Wattisham Airfield launch for Suffolk Family Carers' Suffolk Serving Families Project
Suffolk Family Carers has launched its Suffolk Serving Families Project after receiving a two-year grant from the Armed Forces Covenant – Families in Stress fund.
The project was launched at Wattisham Airfield on Thursday.
Kate Hinchliff, military families project lead, said: "We have lots of serving armed forces families in Suffolk and this project will enable us to identify the family carers within those families and help them to access support in their caring roles."
She said they were keen to develop relationships with welfare staff at RAF Honington to ensure serving families on the base and those living in the community received support, information and guidance.
Guests at the launch event included Lt Col English and Lt Col Brown from Wattisham, CoL (Retd) John Ogden, representatives from each of the armed forces family federations, Stowmarket mayor Cllr Linda Baxter, staff from Department of Work and Pensions, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, Sandra Bromley from Suffolk Royal British Legion, Wattisham welfare staff and families.
They witnessed Sarah Potter, mental health and wellbeing service manager from Suffolk Family Carers sign the Armed Forces Convenant to pledge their commitment to armed forces and their families.
She said: "I really want to thank the family carers who helped us to shape our application and also the input from the support staff at the bases and family federations who helped us to ensure we are listening to and reflecting the needs of family carers within the armed forces community in Suffolk."
By raising awareness and understanding of family carers and their roles within the armed forces community, individuals and their families can access support and information.
If you are a family carer within a serving armed forces family in Suffolk, contact Suffolk Family Carers for support, information and advice on 01473 835477 or www.suffolkfamilycarers.org