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Councils acknowledged for commitment to support members of the Armed Forces

  • Councils acknowledged for commitment to support members of the Armed Forces

Charnwood and Rushcliffe borough councils’ commitment to supporting serving and former Armed Forces personnel and their families has been further recognised at an awards ceremony.

The authorities officially received the gold award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme on November 19.

The award acknowledges employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace ensuring they do not face any disadvantage as a result of their service.

It also recognises the Councils’ awareness of the variety of transferable skills reservists, veterans and current personnel can bring to the civilian workplace.

Charnwood Borough Council’s armed forces champion Cllr Fryer said: “We were delighted to officially receive the gold award from the Armed Forces Recognition Scheme.

“The award acknowledges our successful partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council and our continued work to support the Armed Forces community.

“We recognise the sacrifices our Armed Forces men and women, and their families make and it’s important to give something back to those who serve their country. The Council is committed to supporting our armed forces personnel and the veteran’s community and will continue to do so through the covenant.”

“I’d like to once again congratulate everyone involved with this fantastic achievement.”

The Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013. The Covenant recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families, and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s deputy leader and covenant champion Cllr Debbie Mason said: "We were absolutely delighted to attend the awards ceremony to receive our Gold Award from the Armed Forces Employee Recognition Scheme together with Charnwood Borough Council.

"The award acknowledges our work with our Armed Forces community with initiatives such as Veterans' breakfast clubs, encouraging social enterprises and businesses to sign the covenant and events such as Proms in the Park that raise the profile of military causes and charities.

"We also introduced a guaranteed job interview scheme for Veterans and Reservists at the Council and if appointed, a buddy support system will help them settle into their new work place.

"We will continue to do everything we can to support those with a military background and to explore further ways we can assist hard-to-reach veterans and families with the support they may require."