Family issues on agenda in Cyprus

Lady Catherine, wife of General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, the Chief of the General Staff, met community volunteers and support agencies, as well as AFF’s Regional Lead Cyprus, Leah Ann Humphreys, whilst visiting the island recently.

Leah Ann highlighted key issues that are affecting family life in Cyprus, such as spouses who would like to work remotely whilst overseas needing more guidance and the immigration challenges that non-UK families continue to face.

Also attending the volunteers’ lunch were other agencies that AFF works closely with in Cyprus, and to whom we often signpost families, such as Home-Start, Cyprus Youth Services, WRVS, SSAFA and veterans’ support.

It was a good opportunity to hear about current volunteering opportunities, particularly for teenagers aged over 16 as employment opportunities for them are limited in Cyprus.

The Episkopi Station Commander gave an update on longer-term plans and aspirations to improve the lived experience of the Episkopi military community.

AFF also went to the opening of the new multi-purpose community hub in the Early Years Centre in Episkopi. Families assigned overseas often report issues relating to lack of a support network, so this much-needed facility will give families a communal space to meet one another and key support agencies.

Manager Becky Shortman said, “It takes a community to make a family, and that’s what we have here.”


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