Community Covenant Scheme
Last updated: 07/11/2011
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Cornwall is amongst one of the first counties in the country to
establish an Armed Forces Community Covenant as part of a
Government initiative to promote a greater understanding between
the military and the general public.
The Covenant has been signed by representatives from various
sectors of the community, including Cornwall Council, the Cornish
branch of the Royal British Legion and the Armed Forces.
A Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support
between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community.
It is intended to encourage mutual support and integration between
local communities and Armed Forces communities in their area.
Statement from Cllr Alec Robertson, Leader, Cornwall
Cornwall Council is committed to supporting the aims of the
Community covenant to ensure that the valued work of service
personnel and the communities in which they live and work are
supported to provide community cohesion, integration and project
support in a range of ways; at local schools, by volunteering,
attending and supporting community events and providing mentoring.
Cornwall Council recognises the importance of working in
partnership with the local community to achieve joint goals for
Cornwall, both socially and economically and appreciates the
special qualities and skills the services bring with them.
Having grown up in a naval family based in Helston and later
serving in the Royal Navy myself, I am very aware that Cornwall has
long had strong connections to the armed forces. Service personnel
constitute a large proportion of Cornwall’s employment base with
close associations to RNAS Culdrose, RAF St Mawgan and HMS Raleigh.
It also has a very active cadet movement, a valued resource for
supporting young people in our communities and Cornish ports
regularly host visiting ships of the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet
The Councils Community Networks will play an important role in
supporting local bids coming through community groups who engage
with, and partner with, service personnel. The range of projects
that the Community Networks are involved with will offer service
personnel the opportunity to really get involved with their local
Statement from Cdr Ovens RN, Commander RNAS Culdrose
I am honoured to be involved in the implementation of the Armed
Forces Community Covenant in Cornwall. Our Armed Forces Community
is already fortunate enough to benefit from the strong support of
members of the Cornish Community.”
He added: “The establishment of this Covenant is an excellent
opportunity for us to strengthen that relationship even further.
Through regular forums with key members of the Cornish Community we
hope to become an integral part of a network which will provide
mutual support and encourage the fundamental values of the
The Covenant is supported by the Community Covenant Grant Scheme
which has been established to financially support projects, at the
local level, which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding
between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider
community in which they live. See the related link for further