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We are committed to supporting the armed forces personnel and veterans as part of the Armed Forces Covenant, a scheme which encourages understanding and awareness of the issues affecting veterans and their families within the local community, and promotes better help and support for existing and ex-Armed Forces personnel and their families.

More information about the covenant can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant website.

Help for Armed Forces personnel

The Armed Forces Covenant website has a range of information for regulars, reservists, veterans and their families on how the covenant can support you as well as links to useful websites and national services available.

Read this article on the Covenant partnership across Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe borough councils for a wider view of how the covenant does and who it helps.

Local services in Charnwood

Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club

Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club is back and welcoming members, new and old, to meet up for breakfast.

Members meet at the Toby Carvery on Forest Road, Loughborough on the second Saturday of every month, 9.30am until 11.30am. 

Family members and carers are also welcome to come along. The group is friendly and are always looking to welcome new members. Breakfast costs £5 with unlimited tea and coffee.

More information is available on the Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club Facebook group.

Discounts available at leisure centres across Charnwood

The three leisure centres across Charnwood run by Fusion, on behalf of the Council, offer discounts for members of the Armed Forces Community. This includes veterans, serving personnel, reservists and adult cadet forces leaders.

Staff at the leisure centres will require ID at reception to be able to apply the concession.

For casual users a discount of 50% is applied. This would mean they would pay a reduced rate from £3.90 to £1.90 for a swim and £6.80 to £3.40 for a gym session.

For concession membership, a discount of 50% is applied. This is recommended for anyone using the leisure centres twice a week. It costs £23.60 a month which includes, gym, swim and classes across all three centres. Access is Monday-Fridays until 5.30pm and anytime at the weekends.

For corporate membership a discount of 20% is applied. This provides unlimited access to the pool, gym, and classes across all three centres at £34.30.


Life after the Armed Forces

When you leave the Armed Forces there are some key areas to consider:

  • Employment and pension
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Health

The Armed Forces Covenant website provides information about support available to service leavers.

The Service Leaver’s Guide, provided by the MoD, offers detailed information and advice for service personnel who are planning to leave or have left regular service. 

Warwickshire County Council have a number of resources for service leavers and cover topics such as finding a home, education, money management and adjusting to life after the services.

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2020

The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report for 2020 has been published and can be found on the website.

Who to contact

Giuseppe Vassallo is the lead officer for Armed Forces at Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils.

For more information on what’s available to Armed Forces personnel within Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe you can contact him on 

For more information on veterans and the armed forces

Last updated: Thu 21st July, 2022 @ 08:31