Armed Forces Community Covenant
Mayor of Ards and North Down signs the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Alan Graham, paid tribute to the contribution of the armed forces as he signed, on behalf of the borough, the Armed Forces Community Covenant on Friday 18 September.
The Mayor said:
“Ards and North Down Borough Council is proud to support this initiative, which is part of the Armed Forces Covenant introduced in 2011. The borough has a long history of supporting our armed forces. In recent years, we have hosted the Northern Ireland Armed Forces Day parade in both Donaghadee and Newtownards. In signing up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant, we want to promote a greater understanding of the issues affecting service personnel and their families.”
The Community Covenant encourages support for the armed forces community living and working in Ards and North Down and recognises and remembers 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 and their families.
For the armed forces community, the Community Covenant encourages the integration of service life into civilian life and encourages members of the armed forces community to help their local community.
The Ministry of Defence launched the Armed Forces Covenant Fund in August 2015, with up to £10 million available annually to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects with specific priorities.
The fund opens to grant applications on 12 November 2015. Read information and guidance about the Ministry of Defence's Covenant Fund.