Rotherham Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Rotherham Armed Forces Community Covenant is a promise to those who serve, or who have served, and their families which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged by their service in their day-to-day lives.

The Covenant encourages support for the armed forces community living in Rotherham and recognises the sacrifices made by them.

Over 25 signatory organisations (key businesses, charities and organisations) reaffirmed their commitment to the Rotherham Armed Forces Community Covenant in March 2018.

The signed Covenant can be found on display at Rotherham Town Hall and in the Council’s main offices at Riverside House reception.

Rotherham Armed Forces Community Covenant declaration

Rotherham Armed Forces Community Covenant Group

All the signatories to the Covenant form the membership of the Rotherham Armed Forces Community Covenant Group which meets quarterly to identify key issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. They work together to ensure that any failings affecting the armed forces community are challenged and changed. The Group also works together to develop good practice in implementing the Armed Forces Covenant across Rotherham.

The meeting is chaired by the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Ian Jones supported by Lead Officer, Vicky Hartley.

Who are the leads within the Council?

There is an Elected Member Armed Forces Champion who is supported by lead officers.

Cllr Ian Jones, Armed Forces Champion Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01709 516238
Vicky Hartley, Lead Officer for Armed Forces and Executive Office Manager Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01709 255100

Armed Forces Champion

Cllr Ian Jones, Armed Forces Champion, Rotherham MBC

Cllr Ian Jones

At the age of thirteen I joined the Yorkshire Army Cadet Force, five years later I left as the most senior cadet in Yorkshire. I continued my interest in the armed forces by joining B coy 3rd battalion Yorkshire volunteers, after 2 years I was forced to leave after changing employment.

I was asked to re-kindle my interest by becoming the Armed Forces Champion for Rotherham Council, something I am very proud to do. Since then I have overseen the re-signing of the Rotherham Armed Forces Community Covenant, the delivery of two successful Armed Forces Day events, successfully achieved the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award and have been instrumental in moving forward the South Yorkshire Covenants ambition to research and develop our engagement with our ex-forces community.