Charnwood Borough Council has received a Bronze award for its support of armed forces.
The Council was given the award by the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Scheme (ERS). The national scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.
The Bronze award recognises that the Council has pledged its support to armed forces personnel and their families in Charnwood, by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
Councillor Hilary Fryer, Armed Forces champion at the borough council said: “We’re very proud to have received the bronze award for our support of the armed forces.
“The Council recognises the sacrifices made by our armed forces men and women, and their families, and we’re very pleased that we can offer them our support.
“In signing the Armed Forced covenant we pledged to ensure that the work of these brave people is recognised. It is important to give something back to those who serve their country, and the families that support them.”
The borough Council signed up to be part of the Armed Forces Covenant in 2014. The covenant offers support and advice for the armed forces community, including information about welfare, employment, education and housing.
The Council also employs an Armed Forces Community Covenant Worker, in partnership with Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils to help develop and improve the Armed Forces Covenant and ensure that military personal do not face any disadvantage as a result of their service.
The Councils are asking armed forces personnel for their views to help understand their needs and develop future support. The survey is on-going and is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AFCC_Survey
For more information about support for armed forces personnel in Charnwood, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/armed_forces_community