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Armed Forces Covenant

Working together to support the armed forces community.

The aim of the covenant is to encourage charities, local authorities, businesses, communities and individuals to work together with the military to offer support to service personnel and their families as well as reservists and veterans.

Oxfordshire County Council was the first local authority to pledge support and we remain strongly committed to supporting the armed forces community in Oxfordshire.

The Community Covenant was originally signed in 2011. In 2014 a Corporate Covenant was signed, encouraging Oxfordshire businesses to also sign up. In 2018 Oxfordshire public bodies and businesses were invited to either sign up or refresh their pledges, alongside representatives of Oxfordshire’s armed forces community, under the renewed Oxfordshire Armed Forces Covenant.

The government has published a tri-service Armed Forces Covenant which sets the tone for government policy aimed at improving the support available for the armed forces community. Visit the Ministry of Defence website or the Armed Forces Covenant website for more information.

Who can take part?

  • local authorities
  • health service providers
  • town and parish council
  • businesses such as shops and restaurants
  • charities and community groups
  • individual members of the public

Pledge your support now

If you would like to pledge your support to the Oxfordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant then please let us know.

Send us your name, address, organisation and what you are going to do in support of this. Your pledge will be added to our records of Covenant  support.

Civilian Military Partnership

The Civilian-Military Partnership is made up of representatives of the armed forces, members of the County Council Leadership Team and representatives of other key Oxfordshire bodies..

The Oxfordshire Civilian Military Partnership (CMP) has always been a helpful means of sharing information between the military stations in Oxfordshire, service charities and Oxfordshire County Council.

We are currently working to ensure the Partnership is more inclusive and active in prioritising issues and coordinating activity for the future. 

The Forces In Mind Trust's report "Our Community - Our Covenant" provides an insight into how Covenants are being embedded in local government working.