Borough pledges support for its Armed Forces

Published Thursday, 03 April 2014

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has pledged support for its local Armed Forces community through the signing of a covenant.

Representatives of the MOD and Voluntary Sectors from the civilian community of Leicestershire joined representatives from 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
  • 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 of mutual support, which encourages each party to bring their knowledge, experience and expertise to bear on mutually beneficial matters, in which both communities can share.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure and Lead Member for Armed Forces Councillor David Cope 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 service men 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.

On behalf of all the Armed Forces thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you on projects that will further cement our ties with the local community.”

Last updated: 03/04/2014 16:33