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.

  • The short film 60 second Covenant 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 contact us online by using the send a message to service form, alternatively please use the details found in the contact tab above.

New Veterans drop in service on Isle of Wight

The Solent Armed Forces Covenant Partnership has recently opened a veterans drop in service on the Isle of Wight open to former members of the British Armed Forces and Reserves and their immediate family members. The service is open on the third Wednesday of every month, from 12 midday to 4pm at the Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport, PO30 2QR. Contact: 023 9273 1767

View a leaflet detailing drop in centres opening times (PDF, 1 page, 30kb) 

Veterans Hearing Support

Veterans Hearing Support assists ex-service men and women who have hearing loss or associated difficulties such as tinnitus to access the Royal British Legions Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF).

The application process is free and is not means tested so therefore its simple; if a veteran has a hearing loss, they may be eligible to access the fund. The service to the veterans is free of charge and has access to a network of highly trained audiologists right across the UK who will complete a full hearing assessment on eligible veterans to make sure they receive the correct hearing technology and assistive listening devices, or therapies required.

For more information please see the Veterans Hearing Support Leaflet  (PDF, 2 pages, 2MB) or visit their website at Veterans Hearing Support

Accessing NHS Healthcare

The NHS provide specialist healthcare services if you're military service personnel or you are a veteran, to learn more about these service please visit  NHS Armed Forces Health Care website

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. 

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 

If you are thinking of applying for covenant funding and want to discuss your idea further please use the contact us online by using the send a message to service form, alternatively please use the details found in the contact tab above.

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, contact the Isle of Wight Council's lead officer for the local Community Covenant by using the online send a message to service form.