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East Riding Community Covenant

The East Riding Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and the local Armed Forces community. It is intended to complement, at local level, the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces. 

What is the East Riding Community Covenant?

The East Riding Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and the local Armed Forces community.   It is intended to complement, at local level, the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.

National Armed Forces Covenant (external website)

The purpose of the Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in the East Riding and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces community, particularly those who have given the most. 

This includes in-service and ex-service personnel their families and widow(er)s living in the East Riding.  The support will make it easier to access the help and support available from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), from public authorities, business organisations and the charitable and voluntary sectors.

It is a two way arrangement and the Armed Forces community are encouraged to do as much as they can to support their community and promote activity which integrates the Service community into civilian life.

East Riding Armed Forces Community Covenant (pdf 176kb opens in new window)

Who is the Armed Forces Member Champion for East Riding of Yorkshire Council?

The Armed Forces Member Champion is Councillor David Elvidge.  

What is the Veterans' Gateway?

There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for veterans needs can be tricky.

The Veterans' Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support whether they are based in the UK or abroad.

They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible. For more information please visit:

Veterans' Gateway (external website)

What is the Community Covenant Fund?

The Community Covenant Fund 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. 

For more information please visit:

GOV.UK - Covenant Fund (external website)

An application for funding can be submitted by any part of the community; this might include volunteer groups, charities, public bodies such as schools, and so on. Bids will be considered in the first instance by the East Riding Community Covenant Partnership at a local level. 

Bids that the Partnership are happy to endorse will be submitted to the MOD to be considered by the Community Covenant Grant Panel.

For further details please contact us:

Email: community.covenant@eastriding.gov.uk

I am a member of the armed forces community. How does the East Riding Community Covenant affect me?

Following research and discussion with partners, the covenant’s priorities have been divided into five areas:

  • health
  • employment, adult education and training
  • childcare and education
  • housing
  • money matters and financial capability.

Partners who have signed up to the covenant are working together to ascertain that services available in East Riding are adequate for those in the Armed Forces Community and that there is equal access to them.

Please note: the covenant is designed to promote equal access. It does not mean that veterans will be given priority over non-veterans.

I am a member of the armed forces community and I have health problems. Who can I contact?

To find  out more about registering with a GP please visit:

NHS general practitioners (GPs) services (external website)

Please tell them that you are a member of the Armed Forces Community. 

For physical health worries, please dial 111. Alternatively, you can visit:

NHS Choices (external website)

For further information on NHS and the armed forces community, you can visit:

NHS Choices - Armed Forces Personnel (external website) 

For mental health worries please, you can visit: 

NHS Humber (external website)

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For more information please visit: 

Combat Stress (external website)

The East Riding Partnership offers support with alcohol and drug issues.  For more information please visit:

East Riding Partnership (external website)

Bereaved and full of grief? Call CRUSE Bereavement Care on 0844 4779400.

Information regarding Domestic Violence is also available.

Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service. For more information please visit:

Big White Wall (external website)

Where can I seek help for employment, adult education and training?

For employment and benefits advice please contact your local Jobcentre Plus and tell them that you are a member of the Armed Forces Community. 

For more information please visit:

GOV.UK (external website)

The Career Transition Partnership is the official provider regarding Armed Forces Resettlement. 

For more information please visit:

CTP (external website)

Civvy Street provides information and resources to find a job, change career or set up new businesses.  

For further information please visit: 

CIVVYSTREET (external website) 

There are also a range of employment education and skills courses offered locally.

Who do I contact for housing advice?

Advice and information for renting a home, or if you are homeless are all available. Tell the person you contact that you are a member of the Armed Forces Community.

Who do I contact for financial advice?

To find out whether you may be entitled to financial support (including the widow, widowers and dependents of those have served), please visit:

GOV.UK (external website)

Visit our Money advice service and remember to tell them that you are a member of the Armed Forces community.

The Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice provides free, impartial and confidential advice to people living in the East Riding.

Moneyforce is a free self-help tool for service personnel and their families.  

For more information, please visit:

Moneyforce (external website)

Who do I contact for other advice and support?

For general enquiries please contact us:

Email: community.covenant@eastriding.gov.uk

If you would like further support or advice then there are many service organisations that can help you. It is worth checking services are registered with the Confederation of Service Charities. 

For more information please visit:

COBSEO (external website)

What is the Defence Discount Service?

The Defence Discount Service is the official Ministry of Defence discount service for the Armed Forces, Veterans and Armed Forces Community. It provides discounts online and on the high street.

For more information please visit:

Defence Discount Service (external website)

Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2018