A hub for the whole community

AFF’s Manager England Carole Rudd and Regional Lead South Maeve Novak recently visited the new Community Hub at Aldershot Garrison. 

They met Garrison Support Officer Nikki Acott and Garrison Community Support Officer Nicole Bridgman at the bright, airy and welcoming centre, which has Sandes café at its heart.

The hub, which was officially opened in April, was created as a one-stop shop and houses facilities for families alongside offices for HIVE, the Army Welfare Service (AWS), the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and the pre-school Executive Manager, as well as welfare teams, and the opportunity for other agencies to hot desk when required.

A newly installed soft-play area provides a safe and engaging area for children, along with a new outdoor play area.

Attention is now focused on the youth of the community – there are initial plans to create a Love Island-inspired area for young adults and AWS is looking to host courses and activities for different ages. 

Nicole also has plans to hold a host of community events, including cultural days as well as other themed events.

Carole said after the visit: “Maeve and I feel confident this facility will become the heart of the community and a much-needed central point of contact for families in Aldershot.”

During their visit Carole and Maeve also met Military Housing Liaison Officer WO2 Gaz Evans, AWS South East Area Manager Karen Webster, Aldershot Deputy Area Welfare Support Officer (DAWSO) Karen Brennan, and the pre-school Executive Manager, Julie Mounfield.


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