Supporting armed forces personnel
Do you support any serving or ex-service personnel?
The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge to treat Armed Forces personnel, and their families, with fairness and respect. The Covenant aims to ensure that the armed forces community are not disadvantaged as a result of their military service. It applies to serving and ex-service personnel.
Thousands of organisations have signed the Covenant, including local and national government, businesses and charities. Both Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council are signatories.
How voluntary organisations can help
Support for members of the armed forces community is available from many of the organisations who have signed the Covenant. However, research has shown that those who are entitled to this support are not always helped to access it.
Please ask those you are supporting if they serve or have ever served in the Armed Forces. (This may have been in the Reserves or may have been just for a short time.) Help them access support by signposting to the specialist services available – see below
Useful websites giving details of support services are:
- Surrey County Council – local and national support for the armed forces community
- Veterans Gateway – national gateway to support services
- The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service – offering support for any mental health difficulties (including those triggered by the Afghanistan situation)
If you would like any more information or support, please contact Reigate and Banstead Borough Council’s Covenant Officer, Cerys Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding to support the armed forces community
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust awards grants for charities and community projects supporting the armed forces communities. Details of their current funding programmes is available via the link below.
Funding Webinar – 6 October
11th Infantry and South East Headquarters (whose role it is to promote engagement with the Armed Forces in our area) is holding a funding overview session that will include details of The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund.
The webinar takes place on 6 October 2021 10.30-11.30am.
It will also include a presentation on the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Tickets available free via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163334906101