In honour of our military roots, we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledge, in support of the Armed Forces Community.
This announcement reflects our commitment to being an Armed Forces-friendly organisation by upholding the key principles of the Covenant.
The Covenant recognises the value serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to businesses and country by ensuring no member of the of the Armed Forces community faces any disadvantage in public or commercial services.
Bruce Moore, Chief Executive of Housing 21, said: “Housing 21’s origins lie within the Royal British Legion. Housing 21 was formed in 1964 to house older and disabled ex-serviceman and widows. Signing the Covenant is a great opportunity to demonstrate our pledge as an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, both for those looking to live in our properties or work with us.
“We are committed to providing housing for older people of modest means, and this includes supporting older veterans, as well as their partners.”
As an organisation, we have made a commitment to the pledge by upholding the five key commitments relating to:
- promoting that it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation to residents, employees and stakeholder
- supporting the provision of housing for older veterans
- employing veterans and their families
- supporting employees who are members of the reserves by granting additional leave
- supporting national events including Armed Forces Day, the Poppy Appeal Day and Remembrance activities
This also makes us eligible for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme’s Bronze award which encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.
The scheme includes bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant pledge, visit the website: Armed Forces Covenant Duty Statutory Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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