Basingstoke Armed Forces Community Covenant
A pledge to support the Armed Forces community in Basingstoke and Deane was signed by the borough council on 24 June 2013, as part of the celebration of Armed Forces Day at the Civic Offices in Basingstoke.
Local Armed Forces Community Covenants
The Community Covenant aims to encourage local communities to support the service community in their area and promote understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community.
With support from military and civilian communities across the UK, there are now nearly 150 Community Covenant partnerships.
The Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. It is intended to complement the National Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces, at the local level.
The Covenant aims to encourage all parties within a community to offer support to the local Armed Forces community. To make it easier for service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support available from the Ministry of Defence, from statutory providers and from the charitable and voluntary sector.
The scheme is intended to be a two-way arrangement and the Armed Forces community is encouraged to support their community and promote activity which integrates the service community into civilian life.
Basingstoke Armed Forces Community Covenant
We do not have any military bases but that does not mean that we do not have any armed forces personnel. We have those who work elsewhere but live in the borough; we have veterans, cadets and reservists.
The aims of the Community Covenant that we have signed is:
- Encouraging local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their areas, and vice versa.
- Promoting understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community.
- Recognising and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces Community.
- Encouraging activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life.
We will support the services community in its area and ensure that they can access services that they are entitled to. Also to ensure that when services are being reviewed or designed that the issues armed forces personnel and their families face are considered.
We would also encourage and welcome the armed forces communities to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects or other forms of engagement. The covenant will also mean the borough can bid for between £100 and £250,000 in funding from the Ministry of Defence. This is to support initiatives for the armed forces community in Basingstoke and Deane and to help them integrate into civilian life in the area.
Signing of the Community Covenant
The Community Covenant was signed by:
- Councillor Cathy Osselton on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
- Commander Brigadier Neil Baverstock OBE MA, on behalf of 145 (South) Brigade
- Station Commander Group Captain Dominic Toriati on behalf of RAF Odiham
- Commandant of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force Rod Lambert on behalf of South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association
- Regional Welfare Manager Andrew Hiscutt on behalf of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
- Pam Worsfold, chairperson of Basingstoke Voluntary Services, on behalf of the voluntary sector across Basingstoke and Deane.
Veterans' Gateway - Ex service and struggling with civvy street? - we can help
Veterans' Gateway is a partnership between The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Combat Stress and service provider Connect Assist. We are funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.
- What is Veterans' Gateway?
Veterans' Gateway is for any ex-service personnel and their families looking for advice or support - whatever they're dealing with.
We provide the first point of contact to a network of military and non-military partner organisations to help you find exactly what you need, when you need it - whether you're in the UK or overseas.
We cover seven key areas:
- Living independently
- Mental wellbeing
- Physical health
- Family and communities
- Get in contact 24 hour support - whenever you need us, we're here