Armed Forces Community Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant

As a council we recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the armed forces community, and the unique skills and attributes they bring to our workplace. We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This short film here provides an overview of the Covenant and its importance.

In 2017 Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Gosport and Southampton councils came together to adopt a partnership approach to delivering the covenant within the Solent region of the wider County of Hampshire. Entitled Strengthening Local Covenant delivery, the aim of this partnership is to:
• Raise awareness among serving personnel, reservists and veterans of the support they can expect from local authorities;
• Provide a broader understanding of the needs of the local veteran population as well as serving personnel during transition to civilian life;
• Evaluate the impact of these initiatives.
The Isle of Wight Civil Military Partnership Boards and Solent Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board representing Portsmouth, Southampton and Gosport, refreshed in 2017, provides strategic governance for local delivery of the covenant.

Help and support

The covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
This support is provided in a number of areas including:
• education and family well-being
• having a home
• starting a new career
• access to healthcare
We are currently working with our partners and members of the Armed Forces Community to develop a local Covenant offer which compliments and builds upon the National Covenant Pledges. If you want to find out more about this work, or have a question about local delivery of the Covenant please use the contact tab.

Show your support

Over 2000 businesses nationally have pledged their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a business or organisation you can find out more and sign up to the covenant here

Covenant funding

The Covenant fund gives grants to community projects that are mutually beneficial to the Armed Forces community and the civilian community. Projects range from building new nurseries in civilian areas which also have a high density of Armed Forces families, to funding military-themed community activities that increase understanding between the two communities.

You can find out more about covenant funding here

If you are thinking of applying for covenant funding and want to discuss your idea further please use the contact tab.

Armed Forces Community Discount Scheme

The national and local Community Covenant is aimed at addressing disadvantages experienced by the wider armed forces community, including those who currently serve, their families and veterans. It is not intended to create advantages not shared with other citizens. However, the Ministry of Defence has officially authorised a national Defence Discount Service, which is intended to provide the armed forces community with access to a wide range of goods and services. You can investigate the benefits of this service at

Contact and Advice

 For further information about the Covenant and the Isle of Wight Civil Military Partnership, please click here to email the Isle of Wight Council's lead officer for the local Community Covenant.