As a council we recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces community, and the unique skills and attributes they bring to our workplace. We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This short film provides an overview of the Covenant and its importance.
In 2017 Portsmouth, Southampton, Gosport and Isle of Wight councils came together to adopt a partnership approach to delivering the covenant within the Solent region of the wider County of Hampshire. Entitled Strengthening Local Covenant delivery, the aim of this partnership is to:
- Raise awareness among serving personnel, reservists and veterans of the support they can expect from local authorities;
- Provide a broader understanding of the needs of the local veteran population as well as serving personnel during transition to civilian life;
- Evaluate the impact of these initiatives.
The Solent Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board representing Portsmouth, Southampton and Gosport, and the Isle of Wight Civil Military Partnership Boards, refreshed in 2017, provides strategic governance for local delivery of the Covenant.