About the community covenant

Armed forces covenant logo

Sandwell Council is working with the armed forces to help and support current and former service personnel and their families in the local area.

We are also encouraging Sandwell businesses, community groups and individuals to work with us to pledge their support to armed forces personnel and their families as well as reservists and veterans.

Our Armed Forces Covenant 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.
Armed Forces Covenant signing 2016

The Mayor of Sandwell chairs a partnership board which meets every three months to make sure the aims of the covenant are being followed.

We provide a range of advice and support on things such as housing, leisure discounts, schools and learning, jobs, training and volunteering, welfare and financial support and healthy living.

Covenant Fund

A national Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support armed forces covenants across the country by funding projects which meet specific priorities. Applications are now open.

Count Them In campaign

Sandwell Council is supporting the Royal British Legion's Count Them In campaign.

The campaign calls for extra questions to be added into the 2021 census to improve understanding about the Armed Forces community and help ensure politicians, charities and service providers fully meet the needs of our serving personnel, veterans and their families.

You can pledge your support to Count Them In.