Community Covenants are voluntary statements of mutual support between a Civilian Community and its local Armed Forces Community. They are intended to complement, at a local level, the Armed Forces Covenant which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces. Further information is available here.
The Armed Forces Community includes serving and former members of the forces (both regular and reservist); their families and dependents.
The aims of Community Covenants are to:-
- Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas
- Nurture public understanding and awareness among 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
The Bath and North East Somerset Community Covenant
The Council and its partners are committed to supporting the local Armed Forces Community and signed a Community Covenant Pledge on 24th June 2013 to reflect this. Current signatories are:-
- Avon and Somerset Constabulary
- Avon Fire and Rescue Service
- Avon Local Councils Association
- Bath and North East Somerset Council
- Bath Spa University
- British Army
- Clinical Commissioning Group
- Royal Air Force
- Royal British Legion
- Royal Navy
Support for members of the Armed Forces Community
Staff from the Council's Customer Services teams are able to assist with a range of enquiries about Council and partner services. If you are a member of the Armed Forces Community and feel that you have not been treated fairly when accessing any public service, do let us know.
Support and advice for the Armed Forces Community is also available from a range of organisations both locally and nationally, such as:-
With over 1,000 charitable and not for profit organisations currently offering help to veterans, the system can prove difficult to navigate. In May 2017, a new, single point of contact called 'Veterans Gateway' was launched nationally to assist. Visit the website for further details or call 0808 802 1212.
In 2015, the Royal British Legion launched a website specifically to help service personnel transition to civilian life called Civvy Street.
Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust manages the grant programmes funded by the Covenant Fund. They also run wider funding programmes that support the Armed Forces Community. There are four broad funding themes now and in future years.
- removing barriers to family life
- extra support after service for those that need help
- measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens
- non-core healthcare services for veterans
To see their latest funding opportunities visit their website.
For other funding opportunities for organisations and individuals, see the Council's latest Funding Journal.
For information on any aspect of the Armed Forces Community Covenant in Bath and North East Somerset contact:-
Community Engagement Officer – Strategy and Performance
Tel: (01225) 396539