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Armed Forces Covenant

The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant (SAFC) brings together charities, local authorities, other public sector organisations, businesses, communities, individuals and the military in a pledge of support between local residents and the armed forces community in Somerset. The pledge was signed on 20 February 2012.


  • encourages local communities to support their local armed forces community and vice versa
  • promotes public understanding and awareness of issues that affect the armed forces community
  • recognises and remembers the sacrifices made by the armed forces community
  • encourages activities that help to integrate the armed forces community into local life

The Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve. It says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. This includes offering injured servicemen and women and bereaved families extra support where appropriate.

For more information about the national covenant, visit their website.

Somerset has a long history of Armed Forces being based within our county such as RNAS Yeovilton and Norton Manor Camp. Local organisations, including councils, already have good relationships with these bases and the charities that support in-service and ex-service personnel and their families.

The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant seeks to build on these relationships and local support, and provide a more consistent and complete approach. We work with the Armed Forces community on a range of priority areas within Somerset including:

  • Building communities
  • Education, skills and employment
  • Housing, benefits, health and welfare.

The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant is co-ordinated by Somerset County Council. More details and all the related documents can be found on their webpage

You are part of the armed forces community if you are serving, or have served, in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force. The armed forces community also includes families and dependents, reservists, and veterans - this is anyone who has served in the armed forces.

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