Talking West Cheshire

Council makes formal pledge to offer support and practical help to the Armed Forces

4 July 2012

Cheshire West and Chester Council has made a formal pledge to offer support and practical help for Armed Forces personnel and their families.

The authority has signed the Cheshire Community Covenant, which commits local civilian and military authorities to work together more closely in support of serving Armed Forces personnel and ex-service personnel and their families.

Cheshire West and Chester Council Deputy Chairman Councillor Jill Houlbrook joined representatives from Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton Councils to formally sign the document at Peninsula Barracks in Warrington.

Other signatories included Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Probation Trust, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Cheshire Warrington, and Wirral.

Councillor Houlbrook said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council is extremely proud to play a key role in the implementation of this historic Covenant.

“It recognises the challenges that Armed Forces personnel can face in identifying and accessing services from public sector organisations to meet the demands of such ever-changing and evolving communities.

“Through the Covenant, we anticipate that all parties will be better placed to understand and meet those challenges.

“It is an excellent way to further strengthen the proud relationship that exists between civil and forces communities in Cheshire.”

The Community Covenant is part of a national scheme led by the Ministry of Defence to improve links between the military and civilian communities.

Its aims include:

  • To encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas, and vice-versa
  • To promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces community
  • To recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community
  • To encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces community into local life

The most senior soldier in the North West, Brigadier Nick Fitzgerald, Commander of 42 (North West) Brigade, was present at the Covenant signing.

He said: “This initiative is an enormously important document that represents a commitment to cement and build upon that support.

“I hope that it will also help to promote a better understanding and awareness of the issues that affect the Service community, creating even stronger enduring bonds.

“We in the military are extremely proud to be part of the Cheshire Community Covenant.”

Armed forces day

Photo caption: Deputy Council Chairman Councillor Jill Houlbrook joined senior representatives from partner organisations to formally sign the Community Covenant at Peninsula Barracks in Warrington.