Basildon's Armed Forces Community Covenant
An Armed Forces Community Covenant between Basildon Renaissance Partnership, the civilian community of Basildon and the armed forces community in the Basildon Borough.
This covenant was also signed by Lieutenant Colonel Mick Aston MC of The Royal Anglian Regiment on behalf of the Armed Forces, and the then Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Ball, on behalf of the Basildon Renaissance Partnership.
The purpose of this Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Basildon and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces Community. This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel their families and widow(er)s in Basildon Borough.
The overarching aims of the Covenant are as follows -
- Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces communities in their areas
- Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of the issues affecting the Armed Forces Community
- Recognise and honour 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.
Civil/Military Community Partnership Board
The signing of this Covenant initiates the establishment of a Partnership Board whose primary aim shall be to work towards the aims and objectives of this Covenant.
Membership on the Board consists of representatives of: -
- The Basildon Renaissance Partnership;
- The Territorial Army
- Naval Association;
- C-BEST (Armed Forces Charity);
- The Royal British Legion;
- Others invited from the Civilian Community.
One of the first tasks of the Board is to develop sustainable outcomes and priorities that serve to improve the support networks available to both the military (serving and ex serving personnel), their families and the civilian community of Basildon. It is also the intention of the Board that both communities work together to help each other through difficult times and reduce any feelings of isolation amongst the armed forces community within the Borough.
Future developments and further information
The Civil/Military Community Partnership Board is currently engaged in generating a comprehensive action plan to:
- Identify and develop the specific measures, actions, projects to be undertaken which strengthens the tier of understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider Basildon community
- Oversee and co-ordinate delivery of actions to ensure they are having the desired impact and outcomes
- Share information and working in partnership in areas of mutual benefit
- Submit bids for funding from the Government's 'Community Covenant Grant Scheme' to support projects, at the local level.
Details will be published here when they become available.
For further information, see contact details below.