RAF Association support RAF Halton Welfare Package

Jane Reilly  |  Published: Jun 23rd 2017

Over the past few months the RAF Association have been actively installing the infrastructure required to support “Free to End User” WiFi capability.

Recruit Training Squadron will be the main beneficiary of this Association enabled WiFi project that will support new entrants on their journey with the Royal Air Force. Station Commander, Group Captain James Brayshaw met with Association representatives for a photo opportunity to thank them for the generous donation.

Free to end user WiFi can be accessed in the Newcomers Club and the Henderson Mess. Moreover, recruits can also access this welfare facility in their own living accommodation. With installation in communal areas such as the WO & Sgts Mess, Kermode Hall Coffee Pod, Chiltern Club, Maitland Mess, and the Trinity Centre. The project will also benefit Personnel Awaiting Trade Training alongside RAF Halton personnel.

WO Simon Curtis OC C4i said: “The kindness shown by the Association, the charity that supports the RAF family will enable our servicemen and women the opportunity to stay in touch with family and friends whilst assigned to or transiting RAF Halton.”

Wing Commander Karen Moran, Officer Commanding Operations and Plans Wing RAF Halton, said: “Due to our successful partnership, and the support and generosity of the Association, RAF Halton is able to provide recruits and the training delivery and support personnel with free WiFi. The project has significantly improved the welfare package and enables our whole force to stay in touch with families and friends.”

Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare at the RAF Association said: “It is incredibly important that all serving personnel are able to stay connected while working away from home. This is especially true for those who have just begun their careers and may be feeling isolated from friends and family.

“The Association knows that the introduction of free WiFi will allow people to keep in touch with loved ones and also help them engage with their fellow serving personnel on station. This will reduce isolation and loneliness and create a more sociable environment in which to work.

“With the backing of our 65,500 members, we are working hard to keep the RAF family connected. So far, we have provided 16 stations and 50 contact houses with communal WiFi, with more in the pipeline which is is a significant investment that will improve many hundreds of lives. Every member that has joined us is doing their bit to make this happen, so we all owe them our thanks.”

Images are courtesy of Cpl McAllister and LCpl Dobson – JIAG.
Representatives of the RAF Association with the Station Commander and RAF Halton personnel
Images are courtesy of Cpl McAllister and LCpl Dobson – JIAG.
Enjoying the new WiFi
Images are courtesy of Cpl McAllister and LCpl Dobson – JIAG.
Some of the team involved with the WiFi rollout
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