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Supporting armed forces personnel

10 March 2017

Medway has been honoured by a national scheme for its commitment to support armed forces personnel.

The Armed Forces Covenant focuses on ensuring services are provided to members of the armed forces community, from education and family well-being to advice on starting a new career.

The covenant runs an employer recognition scheme which identifies UK employers that support defence personnel who serve or have served, as well as their families. It is the first time Medway Council has been recognised by the scheme.

The council has received the bronze award due to its ongoing pledge to support the armed forces, including employing reservists, armed forces veterans, cadet instructors and their families.

Family fun day

On Wednesday, 15 March, Medway is hosting an Armed Forces Fun Day, bringing serving personnel, reservists and veterans together. There will be the opportunity to get a free health check, advice on housing, sport and leisure, and share stories. The fun day, which is taking place between 10.30am and 3pm at the Command of the Oceans visitor centre at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, has been jointly organised by Medway Council, Armed Forces Covenant, RBLI, Gravesham Borough Council and Shepway District Council.

Armed Forces - at the heart of our community

Cllr Howard Doe, Armed Forces Champion, said: “We are proud of the armed forces community in Medway and it is important we provide them with the support and recognition they deserve. I hope anyone who lives in or around Medway and is serving in the armed forces or a veteran is able to attend the fun day with their family. We will continue to raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by the armed forces and will work with forces personnel to help ensure they are at the heart of our community.”