Welcome to the Chicksands Community
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Unit Welfare Office is now reduced to being manned Monday to Friday 0900-1200 for any emergency face to face welfare which cannot be conducted over the phone. Please call ahead to arrange and maintain social distancing at all times.
All groups and activities have been cancelled until further notice, for those serving/posted to Chicksands, please follow us on our twitter account @ckswelfare for the majority of posts and updates on site.
There is a newly published welfare COVID-19 document which you can find in the announcements. Follow the link to the document.
Thank you and stay safe. Remember - Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.
Follow us on Twitter @CksWelfare
STATUTORY AND MANDATORY SAFETY CHECKS AND SERVICE FAMILY ACCOMODATION
It is really important that Service Families know how essential statutory safety checks on their homes will be managed by Amey during the COVID19 pandemic. DIO have worked with Amey to produce this video to explain more.
NATIONAL SMILE MONTH
June is this years' National Smile month and the dental centre would like to run a competition, promoting good oral health, for the children on camp and decorate our conference room windows with their master pieces.
Each poster must contain the key messages:
Brush twice daily / Spit don't rinse / Floss daily and change your toothbrush every 3 months.
The competition is open to all ages, a winner plus 2 runners up will be chosen at the end of the month.
Entries must include the childs name, age and contact number (written on the back) and can be delivered to 14 Mercury Place (preferably in an envelope).
1st Place - £20 amazon voucher
2nd Place Chidlren's toothbrush hamper
3rd Place - Craft kit
Good luck to all applicants.
CHICKSANDS COVID-19 FAMILIES GUIDE
This guide contains information on the site and local area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is updated daily and we are open to suggestions as to what other information you may find useful.
COVID-19 GUIDELINES ON GATHERINGS
30 April 2020
TO ALL SFA & SLA OCCUPANTS
As a reminder to all SFA occupants at Chicksands. Social gatherings of any kind are not permitted under any circumstances. Occupants of SFA, like everyone else in the UK can only leave their house to exercise, shop or seek medical attention. All other activities are currently banned by the government.
Occupants who decide to have social gatherings outside of the above are subject to civilian law and as such will involve the civilian police as outlined below.
We have been extremely lucky that we as a site have not yet had any confirmed cases of COVID-19. Please help us keep it that way!! In addition please have a thought for the several vulnerable people on site who are in 12 week lockdowns.
The following link contains government Q & A on what you can and can’t do. For ease the repercussions of not adhering to the rules are below.
What will happen to me if I break the rules?
We appreciate all the effort people are putting into containing the spread of coronavirus which will help protect our NHS and save lives.
However, if you leave your home or gather in public for any reason other than those specified, the police may:
· instruct you to go home, leave an area or disperse
· instruct you to take steps to stop your children breaking these rules if they have already done so
· take you home – or arrest you – if you do not follow their instructions or where they deem it necessary
· issue a fine (fixed penalty notice) of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.
· issue a fine (fixed penalty notice) of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence
Individuals who do not pay their fine could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.
SFA MOVE OUTS/SERVICE LEAVERS UNABLE TO LEAVE SFA - CHARGES
The link below will send you to a document for those who are still in SFA when they were due to move out, either due to leaving service or into private rented/owned homes. It will outline who to contact and what the intention is when it comes to DIO SFA charges.
ARMY WELFARE SERVICES LEAFLET
The AWS have published a dedicated leaflet outlining services available during COVDI-19 lockdown. A reminder that you can self refer to the AWS at any time and do not need to inform your CoC/Line Manager.
TIME CAPSULE TEMPLATES
Click on the button below to be directed to the template for a time capsule, fun activity for the kids (and adults) to do.
‘FINDING IT TOUGH’ INITIATIVE
The RAF Association is starting a new initiative for anyone who is associated with the Military, whether you are Navy, Army or RAF! Civil Servant or a dependant/family member. These mental health training courses are FREE. They hope to help everyone in coping with life’s ups and downs and improving resilience. Courses start from March 2020 and dates can be found at the link below. Call 08000182361 or book online to secure your place.
The purpose of the CanDiD Netowrk is to connect, support and empower members of the Armed Forces CanDiD community living with or affected by a life changing or life limiting medical condition. The ability to connect poeple with a similar lived experience is a powerful tool in facilitating peer support and support to the leadership and management.
You can self-apply for a carers course via the following links:
If you would like to know more information, please visit the DITG Welfare Team in the Gilbertine.
CHICKSANDS CONSERVATION GROUP RECRUITING
The newly formed Chicksands Conservation Group is looking for volunteers, of all knowledge and ability levels. To join the group, please email WO2 Kedric Winks at with your name, contact details and any relevant interests or experience. As a volunteer, you will be emailed our quarterly newsletter. Also you will be invited to assist with various projects within the diverse ecosystems and heritage sites of Chicksands camp and training area.
We welcome anyone living or working on Chicksands.