The Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is an enduring promise between the People of the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Government and all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown and their Families.
Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.
This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution. This has no greater expression than in upholding this Covenant.
For full details and understanding of the Armed Forces Covenant, please visit the MOD Armed Forces Covenant site.
What is Forces Connect South West?
Forces Connect South West is a developing regional partnership that aims to improve services and support to the military community. It is comprised of organisations from the four pillars, which are:
- Public Authority bodies – Councils, NHS, Police, Ambulance and Fire.
- The Ministry of Defence – regular and reserve units of the RN, RM, Army and RAF
- Military Charity and support organisations
- Business, commerce and industry
The initiative has been established with Funding from the MOD Covenant Trust Fund and it aims to improve the experience of the military community. To help access, better understand and navigate all public services as well as support all during their transition on leaving the services.
It also intends to ensure that after their service, veterans and their dependents who need help are known. That public, private and non-service voluntary & community sector organisations coordinate to provide appropriate support when, where and how it is needed by identifying underlying causes of issues and by implementing preventative measures.
Who is in the military community?
The Military Community is made up of:
- Regular personnel – Individuals currently serving as members of the Naval Service (including Royal Navy and Royal Marines), Army and Royal Air Force
- Reservists – Volunteer Reservists, who form the Royal Navy Reserve, Royal Marine Reserve, Territorial Army and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and Regular Reservists who comprise the Royal Fleet Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Air Force Reserve
- Veterans – Those who have served for at least a day in HM Armed Forces, whether as a Regular or a Reservist
- Families of Regular Personnel, Reservists and Veterans – The immediate family of those within the above categories
- Bereaved – The immediate family of Service Personnel and Veterans who have died whether or not that death has any connection with the service
How did Forces Connect South West start?
Following several MOD Covenant Trust Fund grants to local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales, Wiltshire Council led a partnership to commence a project involving councils in the South West.
The two-year project set out to improve the experience of the military community, to help them access, better understand and navigate all public services as well as supporting them during their transition on leaving the services.
It aims to ensure that after their service, veterans and their dependents who need help are known. That public, private and non-service voluntary & community sector organisations coordinate to provide appropriate support when, where and how it is needed by identifying underlying causes of issues and by implementing preventative measures.