Armed Forces Champion
Councillor Terry Rogers is Armed Forces Champion for Wyre. He is spearheading a group of volunteer local veterans tasked with improving access to services and support for serving and ex-service men and women.
The group has produced an Armed Forces Community Covenant for Wyre, a voluntary pledge of mutual support between the borough's civilian and armed forces communities, that has been agreed by representatives from Wyre Council, the Royal British Legion, Wyre's armed forces communities, and the private and voluntary sectors.
It complements the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces to ensure the armed forces community faces no disadvantage compared to other citizens and consideration is given to special treatment for the injured and bereaved, as proper return for their sacrifice.
The aims of Community Covenants are to:
- encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas
- nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public 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
The focus of the covenant is on improving access to health and housing provision by making sure organisations and authorities are aware of the covenant. This incorporates mental health support through GPs to make sure people receive the treatment they need. The group is also establishing discount schemes with local businesses such as shops and restaurants, and cheaper access to leisure facilities.
Wyre is working closely with district and county counterparts plus representatives from the charitable and voluntary sectors including the Royal British Legion and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help.
Councillor Rogers is a former soldier who served with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He has since worked for the Ministry of Defence, volunteered on the Royal British Legion County Welfare Team and is a Help for Heroes local volunteer.
He can be contacted as follows:
- Mob 07896 273376
- Email email@example.com
Support groups and agencies that you may be interested in contacting are:
- The Royal British Legion
- The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
- Forces Discount Scheme
- Combat Stress
- Live at Ease
- Lancashire County Council Armed Forces Network
- Wyre Council Armed Forces Community Covenant
- NHS Commissioning Armed Forces Covenant
You can also view a copy of the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Wyre.
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