Cornwall’s Website for The Armed Forces Community Covenant officially launched

cc-logo-2Earlier this year the Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard asked me to become the Lead Member for Armed Forces in Cornwall Council.

Our first act was to formally re-affirmed the Council’s commitment along with representatives from Royal British Legion, RNAS Culdrose, HMS Raleigh, RAF St Mawgan and SSAFA to the Armed Forces Cornwall Community Covenant. Like with our partners, Cornwall Council is committed to the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

As an Armed Forces veteran myself, I wholeheartedly support the Council’s commitment in close partnership with the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, RBL and SAAFA to the Covenant.

From the re-affirming of the Covenant, a special section on the Council’s website has been dedicated to provide information to members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families about the support and advice which is available to them. The link to the website is HERE. Please share this information far and wide.

The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community.  The Community Covenant is intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces, at a local level.

The aim of the Cornwall Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community stationed and residing in Cornwall and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community which includes serving and former armed forces personnel, veterans, their families and widowers in Cornwall.

I very much welcome the development of this new section on Cornwall Council’s website dedicated to the Armed Forces community. The aim of this single point of information is to help ensure that Forces personnel, their families and veterans in Cornwall know about the support which is available to them.”

The website has gone live today the 7th November and contains information on the Covenant, as well as advice on where to go for advice on help on issues such as housing, education, funding and grants, training and jobs.  It also has information about events and activities targeted at members of the Armed Forces community and will continue to be developed and enhanced in our ongoing work with partners as part of our commitment to the covenant.

The is also a Community Covenant Board that I chair and is made up of senior representatives of the three Armed Forces, as well as RBL, SAAFA and representatives from Housing, Benefits, Education (Policy HERE) and the three Armed Forces Family Services.

The aim of the board is to discuss and action any issued that put serving personnel, Veterans and their families at a disadvantage. One of the areas of priority for the boards work is housing.

A lot has happened in the last few months, and more will happen. This is because there is key support from all the partners. It is a real team effort.

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