Brighton & Hove Armed Forces Community Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Bronze Award

A community covenant represents a pledge of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community.

The aim of the armed forces community covenant is to:

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community
  • nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • ensure that men, women and their families are not disadvantaged through serving or having served in the armed forces.

The Brighton & Hove Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed at a Full Council meeting on 31 January 2013, and a Civil Military Partnership Board was put in place.

Brighton and Hove City Council has received the Bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Recognition Scheme (ERS) in September 2017.

The board was established  to provide the necessary co-ordinating role for implementing the covenant. The board meets 3 times a year and membership consists of representatives from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), armed forces organisations and charities, local statutory and voluntary sector partners.

Brighton & Hove City Council is proud to be part of Forces Connect South East, a cross border partnership comprising Surrey, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire County Councils, and Medway Councils and the NHS.

Forces Connect South East

 Forces Connect South East is a two-year Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Covenant Funded Programme aimed at making it easier for servicemen and women and their families, as well as reservists and veterans, to access public sector services including healthcare, housing, schools, financial advice and support to find jobs.

The scheme will involve training hundreds of frontline staff across the region to meet the needs of armed forces personnel. Other strands include developing an app to make it quick and easy for members of the forces to find the right support, establishing a mentoring programme to help those making the transition from military to civilian employment.

Members of the armed forces can find it harder to access public services than the general population because of frequent moves, extended periods away and a lack of familiarity with support available. This project will ensure more staff are aware of their responsibilities under the Covenant, and provide the knowledge and skills to better enable them to help and support the Armed Forces Communities.

The two-year project – the first of its kind in the country – is expected to form a blueprint to help other councils improve support for the armed forces.

For more information and to find out how you can access training contact Amanda Barnes, Programme Officer, Forces Connect South East: Amanda.barnes@surreycc@gov.uk

 The Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Local Grants

Grants for up to £20,000 for community integration and local delivery of services.

 For this and other funding opportunities under the Covenant Fund please go to the GOV.UK website

The guidance recommends that applicants work with Local Covenant Partnerships (Brighton & Hove Civil Military Board) to ensure that the projects the Ministry of Defence fund are well-connected and needed locally, and do not duplicate other provision. Contact equalities@brighton-hove.gov.uk

For more information and guidance please go to the GOV.UK website.

Heritage Lottery Fund grants - First World War then and now

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the Heritage Lottery Fund for not-for-profit organisations to support community projects in the UK that explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War. Projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people. The fund will give priority to projects that help young people aged 11 to 25 years to take an active part in the centenary commemorations.

This is a continuous rolling programme. Visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website for more information.

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