Support for our Armed Forces

Hambleton is proud of its military connections: the armed forces based in the district, the veterans who live here, and all their families. In 2011 we signed the MoD North Yorkshire and York Covenant which aims to:

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas, and vice versa
  • promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces community
  • encourage activities that help to integrate the armed forces community into local life.

The covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. It is intended to complement the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces

We have been awarded Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award

Silver award holders:

  • must have signed the Armed Forces Covenant
  • the employer must have already stated their intent to be supportive by using the ERS website to register at the Bronze level
  • the employer must proactively demonstrate that service personnel/armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and selection processes
  • employers should employ at least one individual from the AFC category that the nomination emphasises.
  • the employer must actively ensure that their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards defence people issues.
  • within the context of Reserves the employer must have demonstrated support to mobilisations or have a framework in place. They must demonstrate support to training by providing at least 5 days’ additional unpaid/paid leave (wherever possible not to Reservist employees’ financial disadvantage)
  • the employer must not have been the subject of any negative PR or media activity

Access to support and information

The Veterans Gateway

The Veterans' Gateway is a website for find the right support easily and quickly for veterans and their families including housing, employment, finances, living independently, mental wellbeing and physical health. You can find out more information here:

Armed Forces Covenant – Training for Front Line Workers

There is an e-learning course that has been developed to promote understanding of the difficulties faced by some ex-serving military veterans in coming to terms with a return to civilian life. The course is aimed at front line workers and those in HR who may benefit from further understanding of the challenges faced by veterans. The duration for the e-learning course is approximately 45 minutes and can be accessed here:

Further Useful Information

  • Armed Forces Charities – Research & data on armed forces charities
  • The Defence Transition Service – support with transition to civilian life
  • SSAFA the Armed Forces charity
  • Veterans' UK - Help and support for veterans
  • Combat Stress - The UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health 
  • Royal British Legion - The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the armed forces community, serving men and women, veterans, and their families 
  • Help for Heroes – The leading charity for the armed forces community
  • ABF The Soldiers' Charity - The army's national charity 
  • New military mental health helpline - The Ministry of Defence has launched the 24/7 military mental health helpline. The number - 0800 323 4444 - is open to serving personnel and their families, allowing them to access the help, advice and support they need anywhere, anytime.
  • RS website - For those ex-service personnel who are interested in starting a career in a trade. 
  • Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service - This service is for armed forces veterans living in the North of England with complex mental health needs.
  • UCAS has an advice page specifically for members of the Armed Forces community and service leavers who are wanting to apply for a higher education course.
  • The Naval Families Federation has published advice to help service children write their UCAS personal statement.
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