Sep 19 2013

Harrow signs Community Covenant to support our Armed Forces

harrow_council_logo2Stronger links between Harrow’s military, community and council were reaffirmed today through the signing of an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The covenant will help to increase awareness of the issues facing members of the armed forces in Harrow and help provide better support for members of the military, their families and veterans in the borough.

Organisations including Harrow Council will also be able to bid for Ministry of Defence grants of up to £250,000 to help strengthen ties between the Armed Forces and the wider community. They will build on the current council initiatives for the Armed Forces community, such as greater access to housing, transport, health and childcare.

The covenant was signed on Tuesday in a special ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour where, in a historical show of solidarity, members of the armed forces joined The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nana Asante; Leader of the Council, Councillor Susan Hall and many other regional representatives from charities, housing, and the emergency services.

The Leader of Harrow Council, Councillor Susan Hall, said:

“The covenant was signed today on behalf of everyone in Harrow, and represents our respect and recognition to the brave men and women in our Armed Forces. It also demonstrates our commitment to continuing our collaboration and looking at how we can work more closely with our Armed Forces in the future.

“For the council and partner organisations, the Community Covenant presents an opportunity to work together and provide help and advice to the members passed and present members of the Armed Forces.”

The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nana Asante, said:

“It is important that this symbolic partnership signing does not become another piece of paper but that we hold each other accountable and give our Armed Forces the support they deserve.”

Col. R H Bodington, LVO, MBE, said:

“The purpose is to establish a lasting bond between Harrow and those serving and passed members of the Armed Forces, and future members. Today was a lovely welcome and it was excellent having support from veterans, cadets and councillors under the collective leadership of the Mayor of Harrow and the Leader of the council and chief executive. It was also special to talk to a veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic who was here in support.”

Deputy Lieutenant John Purnell, GM QPM, said:

“It is absolutely wonderful that Harrow is signing the covenant. Over the years, the council have supported the military locally, and this is nothing more than a formal arrangement to recognise the strong links between the borough and the Armed Forces.”

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