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The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community of Merthyr Tydfil and its local Armed Forces Community.
The aim is to encourage all parties within the community to offer support to the local Armed Forces community and make it easier for Service personnel, families and veterans to access the help available to them.
The pledge recognises the dual respect between the Council, its partner agencies, its communities and our Armed Forces personnel (serving and retired) and their families.
It is a commitment to ensure the support we offer towards the quality of life of Armed Forces personnel in Merthyr Tydfil reflects the contribution they make to ours.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant will be underpinned by the daily work of the Council and its partner agencies to deliver and protect frontline services for those who need them the most. Some of these services and their relevance to the Armed Forces Community are showcased in the 'Guide to Services' booklet that will be published on this page shortly.
We hope the Merthyr Tydfil Armed Forces Community Covenant will strengthen the shared commitment we all have to our Armed Forces, allowing them to be supported in community life, and community life to be supported by them.
The Community Covenant Grant Scheme delivers financial support to projects at the local level, which, strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live.
An application for funding can be submitted by any part of the community; this might include volunteer groups, charities, and public bodies such as schools. Bids will be considered in the first instance by the Community Covenant Partnership at a local level.
Bids that the Partnership are happy to endorse will be submitted to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme regional Panels for consideration. The Community Covenant and the accompanying Grant Scheme are all about local initiatives and the people best able to judge are those at a regional level.
Delegating the allocation of the Community Covenant Grant Scheme to regional panels allows this money to reach the areas which will benefit the most. The Armed Forces Covenant Team and the HM Treasury retain oversight of the process. A local panel is currently being established jointly between Merthyr Tydfil and RCT (Cwm Taf).
Below is a list of the organisations currently committed to the Covenant:
There are a wide range of services specifically designed for the Armed Forces community available from local government, Ministry of Defence and third sector organisations.
New dates and time to be confirmed.
For further information telephone 01685 725000
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