The Charity's Objectives and Aims
Westfield War Memorial Village is a unique, small community that offers a range of quality, affordable, rental accommodation to the Armed Forces Community, both veterans and serving. It does this in an attractive setting. It promotes a supportive community with a collective spirit based on a shared experience of service to the Crown and where individuals in need are given advice and assistance. Respect for the village’s military heritage and the service of its residents is an important part of the life of Westfield.
To secure the continued existence of Westfield Memorial Village in order to benefit its residents.
Objectives and Aims:
The charity has two enduring objectives each underpinned by a number of aims.
Objective 1: The relief of those in need by reason of disability, ill health, financial hardship or other disadvantage by:
Aim 1: Providing a range of quality, affordable, rental accommodation to the Armed Forces Community.
Aim 2: The provision of welfare support to residents of Westfield Village and to relieve need by providing financial support, as appropriate, and where public funds are not available or cannot be provided in a reasonable time.
Aim 3: The disbursement of funds to charities and other organisations that support the Armed Forces Community.
Objective 2: The advancement of community development, education, culture and heritage by:
Aim 4: Providing Sir Thomas Storey House as a Community Centre for the residents of Westfield Village.
Aim 5: Supporting residents of Westfield village in their community activities and maintaining the environment and ethos of the village.
How we do this:
Through good management we are able to maximize the funds we are able to make available to provide the most comprehensive and effective service to our beneficiaries.
Providing Quality Homes
In order to improve living conditions within properties and communal areas on the village, and to enhance the quality of life for residents, we fund work on the village in addition to that undertaken by Guinness Northern Counties Housing Association.
Supporting Related Charities
By funding the activities of other ‘sympathetic’ charities we can not only provide the best help and services for our residents but also help other serving and ex-service personnel around the country.
We provide and maintain a community room for residents to use for their social activities, functions and meetings. We also provide funds to help with these activities and events.
Promoting Community Spirit
The charity strives to promote community spirit and a sense of belonging by supporting such events as Christmas parties for young and old, carol services, remembrance services, the marking of military commemorations, and much more.
Maintaining Beautiful Surroundings
In order to provide nurturing, colourful surroundings for our residents to live in we provide finance to maintain beautiful communal garden areas, memorial gardens and also run a garden maintenance assistance scheme.
Effective Admin/Welfare Support
We provide administrative and welfare support to individuals and the residents’ association to reduce distress, hardship and need. Funds are made available for residents facing financial hardship or need: the latter when a specific need is identified and the need is not covered by statutory bodies.
By working with different charities and organisations we are able to access many forms of help and support. Among the ex-service organisations we regularly co-operate with are the Not Forgotten Association, the British Legion and Combat Stress. Our secretary liaises with these charities on behalf of the residents.
Raising The Village Profile
The charity works with local agencies, groups, educational facilities and the local, regional and national media to heighten the profile of the village in order to maintain waiting lists and retain the village’s profile as a site of historic importance.
Please note we do not undertake individual welfare casework assessments but are able to signpost residents to appropriate agencies.