The Armed Forces Network (AFN) have published a list of helplines which can offer support during these challenging times.
Supporting our Armed Forces Community
In 2016, we’ve pledged to make sure our armed forces community are not disadvantaged in accessing our services and in their day-to-day-lives. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged in their day-to-day-lives.
We've put together some useful information to help both current and former members of the Armed Forces locate particular services.
Find information on applying for housing, starting your own business, accessing local services, and much more.
Principals of the 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 Kent and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces Community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes serving Service personnel and Service veterans, their families and their widow(er)s in Kent.
For Kent County Council, the Community Covenant presents an opportunity to bring its 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.
Aims of the Covenant
The Armed Forces Community Covenant complements the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which defines the enduring general principles that should govern the relationship between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces Community.
It aims to encourage all parties within a community to offer support to the local Armed Forces Community and make it easier for Service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support available from the MOD, from statutory providers and from the Charitable and Voluntary Sector. These organisations already work together in partnership at local level.
The scheme is intended to be a two-way arrangement and members of the Armed Forces Community are encouraged to do as much as they can to support their community and promote activity which integrates the Service community into civilian life.
Employer recognition scheme
Awarded Silver for support to the Armed Forces community
We were awarded Silver along with 48 organisations in the South East in recognition of the support provided to Reservists, Veterans, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, spouses/partners and the wider Armed Forces community.
As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces covenant, our HR team have worked hard to develop enhanced benefits and support for employees who are Veterans, Reservists, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
How to get involved
Armed Forces Network - Together we can make a difference
2021 marks a decade of the Armed Forces Network. Due to Covid restrictions, the annual conference is now virtual and spread across the year.
Service Champion Awards 2021
The Armed Forces Network annual Service Awards will take place in 2021. Nominations are sought for organisations and Service Champions who have had a positive impact for the Armed Forces community in Sussex, Kent and Medway. Each session of the conference will feature Awards for those who work in that field and nominations can be made using the form on the Armed Forces Network's website.