Support Staffordshire has committed to supporting local armed forces families and communities by signing the Staffordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant. The covenant, first launched in May 2012 and reaffirmed earlier this year, complements, at a local level, the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces.
The MOD has launched a new website dedicated to explaining what the Armed Forces Covenant is, who it affects, and how everyone can support it.
The aim of the community covenant is to encourage local communities to support the armed forces in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the issues affecting the armed forces community. In Staffordshire there are major armed forces communities at bases in Stafford and Whittington (near Lichfield). The armed forces are now a permanent part of communities in Staffordshire and we wanted to welcome and support their involvement in the wider community though participation in volunteering, local community and voluntary organisations and other VCSE led activities and projects such as employability for ex-service personnel.
Garry Jones, Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire said ‘We are pleased to show our commitment to supporting all communities in Staffordshire, especially those who have made a major contribution to public service. The armed forces and their families are a welcome part of Staffordshire and we want to help and support them to feel fully integrated in the years ahead.’ As well as signing the formal commitment, Support Staffordshire will join the Armed Forces Working Group, to contribute to this important work.
If your organisation would like to show its support you can contact Amanda Dawson at Staffordshire County Council via email@example.com or by visiting Staffordshire County Council's website.