Plymouth Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Plymouth Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed at the Armed Forces Day National Event on Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 30 June 2012. It is a formal commitment to mutual support between the city’s civilian and armed forces communities, with a special focus on service children.

The Community Covenant lists seven main priorities for all covenant partners, and this forms the basis of the action plan, but at the heart of the covenant is a shared understanding that service families receive all the support available to them from the public and voluntary sectors in Plymouth.

Access to housing, healthcare and employment are just some of the issues which affect the armed forces community, and the Community Covenant aims to raise the awareness of such issues so that the city’s service families and veterans are not disadvantaged in any way.

The Plymouth Armed Forces Community Covenant lists seven main priorities for the city that form the basis of our work. These are:

Children, young people and their families

Improving outcomes for the children of service families and tackling child poverty issues linked to this group.

Health and wellbeing

Developing services focused on the health and wellbeing of Service personnel, Veterans and their families, including mental health support.


Ensuring there is clear guidance from the Council and the Armed Forces on what housing services and provision are available to service community.

Working in partnership

Creating opportunities for the Armed Forces to work closely with the Council and other Community Covenant partners.

Support for veterans and their families

Considering and supporting the needs of Service personnel during and after their transition to becoming  Veterans.

Employability and education

Helping Ex-Service personnel and their families to identify education opportunities and maximise their employability.


Evaluating the impact and reach of the Community Covenant, through regular meetings and reviews.

Signing the Covenant also provides Plymouth with the opportunity to bid for UK-wide funding.

Meetings and reviews

The Action Plan Steering Group meets every two months, and notes from these meetings as well as any reviews which have been carried out, will be published on this page.

Download Meeting minutes 9 September 2016 [177KB]

Download Meeting minutes 27 May 2016 [151KB]


  • Cllr Glenn Jordan– Chair and Armed Forces Champion
  • Capt David Tall RN Ret. – Sports Clubs Plymouth
  • Wendy Smith – Babcock and Business representative
  • Commander Charles Crichton RN Ret. – Federation of Ex-Service Men and Women and Veterans networking including Alabare
  • Basil Dowling Waite - Federation of Ex Service Men and Women
  • Carole Arnold -Royal British Legion, Devon, fundraising
  • Carol Rashleigh – Community and Social Action Plymouth and Sea Cadets
  • Kathy Howard – SSAFA
  • WC Owen Crossby -  RAF
  • Capt O’Sullivan or representative – RM
  • Lt Cdr Christopher Clarke representing Commodore Shipperley – RN
  • Lt Col Dornan or Captain Terry Harvey – 29 Commando Royal Artillery
  • WO Shaun Gribble – 29 Commando Royal Artillery
  • Sarah Lees – Public Health
  • Rev. Chris Clewer – Council of Faiths
  • Brigadier Simon Young CBE – Devon Rifles
  • Kevin Bunt –Help for Heroes
  • Brigadier (Retired) Christopher Lunn – ABF The Soldiers Charity
  • Francis Reis – Air Training Corp
  • Colin Charters – Army Cadet Force
  • Richard Yarwood – Plymouth University
  • Rebecca Hocking– MKC Heroes
  • Rebekah Deakin – MKC Heroes
  • Oliver Colvile - Member of Parliament
  • Gary Streeter - Member of Parliament
  • Johnny Mercer- Member of Parliament
  • Judith Harwood – Assistant Director PCC
  • Rev Karl Freeman – Reserves rep (rector Emmanual Church & padre to 29 CDO, Royal Citadel and HMS Heroes Chaplain)
  • Debs Dyer – NHS
  • Commander Steve Henaghen – Regional Covenat
  • Suzanne Archard – Royal British Legion
  • Ch Insp Catherine Farrin – Devon & Cornwall Police
  • Emily Harding – Defence Medical Group
  • Simon Fleet – Defence Medical Group
  • Matt Garrett – Housing, PCC
  • Ian Sherriff – Plymouth Dementia Friendly
  • Naval Federation Families – Pete Hawley
  • John Porter – Army Reserves 165 Port and Maritime
  • Irene Wills - War Widows Association
  • Heather Ogburn -- People Directorate Officer (Facilitator)