Following a successful supper held for the Aston Project, Air Vice-Marshal Tony Mason and Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, in concert with the Honourable Company’s Community Support Group, approached RAF Brize Norton, asking the station to help provide an outlet for young people to ‘spend’ their accumulated ‘Timebanking’ credits. An exploratory meeting was held on 3 December 2014 where the staff at Brize Norton proved to be enthusiastic about the scheme; it would fit in well with their busy and well established community outreach programme. As a direct result, the first visit took place on 18 February 2015 and proved a considerable success.
A note from PCSO Morag Gordon says it all: ‘...the group that went loved the trip and all want to go back. I spoke with one of the mums the other day, and she has told me that ***** has started to talk about his future when he leaves school and has opened his mind to lots of options, prior to our trip he was not keen to consider his wider options, which is fantastic. His parents are really grateful that he was given the opportunity. Thank you so much for making our trip possible and we hope to be able to get another group together for later in the year.’
In other news, the Community Support Group is hoping to help Family Space with their move to better premises, and also assist the Nelson Trust. News of the former initiative is below.
In May 2015 Hugh Tollemache presented Sarah Avery, Family Space Manager, with a cheque for £2,000 to help with the work required in support of the charity’s move from the St Silas Church Centre to the Oasis Centre on Coronation Square in Hesters Way, Cheltenham. As of Easter this represents a new chapter in the life of the organisation. The Honourable Company’s donation will contribute towards the more than £8,000 cost of replacing old, unsuitable equipment with new in Family Space’s new home. The presentation provided Hugh, together with his wife Rosie, with a welcome opportunity to see the charity at work and meet some of the mothers and children who benefit as a result.