Armed Forces Community Covenant
The Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant was formally signed in November 2012.
It is one of the largest-ever Armed Forces covenant pledges made by the public, private and voluntary sectors including the leaders of Essex County Council, Essex's city, borough and district councils, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, Essex Police, Essex Fire Service, the NHS, the business community and Armed Forces charities.
Purpose of the Community Covenant
The aims of the Community Covenant are to:
- Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces communities in their areas
- Recognise the local and national role of the armed forces community
- Remember the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces community and their families
- Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life
- Encourage the Armed Forces Community to help and support the wider community
The Essex Civilian Military Partnership Board
Following the historic signing of the Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant pledge by public, private and voluntary sectors, a Civilian Military Partnership Board has been established to further cement the commitment made to support and improve the lives of Armed Forces personnel in Essex and their families. The Partnership of public, private, voluntary sector members will be looking at the Essex-wide activities relating to the Armed Forces and will oversee progress of joint civilian and military community projects to ensure that pledges outlined in the Covenant are met.
The Civilian Military Partnership is currently engaged in generating a comprehensive programme of work that will focus on:
- Health and wellbeing
- Economy and skills
- Safer and stronger communities
- Education, children and young People
- Environment and infrastructure
Initiatives and further information
One of the benefits of the Community Covenant is that applications can be made to the MOD £30 million supporting grant fund. The team at MOD has just completed its fourth round of application endorsement and, thanks to the number of local initiatives and good ideas being presented to the Grant panels, some 86 funding requests for local projects have been approved through the scheme. One of these was a new play park for the residents of Carver Barracks and the local community in Essex near Debden.
Resources for veterans and serving personnel
Uttlesford District Council previously subscribed to the Veterans Information Portal - VIP Tree resource centre for veterans. Links to all of the resources offered on the VIP Tree site are now available on a dedicated Resources for armed forces personnel page.
► In addition, Citizens Advice Bureau provides fortnightly clinics at Carver Barracks to support families in a number of ways.
► Further information on Community Covenants can be found on GOV.UK - Fulfilling the commitments of the armed forces covenant, where you will also find the full details and an alphabetical list of all businesses and authorities that have signed up.