Together with other agencies and local organisations, Burnley Council has signed a covenant that shows support between the civilian community and the Armed Forces community.
The voluntary agreement complements the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the support offered to in-service and ex-service personnel from the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
The local covenant allows the Burnley community to collectively use their knowledge, experience and expertise to help and advise members of the Armed Forces community. It also recognises and remembers the sacrifices made by members of this community, including their families and widows / widowers in Burnley.
The covenant aims to ensure
- Coordination between those providing welfare support for members of the Armed Forces community
- Working with housing associations to ensure priority accommodation for service and ex-service personnel
- Working with NHS services in Burnley to ensure priority treatment
- Liaising with employers and employment agencies to take action to assist Armed Forces personnel to make the transition into civilian life.
Councillor Lian Pate, Executive Member for Community Services, is the Council’s Armed Forces Member Champion.
The covenant is also supported by the Army, Air Force and Navy as well as a range of local partners including the Royal British Legion, Duke of Lancaster Veterans Association, Burnley & District Services Club, East Lancashire Clinical Commisioning Group, Lancashire Care Trust, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS and the Lancashire Constabulary.
Covenant signatories meet regularly to organise activities, share information and develop their work.
For more information about the Armed Forces Community Covenant in Burnley, contact Mike Waite, Community Engagement, on (01282) 477133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations which support service and ex service personnel in Burnley:
The following local organisations provide a range of support to current serving members of the armed forces, veterans and ex service personnel:
Below are links to some of the regional and national organisations who can provide advice and support, including to people in the Burnley area:
Military Veterans Service (mental health support through the NHS)
SSAFA - (formerly Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association)
Sorted! - military charities working together to support ex service personnel into sustainable employment
Little Troopers - the charity which supports children with parents serving in the armed forces
Events of remembrance, and to celebrate the contribution made by the armed forces to the life of the community and the country
Organisations involved in the Burnley Armed Forces Community Covenant have supported a range of events over the last year.
Here are links to the photograph albums showing some of these events