North Somerset Council
Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant Logo

Our Pledge

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve. It says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.

The Armed Forces Covenant is an expression of the moral obligation that the Government and the nation owe to the Armed Forces Community. The Covenant acknowledges that members of the Armed Forces sacrifice some freedoms and often face dangerous situations. It recognises that families play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Covenant in North Somerset was signed on Armed Forces Day 29 June 2013

There are two key principles in the Armed Forces Covenant. Firstly, that the Armed Forces Community faces no disadvantage in the provision of public services. Secondly, that special consideration could be given when required and appropriate, such as to the injured or the bereaved.

The Armed Forces Covenant is therefore a promise made by the Government to ensure that the Armed Forces Community face no disadvantage as a result of their Service.

The Armed Forces Community is defined for the purposes of the Covenant as including Regular Personnel, Reservists, Veterans and Families, including those of the bereaved. The term family refers to the immediate family and is defined as spouses, civil partners and children. Where appropriate, this can be extended to parents, unmarried partners and other family members.

The North Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership is responsible for implementing the North Somerset Armed Forces Covenant. It was set up for this purpose at the request of the North Somerset Partnership and reports to the North Somerset Partnership Board.

The covenant partnership brings together key stakeholders and partner organisations to develop a co-ordinated approach to supporting North Somerset’s armed forces communities.

Priorities, Outcomes and Responsibilities

The Covenant Partnership works together to identify and address a range of priorities and achieve outcomes.
These are set out in the group’s action plan and reviewed and revised on a regular basis.
The Covenant Partnership sends regular updates & reports to the North Somerset Partnership, seeking their views and input as required

The key responsibilities for the Covenant Partnership are

  • Monitoring the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Strategic coordination of support for our Armed Forces Communities
  • Involvement in development of projects to support our Armed Forces Communities
  • Offering support and guidance to North Somerset Council’s Armed Forces Co-ordinator, particularly in identifying priority areas of work.

Representation on the Covenant Partnership reflects the range of organisations which have a role in supporting and providing services for North Somerset’s armed forces wider family.

Membership of the Covenant Partnership is open to representatives from the following organisations

  • North Somerset Council, Armed Forces Champion
  • Army – Wessex Brigade
  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Air Force
  • South West Armed Forces Veterans Mental Health Service
  • Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee
  • Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary
  • The Royal British Legion
  • RAF Association, Weston-super-Mare branch
  • Weston-super-Mare Town Council
  • NHS North Somerset
  • North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Weston College
  • Avon & Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Partnership

Ministry of Defence
Royal Navy
London Area Royal Marines Cadets
Royal Air Force