The Community Covenant is a voluntary pledge of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces community. Local authorities and the Armed Forces community are encouraged to work together to establish a Community Covenant in their area in order to:
Community Covenants may look quite different from one location to another; the nature of the support offered will be determined by need and capacity. In most cases, the Community Covenant is signed by a senior representative from the Local Authority and by a representative from the Services.
Community Covenant Achievements
Since the Community Covenant was launched in June 2011, all areas have signed up and there have been positive results. Many Local Authorities who have signed a Community Covenant have an Armed Forces Champion. The role of a Champion is often to make sure that the Local Authority delivers on its commitments to the Armed Forces community and that any obstacles to delivery are resolved. Another example of the Community Covenant at work is Birmingham Council’s introduction of an Armed Forces Housing Officer to support those leaving the Services.
Community Covenant Grant Scheme
The Community Covenant has been supported by the Community Covenant Grant Scheme. This scheme financially supports local projects that strengthen the ties or mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces community and the wider community in which they live. £30 million was allocated to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, with £10 million to spend in the 2013-14 financial year.
Click here to see a list of funded projects. An example is £6,000 being allocated to help Gurkhas in Eastleigh to learn English and integrate with the local community.