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Covenant making a difference for Armed Forces community

Article date - 18 July 2019

The pride in St Helens Borough’s Armed Forces community is reflected since St Helens Council and its partners in health, housing, employment and education first signed the Armed Forces Covenant seven years ago.
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The covenant recognises the sacrifices servicemen and women make to serve for our country and in return offers support to those part of the Armed Forces community.

St Helens Council’s cabinet praised the hard work over the last 12 months to help serving armed forces officers, veterans, cadets and their families from the support of the likes of Torus Housing, Jobcentre Plus and Saints’ Veterans of the Foundation Hub through to events like Armed Forces Race Day at Haydock Park Racecourse and Armed Forces Day rugby match at Saints.

Councillor Lynn Clarke, Cabinet Member for Environment Services and lead for Armed Forces, said: “Our covenant pledge is to honour all the brave women and men of the Armed Forces community past, present and future. Support for the Armed Forces Covenant has never been more evident. It has been an eventful year marking what has been a historic 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and 75 years since the D-Day Landings. It has been a great privilege to commemorate the brave actions of many of our Armed Forces family honoured for their part in those conflicts. However, we also have a moral duty to acknowledge and celebrate the work of current serving members of our fantastic Armed Forces by hosting events such as the recent Armed Forces Day at Victoria Park.”

Among the measures brought in are a new staff policy that supports employees who are reservists or adult volunteers in the Cadet Forces and free gym memberships offer to serving Armed Forces Residents. The council and St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group also provide bespoke health and wellbeing services for veterans and Armed Forces service leavers, to help them when they require more specialist support.

Find out more about support for the Armed Forces community in St Helens Borough visit www.sthelens.gov.uk.