Council recognition for personnel help

Coun Gary Bell (left) presenting the Commendation certificate to council chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna and Mayor Norma Redfearn.
Coun Gary Bell (left) presenting the Commendation certificate to council chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna and Mayor Norma Redfearn.

Two prestigious awards have been presented to North Tyneside Council in honour of their work supporting Armed Forces and their families.

The council offers a range of benefits to ex-service personnel moving back into civilian life in the borough including priority housing, free leisure and library facilities and dedicated advice service.

In recognition, the council has been presented with the Brigade Commander’s Commendation for Highly Meritorious Service to the Army in the United Kingdom.

It has also achieved a Silver Award under the Ministry of Defence’s new National Employer Recognition Scheme.

Coun Gary Bell, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “It’s a great honour to accept these commendations.

“In North Tyneside we’re exceptionally proud and supportive of our service personnel – whether they are serving, veterans or reservists.

“We understand that after leaving the Forces, the transition back to civilian life often presents real challenges to many ex-service personnel and their families.

“We offer practical support and advice that hopefully goes some way to providing a better quality of life for those who defend our way of life.”

The council has also signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme and is committed to working with local charities and voluntary groups, businesses and private individuals to further support current and former service people throughout the borough.