Covenant to help personnel

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ARMED forces personnel are set to get more support in the borough after council officials signed a new agreement.

The Armed Forces Covenant has been signed in North Tyneside, further strengthening the council’s support for serving personnel, veterans and their families.

Representatives from 11 organisations showed their commitment by signing up to the covenant, establishing a Community Services Partnership in the process.

The partnership is aiming to access some of the £30m, available nationally, to improve support for serving personnel, their families, veterans, and particularly the injured or bereaved.

Funding will help develop projects to strengthen ties between members of the armed forces and the wider community in which they live, improve their health and wellbeing and get them into further employment.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “I am delighted that the covenant has now been signed.

“As a council, we already provide a range of initiatives which aim to help the armed forces community however, projects such as this one are extremely important for both the serving personnel and the borough as a whole.”

Organisations who signed the covenant were North Tyneside Council; Royal Navy and Merchant Navy; Royal Air Force; Army; Royal British Legion; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help; North Tyneside Voluntary Organisation Development (VODA); North East Chamber of Commerce; NHS North of Tyne Primary Care Trust and NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group.

For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.mod.uk