The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve or have served and their families, are treated fairly.
The aim of the Covenant is to ensure that no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public services compared to any other citizen.
Surrey County Council signed a community covenant with the military on 13 March 2012, at a ceremony at Pirbright Barracks attended by representatives of military, public and voluntary organisations.
In late 2017, the Chairman of the County Council agreed that it would be an appropriate time to conduct an audit of the commitments made by the County Council when it signed the Covenant. The audit was completed in January 2018 and confirmed that Surrey County Council has taken the covenant seriously and made significant and continuous progress in the support and service provided for the Armed Forces community.
Surrey district and borough community covenants:
- Elmbridge Borough Council
- Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
- Guildford Borough Council
- Mole Valley District Council
- Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
- Runnymede Borough Council
- Spelthorne Borough Council
- Surrey Heath Borough Council
- Tandridge Borough Council
- Waverley Borough Council
- Woking Borough Council
Armed Forces Covenant Fund
Surrey has been very successful in bidding for grants from the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Covenant Fund. Since the fund was first made available in 2012, Surrey has received £1,106,509.
The Covenant Fund has four main funding themes:
- Removing barriers to family life
- Extra support after service for those that need help
- Measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the Armed Forces community to participate as citizens
- Non-core healthcare services for veterans.
The administration of the Covenant Fund is in the process of being transferred from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to an independent charitable trust, which will enable additional flexibility. Priorities are set annually and we are awaiting the publication of these priorities for 2018/19, although the MoD has confirmed that there will be a priority to support community integration/delivery of local services (for grants up to £20,000). As in previous years this will open for applications in April 2018. See the Armed Forces Covenant Fund website for updates.
Funding success since October 2017
- Brookwood and Pirbright Children's Centre received £19,700 to support the mental and physical health of service children from pre-birth to eight years old. It will support both adults and children within the families through enhanced parenting skills.
- Pirbright School received £20,000 towards construction of a new classroom where service children and their parents can be supported in their health and wellbeing needs.
- Peter Pan Pre-School at ATC (Pirbright) received £20,000 to install a natural woodland outdoor adventure area in the garden of the pre-school.
- Surrey County Council received £147,888 on behalf of the south east region to enhance local support for veterans (Surrey, Hampshire, Kent, East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, and Medway). There are approximately 42,000 veterans in Surrey and 250,000 across the south east region.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any bids you may wish to forward in Surrey.
Armed Forces Covenant for business
Businesses, charitable, and public sector organisations of all sizes who wish to support the armed forces community can sign the covenant. You make your own promises on how you will demonstrate your support.
More information on this and how to become a 'Forces Friendly Employer' can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant pages.