Sheffield celebrates civilian link with armed forces

Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore
Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore
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Sheffield is marking a number of achievements since a special pledge of mutual support was made between the city’s civilians and local armed forces communities.

The first Sheffield Community Covenant was signed just over two years ago and since then it has allowed the armed forces community to access vital services across the city.

Help includes the Sheffield Veterans and Armed Forces Support Service, run by staff from the Royal British Legion and offers emotional, financial and practical support to ex-forces members dealing with homelessness and housing issues, mental or physical health issues, debt, isolation, unemployment, training or a family breakdown.

The help available to forces personnel returning to civilian life means they are more likely to be able to contribute their knowledge and skills to their local communities.

Another big achievement has been a funding award from the Ministry of Defence last year for city projects, including an educational programme which will involve 2,500 schoolchildren in the commemoration of World War I.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “Those who serve our country risk their lives and wellbeing to protect our freedom.

“As a city we must do all we can to support them. We must ensure local services such as housing, education and social care are appropriate to support the needs of the local Armed Forces Community. Having the Community Covenant does just that.”

Since the original covenant was signed in 2011, additional signatories signed last July.

By continuing to highlight the work of the Covenant Partnership Board it is hoped more and more organisations will join the covenant.