Support pledged for Armed Forces community
Published Friday, 11 April 2014
SUPPORT for the local Armed Forces community in Hinckley and Bosworth has been pledged by the Borough Council through the signing of a covenant.
Representatives of the Ministry Of Defence joined with representatives from the voluntary sector and the Armed Forces community in Leicestershire to sign the covenant.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme was introduced with four objectives in mind:
- To encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community;
- To recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community;
- To encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life; and
- To encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement
The covenant is a voluntary statement, which encourages each party to bring their knowledge, experience and expertise to bear on mutually beneficial matters.
Councillor David Cope , the Executive Member for Culture and Leisure and Lead Member for Armed Forces, said:
"I take great pride and feel it an honour to be involved in agreeing this pledge to our armed services. Our recognition of the breadth and depth of what our servicemen and women achieve in all spheres and in all conditions, never ceases to impress and should be an inspiration to us all, and therefore our commitment to them should;be unequivocal".
Speaking on behalf of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Pope said:
“The signing of this covenant is not just a public ceremony. It is really important to our servicemen and women because it makes them feel valued.
“It gives them confidence that their families will be looked after when they themselves are away on operations. It promotes a wider understanding of what we do when we are serving. And it helps our people to be better understood when they leave the services and transition back to civilian life in the community.
“As we switch to greater reliance on the reserves, I also urge employers to consider the benefit of encouraging their staff to be developed the military way by working part-time with the Armed Forces.”
CAPTION: Lieutenant Colonel Richard Pope and the Mayor, Councillor Lynda Hodgkins, sign the covenant watched by (left to right) Steve Atkinson (HBBC Chief Executive), Cllr Peter Batty , Cllr David Cope , David Atterbury (County Chairman of the Leicestershire & Rutland Royal British Legion) and Leader of the Council Stuart Bray .
Last updated: 11/04/2014 15:36
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