Council offers training to improve support to Armed Forces community

Published
19.11.2021

Gloucestershire County Council is offering training to all staff and councillors to help improve their knowledge and understanding of the Armed Forces community.

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As part of a Ministry of Defence funded regional project, Armed Forces Covenant e-learning is being offered to all those that work at Gloucestershire County Council.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the Government to make sure that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve in. Gloucestershire County Council signed up to the Covenant in 2012. 

The new e-learning programme will help staff to understand and apply the principles of the Covenant in their everyday actions, ensuring that members of the Armed Forces community are treated fairly and receive the same access to services as everyone else.

This training is being particularly recommended to frontline staff and councillors who work with individuals and families on a regular basis, as well as those staff whose decisions may have an impact on this community.

The Armed Forces community comprises of Regulars and Reservists from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force, their families and veterans, including National Service.

There are currently around 2,400 serving who are based in Gloucestershire. This number rises to 46,000 when their immediate families and veterans are included.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, Armed Forces Covenant Champion at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The Armed Forces community is an important part of our county, and this training will ensure their needs are better understood within the council.

“It will give our staff and councillors a better understanding of the unique challenges of service life, and allow them to consider these within their work.

“I am urging all my colleagues at Gloucestershire County Council to take up the offer of this free training.”

The Ministry of Defence runs an Employer Recognition Scheme to encourage employers to support defence. Gloucestershire County Council has been recognised with a silver award for their work in this area.

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