AFF’s Wiltshire Co-ordinator Carol Morris has added the Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) to the list of places she visits regularly to meet with Army families and discuss issues.
The centre, near Corsham, provides short-term transit accommodation for Service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families. It can be used by any tri-Service family needing short-term accommodation between postings, on leave, for welfare purposes, when leaving the Services or just a short break.
On a recent tour of the facility, Carol said: “After driving through the main gate, there is immediately a sense of security and tranquillity.
“It’s set in lovely grounds with plenty of areas for children to play safely. The facilities allow families to maintain a sense of normality and be able to get on with day-to-day activities.”
Managed by the Army Welfare Service, the 60 self-contained chalet-style homes have clean, modern interiors and adapted accommodation is available for those who need it.
The SCC also has an on-site primary school and early years centre, plus internet access, a bar, games room, launderette and storage facilities.
One family, who used the centre while they were waiting to move into their own property, said: “The SCC offers a unique stepping stone for families like us transitioning into civilian life.”
Carol is now visiting the centre every two months: “My visits will enable me to meet with new families and those who are there for a longer stay and may need our help,” she explained. “I can discuss any concerns with AFF’s Specialists and hopefully help them to find solutions.”
You can contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org