • Schools can submit individual applications or in a cluster bid with other schools
  • Funding should be used to help Service children overcome the challenges they face in education as a result of mobility and deployment
  • All maintained schools in Wales with at least one current Service child enrolled are eligible to apply for the grant
  • Further details including instructions, FAQs and the application form can be located on the SSCE Cymru website: http://www.sscecymru.co.uk/supporting-service-children-in-wales-fund

Bid ideas:
  • Staff training
  • Provide additional support with core subject when needed
  • Obtain resources to support Service children when moving schools
  • Purchase resources/IT equipment to help Service children keep in touch with parents during deployment
  • Organise events to engage Service families in the school and local community
  • Provide resources to develop a lunchtime 'drop in' support club.
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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

AFF welcomes support for Service pupils in Wales


The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted to hear that a new £200,000 fund to support Service families in Wales has been announced by the Welsh Government. In 2017, the charity sent a detailed brief, on families' behalf, to the Education Minister Kirsty Williams, highlighting the need for targeted pupil funding for Armed Forces children in Wales, and they are pleased to see that this important issue has now been recognised

Families voices heard
In England, this funding is provided by the Service Pupil Premium, and AFF has frequently received feedback from families who felt their children were at a disadvantage in Wales.
Using their views as a platform, AFF has advocated a similar scheme to support Service children in Wales. The charity sees this newly announced provision as a positive first step to increased support in more areas of the UK.

Ensuring school support
The Education Minister said: "Service children often have to move schools at very short notice, and can also face the anxiety of having a parent away on active service. That's why we need to ensure schools are there to support them."

AFF's Regional Manager for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Annabel Ingram said: "AFF works hard in our devolved nations to ensure parity across the UK for all our Service families. We're very pleased for our families in Wales, who will now see their children receive support to deal with the unique challenges of life as a Service family."

The fund will be administered by the Supporting Service Children in Education (SSCE) Project, and schools are encouraged to make a bid this school term to access funding ready for the new school year in September.

Find out more
To find out more about the work AFF does on behalf of Army families worldwide, visit www.aff.org.uk