Community Matters

Summer is always massively busy from a community perspective and this year has been no different!

As well as our normal business with Community Support Road Show events around Station, our monthly visits to families at RAF Scampton, RAF College Cranwell and MOD Digby and our ongoing commitment to support families affected by deployment, the summer also see’s the personnel of Community Support Squadron (CSS) flat out hosting families in the Families Air Show enclosure, supporting with the organisation and staffing of the ever popular Families After Air Show Party in the IWF and playing a key role in supporting a massive holiday activities programme for the children of RAF Waddington servicemen and women.

This years programme of holiday activities for children and young people aged 8+ is bigger and better than ever! The highlights this year will most definitely be two residential trips to a local adventurous activities centre followed closely by a trip in early September to the Olympic Stadium in London to watch the Paralympic Athletics competition. The trip will no doubt be a challenge, a long, long day on the road but hopefully with the opportunity to enjoy something that really will be a once in a lifetime experience.

As ever also planned as part of this year’s summer programme are three trips that will be joint ventures supporting deployed families. With visits to Yorkshire Safari Park, Fantasy Island, Skegness and the ever popular Alton Towers to look forward to, this summer should be a good one! Our trips although organised with RAF Waddington families in mind will also be open to families affected by deployment from other local Stations and I’m sure will be as popular as ever. Supporting families affected by deployment or separation through duty is always our priority and further information can be requested through the HIVE on 01522 727675.

It seems that in each article I write for the ‘Insight’ magazine, I always seem to be reflecting on an event or competition linked with the RAF Benevolent Fund and this article is no different. The RAF Benevolent Fund continue to make a huge difference through many different means to the support that RAF Waddington is able to show to our Service families for which we are extremely grateful. This time round in conjunction with Airplay and our normal youth provision on Station, the RAF Ben Fund recently organised an ‘Olympic’ themed competition, (clearly apt this year) to celebrate the role the Royal Air Force would play in supporting this important national event. I am delighted to report that yet again, a member of the RAF Waddington Youth Club, Miss Bethany Hudson won the ‘seniors’ prize designing a poster to reflect this ‘Olympic’ connection.

To commemorate Beth’s achievement, Group Captain (Ret’d) Geoff Ware, the regional Benevolent Fund representative visited the Station and together with Wing Commander Casebury (Officer Commanding Base Support Wing) and a number of Beth’s Youth Club friends and her Mum saw her presented with a copy of her poster, an RAF Ben Fund teddy and most importantly for Beth, a prize to the value of £100. Beth enthusiastically chose a voucher to a well know high street clothing store and clearly will enjoying compiling a new summer wardrobe this year. Well done to Beth and thank you as always to the RAF Ben Fund.

I’m sure that throughout the summer and in the remainder of 2012 that there will much more to report from a community perspective but please remember, if you have any comments or questions or more importantly suggestions on what we can do to further improve our services, please get in touch with any member of the Community Support Team. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Best Wishes

John Ferguson

Head of Community Support


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