News from the Trinity Community centre

Further to the message from OC PSF in the last newsletter about bringing in your own healthy snacks to the Coffee Shop and Play Area; in response to information regarding nut allergies, please do not bring NUTS into the TCC.

Refreshments in the TCC
The Costa pod offers a full range of toasties, baguettes, paninis and sandwiches with prices starting at £1.45 are available daily as well as tea, Costa Coffee, hot chocolate and cold drinks. Also, kids’ lunch boxes – A sandwich of your choice, a piece of fruit, a drink and a toy for only £1.99. Don’t forget to get a loyalty card! If you buy a large coffee, your tenth cup will be free! Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am – 4pm (On Thursdays, open till 5pm).

RAF Halton Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is in the Old Post Office, just over the road from the Trinity Community Centre.
Opening hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am-12.30pm. You will find lots of quality second-hand items including gorgeous jewellery, toys, books and DVDs as well as clothing. Any enquiries, call Veronica on 01296 614201.

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and MODern Housing Solutions
Information Surgery
Would you like to know more about the Housing Service we provide? If so, please take this opportunity to come along and meet with representatives from DIO and MODern Housing Solutions. You will be able to discuss the Housing Service that occupants of SFA are provided with. The next Information Surgery will be held in the Trinity Community Centre on Thursday 27 September No need to book an appointment, just call in to the Hall in the Trinity Community Centre between 12.00-2.00pm.

Summer Activities
The Summer Activities programme is well underway and will finish on the 31st August. Despite all of the Op OLYMPIC commitments, some people are going beyond their sense of duty, thanks goes out to everyone volunteering to take part. This year Bucks County Council sponsored the ‘National Play Day’ on the 1st August where a huge Fun Day took place in the Trinity Community Centre for all ages. Reptile life visited and the biggest bubbles ever were seen along with the chance to learn Circus skills to the envy of all.
Wilma Kingsbury – Community Development Officer – 01296 656355

Contact Welfare Housing – The Welfare House
Contact Welfare Housing provides short-term accommodation for family or friends of personnel at RAF Halton. This includes any welfare needs, parents maintaining contact with children from a previous marriage, families requiring housing during domestic difficulties or for personnel whose parents or nearest relatives are visiting. RAF Halton has one Contact Welfare House in Tedder Road at present and it has proven to be incredibly sought after.  Due to the high demand of that house, there are plans in place to bring another online very soon. News will follow shortly regarding the grand opening.

Woodland House, 41 Tedder Road, is a 3-bedroom house with central heating, basic kitchen utensils, bedding and comfortable furnishings. It comes with a TV and DVD/Video as well as a selection of children’s toys, books and DVD’s. Woodland House has enough beds for up to four adult occupants and one cot. The house is equipped with a conventional oven, microwave oven and a washing machine.

In most cases, the booking system works on a first come first served basis, however, if a Welfare need is brought to the attention of the Community Support Staff that requires immediate housing, those personnel will take priority.

•  Priority One – Marital Categories 3 or 4 – Nightly £10

•  Priority Two – Marital Categories 1, 2 or 5 – Nightly £20

All applicants are to be aware that Priority One applications take precedence, and Priority Two applications may be cancelled at short notice. For bookings please contact Tracy Glover, Station Community Support Clerk on Ext 6396

Citizens Advice
Whatever your problem, whoever you are are here to help. They offer free, confidential advice on – Welfare Benefits, Employment, Debt, Family and Personal, Consumer, Education, Tax, Utilities, Housing and more…This is brought to you by RAF Halton and Dacorum District Citizens Advice Bureau Outreach Project. Sessions are by appointment only with sessions on alternate Wednesdays at the Trinity Community Centre. To book please contact Tracy Glover (SCSC) on x6396 (01296 656396) or Shirley Cousins (HIVE) on x6507 (01296 656507Janice Newton – Outreach Adviser

Defence Community Police Officer – PC Sam Bradley
I am now on Twitter. This is to try and bridge the gap with the dependants at Halton and allow them to know what is going on, security wise, in and around Halton/Aylesbury. This will also mean that people can contact me and arrange a meeting if they have any problems/questions. Please don’t report crimes via twitter! If you see something occurring, phone 999.
My twitter name is;     @Halton_DCPO

Service Community Support Officer – SCSO
FS John Leonard was appointed to the post of Service Community Support Officer (SCSO) in 2012. The SCSO is responsible for enhancing Community Support at all levels, including Civilian employees and all Service Families in every aspect of Community Support.  He acts as a 2-way channel of communication and is here to develop mechanisms for listening to, and representing, the views, feelings, fears and aspirations of the wider Service Community.

The SCSO is fully integrated within the existing Community Support and Welfare infrastructure of RAF Halton and is currently located in the Trinity Community Centre liaising closely with the Community Development Officer (CDO) in order to pursue enhancements in Community Support. FS Leonard has 23 years regular Service, serving in the UK, including Northern Ireland as well as Operational tours in the Falklands and Bosnia. His door will always be open and he looks forward to hearing your concerns, opinions or ideas about Community Matters.

Rainbows & Rattles
The children and parents of RAF Halton’s playgroup, Rainbows and Rattles, have been getting in a patriotic mood ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Following a relaxing Yoga session the children and parents threw a Jubilee tea party to celebrate the prestigious event. Roz Allen, Rainbows and Rattle Co-ordinator said: “We’ve put on the Jubilee lunch today which the children are really enjoying. It’s an opportunity for us all to come together as a group and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.” Miss Wilma Kingsbury, Community Development Officer at RAF Halton said: “This is a really fun event for the children that will create a little national identity too. The playgroup is really important to the Service Family. Because people usually do not have their own extended family available due to the nature of postings the playgroup provides a social network for them.” Mrs Sarah Uglow, whose husband works at RAF Halton, is mother to four children. She said: “The playgroup is really good for us. The little ones get to mingle with other children and there are always different activities to go to.” She added: “The party is going really well – at least the kids are all still very engrossed in the food!”

Reading fun for all the family. Something to talk about and something to share at home or away.
Reading Force helps families keep in touch. Taking part is free, fun and easy. Reading Force 2012 was launched on 21 May and is funded by the MODs Directorate for Children and Young People. “How do families take part in Reading Force?” Form a family book group, choose a book – any kind of book – and all read it. Complete a free scrapbook (available from HIVEs) or an online scrapbook, submit the scrapbook to the Reading Force competition to win a great prize. It’s open to anyone, whether you have a family member overseas or not!

Storybook Wings
For serving RAF personnel who are deployed overseas, one of the most difficult things to do is leave loved ones behind – particularly when parents leave their children for extended periods of time. Storybook Wings provides a vital link between service parents and their children. It enables parents to record bedtime stories, along with personal messages, for their children to listen to while they are away, helping to ease the anxiety caused by separation.

The RAF Association provides recording equipment, and facilities for editing and sound mixing, and adding a soundtrack to give each story a really special feel. The completed CD is sent to the children in a personalised CD cover, and is ready for them to listen to whenever they like. The RAF Association supports 31 stations who participate in this growing and popular project, and RAF personnel are also able to record stories while in Theatre, with two recorders in Afghanistan plus another at RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands.


How Storybook Wings works

Parents are given access to a recorder and a list of copyright-approved stories to record their chosen story, along with a personal message at the start and end of the story. The recording session takes about 15 minutes and stories should take no longer than 5 -10 minutes to read. Once recorded, the stories are sent to the Storybook Wings Coordinator at RAF Wittering, together with a cover sheet containing deployment information and the address for the CD to be sent to. The stories are then put onto a database list and sent to be edited by trained volunteer editors using specialist professional software. The recording is edited using a two stage process. First, any mistakes, distortions and background noises are removed. Secondly, music and appropriate sound effects are added, transforming the story into a unique keepsake. It takes two to three hours for an experienced Editor to edit a 10 minute story. The finished story is then sent back to the Storybook Wings Coordinator where it is transferred to a CD which is then sent to the children in a personalised CD cover, ready for them to listen to whenever they like – it’s not just for bedtime! For more information or to book the equipment, please contact Shirley Cousins, HIVE on Ext 6507.

Family Heroes
2012 brings the return of Family Heroes. After its success last year, 4Children and Take a Break are once again searching the UK for the most inspirational Family Heroes. We therefore need your help to find these amazing individuals. We want to hear from you if you know someone who has had a significant and life changing impact on the lives of children, families or young people within the UK. A hero should be inspirational, outstanding and someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Heroes can be any age, any profession, even family members or friends, as long as they have made a real difference to the life of a child, family or young person in some way.

We are looking for a family hero in each of the nine regions of England, one in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland and then we will choose an overall UK Family Hero!

We are also dedicating a special category to finding an RAF Family Hero. This will recognise members of the RAF community who have also made a significant and life changing impact on the lives of RAF children, young people and families. Nominate your Hero now and they could win £2000 and the chance to attend a glamorous awards ceremony in London.