FYLDE BOROUGH COUNCIL ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY COVENANT
On Monday 23rd June, following a flag raising ceremony to mark the start of Armed Forces Week 2012, council leader Cllr David Eaves signed a covenant between the people of Fylde and the Armed Forces. This was followed by pledges from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, Services Associations, Lancashire Police, NHS, New Fylde Housing and HMP Kirkham to work together for mutual benefit. (picture)
PRINCIPLES OF THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY COVENANT
- 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 Fylde 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 Borough of Fylde..
- For Fylde Borough Council and it’s 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 the 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.
Eleven pledges were made by this Covenant:
To establish A single community point of contact together with the Fylde 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 widowers.
- Working with New Fylde Housing and other agencies to provide advice and support on housing matters and ensure that priority for accommodation is given to Veterans.
- To establish and maintain a close relationship with the Regular and Reserve Forces Unit(s) stationed in Weeton Barracks. To carry out measures to ensure that they are welcomed into the borough and that Service personnel and their families are supported by all agencies – public, private, voluntary and charity
- To establish a partnership with employers, specialist employment consultancies and agencies in Fylde Borough that will assist Armed Forces Personnel to make the transition to civilian life.
- To provide external support to former Armed Services personnel in HMP Kirkham and to respond to and co-ordinate any request for assistance.
- To work together with NHS Services in Fylde Borough to ensure priority treatment to Armed Forces personnel and Veterans.
- Co-ordinate mental health facilities both NHS and private to recognise and treat mental health conditions caused by time in service for serving and retired personnel and their families.
- To promote awareness of the role and significance of the Armed Forces within Fylde Borough by bringing together serving personnel, veterans, youth, schools, local charitable bodies and voluntary organisations.
- By establishing a living heritage project to record and exhibit military experiences and increase awareness and appreciation of Armed Forces Service.
- To run and co-ordinate events that enhance appreciation of the military ethos, enable fundraising for Services Charities, commemorate service and express gratitude for the commitment and sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces.
- Celebrating the freedom of the Borough of Fylde with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
Cllr Edward Nash, a former regular serving officer in the Royal Artillery was appointed Armed Forces Member for Fylde Borough and outside body representative to the Reserve Forces Association.
We have established a “Hub” in Richmond Road St Anne’s on the Sea where veterans and those seeking to support veterans can call in. From this hub we are connected to over 100 sources of support.
Contact can be made by telephone 01253 781775/07940 853215, calling in person (opening hours 1030 to 1630 weekdays) or by email, Cllr.email@example.com or to the Fylde Borough one stop shop on Clifton Drive St Anne’s on the Sea.
We are keen to contact all veterans, help with any problems and bring together both serving and former serving members of the Armed Forces and welcome any introductions.
A local charity, Veterans For Fylde has been formed to assist in this purpose.
ARMED FORCES WEEK 2015
Armed Forces Week is an established national event in which Fylde Borough plays a local part. In 2015 as in the previous two years we intend to hold two events:
Monday 22nd June A flag raising ceremony, Mayoral Reception and presentation of Veterans badges starting at 10am with the raising of the Armed Forces Week Flag at the Town Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend this ceremony.
Sunday 28th June An armed forces afternoon event in Ashton Gardens, St Anne’s consisting of a parade, band concert, stands and stalls from the various Armed Forces participants, a barbecue, competitions for the younger people including a football competition, rifle range, camouflage competition, a climbing wall and command tasks. Cadets of all services will compete for the Mayor’s Trophy and the afternoon will conclude with a closing parade, sunset ceremony and flag lowering. Admission is free and all are welcome.