Armed Forces Community Covenant
South Gloucestershire has a large military and civilian armed forces population. The council has been supportive of its armed forces for many years and takes pride in recognising their contribution.
This Armed Forces Community Covenant is made between
- the serving and former members of the armed forces and their families working and residing in South Gloucestershire
- South Gloucestershire Council
- the charitable and voluntary sector and
- other members of the civilian community
The Covenant was formally signed on 29 June 2013 during the Armed Forces Day celebrations at Staple Hill.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. It complements the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which defines the moral obligation between the nation, the Government and the armed forces at local level.
The purpose of the Armed Forces Community Covenant is to support the armed forces community working and residing in South Gloucestershire and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes in-service and ex-service personnel their families and widow(er)s in South Gloucestershire.
Involving local people
We recognise the benefit that military families bring to the area. Our Armed Forces Community Covenant sets out how we will work to build stronger cooperation and cohesion between the armed forces and the local community, supporting organisations, residents and businesses together. This will include activities such as:
- holding events within the community e.g. Armed Forces Day celebrations
- promote working and volunteering opportunities
- support integration within the community
- support applications for community investment
Supporting service personnel
We will ensure ease of access to support and information. Our Armed Forces Community Covenant also sets out how we will support personnel in having somewhere to live and access services such as healthcare.
We want to ensure that families of serving personnel are supported through their education. Our Armed Forces Community Covenant includes a school’s admissions policy that recognises the needs of families of serving personnel, encouraging schools to apply for available supportive funding and ensuring that support and consideration is provided for the children of service personnel.
Making it work
For more information on the Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces Community Covenant ‘Today and Tomorrow’, visit www.mod.uk.To contact us about the Armed Forces Community Covenant email CECRDirectorate@southglos.gov.uk.
For more information visit our “I am in Armed Forces” section.
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