Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant

Find out how armed forces and veterans are supported in Essex

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant (139KB PDF) is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant

In 2012, Essex made its own pledge to support the armed forces, one of the largest ever made by public, private and voluntary sectors. The aims of the covenant include:

  • raising public awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • reducing any disadvantages suffered by armed forces personnel as a result of their service
  • recognising sacrifices made by the armed forces
  • encouraging activities which help to integrate the armed forces community with the wider community

To find out more, read The Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant (263KB PDF)

The Essex Civilian Military Partnership Board

The Essex Civilian Military Partnership Board offers strategic direction to local responses to the county's shared community covenant commitments.

The Board is made up of representatives from the armed forces, veterans' charities, Essex councils, and a range of public sector bodies.

Support for armed forces and veterans

The Veterans Gateway provides a single point of contact for veterans seeking advice and support on a wide range of matters, from healthcare and housing to employment, finances, personal relationships and more.

It is made up of a consortium of organisations and armed forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist. It is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant.

To find information, advice and support, use their self help section.

Alternatively you can contact them by phone, text, email or live chat.

Use their interactive map to find support nearest you.

The Royal British Legion has a Cost of Living Grants Programme. This programme is open to anyone who is eligible for their support and struggling to pay for items and services they need.

Healthcare support

The NHS offers healthcare support:

Government support

GOV.UK has information on support services:

Other support

The Veterans Railcard offers discounts on rail travel for UK Veterans and their families.

More information

The following local organisations offer information, advice and support: