Proudly supporting those who serve
We all know that our armed forces do a fantastic job in difficult circumstances.
War zones, emergency situations and spending time away from their loved ones are all part of the job for the brave men and women who serve our country.
That’s why Newcastle City Council is proud to have received the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award in recognition of our status as an Armed Forces friendly organisation.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to treat those who serve or who have served and their families fairly and with respect in the communities they serve. It is the country’s way of recognising our duty to the servicemen and women who risk their lives to carry out their duty.
The Silver Award is given to organisations who 'Demonstrate support to tackle Service personnel issues and actively communicate their status as an Armed Forces friendly organisation by signing an Armed Forces Covenant to publically announce their support.'
Councillor Karen Kilgour, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health and the council’s Armed Forces Champion who collected the award on behalf of the council said:
“We are committed to supporting those who serve or who have served our country and we work hard to help tackle the issues our servicemen and women face, particularly in the field of employment.
“I was honoured to receive the award on behalf of the council but I know we still have more to do if we are to reach our aim of achieving the Gold Award.”
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, said: “Congratulations to this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award winners who have turned their willingness to make a difference to our Armed Forces into effective programmes of support.”
“Your actions mean that our veterans, the wounded injured and sick, our Reservists and their families are not disadvantaged by their military service and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Your commitment is highly valued and is at the heart of all that can be achieved in every part of the country through the Armed Forces Covenant."