Armed Forces Community Covenant
Adur & Worthing Councils have made a commitment to support the armed forces community, including all serving and former members, reservists and their families.
This page provides information on:
Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council have been a signatory to the Armed Forces Community Covenant since 2013 and are committed to upholding the key objectives of the Covenant:
- That no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of services compared with any other citizen
- That, in some circumstances, special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved
The Covenants are available below:
Details about the Covenant can be found in the committee report below:
See also on other external websites:
- West Sussex Armed Forces Community Covenant - on the WSCC website
- Armed Forces Covenant - on the GOV.UK website
- Sussex Armed Forces Network website
The purpose of the Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces community that is working and residing in Adur and Worthing and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes serving service personnel, veterans, reservists, and the families of all who live or have lived in Adur and Worthing.
The councils have appointed elected members to be Armed Forces Champions who have been asked by the Leaders of the respective councils to support these commitments and as part of this, to engage with and support the work of the broader West Sussex Civilian Military Partnership Board that is overseeing this work at strategic level.
Our Armed Forces Champions are:
- Adur District - Councillor Andy McGregor
- Worthing Borough - Councillor Lionel Harman
Adur & Worthing Councils have developed the following commitments, using the overall Covenant Strategy being led by the West Sussex Civilian Military Partnership Board. The Councils will, through these commitments, seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and meet the requirements of the national Armed Forces Covenant Duty 2021 by:
- recognising the sacrifices made by the armed forces community
- encouraging support for the armed forces community
- promoting understanding and awareness amongst the public
- encouraging activities to help the community integrate into local life
- supporting veterans and service families in employment with the Councils
Our commitments are set out in the following document:
Armed Forces Network information and support
The Armed Forces Network website has information about services and sources of support and advice in Sussex, including information on housing, wellbeing, mental health and employment, see:
Veterans Gateway and The Forces Connect App
The Veterans' Gateway is a very helpful source of information about local services and sources of support in the south-east, see:
The Forces Connect app is another source of information and is aimed at serving personnel, veterans and their families, as well as public sector and support organisations. It is available from:
Support with transition from the armed forces
Help with transition from the armed forces is available from a variety of sources including the:
Forces Families Jobs is an employment and training platform for spouses, partners and family members of serving and reserve UK military personnel. Search and apply for jobs with employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged to support the military community. Information about training, career events and insight days are also available. See:
A general overview of housing information and support is available, see:
The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) is the MOD's tri-service agency that helps service personnel and their dependents with civilian housing information. It has information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career and guidance for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. See:
- Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) - on the GOV.UK website
- This video on YouTube produced by JSHAO provides a helpful guide to options and sources of support and help
Adur & Worthing Councils Housing policy seeks to respond to the needs of service personnel and their families. Details of how to start the process of accessing housing support are found on our website.
Support with school admissions
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) oversees the local school admission process, see:
Funded by Forces Connect South East and produced by Hampshire County Council, the following video guide includes information for the armed forces on:
- the admissions process
- deadline dates
- in-year admissions/mid-year transfers
Grants are available to support community covenant activities including the provision of local services. For this and other funding opportunities under the Covenant Fund see:
- Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website
- How to apply for a Covenant Fund grant - on the GOV.UK website
Applications to the fund should be undertaken in consultation with the West Sussex Civilian Military Partnership Board, see:
Afghanistan Veterans' Fund:
The Afghanistan Veterans Fund aims to increase capacity in services and initiatives that offer supportive comradeship, engagement and wellbeing efforts for those in the Armed Forces community impacted by events in Afghanistan, and the wider veterans community.
The Office for Veterans' Affairs has asked the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to run programmes that will award grants to improve wellbeing, resilience and promote good mental health, responding to increased needs in veterans who have served in Afghanistan and other recent conflicts and the wider veterans community.
For more information see:
If you are considering becoming a reservist see:
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Page last updated: 24 November 2022