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Gateshead signs up to support armed forces

 
   
Date: 27/01/2012

 
 
Armed forces personnel, serving and retired, will be offered extra support in Gateshead after Gateshead Council signed up to a new initiative.

Councillors yesterday voted unanimously to sign up to the new Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme, committing Gateshead Council to work more closely with members of the armed forces.

By signing the covenant Gateshead Council has pledged to work with local charities and voluntary groups, businesses and private individuals to support current and former service people throughout the borough.

Gateshead Council will seek to provide the best possible support to help solve any housing, employment or skills needs of armed forces personnel and their families. The intention of the Community Covenant is that armed forces also renew their efforts to work with communities.

Gateshead Council will be taking a lead on behalf of North East councils to understand and better meet the housing needs of former services personnel.

Up to £30m in grants for joint projects involving the armed forces and communities is being made available to local authorities to build links and promote understanding.

Gateshead Council armed forces champion, Cllr Stuart Green, said:  “The work our armed forces do on behalf of us all should never be underestimated or forgotten and it is vital that we support them when they return to our communities. Gateshead Council has long been a committed supporter of the armed forces, with Help for Heroes being a Mayors charity for many years and Gateshead’s 72(V) Engineer Regiment awarded Freedom of the Borough last year.

“We are keen to do anything we can to help our serving and retired personnel and are proud to play a key role in recognising and meeting their specific needs. Signing up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme is the first of many steps we will take to achieve this.”

Commanding Officer of 72 Engineer Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel David Garner said: “The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a statement of intent by the Council to honour the Country’s Covenant with its Military personnel; Regular and Reserve; currently serving and ex-service; the individuals themselves and their families. Over the past eight months that I have been serving in Gateshead there is no doubt in my mind that the Gateshead community as a whole, and the Council in particular, are extremely supportive of the Armed Forces that live and work in the Borough.”David said: “The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a statement of intent by the Council to honour the Country’s Covenant with its Military personnel; Regular and Reserve; currently serving and ex-service; the individuals themselves and their families. Over the past eight months that I have been serving in Gateshead there is no doubt in my mind that the Gateshead community as a whole, and the Council in particular, are extremely supportive of the Armed Forces that live and work in the Borough.”

 

 

 

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