The Council has a proud and long history of association with the British Armed Forces and we recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Services Community. We have recently committed to a Community Covenant which strengthens the partnership between Leeds City Council and the Armed Forces.
The Covenant in Leeds will make sure that the local Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged when accessing public services by virtue of what they do. Put plainly, we will respect everyone from the Armed Forces community and provide support, help and guidance wherever we can.
The Covenant does not seek to replace the existing good work already in place from public service providers, charities and so on, but to build upon it. It provides a way for the Armed Services community to know what support is available to them.
We’d like 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;
- encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life; and
- 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 personnel (including reservists) and veterans and also those who care for, depend on, or are close family members of these groups of people.
If you have any queries about the Leeds Armed Forces Community Covenant partnership or the work the council is doing to support the Armed Forces Covenant please email us at ArmedForces@leeds.gov.uk
Community Covenant grant scheme
Through the Covenant, people in Leeds can also access a national grant scheme of £30 million. The grant is open to organisations, groups and individuals who can demonstrate that their proposal will strengthen the aims of the Covenant.
Bids can be for amounts from £100 to £250,000 and bids are considered on a quarterly basis. You can apply for a grant on the Ministry Of Defence website.
We have a network of One Stop Centres across the city where people can go for further information / assistance on the full range of Council services available to them. You can use our website to find the nearest one to you by going to our Where I Live section.
Alternatively you can speak to the Service Leavers Liaison Officer (MoD) by telephoning 01904 66 8986 who will be able to offer guidance on signposting the assistance provided by the Council and other service providers.
Getting support from non-council organisations
LifeWorks is available to anybody who has served in the British Armed Forces and can help you discover new opportunities, develop your employment skills and build your confidence.
Veterans Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans who are seeking support. Veterans Gateway put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.