Our Commitment to the Armed Forces
Erewash Borough Council has signed up to the community covenant and Councillor John Sewell is our Armed Forces Covenant 'Champion', making sure we achieve our commitment to serving personnel, veterans, their families and the bereaved.
Many local organisations and branches of national organisations offer support for members of the armed forces community. For more information about the support Erewash Borough Council is also providing please read their commitment to the Armed Forces.
Derbyshire Armed Forces Community Survey - The survey has been developed by University of Derby and Derbyshire County Council as part of their shared commitment to support the UK’s national Armed Forces Covenant.
If you are aged over 18, live in Derbyshire and have a connection to the British Armed Forces (Regular armed forces personnel, reservists, veterans and family members), you are invited to share your views as part of a short survey before 3 April 2020.
Walking with the Wounded Cumbrian Challenge 2020 - The Cumbrian Challenge is Walking With The Wounded's flagship fundraising event for teams who want to show their support and experience a memorable weekend in the Lake District during May 2020 alongside some of the charity's beneficiaries.
Could your team support the event in its 10th anniversary year? If so, more information and registration details can be found on the Walking with the Wounded Cumbrian Challenge 2020 website.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust makes grants to support the Armed Forces Community and manages the grant programmes funded by the Covenant Fund.
The Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants Programme, which ran for 5 years and made grant awards to 650 organisations, closed in December 2019.
However, a future grants programme is being developed and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust would like help to ensure it delivers effective grant making.
It is carrying out consultation until midnight Friday 6 March 2020 and will use the findings to help shape the new Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants Programme. Details regarding the launch of the new Local Grants Programme will be announced in early 2020.
While directly relating to the Local Grants programme, the consultation findings will also inform The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust 2020 priority of Integration and Engagement and other programmes that may be developed in the coming year.
Government fulfils promise to veterans with new railcard
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced military veterans will get cut-price train travel to help boost their job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends when a new railcard goes on sale from Armistice Day 2020. The railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.
More information is available on the Office for Veterans Affairs page of the UK government's website.