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What is BAWA?
Chairman's Foreword - About BAWA
BAWA is a members' association that has been growing and developing since 1942. We are a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation offering healthcare and leisure services to our members with the aim of promoting good health and wellbeing. At present, BAWA boasts over 9000 members.
Rolls-Royce Plc, Airbus UK, BAE Systems, MBDA and GKN Aerospace employees make up the traditional core of our membership however more and more employers have realised the benefits of offering BAWA membership to their staff and the list is growing considerably. We now include the likes of South Gloucestershire Council, North Bristol NHS Trust and John Lewis Partnership employees amongst our members, to name but a few. This growth in the constituent company base is beneficial as it allows further enhancement to the services we offer all of our members.
Besides our provision of excellent healthcare cover, our extensive Leisure Centre complex hosts premier entertainment acts and we offer ever-improving Sports and Leisure facilities along with a superb Conference and Events centre.
Our website aims to help you find out exactly what BAWA has to offer and how our services can benefit you and/or your organisation.
“In my role as Chairman I aim to continue to improve and develop the facilities and services that BAWA offers its members and customers. The Ballroom is regularly refurbished to a very high standard and the Pavilion was recently redecorated from top to bottom. Last year we underwent further improvements when our fitness centre was extended by 33% and the quantity and quality of our exercise equipment improved. We are already planning the next Ballroom refurbishment for January 2014.With regard to membership, the cost of our bargain Sports Membership option for Constituent Company employees is under £1.60 per week offering BAWA membership at a truly remarkable price. Additionaly, in this current economic climate, we minimised the increase in the cost of other membership categories. The Prize Draw is open to all BAWA members and remains ever popular with our biggest ever major prizes now being won, we enjoyed its 50th anniversary last autumn and introduced changes for 2013 with a record breaking £20,000 monthly first prize and an increase to four numbers per entry. The introduction of BACS payments for benefits claims has proved very popular and most of our Members' claims are now paid this way.
Do have a look through this website to see all that we offer our members - you will be surprised!I finish by thanking all of our staff for their invaluable contribution in making BAWA the success that it is.”
Jim Bishop, Chairman of BAWA
Past, Present & Future
The Bristol Aeroplane Company Welfare Association was founded by Sir G Stanley White in 1942 to provide a centralised service for sickness pay and sports and social activities for employees of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. The “Welfare” soon became a very integral part of life at the “BAC”.
In 1959 Bristol Aeroplane Company split to become the British Aircraft Corporation and Bristol Siddeley Engines. During the following years various divisions and takeovers occurred, with the Welfare Association remaining central throughout.
In 1973 the Bristol Aeroplane Company Welfare Association underwent a subtle name change to become the Bristol Aerospace Welfare Association and the acronym BAWA was born.
In 1992 the Bristol Aerospace Welfare Association had a further name change and became BAWA Healthcare and Leisure.
Today, the major companies which evolved from the former Bristol Aeroplane Company are Rolls-Royce plc, BAE Systems plc and Airbus UK. These companies are at the heart of BAWA Healthcare and Leisure’s membership and additionally we have members employed by our newer constituent companies. The conference and leisure facilities generate enough income to enable BAWA to continually enhance its services, hence the recent major refurbishments of the Ballroom, Pavilion and Fitness centre.
A policy is in place to ensure ongoing maintenance and development of the services and facilities at BAWA Healthcare and Leisure. This means that members will continue to receive the best value and the highest possible quality.
BAWA is exceptionally keen to support the local community. Every year many generous donations are made to a variety of local charities.