An Armed Force Community Covenant
Councillor James Frith on behalf of Bury Council Speech
The Armed Forces 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 Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, The Government and the Armed Forces, at the local level.
The purpose of this Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Bury and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this 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 the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.
For Bury Metropolitan Borough Council and partner organisations, the Community Covenant presents an opportunity to bring their knowledge, experience and expertise to bear on the provision of help and advice to members of the Armed Forces Community. It also presents an opportunity to build upon existing good work on other initiatives such as welfare pathway.
For the Armed Forces Community, the Community Covenant encourages the integration of service life into civilian life and encourages members of the Armed Forces Community to help their Local Community.
In the Covenant before you today we have enshrined 11 specific measures that we in Bury Metropolitan Borough intend to enact. These are:
1. To establish a single community point of contact together with
the Bury Metropolitan Borough Council one stop shop that leads to both
a self referral welfare pathway and a welfare support pathway for serving
and ex-service men and women, their dependants, families and widow(er)s.
(Paragraph to be stated if there is a Military Presence)
When they return to us we will succour them, if broken in mind, body or spirit we will help them to recover. Those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice we will cherish and remember always.
We will help our returning warriors to find work, be housed, have their children schooled and integrate into our lovely Borough.
To those stationed amongst us we welcome you to take part in our many celebrations, fetes, carnivals and host of other activities, to walk amongst us in the Queen's uniform, become a significant part of our society. Visit our schools, enjoy our heritage.
We pledge this day to forge a bond that will last.
The Worshipful The Mayor, "I commend this covenant and ask
that you sign on behalf of the Council".
Reply on behalf of Armed Forces by Brigadier N O Fitzgerald MBE