A Fixer from Tidworth in Wiltshire, whose husband is in the armed forces, is aiming to bring together military and civilian families across England.
Kim Newbury helped create the Tidworth Mums group to unite the partners of military personnel, local civilians and their children. Seeing its success, the ambitious 25-year-old wants families in other towns to benefit from similar schemes.
Her story was shown on ITV News West Country (E) on Thursday 5th December.
‘My husband is a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, and we have three small children,’ says Kim.
‘It can be quite isolating having a husband in the army, especially if you move to a new area.
‘Weekends are normally the hardest, the longest and the loneliest time.’
Creating a DVD with the help of Fixers, the Tidworth Mums hope to spread their supportive ideas to other military towns, inspiring others to set up similar networks.
‘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.’
Supporting the campaign is Joyce Stretton from the Army Welfare Service who commends the work the group are doing.
‘This project is fantastic. 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.’
Proud of the project, which has over 1000 likes on Facebook, Kim details the benefits this campaign could bring.
‘I think if every garrison town had something like Tidworth Mums, it would be beneficial to everybody that moved to the area. It’s an information point and a support network all in one.
‘It’s really something for us to do for ourselves and for the other people in the same situation.’