Blaenau Gwent Armed Forces Community Covenant

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is pleased to have signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant as part of a Government initiative to promote a greater understanding between the military and the general public.

A Community Covenant is a voluntary pledge to encourage charities, local authorities, businesses, communities and individuals to work together with the armed forces community to offer support to service for current personnel and their families, reservists and veterans.
The Blaenau Gwent Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its Armed Forces community at the local level. The Community Covenant aims to:

encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area;nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces community; recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by 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 Covenant will look to build on previous good work with the Armed Forces community in Blaenau Gwent.  In 2011, the Royal Welsh Regiment was granted Honorary Freedom of the County Borough, with a freedom scroll being presented as a mark of thanks to soldiers’’ “heroism and duty in Service”.  The event was celebrated with members of the 2nd Battalion parading through Ebbw Vale.

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