Leading organisations pledge support to the Armed Forces community

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Representatives from Rotherham Together Partnership organisations including Rotherham Council, South Yorkshire Police and the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce with the RTP Collective Armed Forces Covenant.

Leading organisations in Rotherham came together to pledge their support to the Armed Forces community at an event last week.

At the twice-yearly event of the Rotherham Together Partnership (RTP) held at Grimm & Co’s new venue, the Emporium of Stories, leaders of key organisations signed a pledge to support the Armed Forces community.

At this event, partners pledged their support to the Armed Forces community, recognising the contribution that service personnel, both regular and reservist, veterans and military families make to our borough.

A number of organisations signed the RTP Collective Armed Forces Covenant, including the Council, South Yorkshire Police and the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

A number of pledges are set out in the Covenant. Organisations have made a commitment to:

  • Advocate for and promote the Armed Forces community with our communities, staff, customers, and suppliers, and encourage other local organisations to sign up to the Covenant
  • Work together across the partnership and with Rotherham’s Armed Forces Community Covenant Group to help veterans and make them aware of available support
  • Recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces community by supporting and promoting events, such as Armed Forces Day/Week, Reserves Day, the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day
  • Support the employment of veterans

Further information on Armed Forces support can be found on the Rotherham Council website

The RTP was first set up in 2017 bringing together local organisations, including the Council, NHS, Rotherham College, South Yorkshire Police, alongside representatives of the private and voluntary sectors.

The aim of the RTP is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Rotherham by working together to deliver innovative projects.

Partners are driving action across a number of key themes set out in the Rotherham Plan 2025 to create safe, healthy and vibrant communities, underpinned by good quality housing, jobs and local infrastructure.

In addition to the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant, the event showcased partnership work that is taking place.

Regeneration activity is being delivered at pace, including the Towns and Villages Fund alongside the Forge Island development in the heart of the town centre.

Exciting events were previewed as part of the Children’s Capital of Culture programme, alongside activities at Wentworth Woodhouse, Gulliver’s and Grimm & Co.

Support for children and families was highlighted, with Baby Packs to be provided for all new parents in Rotherham. Updates were provided on a new medical centre that is coming to Waverley, alongside the state of the art extension at Broom Lane Medical Centre.

Rotherham Council Leader and chair of the RTP, Councillor Chris Read, said: “At this event we recognised the commitment of those who have undertaken military duties. Members of the Armed Forces community and their families should face no disadvantage. We have pledged to treat our Armed Forces community fairly and we will not forget the sacrifices that they have made.”

Rotherham Together Partnership - update video March 2024

A video has been created showcasing some of the work that partners are doing to improve the quality of life for everyone in Rotherham. From restoration works at Wentworth Woodhouse, Forge Island, new homes being built and flood recovery activity to events that have taken place, the RTP is working hard to make Rotherham a place that everyone can be proud of.

You can view the video on the Rotherham Council YouTube channel

Published: 11th March 2024