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New appointment to deliver the Pledge

Published on Wednesday, 27th September 2017

NBBC has appointed a Development Officer as part of its pledge to the national Armed Forces Covenant. The post is shared with North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Faheem Sheikh has now taken up his post and is working with colleagues across both councils to ensure that military families get full access to local services. He’s also working with a range of agencies that support the Armed Forces Covenant for the area.

The post was created following a successful bid to the Ministry of Defence Covenant Fund, made earlier this year by the two Borough Councils. The appointment of a dedicated individual to take forward work on the Covenant will provide a stronger focus for the pledges the Councils have made.

This is one of the first posts of this kind in the country, which demonstrates the commitment of the Councils in this area. NBBC has already been awarded a bronze award for the work done so far and the new post will provide the opportunity to take the good work to the next level.

Around 11% of the population of Northern Warwickshire are members of the armed forces community, with there being more than 550 soldiers and families at Gamecock (Bramcote) Barracks and in excess of 20,000 veterans within the area, more than 13,500 of whom reside within the Nuneaton and Bedworth borough and around 7,000 within the North Warwickshire Borough.

Faheem Sheikh commented:

“The Covenant actively promotes the moral obligation of organisations to current and former members of the armed forces and their families.

”Over the coming months I’ll be working closely with members of the armed forces community to find out how we can best help them to access council services. We need to ‘Ask the Question’ about military service, to find out where needs exist and do our best to meet those needs. For this reason when military personnel, veterans and their families get in touch with their local council for any reason, I’d encourage them to mention their service, no matter how short. It will allow the council to consider the best way to help and  support them.

“I’d also like to draw attention to a new national website which supports veterans www.veteransgateway.org.uk.”