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Armed Forces: Community Covenant


Armed Forces and Veterans Helpline

Calls to the helpline number 01970 633733 will be handled by Ceredigion County Council frontline Customer Services staff.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council's Armed Forces Champion. He said: "The launch of this help line is a significant step forward in the Council's commitment to the Covenant it signed earlier this year. It will provide a dedicated line that Armed Forces personnel and their dependents, veterans and veterans' carers can use to get signposted to the services they may require."

He added: "The reduction in the numbers of the Regular Armed Forces and the drive to significantly increase the Reserve Forces' numbers, will bring challenges to the civilian public services. The demand upon services such as health, housing, Jobcentres as well as the services provided by the County Council could significantly increase and we must be prepared to offer a pathway to help.

I would like to thank all those who sit on Ceredigion's Armed Forces Community Covenant Strategic Board for their support and input which has been first class and to Ceredigion County Council officers for their work in getting this dedicated line and service up and running."

Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Armed Forces Convenant in Wales
About the Scheme

Community Covenant Scheme

The Community Covenant Scheme was launched by the Government in 2011, at which it was agreed that the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant would be written into law.
The principles include:

  • recognising the unique nature of service
  • ensuring that there is no disadvantage, e.g. no accessing public services, as a result of Service in the Armed Forces, and
  • allowing special treatment were justified, e.g. in the case of injured personnel.

Community Covenants are voluntary statements of mutual support between civilian communities and their local Armed Forces community.
Community Covenants aim to:

  • encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas;
  • nurture public understanding and awareness of the issues affecting the Armed Forces community;
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community;
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces into local life; and
  • 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.

Ceredigion County Council has signed up to the Community Covenant Scheme.

Charities that work with the Armed Forces, their Families, Reservists and Veterans include:

News and Useful Links

Attention Ex-Service Personnel

The Armed Forces Community in Wales

On 19th July 2015 Neil Davies, Darren Bradley, Gary Pemberthy and Paul James all armed forces veterans from Ceredigion completed a one day, mammoth 135 mile cycle ride from the National Arboretum in Staffordshire to Aberystwyth.

The ride coincided with the 70th centenary of the end of the second world war and aimed to remember the sacrifices by all those members of the allied forces that gave their lives for our freedom.

The team will be held a service of rememberance at the national arboretum the evening before the ride as well as fundraising to support the excellent local "Veteran films" project.

Veteran Films aims to train, support and provide cathartic activities to help those veterans suffering from mental health illness, producing media project in the process.