Wandsworth wins Gold for its support for armed forces veterans

Published: 13 November 2018

Wandsworth Council has been recognised for the work it does with the Armed Forces.

The local authority is just one of a handful across the country - and the only London borough - to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

The Ministry of Defence award represents the highest recognition for employer support to the Armed Forces, and last night the council’s Armed Forces champion, former Wandsworth Mayor Leslie McDonnell, collected the award from HRH the Earl of Wessex at a special ceremony at Lancaster House.

In 2012 the council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant and since then has encouraged local support for the armed forces community across the borough of Wandsworth and to increase understanding of that community by the general public.

The covenant encourages people across the borough to offer support to the local armed forces community and to make it easier for Service personnel, families and veterans to access necessary help and advice from across many different sectors.

The covenant has also promoted activity to help integrate the Service community into civilian life.

Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for finance Cllr Guy Senior, who is also responsible for maintaining links with the armed services, said: “Wandsworth Council is extremely proud to have received this award in recognition of our work in this area and our ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces community.

"Since signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant six years ago, we have been on a journey to better support our military community and this gold award follows on from the silver award we received last year which underlines all the work that has been going on to help our veterans and their families.”