Published: Thu 3rd June, 2021
A Loughborough charity has signed the Armed Forces Covenant in a commitment to support the Armed Forces community.
Charnwood Borough Council has worked with the Loughborough Wellbeing Centre which has recently pledged its support for Armed Forces personnel including veterans, reservists, and their families.
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 and do not face disadvantage.
Cllr Hilary Fryer, the Council’s armed forces champion and a board member of the Loughborough Wellbeing Centre said: “It’s great the Loughborough Wellbeing Centre has signed the covenant and committed to support the Armed Forces communities in the borough.
“After an incredibly tough year, it’s even more important than ever to support those men and women who have given so much to our country. The covenant is an opportunity for organisations across Charnwood to pledge their support, access training and support our veterans and families across our local communities.
The Loughborough Wellbeing Centre is a local charity which provides support to adults experiencing mental health issues. It’s continuing to work closely with the borough council to put together a bid for around £20,000 to help fund the development of a wellbeing project for veterans in the local area.
Helen Carter, chief executive of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre said: “We are delighted to sign the Armed Forces Covenant as part of our work to show our commitment and support for the mental health of local residents serving in the Armed Forces, including reservists, veterans, their families and carers.
“We look forward to providing further support as part of this commitment and as a Veteran myself, and being part of the Armed Forces community, I know only too well that support for mental health is needed.
“Our plans to create a veterans specific Wellbeing project are commencing and we look forward to working in partnership with the Armed Forces covenant officer at Charnwood Borough Council in the future.”
The borough council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013 and employs an Armed Forces community covenant development officer, in partnership with Melton and Rushcliffe borough councils to help develop and support the Armed Forces community and ensure that military personnel do not face any disadvantage as a result of their service.
In 2019, Rushcliffe and Charnwood borough councils received a gold award from The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Scheme (ERS). The Gold Award is the highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.