How does the Armed Forces Covenant help Families?

Most of the challenges that Armed Forces families face fall under the remit of the Covenant. This doesn’t mean that the Covenant can ‘fix’ everything but it offers a vehicle that can be used to check that no disadvantage is being experienced. For example, sometimes your school admissions team or headteacher need a gentle reminder that Armed Forces children don’t choose to move mid-year and it would be incredibly helpful if they could find a space for that child, class size dependent of course; other times the continuity of dental care or other healthcare is disrupted and it is vitally important that the patient doesn’t lose their place on the waiting list when they move area.

Take a look at our case studies for further examples of how the Covenant has helped.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund often runs programmes of support for family members. Units and charities can apply for funding to deliver these projects.

How does the Armed Forces Covenant help Serving personnel?

Serving personnel might find themselves in need of help from the Armed Forces Covenant when they have been tied into a contract which isn’t fit for purpose any longer due to being posted.

We have helped several Service personnel who have needed to be released from mobile phone contracts or who have needed more flexibility in financial agreements due to assignments taking them to areas with no coverage or out of the country.

If you feel you are being disadvantaged due to your Service, get in touch and let us review the situation with you.

To find out how we have utilised the Armed Forces Covenant to help Serving personnel, take a look at our case studies.

How do RAF Stations support and uphold the Armed Forces Covenant?

All RAF stations have appointed a Covenant ‘Champion’. This is a secondary duty and is usually held by the OC-PMS, OC-BSW, the CDO or someone from the welfare team. If you are unsure who your local Covenant Champion is, please get in touch – we have a list!

One of the ways the AF Champions can support their station is to identify projects (featured within their Community Needs Analysis report) where funding bids can be made depending on the programmes available from the AF Covenant Fund.

Upholding the Armed Forces Covenant should be business as usual for all, whether in a welfare post or not. It is ultimately about recognising and reducing disadvantage and there has been a huge number of positive projects delivered to enhance and improve the lived experience for all members of our RAF family.

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