Barnsley Council and local representatives of charitable, voluntary, health, housing, education and business sectors have re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant on Monday 16 March.
Re-signing of the declaration is good practice every five years and demonstrates that communities across the borough recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community. The agreement sets out the working partnership to ensure that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are not disadvantaged in accessing services across all sectors.
Barnsley Council and their partners will continue to show their commitment by understanding, raising awareness and supporting their armed forces, building on their work with local community groups to deliver Armed Forces Day, as well as launching Yorkshire's first HM Armed Forces Walkway last year.
The council has also worked with the military charity, Project Nova and Sheffield City Region to develop an e-learning course on homeless veterans. The course explores the unique issues affecting those who have served in the armed forces and are presenting as homeless.
Cllr Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "We're honoured to have re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant along with key partners to strengthen our dedication to the community.
"Not only will this remind our communities that we're an armed forces friendly employer, but we also hope that this will raise awareness of the support available. We want to encourage members of the armed forces community and their families to work with us and help us better understand how we can best support them."
Cllr Joe Hayward, Armed Forces Champion, said: “Our armed forces community have given so much for our country and it’s important that we recognise and remember the sacrifices they, and their families, have made.
“Signing the Armed Forces Covenant promises our support for the community in Barnsley as we work to ensure they are treated with the fairness and respect they deserve. It is great that so many of our partners can join with us to make this commitment.”
More information about support available for the armed forces community can be found at barnsley.gov.uk/armed-forces.