Voluntary sector

Sutton's 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 the Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in London and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces Community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes Pre-Service, Serving and ex-Service personnel their families and widow(er)s in London.

We are committed to supporting armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. For the London Borough of Sutton and 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.

Following the initial request from the Ministry of Defence, Leader Cllr Ruth Dombey, made a formal commitment by signing the Sutton Armed Forces Community Covenant at the yearly Armed Forces Day commemoration, on 25 June, 2012, alongside the Chief Executive, on behalf of the London Borough of Sutton. Representatives of the local Police Force, Primary Care Trust and voluntary and community sector also signed the Covenant.

For further information about Sutton's Armed Forces Community Covenant, please contact Sam Barker, sam.barker@sutton.gov.uk.

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