Armed Forces Community Covenant

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is pleased to have signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant as part of a Government initiative to promote a greater understanding between the military and the general public.

A Community Covenant is a voluntary pledge to encourage charities, local authorities, businesses, communities and individuals to work together with the armed forces community to offer support to service for current personnel and their families, reservists and veterans.

The Blaenau Gwent Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its Armed Forces community at the local level. The Community Covenant aims to:

  • encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area;
  • nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces community; 
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces community; 
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces community into local life; and
  • encourage the Armed Forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant will look to build on previous good work with the Armed Forces community in Blaenau Gwent.  In 2011, the Royal Welsh Regiment was granted Honorary Freedom of the County Borough, with a freedom scroll being presented as a mark of thanks to soldiers’’ “heroism and duty in Service”.  The event was celebrated with members of the 2nd Battalion parading through Ebbw Vale.

Support in Blaenau Gwent for the Armed Forces - 26th February 2014

The Community Covenant looks to encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces in their area by raising awareness and understanding about the issues affecting the Armed Forces community. Furthermore, it shows recognition for the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces community.

The Council, leading on behalf of the Blaenau Gwent Local Service Board will be working with the Armed Forces to implement the Community Covenant. Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Mike Bartlett said “Blaenau Gwent is committed to providing support and appreciation for our Armed Forces communities”.
Captain Gareth Dibble, ROSO, 104 Regt RA(V), Raglan Barracks said “The Covenant is an important step towards addressing issues faced by Armed Forces communities living in Blaenau Gwent”.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant will look to build on previous good work with the Armed Forces community in Blaenau Gwent.  In 2011, the Royal Welsh Regiment was granted Honorary Freedom of the County Borough, with a freedom scroll being presented as a mark of thanks to soldiers’’ “heroism and duty in Service”.  The event was celebrated with members of the 2nd Battalion parading through Ebbw Vale.

2014 will be an important year to develop the Armed Forces Community Covenant in Blaenau Gwent. If you, or the group you represent, are interested in being involved, please contact the Council’s Policy and Research Team of the Council on (01495) 355935.

Armed Forces Services Library

Below you will find a web link to an Armed Forces Service Library (Provided by courtesy of Vale of Glamorgan CBC)
Armed Forces Service Library for helpful contacts - Courtesy of the Vale of Glamorgan website 

Related Documents