Armed Forces Covenant in Action

Armed Forces Covenant in Action

Army Reserve Recruitment event: Wednesday 17th April
As part of the Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, WCC is hosting an Army Reserve recruitment event on Wednesday 17th April.  This will take place in Shire Hall, Warwick between 11.30-2.30pm with
presentations in Committee Room 1 at 1pm. 

There are 4 Reserve Units attending:
243 Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps, Coventry (with opportunities to be
Drivers, Chefs and Supply Specialists)
37 Signal Regiment, Redditch (with opportunities to be Communications Specialists/Engineers)
D Company, 4 Parachute Regiment, Rugby (with opportunities to be a
parachute trained soldier)
126 Recovery Platoon, 103 Battalion REME, Coventry (with opportunities
to be a vehicle/recovery mechanic, armourer, combat medic)

As a Reservist an individual will get paid for the time spent training, and a bonus payment for completing a certain amount of training days each year (usually 27 comprising of evenings, weekends and an annual camp). The pay scale will be based on what a Regular soldier with the same job and rank would get. For further information please contact Phil Deakin, Armed Forces Covenant Worker on or 01926-476862.

Meet Up, Eat Up and Put Your Feet Up

Veterans at lunch
An opportunity to meet other veterans. Meet Up,Eat Up and Put Your Feet Up is a new lunch opportunity in Polesworth, Mancetter and Coleshill.  This is being organised by the Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Network in collaboration with the Veterans Contact Point (VCP).   The lunches are open to all and cost £4 for a home made 2 course meal.  Every month they will be held in:
Polesworth Memorial Hall (first Monday)
Mancetter Memorial Hall (first Tuesday and the 3rd Sunday)
Coleshill Town Hall (the last Friday)

Nick Caswell, Veterans Outreach Worker from the VCP will be there to support any veterans who attend.

For more information please call 02476-322048. 

Leamington FC signs the Covenant

Leamington FC sign the Covenant

‘Leamington FC Chairman Jim Scott recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant for the club, pledging to uphold the key principles of the Covenant and support serving personnel and veterans. The Covenant was signed jointly by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Walkley, Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, in a ceremony held at the Club’s Phillips 66 Community Stadium in front of local dignitaries, both serving and former military personnel and invited guests.  The Club are supporting the employment of veterans, offering flexibility to Reservist employees and families of serving personnel and taking part in the Tickets for Troops Initiative.

AFC goodies

Kineton Health Fayre: Raising awareness of Covenant Support 

Kineton Station held its annual ‘Health Fayre’ on Monday 25 March.  The stall on the Armed Forces Covenant was very popular and gave Phil Deakin, AFC Worker for Warwickshire County Council, the opportunity of promoting the benefits of the Covenant to both serving personnel and their spouses.  Now, was it Phil’s winning personality or the goodies that were on offer that attracted people to the stall?! If you’ve missed it, serving personnel can still learn about the Covenant here and spouses here.

Love Solihull Poppy Garden winner

A pupil from Smith’s Wood Academy is set to see her design in flowers
after winning the annual Love Solihull flowerbed design competition.
The competition is in partnership with the Royal British Legion and their ‘Thank You’ campaign, which last year marked 100 years since the end of World War One.
The competition received more than 300 entries from 12 local schools but it was Tamzin Clarke, age 12, who drew the winning entry. Her design will be used to transform a flowerbed at Malvern Park and showcases the importance of the Poppy as a symbol of hope and remembrance.
The Love Solihull ‘Thank You’ display is at Touchwood until the end of
April and can be seen by the exit next to Zara.

Other Information:

  • Veterans Cafe at St. John’s Museum; first Tuesday of every month, 1030-12.30pm
  • Veterans’ Hub Drop In, Unit 7, The Arcade, Atherstone, first Thursday of every month, 1030-12.30pm
  • Royal British Legion drop in at Galanos House, Southam, every first Tuesday 10-2pm
  • Royal British Legion drop in at Riverside House (Warwick DC), every 4th Monday, 1-3pm

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