Tidworth Mums go national

A YOUNG mum from Tidworth, whose husband is in the armed forces, is creating unity amongst military and civilian families across England.

Kim Newbury, 25, helped create the Tidworth Mums group to bring together the partners of military personnel, local civilians and their children. The mother-of-three wants families in other towns to benefit from the success of her project.

Working with Fixers, a charity that helps young people ‘fix the future’, Kim and the other Tidworth Mums have created a DVD to show other military towns how they can set up similar schemes. “My husband is a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, and we have three small children,” said Mrs Newbury.

“It can be quite isolating having a husband in the army, especially if you move to a new area.”

A group of mothers decided to get together and set up Tidworth Mums, which is a support network that includes playgroups, a Facebook page, a website and social events. “It’s quite daunting to turn up at a playgroup or a school on your own when you don’t know anybody. We offer to meet people beforehand so then they have someone to walk in with,” added Mrs Newbury.

“Our Fixers project is to show other mums what we have done in our community and how they can set up their own support network.”

Joyce Stretton from the Army Welfare Service supports the campaign and commends the work the group are doing.

“This project is fantastic,” she said. “The lives of the women here have been totally transformed because they’re able to see their potential. With the help of Tidworth Mums, we can send this out to other garrisons.”

Fixers is charity that supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better, addressing any issue they feel strongly about. How each Fixer tackles their chosen issue is up to them – as long as they benefit someone else.

The award-winning Fixers project has already supported over 10,000 young people to have an authentic voice in their community. Each Fixer is supported to create the resources they need - such as films, websites or print work - to make their chosen project a success.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Fixers aims to work with a further 18,000 young people over the next three years.

For more information got to tidworthmums.co.uk or find them on Facebook.

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