Support for Armed Forces veterans and their families
Cllr Andy Dunbobbin and Capt Neil Turnbull raising the flags with Mike Dodd and Pete Fuller (both forces veterans now with the Council), Karen Armstrong, Flintshire County Council and Cllr Bernie Attridge
Flintshire County Council supported Armed Forces Reserves Day by raising the flag at County Hall, Mold on 21 June.
The Council recognises the valuable contribution their employees who are reservists make to the Armed Forces, our community, our organisation and nation. We were proud to support Reserves Day.
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country need them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.
Flintshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Andy Dunbobbin, said:
“Our employees who are reservists play a vital role in our Armed Forces and make a significant contribution to operations in the UK and overseas. Just as important are the knowledge and skills they gain from the military which they bring back to Flintshire County Council. All our reservists give up their time to serve the nation. They do an incredible job and it is an honour to celebrate the work they do.”
The Council is fully committed to supporting the Armed Forces community including reservists and recently received a bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) by the Ministry of Defence. Our new Armed Forces Reserves Policy sets out how we will support them if they are mobilised to duty.
The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant which is a voluntary statement of mutual support between civilian communities and their local Armed Forces community.
In addition to this, veterans and their families across North Wales will benefit from additional support from local authorities following an award of over £230,000 from the Ministry of Defence. The award will fund the employment of two Armed Forces Liaison Officers (AFLO) dedicated to strengthening the delivery of the Armed Forces Community Covenant across the region by ensuring the fair and respectful treatment of serving personnel, veterans and their families.
The officers’ remit will include reviewing existing policies and procedures in areas including Human Resources, Social Care, Education and Housing. Officers will also ensure the needs of the Armed Forces Community are considered in new strategic plans and service changes linked to, for example, the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and the Social Services and Well-being Act.
The officers will seek to establish the size and complement of the region’s Armed Forces Community, and to establish clear lines of communication so that information can flow to and from community members more effectively.
There will be a focus on training for front line staff too, allowing them to better understand and support the needs of the Armed Forces Community.
The award will be administered by Wrexham Council on behalf of the six local authorities in North Wales.