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Gold for armed services community support

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Gateshead Council's continuing commitment to supporting current and former armed services personnel has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence.

The Employer Recognition Awards are given to organisations by the Ministry of Defence to reward them for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community and the council has become the first organisation to have their Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award Revalidated.

Organisations who receive the gold award are judged to have gone above and beyond with their support through initiatives such as employing veterans, helping individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career and providing support for Reservists.

Councillor Stuart Green, Armed Forces champion for Gateshead Council, says: "Gateshead has always had close links with the Armed Forces and are proud of the huge contribution made by service personnel past and present.

"We know that members of the forces community and their families can experience difficulties and we're determined to support them in any way we can so that they can find their own safe and fulfilling place within the community."

Earlier this year we signed a new armed forces covenant setting out Gateshead's commitments to past and serving members of the armed forces and their families. The covenant, which we were one of the first to sign, is a promise between the nation, government and the Armed Forces to treat serving personnel, veterans and their families with fairness and respect and ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their service.

After signing the original covenant in 2012, Gateshead Council became widely recognised as one of the most forward leaning Armed Forces authorities in the country, with a range of support services for serving and former forces personnel and their families.

A key area of our support, our Armed Forces Outreach Service has continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has provided an effective service whilst remote working and assisted 79 members of the Armed Forces community so far since the start of lockdown.

Find out what support we offer

Armed forces
30 July 2020

Gateshead Council's continuing commitment to supporting current and former armed services personnel has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence.

The Employer Recognition Awards are given to organisations by the Ministry of Defence to reward them for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community and the council has become the first organisation to have their Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award Revalidated.

Organisations who receive the gold award are judged to have gone above and beyond with their support through initiatives such as employing veterans, helping individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career and providing support for Reservists.

Councillor Stuart Green, Armed Forces champion for Gateshead Council, says: "Gateshead has always had close links with the Armed Forces and are proud of the huge contribution made by service personnel past and present.

"We know that members of the forces community and their families can experience difficulties and we're determined to support them in any way we can so that they can find their own safe and fulfilling place within the community."

Earlier this year we signed a new armed forces covenant setting out Gateshead's commitments to past and serving members of the armed forces and their families. The covenant, which we were one of the first to sign, is a promise between the nation, government and the Armed Forces to treat serving personnel, veterans and their families with fairness and respect and ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their service.

After signing the original covenant in 2012, Gateshead Council became widely recognised as one of the most forward leaning Armed Forces authorities in the country, with a range of support services for serving and former forces personnel and their families.

A key area of our support, our Armed Forces Outreach Service has continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has provided an effective service whilst remote working and assisted 79 members of the Armed Forces community so far since the start of lockdown.

Find out what support we offer

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