RAF Honington Main Gate

Community Development Officer

What is aCDO?

The RAF recognise a criticallink exists between welfare and operational effectiveness. CommunityDevelopment Officers are professionally qualified in youth and community work. ACDO will work on an RAF Station and their primary aim is to support the RAF communityof personnel and their families. Every year the CDO will compile a CommunityNeeds Analysis – this is crucial as it enables an RAF Station to identify itstop ten welfare needs and top 5 funding priorities for the year.

What is therole of the Community Development Officer at RAF Honington?


The CDO liaises with the localauthority and other organisations to make sure that the service communitybenefit from resources and funding available. Promoting fair treatment andsecuring support where it is needed. The CDO also promotes understanding of theArmed Forces Covenant and acts as a point of contact for children’s centres,schools, parish councils, childcare providers and charities.

Facilitateand Initiate:

CDOs work to generate a senseof community, involvement and well-being for all personnel, partners and dependents.This includes activities such as working with community groups, clubs andcommittees, training staff and volunteers, planning and developing projects,securing funding, coordinating events and activities.


CDO’s provide the RAF with professionaladvice and guidance on community matters and take responsibility for monitoringand oversight of work with children and families. They provide support andguidance to families on matters such as school admission appeals and adviseindividuals or committees involved in community groups or clubs on station.

YouthActivities and Engagement

The CDO at Honington manages youthsupport projects for service children. Including the Airplay project (staffedby Action for Children, a national charity and funded by the RAF BenevolentFund) and the annual Poppy Adventure Camps (funded by the Royal British Legion).

The CDO works closely with theStation Youth Worker to ensure that there is a programme of youth work andholiday activities for service children aged 5-18. There are regular youth andplay club nights weekly during term time and a range of trips and activities inthe school holidays. Other youth projects and initiatives at RAF Honington haveincluded a Survival Camp, a youth garden and a multimedia film project.

How do I getin touch?

Contact: Indi Saunders (Diana)Email: diana.saunders110@mod.gov.uk Call 07717697 335. You can usually find me in the Community Centre on Fridays at 09:00for a coffee and a chat. At other times I may be out and about in the community,so please leave a message and I will get back to you.

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