Armed Forces Community Covenant Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC) is proud to commit to the Armed Forces Covenant for Derbyshire, recognising the efforts made by our Armed Forces Community, be they those currently in service (including new recruits and reservists), people of working age who have left the Armed Forces, those who have performed National Service, veterans beyond retirement age, cadet organisations, the dependents of these groups and also Armed Forces Charities.
We work with other local authorities, charities and services providers through the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership to develop the provision and promotion of local services for our Armed Forces Community, whether through improving our existing offer or creating new projects and ways of working.
The Armed Forces Community within the District can register for information updates from the Council by following the online instructions.
Armed Forces Covenant for Derbyshire Open or Close
On 7 March 2019 we re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant for Derbyshire which pledges our commitment and support to the Armed Forces Community residing in our district. To demonstrate our ongoing commitment following the recent elections, the Covenant will be re-signed in September.
The Covenant is available to download.
The Council has worked with a range of local partners to look at the provision, co-ordination and promotion of services to current and veteran armed forces personnel, particularly on issues including physical and mental health & wellbeing, employment and financial inclusion. This will help frontline officers to signpost veterans to a range of available support and identify other opportunities for veterans which could be offered by departments.
For the past 2 years we have included flyers in our Council Tax letters to all households in the district giving information about the support we and other organisations can offer. As a result of this we have supported Armed Forces Community residents to access help and support with day to day living, including 15 visits between March and June this year resulting in 2 referrals to Citizens Advice, 4 referrals for Disabled Facilities Grants via Occupational Therapists, a new boiler via the Warm Homes Fund, provided advice to 3 residents on Trusted Traders and specific advice on damp and mould to 3 others.
Housing Support to Veteran
Two former army pals have joined forces to help an ex-soldier find a new home. Richard Dixon, Housing Options Officer (Homelessness Prevention), worked with Matthew Ellmer, Regimental Casualty Officer for the Grenadier Guards, to help a fellow Guardsman find a house after he was threatened with homelessness.
Richard and Matthew both joined the Grenadier Guards, the infantry regiment of the Army, in 1984 before they were posted to different battalions, but it was only when Richard was interviewing the soldier about his predicament that he found out he knew the army officer helping him.
The soldier who suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was offered temporary accommodation and shortly afterwards was found a permanent council house. This case shows that by working in partnership with support services we can achieve positive outcomes for our ex-forces residents.
Armed Forces Newsletter
We produce an annual Newsletter with information for our Armed Forces Community residents. The latest one can be downloaded.
Support for AFC Employees
As an employer, NEDDC provides an extra week’s paid leave for Armed Forces Community employees for military training as well as the potential for additional unpaid leave for armed forces duties subject to the needs of the service. We have achieved the Bronze Award under Defence Employer Recognition Scheme which acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces Community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.
We also have a dedicated page on the Forces Families Jobs website, which identifies training and employment opportunities for family members of currently serving UK military personnel (http://forcesfamiliesjobs.jobboard.com/recruiter-directory/north-east-derbyshire-district-council/103/
Honouring our Decorated Soldiers
Commemoration of Fred Greaves Victoria Cross, Killamarsh
A commemorative stone was laid at Killamarsh war memorial on 1st October 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Killamarsh-born Fred Greaves’ award of the Victoria Cross in World War One for ‘most conspicuous bravery, initiative and leadership.’
On 4th October 1917 whilst serving in the 9th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) during the Battle of Broodseinde, Acting Corporal Greaves captured an enemy machine gun position and later established defensive positions to protect comrades under attack from advancing forces.
The service was led by Rev Helen Guest and attended by Lt Col Duncan Jenkins (Royal Logistics Corps) HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mr William Tucker, MP Lee Rowley and members of the public and NEDDC Chair Cllr Rosie Smith and Chief Executive Dan Swaine. The event was organised by partners including Killamarsh Parish Council, Killamarsh Heritage Society, local traders, NEDDC and the local branch of the Royal British Legion.
Jack Parrot Awarded Legion d’Honneur
Grassmoor resident Jack Parrott has been awarded France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur at a special ceremony at our Mill Lane offices. It was a double celebration for Jack (97), who also celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary the same day.
The French Government awarded the Legion d’Honneur medal, the highest award given by the French Republic, to those who were either at the Normandy invasion on D-Day or were there within the month afterwards. The medal was presented to Jack by the French Consul in Nottingham, Jean Claude LaFontaine, in front of friends, family, dignitaries and members of the Council.
There But Not There Tommies
To commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1, NEDDC purchased 4 life sized Tommy silhouettes from “There But Not There”, a project led by Remembered charity, to display at the Council offices and leisure facilities in remembrance of all the men and women from North East Derbyshire who have fallen whilst serving their country.
Support for the Armed Forces Community Open or Close
Meeting dates for 2019:
- Friday 25thOctober 2019
Useful links to related websites, help and hubs:
Veterans Gateway puts veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force.
Royal British Legion helps members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families and also campaigns to improve their lives, organises the Poppy Appeal and remembers the fallen.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides lifetime support to British Army soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need.
Army Hives provides information on behalf of the chain of command to the Service community and welcomes enquiries from serving personnel, dependants, partners, extended families, and the wider military community including veterans and MOD civilians.
Blesma helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.
Blind Veterans UK supports anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss.
Combat Stress offers specialist treatment and support with mental health issues for support for veterans from every service and conflict.
Forces Support aims to ensure that the parents, widows and children of families bereaved through a military death can access practical support throughout the UK.
Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses attributable to their service in the British Armed Forces.
War Widows Association of Great Britain is a pressure group to improve the conditions of War Widows and their dependants in Great Britain.
RAF Benevolent Fund RAF's welfare charity for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
Royal Air Forces Association offers friendship, help and support to the RAF family.
Turn2Us advice on benefits, grants or other financial support available to serving members of the armed forces or a veterans and their families.
Veterans UK administers the armed forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service.
As well as these, there are a number of local organisations that can offer advice and support on a range of issues:
North East Derbyshire Citizens Advice free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on debt, benefits, housing, employment, consumer or tax issues, legal matters, immigration, family and personal matters, tribunal representation for welfare rights and specialist multi-debt casework.
Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Credit Union provides a range of financial services to anyone who lives or works within Derbyshire. Regulated and authorised by the FCA.
The Volunteer Centre Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire promotes, supports and develops volunteering and aims to make a positive impact on the quality of the volunteering experience for individual volunteers and organisations that work with them.
Community Directory Derbyshire lists of all the voluntary and community groups active in Derbyshire
Derbyshire Directory lists community groups, sports clubs, charities and voluntary organisations are at the heart of life in Derbyshire
Derbyshire Law Centre provides legal services in social welfare law in the Derbyshire area.
Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centres offers free and independent welfare rights advice and representation.
Links CVS provides support to voluntary organisations and community groups operating in the districts of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.
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