The Armed Forces community is made up of:
- those serving in HM Armed Forces or Armed Forces Reserves: the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and the Regular Army plus their constituent reserves
- ex-Service Personnel or veterans - those who have served at least one day in HM Armed Forces as a Regular or Reservist, or Merchant Mariners who were part of a legally sanctioned operation, this includes those who did National Service and the Home Guard
- their dependants including spouses, civil partners and children, but can, where appropriate, be extended to unmarried partners, parents and other family members
- the bereaved: the immediate family of Service Personnel and ex-Service Personnel who have died, whether or not that death has any connection with service
Support for Regulars in the Armed Forces and their families
Support for Volunteer Reservists and their families
Service leavers, veterans and their families
- Veterans' Gateway and defence Transition Service
- Housing information for service leavers and veterans
- Access to NHS services
- Schools and learning
- Employment advice and support
- Financial advice and support
- Adjusting to life after the services
- Mental health issues
- Veterans and the criminal justice system
- Older veterans
- Transport and mobility
These are some of the key groups:
The Army Families Federation (AFF) - independent of the Chain of Command and offers confidential advice
Naval Families Federation - independent of the Chain of Command and offers confidential advice
RAF Families Federation - independent of the Chain of Command and offers confidential advice.
Government Armed Forces Support Services - national government services for those who have served in HM Armed Focres including; Employment, pensions and compensation, service records and medals, Welfare and support.
Joining Forces Credit Union - the MoD has made it possible for three of the UK's leading credit unions to join forces and make simple savings accounts and loans available to the armed forces and their families
Little Troopers - is a registered charity supporting all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve
Moneyforce - aims to assist all Service personnel, their partners, families and dependants, to be better equipped to manage their money and financial affairs
The Royal British Legion - provides practical support to serving men and women, veterans (ex-service of all ages) and their families
SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) - helps with welfare advice and support, health and social care support and specialised support for bereaved families and those who are wounded, injured or sick
The Poppy Factory provide employment support to wounded, injured and sick veterans
The Big White Wall - a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what's troubling them, guided by trained professionals.
Citizen's Advice - provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities and have specific advice pages for the Armed Forces community
Galop - is a national Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans-Gender support organisation for those experiencing hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse
Gingerbread - provides expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents on anything from dealing with a break-up, to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues
Relate - relationship support services
Respect Yourself - sex and relationship set of services aimed at young people up to the age of 25
The Samaritans - work to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour
BLESMA: The Limbless Veterans - Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight in the honourable service of our country
Blind Veterans UK - help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives.
War Widows Association - Campaigning, Caring and Remembering; offer support for UK war widows and widowers of Armed Forces Personnel where death has been caused by or hastened by service.
Offers and discounts
A number of organisations, shops and attractions show their support for the Armed Forces by providing discounts. Remember to ask when making a booking or inquiry.
- Defence Discount Services gives members discounts both online and on the high street
- Rewards for Forces is a discount card providing discounts with over 1300 companies
- Tickets for Troops provide free tickets for music, theatre and sporting events to Serving Personnel and those who have been medically discharged since 2001
- Forces railcard gives 1/3 off most rail fares throughout the UK for a year
- MoneySavingExpert - the Martin Lewis website features discounts for Armed Forces
- Forces Discount no card or membership, free and open discounts for the Armed Forces
South Kesteven District Council has its own Armed Forces Discount Scheme to support our local armed forces community; serving personnel, reservists, veterans and war widows who live in the South Kesteven district.South Kesteven Armed Forces Discount Scheme
What is the Community Covenant?
The Community Covenant is a commitment from public and private organisations throughout the county to support Armed Forces communities (serving personnel, reserves, families, veterans and the bereaved) in Lincolnshire.
The covenant's two principles are that:
- the armed forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services
- special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given more, such as the injured or the bereaved
The covenant exists to redress the disadvantages that the Armed Forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made.
The Armed Forces Covenant is supported by the Community Covenant and the Corporate Covenant. The Community Covenant encourages local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area and promote public understanding and awareness. The Corporate Covenant is a public pledge from businesses and other organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces community.
How is it delivered?
Working together, organisations involved in the Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership will attempt to meet the covenant aims by:
- encouraging local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area
- developing public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces community
- recognising and remembering the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community
- encouraging activities which help integrate the Armed Forces community into local life
- encouraging the Armed Forces community to help and support the wider community through participation in events, joint projects and other initiatives
For further information about the Lincolnshire Community Covenant, please contact us at SKDC or the Community Engagement Team at Lincolnshire County Council.
|South Kesteven District Council|
Armed Forces Champion
Contact: Debbie Nicholls
|Lincolnshire County Council|
Community Engagement Team