Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces support

Working together to support the North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Community

North Lincolnshire Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show our commitment to the local Armed Forces Community.

These pages provide information on the Armed Forces Covenant that we have signed as well as a ‘signpost’ to organisations that can offer help and support.

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

Nationally, the Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that together we understand that those who serve of who have served in the Armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

You can sign up to show your support online.

We encourage everyone to sign up including:

  1. Local authorities
  2. Public service providers
  3. Town and parish council
  4. Local businesses
  5. Charity or community groups

What is the North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Covenant?

The North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Covenant [PDF, 3.4Mb] was re-signed on 18 June 2018 demonstrating commitment to our local Armed Forces community. It is intended to complement, at a local level, the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the mutual obligations between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces. It was signed by North Lincolnshire Council and key partners from the NHS, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Humberside Police, Ongo, VANL and the North Lincolnshire Veterans Community Hub as well as senior representatives from the tri-service military. It was signed at North Lincolnshire Council’s annual flag raising event to mark the star of Armed Forces week.

North Lincolnshire Veterans’ Community Hub

The North Lincolnshire Veterans’ Community Hub provides support to all members of the Armed Forces Community living in North Lincolnshire

Visit the North Lincolnshire Veterans’ Community Hub website for more information.

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 Armed Forces Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes now and in future years.

  • removing barriers to family life;
  • extra support after service for those that need help;
  • measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens;
  • non-core healthcare services for veterans

For more information, please contact the team on

As part of our ongoing commitment to support the Armed Forces community, North Lincolnshire Council is proud to have been awarded a Bronze Award as part of the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

This means North Lincolnshire Council recognises the value that serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country. Find out more about North Lincolnshire’s commitment to the Armed Forces [PDF, 229Kb].

The council are working hard in partnership with, and give thanks to 146 Divisional Support Company REME for their support.

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.

Show your support

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 February 2015, the Government announced a four-year programme to create, 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:
  • 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.

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. It can often be confusing when trying to find the best organisations to help.

Please note this information is not exhaustive and there will be additional support services available not listed here. Please let us know if there is anything that you think should be included.

Ministry of Defence

Responsible for the UK armed forces.

Armed Forces websites

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
  • Civvy Street: Information and resources to help you make the transition from the armed forces to civilian life
  • 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 service.
  • Latest Jobs with North Lincolnshire Council.
  • 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 brochure.
  • Open University: Find out what courses the OU offer, financial support for studying and working at the OU.
  • 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.