Gedling’s Community Covenant

The Borough of Gedling signed its Community Covenant on 29 April 2013. 

The Community Covenant for Gedling is a statement of mutual support between local civilian and armed forces communities, and complements the National Armed Forces Covenant, published by the Government in 2011 as a statement of the moral obligation which exists between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.

The Covenant supports Armed Forces personnel by making help with healthcare, employment and housing available both whilst they are serving, and when they leave.

The Borough of Gedling’s Community Covenant was signed by the Mayor of the Borough of Gedling, Councillor Sandra Barnes, on behalf of Gedling Borough Council, Lieutenant Colonel Kaine Price on behalf of the Armed Forces, the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve, and Mr Andy Gregory on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

Lieutenant Colonel Price said: “By agreeing, via this Covenant, to work with partners and local business communities as well as Armed Forces personnel, Gedling Borough Council is demonstrating a real commitment to improving the lives of both serving and former Armed Forces personnel.

Councillor John Clarke, Leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “I believe that we should be doing everything we can to support our Armed Forces. They do an incredible job, and that’s why I’m keen to show our appreciation by signing up to this Covenant.”

Our commitment

Gedling’s Community Covenant was signed in April 2013. The Covenant ensures that the Borough of Gedling:

  • Recognises the contribution made by the Armed Forces community
  • remembers the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces community
  • shares knowledge, experience and expertise to provide help and advice to current and former members of the Armed Forces community and their families
  • encourages the integration from service life into civilian life.

The Community Covenant also aims to ensure that the local Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged in the services offered in the borough, and enables the Armed Forces community to contribute its skills and experience.

Next steps

We’ve formed a Community Covenant Steering Group, comprising both officers and councillors, as well as Armed Forces representatives. Current membership of the Working Group is:

  • Dave Wakelin, Corporate Director, Gedling Borough Council (Chair) 
  • Councillor Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council 
  • Rob McCleary, Communications Manager – Gedling Borough Council
  • Jane Ansell, Community Investment Manager, Gedling Borough Council
  • Councillor Bob Collis, Covenant Member Champion 

The working group is currently refreshing the Council’s Covenant Action Plan. The Action Plan will include:

  • Ways of promoting and improving access to a range of countywide Forces support and information
  • Ways in which we’re working to identify serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families, so we can contact them about support and help that’s available
  • Projects and initiatives to help improve the health and wellbeing of the Armed Forces Community in Gedling

2014 centenary commemorations

We delivered a range of activities and events throughout 2014 to commemorate the anniversary of World War One to and honour and observe the sacrifices made by the Borough’s Armed Forces community.

Activities and events included:

Poppy Proms

The Poppy Proms was a large scale free, afternoon event to mark the first day of the  World War One on Sunday 3 August, and will incorporate music, voices, verse and song. 

Poppy seed planting in Gedling’s parks

Members of our come along and plant poppies in our parks as part of the commemorations.  The events will take place in conjunction with the Friends Groups of Arnot Hill Park, Bestwood Country Park, The Hobbucks and Lambley Lane Recreation Ground.

Commemorative activities with children

Five Play Days across the Borough included poppy making and historical games.  Representatives from Armed Forces groups will participate in the events and support the activities.

Commemorative dance project with children and young people

A commemorative dance project and performance was created by young people and showcased at the Poppy Proms event.

Poppy Walks

A series of four Poppy Walks were enjoyed in rural areas around the Borough during September and October. The walks began at the village war memorials with poems and readings, and finished at community venues with a traditional 1914 style cream tea followed by a short, poignant performance to remind people of the significance of this year and what it means to our local communities. 

The 2014 centenary commemorations were funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, details of which can be found via the link below.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

To find out about grants available for Armed Forces support initiatives please follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covenant-fund

Supporting Armed Forces

Nottinghamshire County Council has launched an online, one-stop-shop of support for local armed forces personnel, reserves, veterans, cadets and people who interact with them.

The website, www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/supporting-armed-forces highlights some of the ways in which the County Council is supporting current and former services personnel and their families through the Nottinghamshire Community Covenant.

It includes a link to the Veterans Information Network Nottinghamshire, which provides a wealth of information and support available to the Forces Community.