Armed Forces Covenant
Stroud District Council work to support members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.
This page provides information about the Armed Forces covenant in Stroud district and links to help and support for members of the Armed Forces and their families.
The Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a nationwide agreement between the armed forces community, the nation and the government. It recognises "the value serving personnel, both regular and reservist, veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country."
The key principles of the covenant are that:
- no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage when accessing local services; and
- in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured and bereaved.
Stroud District Council has signed and is wholly committed to the Armed Forces Covenant.
Local veterans’ groups
There are a number of independent veteran support groups in the Stroud district where veterans can meet face-to-face in a relaxed, safe, social environment to enjoy banter, combat loneliness and enjoy the company of people with shared experiences (often with breakfast).
- Stroud & The Five Valleys Combined Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meets on the first Friday of the month from 9.30am at the Old Nelson in Stroud and on the third Friday of the month from 10am at the Whitminster Inn, Whitminster.
- Stroud & District Veterans Breakfast Club meeting details meets on the first Saturday of the month from 9.00am at the Old Nelson in Stroud. Facebook page.
- Berkeley Vale Combined Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9.30am at the Black Shed, Slimbridge.
- Aden Veterans' Association, Gloucestershire branch
- Royal British Legion, Stonehouse Branch
- Cam & Dursley Vale Armed Forces Community holds various events including `Breakfast Banter' at the Railway Inn, Cam and `Cuppa & Cake' sessions. Please check the website for more details.
- SSSAFA (the Armed Forces Charity) Gloucestershire branch
- Stroud LRV Veterans (Last Rendez Vous)
- Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs (national website with local links)
We do our best to ensure the details here are up to date, but if they aren’t, or you would like your group added, please contact us. Email: email@example.com
What we do
We provide advice and support for our statutory services such as housing, welfare and financial support and healthy living.
Our Housing Advice service and Housing Service (for council tenants) guarantee a face to face interview for veterans.
Other services such as education and social services are the responsibility of Gloucestershire County Council
Stroud District Council has an Armed Forces Champion Group
Stroud District Council has an Armed Forces Champion Group which is led by our two Armed Forces Councillor Champions, Cllr Doina Cornell and Cllr Loraine Patrick and includes council officers with useful skills, knowledge and experience. Two members of the group are veterans, and one is a serving reservist. It meets regularly to make sure the aims of the covenant are being followed.
Funding and grants
- The Royal British Legion provides grants to help with urgent assistance to get through a temporary crisis or if you need help at home
- The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust delivers funding programmes worth £10m a year
Links to further information and support
- Joining Forces Gloucestershire Older Veterans' Information Guide - a guide to support available by Age UK Gloucestershire and SSAFA Gloucestershire.
- The Veterans Charity provides support to veterans who find themselves battling hardship and the distress it causes.
- Veterans UK: support for veterans and their families, including a helpline, Veterans Welfare Service, Defence Transition Services and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments. Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence
- NHS: How the NHS can help if you're in the British armed forces or are a veteran, a reservist or a family member of someone who is serving or who has served. It is important that you tell your GP surgery that you're a veteran as you may be eligible for specialist support.
- Veteran Friendly GP practices Search an interactive map of local doctors surgeries that are part of The Veteran Friendly Accreditation scheme
- Gloucestershire County Council: Education, employment, social support and other useful links
Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is a chance for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.
Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.
Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces, and are encouraged to wear their uniform on the day.
In 2023, Reserves Day is being celebrated on Wednesday 21 June.