A number of Gloucestershire organisations signed a military community covenant earlier this month to show their support to the Armed Forces Community.
Those who signed were openly and voluntarily declaring their support for their local military community.
On January 7, 2014, signatories from NHS England, the Department for Work & Pensions, the Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association declared their support by signing the document at Imjin Barracks.
The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community, including in-Service and ex-Service personnel, their families and widow(er)s in Gloucestershire.
Approximately 150 participants attended the signing ceremony and continued on to enjoy the rest of the day’s activities, which included a number of presentations focussed on the military’s presence in the Gloucestershire community.
A question-and-answer session was also held, giving attendeesthe opportunity to ask a panel of participating military representatives questions about the military community.
The military community covenants intend to encourage local communities to support the service community in their area and to promote greater understanding and general awareness regarding issues affecting the Armed Forces community.
“This is about the community providing the proper support for the Armed Forces and their families,” said Nigel Riglar, Commissioning Director Communities & Infrastructure, and Gloucestershire County Council.
Gloucestershire County Council Leader, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, commented: “Gloucestershire County Council is proud to support our armed forces. We are very grateful for the sacrifices our servicemen and women.
“The military covenant is about making sure that they don’t lose out on the things we all take for granted as a result of that service.
He added: “We believe it will make a big difference for service personnel and their families, who are a key part of our Gloucestershire community.”
For more information on Armed Forces Community Covenants go to www.gov.uk./community-grandscheme