It wasn’t until fairly recently, thanks to a piece of work with a client who works closely with the military community, that I fully appreciated what the Armed Forces Covenant means.
The Covenant brings together policy makers, businesses, communities and government departments (amongst many other stakeholders!) who are committed to treating members of the armed forces, and their families, fairly.
There are many ways which businesses and communities can honour their commitment to the Covenant. I’ve listed some examples below:
- Over 1,500 businesses have signed the Covenant and they provide support through offering military discounts, providing employment support for armed forces and their families – including reservists.
- The Covenant has led to extra funding in schools to support for children in forces families. This is known as the Service Pupil Premium and is designed to respond to the unique needs of children in forces families who may have increased mobility and have parents away on deployment.
- If you own a house and need to rent it to move for a posting it’s worth checking if your mortgage provider can switch your mortgage to a buy to let at no extra cost. This saves you time and money and ensures that you can rent your house inline with your mortgage terms. You can find out more here.
- There are small to large grants available for community activities which focus on armed forces and their families. These range from sports programmes, nurseries, mentoring services to research and art exhibitions. If you have ideas for projects which could be funded find out more here.