Council to receive silver armed forces award

Published: Thursday, 2nd August 2018

The Royal Borough has been recognised once again for its support of the armed forces, by receiving a silver award as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

A ceremony will take place to present the award on Wednesday 5 September in Portsmouth at the Historic Dock Yard. 

Back in October 2017 the council was awarded the bronze award and this silver accolade builds on that work, showing how we have strengthened our relationship even further with local armed forces. 

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “We are extremely proud of our armed forces and in the last few years have demonstrated this through many joint projects and community events.

“Our bronze award was a big achievement and to get the silver one now cements the progress we have made and shows how our journey is continuing to strengthen our working relationship with the military and service families.”

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council will also collect the award on behalf of the council in September along with Cllr Rayner, added: “As an employer the council recognises the valuable contribution that reservists make to the UK Armed Forces, their communities and the civilian workplace.

“We are so lucky to have our local military families and they are such an important part of the community. We will continue to support them during and after their service.”    

Events demonstrating the council’s commitment to defence include, the opening of Victoria Park in Dedworth, where the council created a new park on the Broom Farm estate for service families, the council’s involvement in local remembrance and Battle of Britain services, and the One Borough Group 

The One Borough Group is the council’s community engagement forum to address community issues and encourage better understanding of and partnership working between voluntary, community groups, housing association, and statutory partners e.g. fire police, and public health. 

The council’s Reserve Forces Policy grants: 

• Additional paid leave of two weeks per year for reservists, specifically to enable them to attend their annual camp.

• Additional unpaid leave granted for short periods of training provided adequate notice is given. 

• Line managers will facilitate work rosters to allow attendance at annual camp and other training commitments. 

• All staff are entitled to one days paid leave to undertake volunteering such as Cadet Forces adult volunteers. 

The council is working with 71 RLC Squadron, Army Reserve Unit to promote reservist opportunities both within the council and externally. 

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