Community Covenant background
On the 14 December 2012, a partnership of local organisations came together to state their commitment to support the Armed Forces community, their families and veterans.
This commitment takes the form of a living partnership document called the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The aim of the Covenant is to remove any disadvantage caused to service personnel, their families and veterans caused by their service and sacrifice for the country.
It supports the National Armed Forces Covenant and helps to deliver its aims within local communities.
The key to successfully meeting the aims of the Covenant is partnership. By bringing together communities, organisations both voluntary, private and statutory we can understand the needs of service and civilian communities.
This understanding will allow us to:
- encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their area
- nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community
- recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community
- encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life
- encourage the Armed Forces Community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.
As a partnership we have identified a single key priority, 'Ensuring that local information and advice is clear, easy to find and helpful is a major priority for the group’ and a number of key themes to deliver the local objectives of the Community Covenant:
- Access to information
- Skills and Training
- Health and Well-being
- Community Involvement.
If you would like to find out more about the Covenant please contact the partnership on 01952 380599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Partnership
The inaugural Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership meeting was held on Friday 19 July 2013 at Addenbrooke House, Telford.
The meeting brought together the signatories of the Covenant and a number of other interested parties to agree a path to meet the aims of the Covenant locally.
The first meeting agreed the positions of Chair and Vice Chair of the partnership. They have responsibility for driving development of the Covenant and measures within the borough.
- Councillor Kevin Guy was agreed as Chair. Councillor Guy is a Royal Navy veteran, the Veteran Champion for Telford & Wrekin Council and served as Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin during 2012/13.
The partnership has representation from:
- Army Welfare Service - Donnington
- Department of Work and Pensions
- HQ 11th Signal & West Midlands Brigade
- RAF Cosford
- Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Shropshire Royal Marines Association
- Shropshire Royal Navy Association
- Telford & Wrekin Council
- Telford and Wrekin Council for the Voluntary Sector
- The Royal British Legion
- West Mercia Police
- Wrekin Housing Trust.
View the contact details for each of the representatives for the partnership.
If you have any questions or would like to become part of the Covenant Partnership and help to progress its aims and objectives please get in touch by calling 01952 380599 or email email@example.com.