The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces community. It works to ensure that people who serve in the Armed Forces are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged by their service.
The covenant covers all regular and reserve serving personnel and their families, as well as veterans, bereaved families, and cadet adult volunteers.
It promotes fair access to a wide range of services including education, housing, health and mental health, employment, and welfare.
- Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Forces Connect app provides links to and information about local and national support for the Armed Forces community.
- Search your app store for ‘Forces Connect’
The Veterans’ Gateway provides information, advice and support for veterans and their families. It’s the first point of contact for all your welfare needs.
- Visit the Veterans’ Gateway
You might also find the following links useful:
- Cambridge Armed Forces and Veteran’s Breakfast Club (Facebook)
- Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
- Royal British Legion
- Royal Naval Benevolent Trust
- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association
Community covenants complement the national covenant at a local level. We signed one with other Cambridgeshire local authorities in 2011, as our commitment to our Armed Forces community.
The Cambridgeshire County Armed Forces Covenant Board administers the community covenant, while national direction is provided by the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board.
Cllr Mike Davey is our representative on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Military Covenant Board.
Our support for the covenant
When we pledged our support for the covenant, we created an action plan to outline how we will support it.
In 2022 we were awarded a Silver Award in the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. This is a public pledge demonstrating our support for the armed forces community.
In 2019 the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme awarded us a Bronze award for our commitment to support defence personnel. We are in the process of applying for the Silver award.