Wednesday 7 January 2015

Sheffield is celebrating key achievements from its community covenant which helps support the city’s Armed Forces community.

More organisations than ever signed up to the covenant last year and committed to helping servicemen, women, veterans and their families access vital services. The Royal British Legion, working with Sheffield City Council, increased its Armed Forces and Veterans support service. Generous Sheffield people helped smash the city’s £150,000 Women of Steer target for a statue remembering the city’s women who worked tirelessly in steelworks and factories during the two world wars to help keep industry going. Commemoration events to mark the start of World War 1 also took place last year and Weston Park was designated a Centenary Field.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Those who serve our country risk their lives and wellbeing to protect our freedom, and, together with their families, they play a vital role in our community.

“As a city we must do all we can to support them. We must ensure that local services such as housing, education and social care are appropriate to support the needs of the local Armed Forces community. Having the Community Covenant does just that.”

More than 100 organisations across the Country signed up to a new Corporate Covenant last year to pledge support. This includes major employers in Sheffield such as Kier and Capita.

Duncan Whiting, Director of Kier Group, said: “Kier will demonstrate that it is an Armed Forces friendly organisation by recognising military skills, seeking to employ veterans, working to provide flexibility with employees who are also Reservists and by striving to support service dependants and local cadet organisations.”

The first Sheffield Community Covenant was signed three years ago. It is a statement of mutual support between the civilian and local armed forces communities.

To find out more about the Community Covenant visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/armedforces.

Sheffield’s Annual Report on the Community Covenant is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk