The Armed Forces Covenant

The Covenant was approved by the Policy Committee on 4 July 2013 before being signed on 6 July 2013 by representatives of the Armed Forces community, Armed Forces charities, and Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The Covenant was resigned on 6 November 2018 at the ‘Great War Commemoration Service and Armed Forces Covenant Signing’ at Southwell Minster.

The Armed Forces Covenant signing in 2018 marks the overarching commitment shared across the county whist the Community Covenant signed in 2013 specifies the aims of the Covenant in Newark and Sherwood.

The Covenant is a voluntary agreement and it encourages local communities to develop a relationship with the armed forces community in their area. This includes serving members of the Armed Forces, their families and veterans.

The aims of the Covenant:

  • To encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas
  • To nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting armed forces communities
  • To recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community
  • To encourage activities which help integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • To 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

You can find more information on the Government's Armed Forces Covenant web page.

Armed Forces Champion: Councillor Bruce Laughton

Armed Forces officer lead: Policy and Projects Officer (Kate Marshall), within Organisational Development.

What is the Covenant Fund?

The fund, made available by The Ministry of Defence, supports projects which improve ties between the Armed Forces and the wider community.

Grant decisions are made by a national panel based on the recommendations of regional panels.

What kind of projects will be awarded funding?

The Covenant Fund has four key themes.

  1. Removing barriers to family life
  2. Providing extra support after service for those that need help
  3. Supporting measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens
  4. Non-core healthcare services for veterans

These themes shape the fund and annual priorities focus funding each year. 

Who can apply?

  • Local authorities
  • Charities
  • Commercial organisations
  • Community groups
  • Any other part of the community

You can find more information on the government's Armed Forces Covenant web page.

For more information contact Organisational Development.

Armed Forces Covenant logo‌Newark and Sherwood District Council is proud to have received Silver status in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The scheme acknowledges employers who support defence personnel, including reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick, families and cadets.

Veterans' Gateway

Veterans' Gateway is a partnership between The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Combat Stress and service provider Connect Assist. Veterans' Gateway connect people with the right support quickly and easily. 

They offer support in seven key areas:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Finances
  • Living independently
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Physical Health
  • Family and communities 

Veterans can get in touch by calling 0808 802 1212 or text them on 81212. Visit their website or submit a query using the online form.

Armed Forces support

For information on charities and associations designed to help service personnel both past and current, information on where to get help with housing, employment and education and links to support groups:

Staff reservist policy

We recognise the vital role of Britain’s reserve forces and the valuable contribution that reservists make to our defence, their communities and the civilian workplace.

We support membership of the reserve forces by our employees and agree, wherever possible, to be flexible in granting time off to enable employees to undertake reserve service training.

To support this we have developed a policy to provide a clear framework in which to operate when dealing with requests for mobilisation of reservist employees.  The policy will ensure that all applications for mobilisation are treated consistently, equitably and in accordance with the relevant legislation.  It applies to all employees who are members of the Volunteer Reserve Forces (VRF).

All reservists are encouraged to inform their line managers that they are members of the volunteer reserve forces so that we can comply with the relevant legislation.

Reservists are normally allowed to take paid leave up to a maximum of two weeks per year to undertake these duties. This is in addition to their contractual annual leave entitlement.

We also support employees who are compulsorily mobilised for service in the armed forces.  During the period of compulsory or voluntary mobilisation, the contract of employment continues but there is no entitlement to pay or pay-related benefits.

The full policy provides more detailed information on the roles and responsibilities of reservists. For a copy of the full policy please contact Human Resources on 01636 655220 or

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