Armed Forces Covenant

Covenant working lunch

The aims of the covenant are to:

  • Encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their area
  • Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • Recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community
  • Encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • Encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement

The armed forces community covenant steering group has discussed seven themes:

  • Working together
  • Access to information
  • Employment
  • Skills and training
  • Housing
  • Health and well-being
  • Community involvement and engagement

Who are the armed forces champions?

  • Lead Member Champion - Councillor Anthony Munday (Lord Mayor)
  • Lead Officer - Assistant Director - Governance - Fiona Ledden

Covenant Fund

The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces community.

The funding priorities for April 2017 to March 2018 are:-

  • Families in stress
  • Strengthening local delivery of the covenant
  • Armed Forces Covenant: local grants
  • A single grant to produce a map of need for the Covenant Fund
  • A single grant to produce an outcomes framework for the Covenant Fund

For further guidance on how to apply and timescales for each of the priorities, please visit Covenant Fund.

Soldiers to School Programme

As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, we work in partnership with the Army Community Engagement Team to organise Soldiers to School visits to city schools. With the ongoing success of this programme across the West Midlands, 11 Signals and West Midlands Brigade will be continuing to go into schools during 2017 and will focus primarily on secondary schools and KS2 primary schools.

The presentation lasts an hour and focuses on the life of WW1 soldier in comparison to modern day soldiering by the use of comparing equipment and soldier life. Serving soldiers deliver the presentation which adds an element of empathy to the presentation. It covers subjects such as who soldiers were, what motivated them to go to war and what was the daily life amongst other things.

We are proactive in our approaches and should you want a school visit, please contact 01782 232751 or email

Armed Forces Resettlement Information

To help serving and ex-service personnel to move to Stoke-on-Trent, we have put together some information to help. To view the Armed Forces Resettlement Information brochure please click here.

We have compiled a frequently asked questions list to help the resettlement of Armed Forces personnel, to view this document please click here.

For further information on the Armed Forces Covenant, please contact 01782 232751 or email

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