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Somerset Armed Forces Covenant in the Community

The Somerset Armed Forces Community Covenant brings together charities, local authorities, other public sector organisations, businesses, communities, individuals and the military in a pledge of support between local residents and the Armed Forces community in the County.

 The covenant aims to:

  • encourage local communities to support their local Armed Forces community and vice versa
  • promote public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces community
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces community into local life.

This Somerset initiative reflects the Government's tri-service Armed Forces Covenant which is part of Government policy to improve the support available for the Armed Forces community. Visit the Ministry of Defence for more information about the Covenant.

Somerset has a long history of Armed Forces being based within our county such as RNAS Yeovilton and Norton Manor Camp. Local organisations, including councils, already have good relationships with these bases and the charities that support in-service and ex-service personnel and their families. The Somerset Armed Forces Community Covenant will build on these relationships and local support, and provide a more consistent and complete approach. We are working with the Armed Forces community on a range of priority areas within Somerset including: building communities; education, skills and employment; housing, benefits, health and welfare.

Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme

The Government's new Covenant Fund, launched in August 2015, has a different focus from the grant scheme it replaces and the process for grant applications has also changed.   The Fund is an annual £10 million which is available in perpetuity. The Government will therefore keep the operation of the Fund under review to ensure its aims are delivered through a process of continual improvement.  
Current  Ministry of Defence guidance is available online

Last modified: 11 May 2017