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The Armed Forces Covenant

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Gosport Borough Council recognises the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the armed forces community and the unique skills and attributes they bring to our workplace. We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

 

The Armed Forces Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. It is intended to complement the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces, at the local level.
    
Hampshire County and the District Councils were among the first counties to sign up to the Community Covenant. Gosport, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton councils have come together to adopt a partnership approach to delivering the Covenant within the Solent region of the wider county of Hampshire. The aim of this partnership is to:

  • raise awareness among serving personnel, reservists and veterans of the support they can receive from local authorities;
  • provide a broader understanding of the needs of the local veteran population as well as serving personnel during transition to civilian life;
  • evaluate the impact of these initiatives. 

 

The Solent Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board representing Gosport, Portsmouth and Southampton aligned to the Isle of Wight Civil Military Partnership Board was refreshed in 2017. This Board provides strategic governance for local delivery of the Covenant alongside the Hampshire Civil Military Partnership Board.

 

 We estimate that 76,207 adults and children are part of the Solent Armed Forces community. The Solent Armed Forces Covenant Partnership have worked together to understand the needs of this community and produced a needs assessment.

 

 This info graphic provides some headline information from the needs assessment.

 

Help and Support

 

 The Covenant focusses on helping members of the Armed Forces Community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. This support is provided in a number of areas including: 
  • education and family wellbeing
  • having a home
  • starting a new career
  • accessing healthcare

 

The Council is working with out partners and members of the Armed Forces Community to develop a local Covenant offer which complements and builds on the National Covenant Pledges. If you want to find out more about this work or have a question about local delivery of the Covenant, please email mandy.baggaley@gosport.gov.uk   

 

The Armed Forces Community in Gosport


Below are some interesting facts about the Armed Forces Community in Gosport:
  • Gosport has five military sites where approximately 1,750 serving personnel are based.
  • Gosport is home to five cadet units.
  • 1,384 members of the Royal Navy have registered a home address in Gosport.
  • There are a further 807 service accommodations across eight sites in Gosport with a capacity to hold a total of 2,324 people.
  • In 2015, 8% (849) children aged 4-16 years were registered for the Service pupil premium.
  • In 2015, 123 families with children under the age of 5 were receiving services through Gosport children's centres. They identified social isolation, not knowing how to register for services, transport and school resettlement as being their biggest challenges.
  • 4,275 veterans have registered Gosport as their home address for the purposes of forces pension and or compensation payments.

 

The Veterans Gateway

 

The Veterans Gateway, launched in 2017, can put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best places to help with the information, advice and support they need, from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. Information about local services is available on the gateway website and will be regularly updated. Find out more on Veterans Gateway website.  


Show Your Support


Over 2,000 businesses nationally have pledged their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a business or an organisation, you can find out you can show your support here.


Armed Forces Covenant Funding for Local Projects

The Covenant Trust fund gives grants to community projects that are mutually beneficial to the Armed Forces Community and the civilian community. The funding is for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant. Projects range from building new nurseries in civilian ares which also have a high density of armed forces families, to funding military-themed community actvities that increase the understanding between the two communities.

 
You can find out more about Covenant Funding here.

Coordination of local of bids is strongly encouraged to avoid duplication and help ensure specific local needs are addressed and supported. If you are a member of a Gosport organisation with a project in mind and are considering a bid for this fund,  you can contact Mandy Baggaley at Gosport Borough Council for information about other local projects or potential partners on 023 9254 5695.



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