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Armed Forces Covenant

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Find organisations that can support the Armed Forces community and read our Armed Forces Covenant.

Armed Forces support

Working together to support the North Lincolnshire Armed Forces community

North Lincolnshire Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant [PDF, 100Kb] to show our commitment to the local Armed Forces community. We have been awarded the Silver Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The scheme recognises employers who support armed forces reservists, cadet force adult volunteers, ex-serving personnel, the military and their families.

We also champion a number of initiatives including:

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • North Lincolnshire Armed Forces forum
  • Covenant training for staff
  • Covenant briefings to external organisations
  • The sub regional Armed Forces partnership
  • The North Lincolnshire Veterans Community Hub

The Veterans Gateway put 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.

Visit the Veterans’ Gateway website for more information.

There is funding available to support projects that fulfil the aims of the Covenant through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

The Defence Discount Service provides discounts both online and on the high street for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and Armed Forces community.

North Lincolnshire Council offer serving Armed Forces personnel and reservists savings on a range of leisure activities within North Lincolnshire. You can purchase an Active Card from any North Lincolnshire Council leisure centre with proof of address and circumstance. Cards cost £5 and are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

Royal British Legion drop-in sessions

The Royal British Legion hold drop-in sessions on the following days:

  • The first Thursday of each month, between 10am and 12.30pm at the North Lincolnshire Veterans’ Community Hub, 31 Frances Street, Scunthorpe.
  • The last Thursday of each month, between 10am and 12.30pm at Citizen’s Advice North Lincolnshire, Scunthorpe Central, Carlton Street, Scunthorpe DN15 6TX.

Drop-ins and discounts

Defence Discount Service provides discounts both online and on the high street for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Armed Forces Community.

North Lincolnshire Council offer serving Armed Forces personnel and reservists savings on a range of leisure activities within North Lincolnshire.

You can purchase an Active Card from any North Lincolnshire Council Leisure Centre with proof of address and circumstance. Cards cost £5 and are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

Royal British Legion drop-in sessions

  • First Thursday of each month, between 10am and 12.30pm at the North Lincolnshire Veterans’ Community Hub, 31 Frances Street, Scunthorpe.
  • Last Thursday of each month, between 10am and 12.30pm at Citizen’s Advice North Lincolnshire, Scunthorpe Central, Carlton Street, Scunthorpe DN15 6TX.

The aim of the North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Covenant is to encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area. Local people and businesses already support the services community by:

  • Fundraising for service charities
  • Taking part in military events and celebrations such as Armed Forces Day
  • Buying a poppy

Future activities could include:

  • Creating support networks for families of serving military personnel
  • Running youth groups or sports clubs for the children of servicemen or women
  • Offering commercial discounts
  • Promoting job vacancies in your company to service leavers via the Career Transition Partnership website
  • Taking part in The Big Brew Up – SSAFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year

In 2015 the Government announced a four-year programme to create ukwarmemorials.org – a one-stop shop for information on all UK war memorials along with where to go for advice and funding. The move means local people will be at the heart of protecting and conserving war memorials.

Let us know what you are doing to support the Armed Forces Covenant by emailing: armed.forces@northlincs.gov.uk

Even simple demonstrations of support (such as displaying the Armed Forces Day window sticker in cars and businesses) can have a positive effect. The benefits could be mutual, with local armed forces getting involved in local projects, educational and sporting events.

There are a number of training packages to support delivery of the Covenant, specifically designed for front line staff in local government, housing and the NHS.  You can find the training using the following links:

Support and advice for the Armed Forces community

There are a wide range of services specifically designed for the Armed Forces community available from the Ministry of Defence, public sector and voluntary and community sector organisations.

Ministry of Defence

Responsible for the UK armed forces.

Armed Forces

Armed Forces charities

A wide range of charities provide support and care for the Armed Forces community.

  • Royal British Legion: shoulder to shoulder with all who serve
  • SSAFA: lifelong support for our Forces and their families
  • Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity: giving a better quality of life for serving and former naval personnel
  • Veterans UK: bringing together services for veterans
  • Confederation of Service Charities: provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and with other members of the Armed Forces Community.
  • Charity Choice: more ways to give. This website provides information on over 160,000 registered charities, including all charities registered in England and Wales. Browse the website for a list of Armed and Ex-Services Charities
  • Help for Heroes: practical, direct support for our wounded
  • Army Benevolent Fund – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity: lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families
  • BLESMA: a national charity that directly supports Service men and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight
  • Blind Veterans UK: life beyond sight loss
  • RBLI: Royal British Legion Industries provide treatment, training and support to the Armed Forces community
  • RAFA: the charity that supports the RAF family
  • Project Nova: supporting veterans who have been arrested or are at risk of arrest. Operating in four areas of the UK. The East of England, North West, North East and South Yorkshire and Humberside.

Health and wellbeing

Information on healthcare support and services.

  • North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group: For information on local health services including access to GPs and dentists
  • North Lincolnshire Council’s Adult Information Service: For free, impartial information and guidance on services, activities and what’s on for adults across North Lincolnshire
  • NHS: The online ‘front door’ to the NHS. It is the country’s biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health
  • NHS 111 service: NHS 111 is a service to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • NHS Armed Forces Healthcare: Healthcare information for military personnel and veterans, including getting treatment and contacts. Covers Hospital Care; Rehabilitation; Mental Health Services and Veterans
  • Samaritans: A confidential emotional support service
  • Big White Wall: A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.
  • Blind Veterans UK: National charity dedicated to supporting blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.
  • Combat Stress: If you’re a veteran worried about your mental health, Combat Stress can help.
  • Veterans Outreach Service: The Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) is a service to support veterans and their families.

Financial support for the Armed Forces

Links to organisations that can provide financial advice and support.

Housing support

Members of the armed forces, ex-service personnel and their families can face unique housing challenges. The information below aims to help you consider the alternative housing options that are available for you to find good quality, affordable housing that meets your individual needs.

Support from North Lincolnshire Council

We offer advice about a range of housing options and services, these include:

Other housing links

  • Joint Service Housing Advice Office (GOV.UK): A guide to civilian housing schemes, temporary and transit accommodation and homelessness.
  • Housing and local services (GOV.UK): Information on applying for council and housing association housing and benefits.
  • Forces Help to Buy (GOV.UK): A scheme to help armed forces personnel get on the property ladder.
  • Shelter: Advice on housing, where to live and homelessness.
  • The Royal British Legion provide short and long term care for serving and ex-Service people and their dependants in Royal British Legion Care Homes around the country.
  • SSAFA offers advice and assistance to anyone eligible for their help, whether they are serving or ex-service, or a family member of someone with a service connection. The SSAFA also provide housing and residential home facilities.
  • Housing options for people leaving the Armed Forces, veterans and their families (CAB): Information for people who are about to leave the armed forces, veterans and dependents, on finding accommodation. Covers sources of help and care homes for veterans and disabled ex-service personnel.
  • Buying a home (Money Advice Service): Work out your overall buying and moving costs, first time buyer advice, and tips and tools to help you work out what you can afford.
  • Renting and Letting (Money Advice Service): Advice to help you work out how much rent you can afford, and how to budget and share costs when renting

Children, families and education

Support services for armed forces personnel and their families.

Education, skills and employment

Links to organisations in the area that can help your job search, careers advice or support in becoming self-employed:

  • Job Centre Plus: The Department for Work and Pensions working-age support servic.
  • Latest Jobs with North Lincolnshire Councl.
  • Career Transition Partnership:  Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. Service leavers of all ranks from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines can all benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities.
  • Remploy Veterans: Armed Forces & Veterans Services – provider of employment services for disabled people
  • North Lincolnshire Adult Education Service: browse North Lincolnshire Council’s Adult Education brochue.
  • Open University: find out what courses the OU offer, financial support for studying and working at the Open University
  • Troops to Teachers: the Troops to Teachers programme is about recruiting the very best former service personnel (service leavers) into teaching.
  • Help with training and qualifications for people leaving the Armed Forces and veterans (CAB): information for veterans and people about to leave the armed forces, on training for new qualifications and skills to help them find employment.
  • National Careers Service: provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.
  • RFEA: provide life-long, life-changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.