Armed Forces Community Covenant
Dartford Borough Council is committed to giving fair support to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families and has signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. Its purpose is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Dartford and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes in-service and ex-service personnel, their families and widow(ers) in Dartford.
In recognition of the role and contribution the Armed Forces Community makes, the Council is committed to commemorative events such as Remembrance Sunday, Armed Forces Day and Battle of Britain Day. For more information on upcoming events visit the Events pages.
Support services for the Armed Forces Community
If you or a family member has previously served in the Armed Forces or are currently serving, there is help and support available from many organisations on a range of topics.
Other useful links
GOV.UK lists a number of organisations that offer advice and support or practical help to serving personnel.
Veterans Gateway is a network of organisations that put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the advice and support they need.
Royal British Legion has an online knowledge base where you can search and browse features to find the help and information you need on a wide range of issues. They also provide help with care and independent living, physical and mental wellbeing, financial and employment support, and local community connections - 0808 802 8080.
SSAFA provide help on a wide range of areas for serving and former members of the Armed Forces including mental wellbeing, welfare services and benefits, advice and housing, disability support, support to older veterans, and Civvy Street which supports during the transition to life as a civilian - 0800 731 4880.
RBLI supports Armed Forces, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed through employment support and housing and care - 01622 795900.
Veterans UK provide free support for veterans and their families, including a helpline, veterans welfare service, and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments - 0808 1914 2 18.
Veterans Aid helps veterans who are in crisis with accommodation, addictions, mental health problems, access to training and education, and Foreign and Commonwealth issues - 0800 012 68 67.
Blind Veterans UK helps blind and vision impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans to relearn vital life skills and provides them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes. They offer new learning, training and recreation opportunities, and provide long-term nursing, residential and respite care - 0800 389 7979.
Officers' Association provide advice and financial help to relieve distress and hardship amongst those who have held a Commission in the Armed Forces, their families and dependents. They also support officers in their transition into civilian employment - 0203 761 6343.