Community Covenant Scheme
Last updated: 20/11/2013
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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 Cornwall Covenant is made up of 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.
Part of the Covenant is the Community Grant scheme. This aims
- encourage local communities to support the armed forces
community in their areas
- nurture public understanding and awareness among the public
about issues affecting the armed forces community
- recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces
- 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
Statement from Cllr John Pollard, 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.
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
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 below for