Pledge to support armed forces in Suffolk on First World War centenary


The Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant goes from strength to strength through the launch of a new website.

The launch which ties into the commemoration of the World War One Centenary aims to reflect the partnership activity that’s taken place since the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed in October 2012.

The website highlights projects that have been delivered and the key issues where the partnership looks to influence action. These projects include looking at and improving veterans’ support needs, supporting armed forces’ families by linking them into community service provision or with new partners, and improving information services so soldiers and their families can better enjoy what Suffolk has to offer.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Olney, Commanding Officer of 6 Army Air Corps in Bury St Edmunds, said: “We believe this is the second dedicated community covenant website in the country and is a very effective method of communicating the work and ambitions of the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant partnership.”

Colonel (Retd) Rae Leighton, Suffolk Armed Forces Commissioner,added: “The public’s support for its Armed Forces is very much in evidence and real affection is shown, such as when we see troops marching through our towns.

“There is no doubt that the community covenant partnership is proving effective with some very tangible outcomes and whilst there is much to do, we are certainly heading in the right direction.”

The covenant is a voluntary pledge of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. This agreement includes all of Suffolk’s local authorities, voluntary and community sector organisations and armed forces units stationed in or linked to the county

The World War One section of the website includes a downloadable list of local projects in development and profiles of First World War Victoria Cross winners that had a local connection to Suffolk.

For more information of the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenantvisit