West Lancashire Armed Forces Community Covenant
What is the West Lancashire 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's intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant which outlines the moral obligations between the nation, the government and the armed forces at a local level.
The Covenant initiative is intended to help serving, transiting and veteran members of the armed forces, and their families, by raising awareness of their particular circumstances and needs among service providers and the civilian community, and taking action to improve services where appropriate.
We aim to encourage communities, charities, businesses, local government and health care providers to take part in the covenant to support all our armed forces living locally. This not only includes supporting personnel, but also their families and veterans, particularly where they have been injured or bereaved. By doing this we recognise what our armed forces have done for us and continue to do on a daily basis. Armed Forces Champion: Councillor Terry Devine (pictured below)
His role is to improve access to services and support for serving and ex-service men and women.
Armed Forces Covenant Working Group
The working group has identified three priority areas which have become the main work strands, these are:-
Education, Skills and Employment
Health & Wellbeing
Families and Housing
Each of the organisations will look at what they are currently doing and what they can do for veterans in these priority areas.
West Lancashire Community Covenant
West Lancashire Borough Council adopted the West Lancashire Community Covenant at its meeting on 16 October 2013 and the signing ceremony was held on 14 November 2013.
The Ex-Mayor of West Lancashire Councillor Iain Ashcroft signs the covenant watched by John Chapman from the North West Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, West Lancashire Borough Council Managing Director (transformation) Kim Webber, Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Lighten, West Lancashire Borough Council leader Councillor Ian Grant, Commander Richard Jermy, and West Lancashire Borough Council Managing Director (People and Places) Gill Rowe.
The veterans gateway is the first point of contact for veterans who are seeking support. The gateway aims to put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations who can provide them with the information, advice and support they need. They offer support in areas such as healthcare, housing, employability, finances and personal relationships. To reach the veterans gateway follow this link (external link).
West Lancs Ark
Forces Compare (external link) is run by veterans to help those who serve, or have served, to find the best insurance and finance options through our panel of specialist lenders.
This organisation is dedicated to helping those in the armed forces community save money on finance and insurance and avoid being overcharged.
They also proudly display the Armed Forces Covenant, showing their commitment to those who serve and have served in the armed forces, and their families.
Signatories to the West Lancashire Community Covenant
The following organisations have signed the Covenant.
Chamber of Commerce
Alan Welsh, 01772 706592
Job Centre DWP
Royal British Legion
Alison Bunn, 0333 011 4324
Age Uk Lancashire
Christine Mottley, 07794 620 596
Lancashire Care nhs
David Keddie, 01772 647168
Lancashire West CAB
Guy Simpson, 0344 245 1294
West Lancashire Borough Council
Deputy Director of Housing and Inclusions
West Lancs. ARK (Borough Wide)
Irene O’Donnell, 01695 732859
Ministry of Defence
Website: Ministry of Defence support for war veterans (external link)