A group of mums from Wiltshire, whose partners are serving soldiers, have made a film with Fixers to help other army wives and girlfriends set up support groups.
Lead Fixer Kim Newbury from the garrison town of Tidworth is a member of Tidworth Mums. They put on activities and provide information for families in the area with the aim of bringing women and children in military communities together.
With the help of Fixers, 25-year-old Kim has made a film called ‘Army Mums’ to explain the work Tidworth Mums do. The finished DVD will be sent to garrison towns across the country so their ideas can be shared with other families in similar situations wanting to start their own groups.
‘I know how isolating it can be to be a military spouse,’ Kim says. ‘My husband is in Afghanistan now and has been for six months. It is very hard to be on your own.
‘What we have in Tidworth combats loneliness and pulls the community together. It has made a real difference here. Our aim is to have the same impact in other garrison towns.’
The film was launched at an event at The Wellington Academy in Tidworth on Friday 20th September. An audience of around 100 people, including guests from the Army Welfare Service, local councils and wider community, watched a presentation, the film and a dance performance. They were then asked to write their thoughts, feedback and ideas on a ‘Graffiti Wall.’
‘It was quite fun,’ says Kim, speaking about making the film. ‘We did it on our busiest day as it coincided with one of our big play events for the kids.
‘The Fixers team put us at ease. They were really welcoming and were great with the children. Being filmed was not as scary as I thought it would be!’
The film includes the army mums’ four main tips for starting a support group.
You can find out what they are by watching Kim’s Fixers film above.