Local Welfare Information
The Army Welfare Team in Dalton Barracks, Abingdon, are contactable from 0800-1630 hrs Monday to Friday, 0800-1630 hrs on 01235 526574 (answer machine is available out of hours). Or alternatively the IAT Tel 01904 882053 RCAWS-IAT-Omailbox@mod.uk for referrals.
Each commanding officer is responsible for the welfare of the officers and soldiers of his unit. He is also responsible for the welfare of their families. However, it may sometimes be necessary for a soldier's married partner or the soldier to bring an urgent problem to the notice of someone more immediately available. In such a case the Station Chaplain or a member of the Personal Support Group can be found in Building 23B (in the Wlfare Hub) in Dalton Barracks.
The Voluntary Network
All men and women serving in the Armed Forces, and their families, are eligible for help from the voluntary network of SSAFA Forces Help. With 5,000 trained volunteers throughout the British Isles, help is always close at hand. In your local volunteer you have a friend who is independent of the Service organisations; is sympathetic and knowledgeable; will treat your conversations as strictly confidential and can offer practical help and support when needed. The joint SSAFA Forces Help network does, of course, help tens of thousands of ex-Service people and their families every year and the work is increasing. Many branches are constantly in need of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.
Relate – Marriage Guidance
Relate, formerly known as the Marriage Guidance council, offers a confidential service to those having difficulties in their marriage or other personal relationships. A counselling appointment in Oxford may be arranged contacting the appropriate office on Oxford (01865) 242960.