Armed Forces Covenant
Worcestershire signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012 and is committed to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership works collaboratively to strengthen local delivery of the Covenant, and in particular, to support Worcestershire veterans who are experiencing problems either in transition or future years.
The Partnership represents the public sector, charitable and voluntary sector, council members (Armed Forces Champions representing Worcestershire's six District Councils), public health, police, and the regional Army Welfare team. The main aims of the Partnership are:
- to foster collaboration and integration between the Armed Forces and civilian communities and make it easier for service personnel, families and veterans to access help and support available from statutory providers and from the charitable and voluntary sector
- to implement a framework to gain a better understand of local issues in relation to members of the Armed Forces Community
- to prioritise and address key areas of need, driven by an Action Plan
- to raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant to wider stakeholders such as employers, the business community and local communities
Worcestershire's Armed Forces Covenant is facilitated by Worcestershire County Council as part of their ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces.
Redditch Borough Council independently signed the Armed Forces Covenant as a dedicated forces-friendly organisation in May.
Bronze Award – Employer Recognition Scheme
In November 2023 the Council achieved the Bronze award of the Employer Recognition Scheme extending its support to the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.
Councillor Alex Fogg is the Armed Forces Champion for Redditch Borough Council.