Community Development in 2011

If you’re a ‘glass half empty’ person you  may look around Coningsby and Tattershall and think that nothing much has changed in the last year.  However, here in Community Development, we take on a ‘glass half full’ approach and a reflection on 2011 highlights lots of achievements that will impact on many lives of serving personnel and their families.

2011 started with the completion of the Multi Use Games Area, a joint venture between the RAF Benevolent Fund and Coningsby Town Council to enable a variety of games to take place on the Allan Barker Recreation ground situated between Coningsby and Tattershall.

We also saw the re-installation of the Thorpe Park play area and the re-vamping of the Main Site area through the Airplay project, a much needed boost to play facilities for children and young people living in the area.

Our Airplay Youth Team was completed in 2011 with the appointment of our sessional worker and the team are now managing and delivering a whole host of youth activities for young people aged 8+. The team have started new youth clubs held at the Clinton Park Community Centre; they are working in local primary and secondary schools; they set up a Deployed Dependants Group, delivered holiday activities and they supported the Youth Engagement Team in delivering team building opportunities to BTEC students.

The Clinton Park Community Centre benefitted from a lick of paint in the foyer and meeting room. Then later in the year, Jacqui Roberts was appointed as the new coffee shop manageress and has completely over hauled the facility re branding it as the Cupcake Café. Residents can now access the Cupcake Café on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and sample some of the beautiful cakes and breakfast choices on offer.

The Community Centre has also had a change around to increase the availability of space for existing and new groups. We now have a variety of groups running in the building for the young and more mature residents, Information for which can be collected from the HIVE at the Community Centre or on Station.On Station a Youth Engagement Team has been developed, the team deliver team building and motivational work in the schools and support visits for young people on to station.

Links with the local community have developed further and have enabled us to have free days out at Tattershall Castle, reduced rates at Tattershall Farm Park, free Family Learning activities and a visit from the National Bookstart Bear.

So, what does 2012 hold in store? Plans are in motion for holiday activities, the Youth Engagement Team are finalising a presentation about RAF Coningsby that can be delivered in all the schools, the Clinton Park Community Centre will continue to be renovated as money is raised and we will continue to look at developing new groups in the building that will benefit families during their tours at RAF Coningsby.

The main effort of the Community Development Officer at the start of 2012 will be to complete the Community Profile and Needs Analysis for RAF Coningsby. The Needs Analysis questionnaire will be available for personnel and their families to complete and the responses will inform the work of Community Development over the next two years. This document will be available to complete around April time so please grab one, fill it in and return it. Help us to help you.

For further information please do not hesitate in contacting the Community Development Officer on 07799273033