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Armed Forces Community Covenant

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Birmingham City Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2011, to support the Armed Forces community in the city and the principles of the national Armed Forces Covenant.

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of the Council, Councillor Mike Sharpe, Armed Forces Champion, and Brigadier A J Smith, 11th Signal Brigade Commander, have signed an updated covenant which underlines the city’s continued commitment to supporting and working with the Armed Forces community in Birmingham.

Our renewed commitments have been shaped and agreed with the Birmingham Armed Forces Partnership.

Watch message from Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Mike Sharpe.

Watch message from Brigadier A J Smith

Aims of the Community Covenant

  • To support the principles of the national Armed Forces Covenant, which details the Government, and the nation as a whole, should all interact with our Armed Forces
  • To encourage all of Birmingham’s communities to offer support to the Armed Forces Community
  • To Help Armed Forces personnel and their families to access the help and support available to them
  • To encourage the armed Forces community to support their local Community and promote activities which integrate them with civilian life                            

How we will achieve our aims

  • Provide additional points for council home application from ex-service personnel
  • Explore how the Armed Forces community can contribute to voluntary activities in Birmingham
  • Provide opportunities for ex-service personnel to access employment and training
  • Identify existing support services for the families and children of the Armed Forces community
  • Support the ongoing health and well-being of current and ex-service personnel

Armed Forces Champion

"In 2016 I was appointed as Birmingham City Council's Armed Forces Champion, as a former soldier myself I have an understanding of the issues faced by veterans and serving personnel. Birmingham City Council is committed to the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and wherever possible we will assist those who serve or have served and their families to ensure that they are treated fairly". Councillor Mike Sharpe B.E.M - Birmingham City Council, Armed Forces Champion.