Shadow minister learns about county’s help for Armed Forces group

25/01/2023 – Permalink Associated subjects: Neighborhood / Company / Leisure, tradition and heritage / Associate organisations

With Census 2021 outcomes revealing that one in 10 Shropshire households have a number of resident who has served within the Armed Forces, we’re sharing the work we do to help that group.

Shropshire Council’s deputy Chief and Armed Forces champion Ian Nellins hosted a gathering with the Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces Luke Pollard, members of Shropshire Council’s Armed Forces Covenant group and veterans.

They have been additionally joined by Lt Col Carl Meyer, who’s an orthopaedic advisor at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, and the lead advisor for the brand new Headley Courtroom Veterans Orthopaedic Centre on the website.

Shropshire Council veterans hub co-ordinator Sarah Kerr, and some of the veterans who talked to Luke Pollard, Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces, about the support they receive from Shropshire Council.

Shropshire Council veterans hub co-ordinator Sarah Kerr, and a few of the veterans who talked to Luke Pollard, Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces, in regards to the help they obtain from Shropshire Council.

The assembly, held at Shropshire Council’s Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, showcased the most effective practices of outreach work and well being care provided to the Armed Forces group throughout Shropshire.

The council has been signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant for greater than 10 years, which demonstrates it’s an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, helps veterans, service spouses and companions, reservists, and cadet organisations. Armed Forces Covenant additionally helps various native and nationwide occasions: examples embrace Armed Forces Day, Army Match Day, Remembrance Day, and covenant signings.

Shropshire Council has lately had its Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award re-validated. This demonstrates the council’s dedication to supporting its workforce, in addition to the broader Armed Forces group.

The Shropshire Armed Forces Covenant has additionally shaped shut hyperlinks with a number of companies, charities and organisations throughout Shropshire, a lot of whom have signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show their help.

Shropshire Council’s Armed Forces Outreach programme supplies wraparound help for the veteran/ navy group in Shropshire and past. The group supplies data, recommendation and steerage, working with various the service charities to make sure that navy personnel, veterans and their households are provided the assistance and help they deserve.

Ian Nellins stated:-

“Shropshire has three main navy models with the Royal Irish Regiment 1st Battalion at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, and RAF Stations at Cosford and Shawbury; and Census 2021  confirmed that in Shropshire there have been 13,800 households (10% of all households) with a number of individuals who had served within the UK Armed Forces. This compares to 7% of all households in England and Wales.

“In reality, three of Shropshire Council’s Cupboard members are veterans, and three extra come from veterans households. The census has proven that now we have a bigger than common Armed Forces group within the county, and that’s one thing Shropshire Council recognises and actively addresses.

“The work of Shropshire Council’s Outreach group is invaluable, and as an organisation we’re delighted to have had our Armed Forces Covenant gold normal employer award reaccredited.

“We have been happy Luke Pollard requested to return and discover out extra about our actions in Shropshire and for the chance to showcase the wonderful work, of which we’re all extraordinarily proud.”

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