Brighton & Hove Armed Forces Community Covenant

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.

The board was established to provide the necessary co-ordinating role for implementing the covenant. The board meets twice a year. 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 was proud to be part of Forces Connect South East, a cross border partnership comprising Surrey, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire County Councils, Medway Councils and the NHS.

Brighton & Hove City Council has received the Silver award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in November 2018.

The council works closely with the Veterans’ Gateway to help improve their signposting to local sources of support in the south-east.

Support with transition from the Armed Forces

Forces Families Jobs is an employment and training platform for spouses, partners and family members of serving and Reserve UK military personnel.

Search and apply for jobs with employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged to support the military community. Find out about training as well as career events and insight days. Set up job alerts to ensure you get your ideal job sent directly to your inbox.

 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.

Email equalities@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

For more information go to the GOV.UK website.

Advice on school admissions for Armed Forces families

In England there are more than 76,000 children attending schools from Armed Forces families. If you, or someone you know, would like some help to navigate the school admissions process you can watch Hampshire County Council's video: A guide to school admissions for service children in England.

For more information, email amanda.barnes@surreycc.gov.uk.

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