Community Support


By SPP Reporter


“Community Support – which specialises in encouraging and empowering people to gain control over the conditions in which they live – gives us a very powerful way of turning alienation into engagement.”

Further information on CS; CS provide

• Offsite visits to a variety of places, for example – Fountains Abbey (National Trust), Beamish Museum, South Lakes Animal Park, Forbidden Corner, Big Sheep Little Cow and many more. Look out for these visits in your location as they happen regularly.

• Fun play in the natural surroundings of Hipswell Habitat. Based on Woodlands adventure and exploration of the natural environment. This usually happens as part of holiday provision.

• A variety of clubs for young people – such as youth club, gaming club (Scalextric – model making), climbing club, archer club and a biking riding session. All these clubs are run weekly so look out for information or get in touch for timings etc.

• RBL poppy adventure breaks that offer fun adventure trips away from home for young people. Usually take place in August and October.

• Support to local units in planning events or activities – welcome sessions for new families on the Garrison in partnership with key local service providers – and ensure that holiday provision is provided in your locality that is safe, affordable and easily accessible.

• An enabling service on your behalf to ensure that joint provision with key local providers happens. Without such linking of services by the CS team many new and exciting, as well as vital welfare provision that happens in your locality would simply not be possible. Without such pooling of vital resources/facilities much of the provision would simply not exist. Key local providers include – Health teams, Adult Education, Voluntary Agencies, Homestart, Youth Service, Library Service and many others. For contact details on all partners listed above visit the HIVE.

• A number of themed events throughout the year linked to national Events. Look out for Picnic in the Park (usually August), Armed Forces Day (June), Easter Egg Hunt (March/April), Hallowe’en and Christmas Panto.

Watch out for:

• If you’re new to the Garrison do look out for the Welcome Wednesday event. This is primarily aimed at new families and provides a chance to meet up with key local service providers and really find out what is happening in your area.

• Updates on CS Facebook page – all the latest opportunities and the new web based information site.

• A host of new provision held in the Catterick Garrison Community Centre (formerly known as the Dales YC). Address is Loos Road, Catterick Garrison.

Gurkha Suppo r t W orkers

The Gurkha Support Workers are members of the AWS Catterick Team. They are able to assist, help and advise Gurkha dependants in the Garrison. They speak uent English and Nepali, are knowledgeable on ofcial and social procedures, and can assist in interpreting. They may be contacted as follows:

Gurkha Support Workers Tel: 01748 872980 Mil: 94731 2980

Fax: 01748 872812 Mil: 94731 2812

V olunteers required

CS is always on the search for new volunteers to bring their own expertise and experience to the team. Without volunteers much of the provision provided would not be possible. A spare one or two hours a week can make all the difference. Contact the CS team for further details if you’d like to be part of the team.

Community Suppo r t Contact details

Your local AWS Community Support team can be contacted on

Tel: 01748 872912 or 94731 2912

Facebook us on ww w.facebook.com/A WSCatterick

HQ Catterick Ga r rison Contact Houses

66 & 68 Richmond Road, Catterick Garrison DL9 3JF

HQ Catterick Garrison operates two Contact Houses; St Andrew’s and St Patrick’s. These two three-bedroom houses are available to all eligible soldiers, single, married and dependents to rent. You may book them for a number of weeks, weekends or just odd days. They may be used by yourselves or close relatives. Maybe you are a single parent with contact rights to your children or you are having relatives to stay for a family occasion. Perhaps it’s convenient to rent one before taking or handing over Service Family Accommodation.

The houses are fully furnished and self-contained enabling you to occupy immediately. Furniture and equipment include a washing machine, tumble dryer, TV and DVD, microwave, iron, all bedding but no towels. Eligibility for the use of these Contact Houses can be obtained from your Unit Welfare Officer.

Charges are based on £20 a day with a minimum charge of £40. Please note: We reserve the right to change the pricing policy and occupancy as necessary. Bookings may be made in person, by letter or telephone including priority bookings through your Unit Welfare Ofcer to:

Mr C Williams, QM’s Dept, HQ Catterick Garrison, Piave Lines, Leyburn Road, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire DL9 3LR

Telephone: 01748 872254



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