Citizens Advice Charnwood has signed the covenant of the Armed Forces in order to show and offer their support for servicemen and women who serve at home and abroad.
The covenant was brought to the attention of Citizens Advice Charnwood by Victoria Coomber, armed forces community covenant development officer for Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils. After a successful bid from the MOD Covenant Grant fund by Charnwood Borough Council they entered in a partnership with the CAB that further supports the Armed Forces Community.
Cllr Hilary Fryer, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “I am delighted Citizens Advice Charnwood has signed the covenant and strengthened our local commitment to supporting members of the Armed Forces.
“It’s important we recognise the sacrifice our armed forces personnel make for the safety and security of our nation, particularly in this very poignant year when we will be marking 100 years since the end of World War One.”
Ian Dennis, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Charnwood, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to sign the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of Citizens Advice Charnwood.
“We meet and advise people from all walks of life here, and that includes people who serve in the armed forces, their families and veterans who may need help and advice, on all manner of topics.”
“By signing the covenant, we are proudly stating to all armed forces personnel that we support them fully and are here to help in any way we can.”
Citizens Advice Charnwood have strengthened their commitment further in employing their own Armed Forces Champion, Gill Dunn who will be trained to understand the specific needs of our Armed Forces Community and promote advice and services available to them. All of the staff and volunteers at Citizens Advice Charnwood will receive training on Armed Forces needs and have access to a resource database of services that can help them.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Groups, organisations, charities, local authorities and businesses are encouraged to sign up to it.
The Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund offers £10 million a year to community projects which support existing and former service personnel in their communities.