Armed Forces Community Covenant
Working together in the Dover district to support the armed forces community.
If you are a member of the armed forces community, we are committed to providing easy access to the services and support you are entitled.
These pages provide information on the local Armed Forces Community Covenant that we have signed as well as a ‘signpost’ to organisations that can offer help and support.
What is the Community Covenant?
The Community Covenant is a voluntary pledge of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. It is intended to complement, at a local level, the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the mutual obligations between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
The Armed Forces Community involves many different client groups - regular and reservist serving personnel, veterans, service leavers, dependants and carers and its level of presence varies greatly across the country. Here in the Dover district, although official figures are difficult to come by, given the significant size of the military footprint in the area over the years, it is believed that the Armed Forces Community is likely to be large, with many veterans living and working in the area.
The Dover District Community Covenant was launched on 04 June 2013. It is a living document and will be regularly revisited and updated.
The aims of the community covenant
- Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their areas, and vice versa
- Promote public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community
- Recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community
- Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life
- 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.
The Dover District Civilian Military Partnership Board
Find out about applying for funding through the gov.uk website
A list of useful organisations that offer support
A list of organisations that have already signed up
Local people already support the services community
The Council is working with a wide range of partners.
The Royal British Legion is looking for volunteers to support its work with the local Armed Forces Community.
Respect, support and fair treatment
The national Armed Forces Covenant exists to make sure Service people, Veterans and their families are on an equal footing with ordinary citizens when it comes to accessing public and commercial services. It is not about extra-special treatment for all the Forces, although it is about special consideration in some cases (for example, for those injured and the bereaved).
For the Armed Forces community, the Community Covenant encourages the integration of service life into civilian life and encourages members of the Armed Forces community to help their local community.