Armed Forces Community Covenant
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a national scheme to improve understanding of issues in local forces communities.
Representatives of the armed forces community, armed forces charities, and public, private and community sector organisations signed our community covenant on 22 November 2013.
The community covenant’s purpose is to support the area’s service community and promote understanding of issues affecting the forces community locally. The covenant has five objectives:
- Encourage local people to support the armed forces community in their areas.
- Nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community.
- Recognise and remember the armed forces community’s sacrifices.
- Encourage activities which integrate the armed forces community into local life.
- Encourage the armed forces community to support the public, whether through events and joint projects or other activities.
The Community Covenant Grant
The Covenant Fund provides financial support to those leaving the armed forces. It also integrates military and civilian communities through local projects and activities.
Before submitting, applicants should read the guidance notes and give enough time for the Local Covenant Partnership to consider their application.
Armed Forces Champion
Cllr Martyn Jones is our armed forces champion.
The champion raises the armed forces community’s profile and works for greater understanding and awareness of its issues.
He advocates for it, and ensures its interests are properly considered and prioritised in our policies and strategies.
The Bridgend Armed Forces Forum exists to:
- monitor reaching covenant objectives
- continue to identify the needs of current or former service personnel and families
- consider and assess any bids for the Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme for suitability prior to their formal submission
- improve the sharing and recording of information about our armed forces
Websites focused on support:
- the armed forces charity, the SSAF (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), offers practical and emotional support
- the Bridgend branch of the Royal British Legion has details of local meetings
- visit the website of the charity Sorted for a range of employment related services and support for the forces community to find and keep work
- Change Step is a peer mentoring service for military veterans
- the Veterans NHS Wales page on the Armed Forces Community Covenant focuses on specialised mental health services for ex-servicemen
- Welsh Government support for serving Armed Forces personnel and their families
Further information about the covenant:
- the Welsh Government page on the Armed Forces Community Covenant has resources for employers and for finding work
- the Gov.UK page on the Armed Forces Community Covenant has guidance for several groups in society
- the WLGA (Welsh Local Government Association) page on the Armed Forces Community Covenant describes its support for the scheme