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St Helens Armed Forces Covenant is a statement of mutual support between the civilian community of St Helens and our local Armed Forces Community.
It is the St Helens expression, at a local community level, of the National Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
The purpose of the St Helens Armed Forces Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in St.Helens, and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces Community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel, their families and widow(er)s in St Helens.
For St Helens Council and members of the Local Strategic Partnership, the Covenant presents an opportunity provide help and advice to members of the Armed Forces Community.
For the Armed Forces Community, the Covenant encourages integration from service life into civilian life and encourages members of the Armed Forces Community to help their local community. As the lead organisation developing the St.Helens Armed Forces Covenant, St Helens Council is becoming increasingly aware of the unique challenges that are faced by people leaving the armed forces. These can be practical things, like understanding how to manage bills or finding a job. They can also be emotional - like dealing with post-traumatic stress.
It is not about preferential treatment. It is about removing disadvantage and ensuring fairness for our Forces Community by promoting equality of opportunity in access to local services.
To help meet these challenges, the St Helens Armed Forces Covenant focuses on four key areas of support:
The Armed Forces Covenant also provides a focus for continued recognition of the debt of gratitude our community owes service personnel, reservists, veterans and their families.