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Armed Forces Covenant

Supporting armed forces personnel and veterans

We are committed to supporting armed forces personnel and veterans as part of the Armed Forces Covenant.

This scheme promotes understanding and raises awareness of the issues affecting Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families, within our local community. 

We want to help members of our community settle into the area quickly and with minimal upheaval. We also want to offer advice and support for armed forces personnel, veterans and their families already in the community. 

The operational site for the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre relocated to Stanford Hall in 2018 from Headley Court.

Our Armed Forces Member Support

Councillor Alan Pearson's role is to ensure that commitment to the Covenant is embedded at the highest levels within the council.  He is happy to offer advice, support or signpost to those in or out of the forces.

Who to Contact

Victoria Coomber is the Armed Forces Covenant Development Officer for Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils.

For more information on what’s available to Armed Forces personnel within Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe you can contact her at

Help and Support 

Government support for veterans

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected.

Please see the Support for Veterans page on the Government website for more information.

Combat Stress

You can:

  • call the free, confidential 24 hour Helpline on 0800 138 1619.
  • text 07537 173683 (standard charges may apply for texts)
  • email


If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact Samaritans.

Phone: 116 123 


Veterans’ Gateway

Veterans’ Gateway offer advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved. This service is available to those in the UK and overseas.

Phone: 0808 802 1212

Op Courage

Op Courage is the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, which includes urgent care and support service for The Midlands.

Phone: 0300 323 0137


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Last updated 6 September 2021
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