Supporting the Armed Forces

The county council is proud to support members of the Armed Forces and their families in Leicestershire.

Armed Forces Day commemoration group

As a council, we want to enable our local Armed Forces community and help those returning to or new to Leicestershire, to settle in the quickest time and with the minimal upheaval.

We have a long-standing and pro-active relationship with local regular and reserve units, as well as veterans, cadets and other forces organisations and charities.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are committed to the pledge we made when we signed the Armed Forces Covenant.  A promise to support Armed Forces families to not face disadvantage in accessing public services due to their military service and we are proud to be a forces friendly employer.

Armed Forces Covenant provides more information.

Armed Forces Champion for Leicestershire County Council

The county council has an Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Pam Posnett (  It is Cllr Pam Posnett’s role to ensure that commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant is embedded at the highest levels within the council and that Armed Forces Family residents have a point of contact.

Armed Forces Champions across Leicestershire

See who is an Armed Forces Champion in your area.

Blaby District Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Mark Jackson

Supporting Officer
Tracy Gaskin (Community Development Officer)

Charnwood Borough Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Hilary Fryer

Supporting Officer
Victoria Coomber (Community Covenant Development Officer)

Harborough District Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Rani Mahal

Supporting Officer
Michelle Woolman-Lane

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Armed Forces Champion
Cllr Russ Roberts (Political)

Cllr Danny Findlay (Political)

Supporting Officer
Simon Jones

Leicester City Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Vi Dempster 

Supporting Officers
Miranda Cannon and Matthew Reeves

Leicestershire County Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Pam Posnett

Supporting Officers
Lauren Bond (Civic Affairs Team)

Sarah Carter (Communities Team)

Melton Borough Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Simon Lumley

Supporting Officer
Victoria Coomber (Community Covenant Development Officer)

North West Leicestershire District Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Tony Gillard 

Supporting Officer
Wendy May (Cultural Services Team Manager)

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Armed Forces Champion (Political)
Cllr Rob Eaton 

Supporting Officer
Mark Hall (Chief Executive)

Rutland County Council

Find out who the Armed Forces Champions in Rutland are and what work they do for the Armed Forces community.

Employer Recognition Scheme

We are proud and pleased that we are Gold Award holders of the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. You can find out more about what this means and how your organisation could also sign up to this scheme on Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Armed Forces Act

The Armed Forces Act 2021 came into force in November 2022. The Act reinforces the Armed Forces Covenant and builds on the Armed Forces Act 2006. It is a legal obligation on certain public bodies to pay due regard to the Covenant principles when exercising certain functions – Armed Forces Covenant Duty.

Our support for Armed Forces

Further support


This function is dealt with by the seven District/Borough Councils within Leicestershire, to get in touch with your district or borough council.

School places

If you have recently moved into Leicestershire and are having issues getting your children into an appropriate school, please contact the Admissions team on 0116 305 6684 or

Support can also be accessed from Children’s Services to mitigate issues experienced as a result of moving in and out of the area due to postings, please use the contact details above if you require such support.

Social care

If you have been injured during service, advice for you and your carers can be obtained within our Adult Social Care Department on 0116 305 0004.

We will work with GPs and dentists to ensure patient registrations are straightforward.

If you have suffered with mental health issues and are worried about getting back into the community, we can offer support and you can also see Military and armed forces.

Assistance can also be found within the NHS

Crisis support

If your family is in crisis and you require emergency food, fuel and furniture, access our Signposting and Community Support Service by contacting Charity Link on 0116 222 2200.

First Contact Plus act as the first point of contact on a wide range of issues and can you refer on to the most appropriate support organisation, contact them via 0116 305 4286 or visit their website for more information.

Employment and skills

Our Adult Learning Service can also provide support and advice to review skills and qualifications.

Through the Work and Skills Forum, we can signpost to relevant colleges that run apprenticeships and relevant employability courses.

Jobcentre Plus and the Royal British Legion can also assist to help service leavers to find work. More resources can be found on the government's website

A number of our district and borough councils host Job Fairs where a number of vacancies across a wide variety of companies and job opportunities are advertised. Get in touch with your district or borough council.

Social events

If you wish to contact other people who have left the Armed Forces, you may want to attend a Breakfast Club – there are currently 8 across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Use the ‘Find a Club’ function on their website to find the club closest to you.

For further information and advice for veterans and their families, please visit the Veterans' Gateway website, or their social media channels Veterans' Gateway Facebook or Veterans' Gateway Twitter.

Armed Forces related projects

Links to veterans’ associations and benevolent organisations
Association websiteSocial media
Army Benevolent Fund (The Soldiers' Charity)

ABF on Twitter
ABF on Facebook
ABF on Instagram
ABF on YouTube

Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast ClubsAVFBC on Twitter
AVFBC on Facebook
British Korean Veterans Association 
Coldstream GuardsColdstream Guards - Twitter
Coldstream Guards - Facebook
Coldstream Guards - Instagram
Coldstream Guards - YouTube
Combat Stress

Combat Stress - Twitter
Combat Stress - Facebook
Combat Stress - Instagram
Combat Stress - YouTube
Combat Stress - LinkedIn

Help for HeroesHelp for Heroes - Twitter
Help for Heroes - Facebook
Help for Heroes - Instagram
Help for Heroes - YouTube
Italy Star Association 
Leicestershire & Derbyshire Royal Yeomanry Old ComradesRoyal Yeomanry - Twitter
Royal Yeomanry - Facebook
Leicestershire & Rutland WFA 
Loughborough Roll of Honour 
National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association 
Parachute Regimental AssociationParachute Regiment - Twitter
Parachute Regiment - Facebook
Parachute Regiment - Instagram
RAF Widows' AssociationRAFBF on Twitter
RAFBF on Facebook
RAFBF on Instagram
RAFBF on YouTube
RAFBF on LinkedIn
Royal Air Forces AssociationRAFA on Twitter
RAFA on Facebook
RAFA on YouTube
RAFA on Google+
RAF Association LeicesterRAFA Leicester- Twitter
RAFA Leicester - Facebook
Royal Army Medical Corps AssociationRAMC on Facebook
Royal Artillery AssociationRA Association - Twitter
RA Association - Facebook
RA Association - Google+
Royal British LegionRBL on Twitter
RBL on Facebook
RBL on Instagram
RBL on YouTube
RBLI LifeworksLifeWorks - Twitter
LifeWorks - Facebook
Royal Engineers AssociationREA - Twitter
REA - Facebook
Royal Lancers Regimental AssociationRoyal Lancers - Twitter
Royal Lancers - Facebook
Royal Marines AssociationRMA on Twitter
RMA on Facebook
RMA on Instagram
RMA on YouTube
RMA on LinkedIn
Royal Military Police Association 
Royal Naval AssociationRNA on Twitter
RNA on Facebook
RNA on LinkedIn
RN Type 42 Destroyer Association 
Royal Tigers Association 
Seaforth Highlanders Pipes & Drums 
SSAFA The Armed Forces CharitySSAFA on Twitter
SSAFA on Facebook
SSAFA on Instagram
SSAFA on YouTube
SSAFA on LinkedIn
Submariners AssociationSubmariners Association - Twitter
Submariners Association - Facebook
Submariners Association - YouTube
Submariners Association - Flickr
Suez Veterans Association 
Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee 
War Widows of Great BritainWar Widows' Association - Twitter
War Widows' Association - Facebook
War Widows' Association - Instagram
Women’s Royal Army Corps AssociationWRAC Association - Twitter
WRAC Association - Facebook

Veterans describe experiences in Korea

Leicestershire veterans of “the forgotten war” talk candidly about their experiences in Korea, in a film produced by the county council.

Memories of the Korean War - a film produced by the county council

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