A community covenant is a statement of mutual support between civilians and their local armed forces community. It exists alongside the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines a moral agreement between the nation, government and the armed forces.
The covenant encourages local government and the armed forces community to work together to:
Enfield signed the Community Covenant on 26 June 2013 to renew its commitment to servicemen and women. We have supported the armed forces through the Armed Forces Day Parade, Remembrance Day events, and working with local Royal British Legions and other charities.
View the Community Covenant (PDF).
We set up an Enfield Armed Forces Covenant Forum in April 2017. This brings together relevant partners and stakeholders who meet bi-annually to improve our understanding of the issues facing the armed forces community and their families. We want Enfield to be better placed to deliver fair access to joined up services.
Our main point of contact for the armed forces is Ilhan Basharan and our Cabinet Armed Forces Champion is Councillor Nneka Keazor, who also chairs our Armed Forces Covenant Forum.
If you need help from Enfield Council, you should be asked if you or a close member of your family have ever been in the armed forces. This is to help us deliver a better service to our veterans.
If this statement relates to you but you have not been asked this question, or if you have any problems, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans' Gateway can help you find one-to-one support, whether you're based in the UK or abroad.
The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Veterans UK helpline can help with many issues including benefits, housing and welfare.
You can call them on freephone 0808 1914 218 (UK only) or +44 1253 866 043 (overseas), or email email@example.com.
As part of the MOD’s move to a new IT network, the email addresses of several Defence Business Services' (DBS) Enquiry Centres have changed, but their IT network security remains the same. If you need to send sensitive information to the DBS, make sure you know of your own or your organisation’s IT security procedures.
The Veterans Welfare Service, part of Veterans UK, provides one-to-one support to veterans via a network of welfare managers across the UK and Ireland.
You can call them on 02392 702232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans UK also works in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS, Royal British Legion, Combat Stress, and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) to provide support for veterans. Some of their helplines are open when the Veterans UK helpline is closed.
Veterans can get medical assistance by calling the NHS 111 service. If it’s an emergency, call 999.
The Royal British Legion helps members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, and veterans and their families. Support starts after seven days of service and continues through life.
To find your local branch, visit the Royal British Legion or call 0808 802 8080. Phone lines are open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday.
Big White Wall offers mental wellbeing support to any serving or ex-serving personnel and their families. where you can share your concerns with others who feel like you. It’s safe and anonymous and has counsellors available 24/7. This service is free to veterans.
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, offering free treatment and support to ex-servicemen and women of the UK armed forces. The 24-hour free and confidential helpline is available for veterans, serving military personnel, and their families.
You can call them on 0800 138 1619, text 07537 404 719 (standard charges may apply, so check with your provider) or email email@example.com.
SSAFA provides lifelong support to veterans and serving military personnel in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and their families. They offer practical, emotional and financial support to meet individual needs through their network of trained volunteers and staff.
You can call them on 0800 731 4880 (free of charge on landlines and most mobiles). Opening hours are 9am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.
You can contact RAFA on freephone 0800 018 2361 or 0116 266 5224.
For Armed Forces Compensation Scheme advice, call 01392 464445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service personnel can also contact their Hive or speak to the community support team on their station.
Members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families can get help and advice on life in Enfield via services and information on our website. Further information is also available at: