Plymouth Armed Forces Community Covenant
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
- Royal British Legion
- The Federation of Plymouth and District Ex Services Associations
- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association
- Naval Personal and Family Services
- Royal Marines Welfare
- Devonport Field Gun Association
- Veterans UK
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The Plymouth Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed at the Armed Forces Day National Event on Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 30 June 2012. It is a formal commitment to mutual support between the city’s civilian and armed forces communities, with a special focus on service children.
The Community Covenant lists seven main priorities for all covenant partners, and this forms the basis of the action plan, but at the heart of the covenant is a shared understanding that service families receive all the support available to them from the public and voluntary sectors in Plymouth.
Access to housing, healthcare and employment are just some of the issues which affect the armed forces community, and the Community Covenant aims to raise the awareness of such issues so that the city’s service families and veterans are not disadvantaged in any way.
The Plymouth Armed Forces Community Covenant lists seven main priorities for the city that form the basis of our work. These are:
Children, young people and their families
- Improving outcomes for the children of service families and tackling child poverty issues linked to this group.
Health and wellbeing
- Developing services focused on the health and wellbeing of Service personnel, Veterans and their families, including mental health support.
- Ensuring there is clear guidance from the Council and the Armed Forces on what housing services and provision are available to service community.
Working in partnership
- Creating opportunities for the Armed Forces to work closely with the Council and other Community Covenant partners.
Support for veterans and their families
- Considering and supporting the needs of Service personnel during and after their transition to becoming Veterans.
Employability and education
- Helping Ex-Service personnel and their families to identify education opportunities and maximise their employability.
- Evaluating the impact and reach of the Community Covenant, through regular meetings and reviews.
Signing the Covenant also provides Plymouth with the opportunity to bid for UK-wide funding.
Please see the document below celebrating the first year of this covenant.
The Community Covenant Grant Scheme was established to help provide funding for local projects that bring together civilian and armed forces communities.
The scheme is administered by the Ministry of Defence.
To be eligible to bid, all applications must:
- Meet the aims and objectives of the Community Covenant
- Demonstrate value for money
- Be aligned with the spirit, strategies and policies of the Plymouth Community Covenant Partnership Panel
The small grants programme involves submitting an application to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme that has been endorsed by the Plymouth Community Covenant.
Small grants (up to £20,000)
- Applications open 23 September 2016
- Closing date for submission to MOD - 2 November 2016
- Decisions by MOD - 1 March 2017
Please note that applications should be submitted to the Plymouth Covenant for endorsement in good time (at least 2 weeks before closing date for submission to MOD).
Details for the large grant scheme are available on the GOV.UK website.
If you would like to comment on the community covenant, suggest improvements that can be made or put forward any ideas please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 307485.
The Action Plan Steering Group meets every two months, and notes from these meetings as well as any reviews which have been carried out, will be published on this page.
- Cllr Glenn Jordan– Chair and Armed Forces Champion
- Capt David Tall RN Ret. – Sports Clubs Plymouth
- Wendy Smith – Babcock and Business representative
- Commander Charles Crichton RN Ret. – Federation of Ex-Service Men and Women and Veterans networking including Alabare
- Basil Dowling Waite - Federation of Ex Service Men and Women
- Carole Arnold -Royal British Legion, Devon, fundraising
- Carol Rashleigh – Community and Social Action Plymouth and Sea Cadets
- Kathy Howard – SSAFA
- WC Owen Crossby - RAF
- Capt O’Sullivan or representative – RM
- Lt Cdr Christopher Clarke representing Commodore Shipperley – RN
- Lt Col Dornan or Captain Terry Harvey – 29 Commando Royal Artillery
- WO Shaun Gribble – 29 Commando Royal Artillery
- Sarah Lees – Public Health
- Rev. Chris Clewer – Council of Faiths
- Brigadier Simon Young CBE – Devon Rifles
- Kevin Bunt –Help for Heroes
- Brigadier (Retired) Christopher Lunn – ABF The Soldiers Charity
- Francis Reis – Air Training Corp
- Colin Charters – Army Cadet Force
- Richard Yarwood – Plymouth University
- Rebecca Hocking– MKC Heroes
- Rebekah Deakin – MKC Heroes
- Oliver Colvile - Member of Parliament
- Gary Streeter - Member of Parliament
- Johnny Mercer- Member of Parliament
- Judith Harwood – Assistant Director PCC
- Rev Karl Freeman – Reserves rep (rector Emmanual Church & padre to 29 CDO, Royal Citadel and HMS Heroes Chaplain)
- Debs Dyer – NHS
- Commander Steve Henaghen – Regional Covenat
- Suzanne Archard – Royal British Legion
- Ch Insp Catherine Farrin – Devon & Cornwall Police
- Emily Harding – Defence Medical Group
- Simon Fleet – Defence Medical Group
- Matt Garrett – Housing, PCC
- Ian Sherriff – Plymouth Dementia Friendly
- Naval Federation Families – Pete Hawley
- John Porter – Army Reserves 165 Port and Maritime
- Irene Wills - War Widows Association
- Heather Ogburn -- People Directorate Officer (Facilitator)