1 December 2015

Sheffield’s work to support our Armed Forces has been recognised with a national award.

The City Council has been selected by the Reserves Forces and Cadets Association and Ministry of Defence to receive the Silver Employer Recognition Award. The award recognises the Council’s outstanding support for the Defence and Armed Forces Community.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) rewards and recognises UK employers for their support and commitment towards defence. The scheme gives awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the armed forces corporate covenant.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said: ”I am very proud that the Council has been given this award. We made the commitment four years ago through the Community Covenant, which recognises the sacrifices that members of our Armed Forces make as a result of their duty. “

The Community Covenant ensures that businesses and organisations recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community.

They also commit to share knowledge, experience and expertise to provide help and advice to members of the Armed Forces Community. A key aim is to encourage the integration from Service life into civilian life.

Councillor Tony Damms, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion added: “Those who serve in the Armed Forces should not face any disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.

“We have a moral obligation to the members of the Services and their families. They deserve our respect, support and fair treatment and it is encouraging to see more businesses and organisations signing up to the Covenant.”

The Community Covenant is a pledge agreed by the City Council and the local Armed Forces Community, which commits to improving the transition from Service life into civilian life. This helps the Armed Forces Community to contribute their skills and experience to the local community.

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Notes for editors:
Established in November 2011, the aims of the Sheffield Community Covenant are to:
– Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their area;
– Nurture understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the
Armed Forces Community;
– Recognise the contribution made by the Armed Forces Community;
– Remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community;
– 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.
The Armed Forces Community includes those in-service and also Reservists, Veterans and those who care for, depend on or are close family members of these groups of people.
Partners:
Sheffield City Council works with representatives of the Armed Forces and a number
of partners across the city to deliver the Community Covenant, including:
• Amey
• Capita
• Ex-Service Associations
• Jobcentre Plus
• Kier Group
• Remploy
• Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
• Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
• The Royal British Legion
• South Yorkshire Police
This year Sheffield City Council developed an e-Learning module for all Council employees, informing them of the Community Covenant and giving more information about the local Armed Forces community.