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Shropshire Covenant launches biggest survey of its kind in the county

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The Shropshire Armed Forces Covenant (AFCC) Partnership have launched the county’s biggest survey of our Armed Forces community.

The aim of the survey is to use the views of those with an Armed Forces connection to create priorities for the AFCC partnership that will inform the 2016-17 strategy.

If you are: A former serving member of HM Armed Forces (as a regular or a reservist), currently serving as a regular reservist, a spouse or dependent of someone in the Armed Forces, then we want to hear from you.

If you are interested and wish to complete the survey, please go to

http://new.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/

The survey will run for seven weeks until Friday 18 December.

Tim Barker, Shropshire Council Cabinet member responsible for the Armed Forces Community Covenant, said:

“There is lack of awareness of the trials that those with an Armed Forces connection go through.

“This survey which is the largest of its kind in the county, will greatly inform our future priorities for the partnership and allow us to better support our Armed Forces Community in Shropshire and ensure they face no disadvantage as a result of their service.

“I’d encourage all with an Armed Forces connection to make your views known to us and complete what is a ground-breaking survey.”

David Fairclough, Armed Forces Community Covenant Co-ordinator for Shropshire Council, said:

This survey is the biggest of its kind that Shropshire has seen. Shropshire Council has already awarded numerous centrally funded grants for AFCC projects and this survey underlines our commitment to providing the support our Armed Forces communities need and deserve.”

The Shropshire Covenant has already allocated thousands of pounds of centrally funded grants to support Shropshire’s Armed Forces community and narrow the divide with civilian communities, such as the MUGA in Tern Hill and supporting the successful Armed Forces Match Days at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

One small way you can support the Armed Forces is through Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November by purchasing a poppy in respect of our current and former Service men and women and voluntary Forces.

Signed in Shropshire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant is committed to

  • Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas, develop public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces community
  • Recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces community
  • Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces community into local life
  • Encourage the Armed Forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.

Further Information

For more information on previous project funded by Shropshire’s AFCC, visit

http://shropshire.gov.uk/armed-forces-community-covenant/shropshire-armed-forces-community-covenant/previous-covenant-fund-projects/

If you are interested in Shropshire’s AFCC, go to

http://shropshire.gov.uk/armed-forces-community-covenant/shropshire-armed-forces-community-covenant/ for more information.