Armed Forces Covenant

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.

Available support

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.

You might also find the following links useful:

Armed Forces Day Military Fair

Armed Forces Day is on Saturday 29 June. We supported the city’s first Armed Forces Day Military Fair, which took place on Parker’s Piece from 11am to 5pm.

The fair was open to everyone wanting to celebrate and find out more about the armed forces. Events and activities included re-enactments, a fly-by, and a marching band. It was organised by the Cambridge Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club and the Cambridge Veterans Club.

Community covenants

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.

Armed Forces Covenant recognition scheme Silver award

We were awarded a Bronze award in 2019.

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