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St Helens Armed Forces Covenant

St Helens Council are proud to honour our local Armed Forces community through public events such as the Annual Armed Forces Day and the Service of Remembrance.

We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012 and work closely with our local regiments, Armed Forces charities, and health, housing, education and employment partners to ensure the Armed Forces community receive the support and recognition they are entitled to.

This page has details of that support; the Related Pages tab (below) takes you to other information, including local Armed Forces Community News and details of how to access the Covenant Fund, which supports local Armed Forces-related projects, and our most recent annual St Helens Armed Forces Covenant Report 2018-19.

If you or a member of your family serve in the British Armed Forces, or are an Armed Forces Service Leaver, Reservist, Veteran, Widow or Widower, the following page holds a summary of the support available in St Helens. The council produces a Welcome To St Helens leaflet for Armed Forces families that includes useful contact numbers for housing, education, employment, health and public services.

St Helens Council Armed Forces Leisure Membership

St Helens Council offers access to all council leisure services for Armed Forces personnel and former members of the Armed Forces. The memberships are all-inclusive, which enable members to access council-run gyms, pools, saunas, steam rooms and classes. 

Please note: Armed Forces memberships can only be issued at a council leisure centre reception. You must take your Armed Forces ID as proof.

The entitlements are outlined below:

  • All serving Armed Forces personnel on leave - FREE access to all council leisure centres, fitness suites and swimming pools.
  • All serving personnel and veterans for seven days starting on National Armed Forces Day each year - FREE access to all council leisure centres, fitness suites and swimming pools.
  • Recipients of an Armed Forces pension and compensation (MOD) - FREE Go Active Membership (daytime including weekends).
  • Armed Forces regulars, reserves and veterans - discounted Go Active bronze membership (anytime including weekends).

Veterans Of The Foundation Breakfast Club

Veterans Breakfast Club, from 10am every Thursday at the RedVee Café Bar, Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St Helens WA9 3AL.

  • Drop-in session and breakfast club for regulars, reservists, ex-forces, veterans and their families.
  • Regularly attended by staff from local services such as The Royal British Legion, Jobcentre Plus, Health, Housing, and St Helens Council.

Local Regular Regiments

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment is the local infantry regiment in the North West. To find out more about a career with the Duke of Lancaster's, please watch their latest recruitment video

St Helens' Local Reserve Regiments

103 Regiment Royal Artillery

4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment 

Find out more about the Reserve Forces

This video highlights the main roles of the soldiers within 103 Regiment and the rigours they go through during Live Fire Training.

St Helens' Cadet Forces 

St.Helens Sea Cadets - TS Scimitar

Newton-le-Willows Sea Cadets with a Marine Cadet Detachment - TS Warspite

St.Helens Army Cadet Detachment

Newton-le-Willows Army Cadet Detachment

St.Helens Air Training Corps - 969 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets