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Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Community Covenant

The Community Covenant commits local civilian and military communities to working together more closely to support current and former armed forces personnel and their families. Our Armed Forces Champion is Councillor Stephen Hives and our Deputy Forces Champion is Councillor Sallie Barker.

The Armed Forces Network has drawn up a list of telephone services and helplines (PDF) [796KB] to support the armed forces community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The covenant recognises the challenges that armed forces personnel may face in identifying and accessing public services and aims to make sure that all parties will be better placed to understand and meet those challenges. This is important when servicemen and women are making the move from military to civilian life.

Guildford proudly signed its Armed Forces Community Covenant in April 2013.

Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award

The aims of the covenant are to:

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their area
  • nurture understanding and awareness, among the public, of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces community
  • encourage activities that help to integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects or other forms of engagement

View the Guildford Armed Forces Community Covenant. (PDF) [1MB]

For more information, visit the national website for Armed Forces Covenant. (opens new window)

Ministry of Defence Silver Employers Recognition Scheme 

We are proud to be a Ministry of Defence Silver Employers Recognition Scheme Award holder for 2021 onwards for our commitment and support to the Armed Forces Community.

This award recognises that we, as an employer, provide exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going beyond the covenant pledge. We are able to demonstrate the positive measures and policies that we have in place to support veterans, reservists, Cadet Force adult volunteers and their families.

Forces Families Jobs training and employment help

Forces Families Jobs (opens new window) is a website giving information on employment and training opportunities for spouses, partners and family members of serving and reserve UK military personnel.   

If you are an employer, this site gives you the chance to promote your organisation and showcase your commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. You can advertise your jobs free of charge and access a large, highly-skilled candidate database of Armed Forces family members looking for work or training.

For more information, visit Forces Families Jobs website.

Forces Families Jobs involves a three way partnership of the Naval Families Federation (NFF), Army Families Federation (AFF) and Royal Air Force Families Federation (RAF-FF)

Improving access to housing 

The National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) has developed a guide for advisors who are helping ex-Service personnel find housing.

Visit the NHAS website (opens new window) to download a copy of A Guide to Housing Options in England for ex-Service Personnel. 

Grant funding

For information about deadlines, and to read the guidance and criteria on the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, visit Applying to the Covenant Fund. (opens new window)

For preliminary advice, contact

Applications can only be submitted online via Gov.UK's How to apply for a Covenant Fund Grant. (opens new window) 


For upcoming military events in Guildford, please see the Guildford Borough Council   

Military events in Surrey can be found on the Surrey County Council Armed Forces Events Calendar (opens new window)

War Memorials

To find War Memorials in Guildford please search the UK War Memorials Register. (opens new window)

Useful links

British Legion Community Covenant Best Practice Guide (opens new window)

Supporting Britain's Reservists and their Employers (SaBRE) (opens new window)

Armed Forces Covenant and grant funding (opens new window)