It is important that we remember that our communities will include both serving and former armed services personnel and their families.
Many people have become involved in supporting the service community through service charities, or more recently by participating in Armed Forces Day. Many local community events are supported by Councillors and officers of North Hertfordshire District Council, either by their presence at events or by making grant awards to enable events to take place. We are keen to continue that support. If you are planning to hold an event please see our organising an event pages.
Aims of the community covenant
Local authorities and the armed forces community are encouraged to work together to establish a community covenant in their area in order to:
- encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
- recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community
- encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life - either temporarily for serving personnel or permanently for those leaving the forces
- encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement
A Hertfordshire covenant was signed on 13 December 2011 which can be found on the Hertfordshire Heroes website.
North Hertfordshire District Council is committed to ensuring that armed service personnel and their families living in, or returning to the district, are fully supported, be that through more detailed consideration of individual housing needs, support from alcohol/drug abuse or mental health charities funded by us, or by assisting access to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme.
The Council has also requested that particular attention to the needs of both service and returning service personnel be made by organisations we grant fund, and their assistance in compiling data regarding support offered will be helpful in informing our future work.