Armed Forces and Veterans

Community Covenant

Veterans' Gateway

The Veterans’ Gateway provides a single point of contact for Veterans seeking advice and support  about a range of issues including Housing, Finances, Employment, Mental Wellbeing, Physical Health, Living Independently, Family and Community. Please visit the website at:

Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant (EAFCC) looks to bring together the range of excellent work being done across the county to support the armed forces community and to build stronger relations with the civilian population. This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel their families and widow(er)s in the Harlow District.

The EAFCC was formally signed in November 2012, including Cllr Jean Clark of Harlow Council. It is one of the largest-ever Armed Forces covenant pledges made by the public, private and voluntary sectors including the leaders of Essex County Council, Essex's city, borough and district councils, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, Essex Police, Essex Fire Service, the NHS, the business community and Armed Forces charities.

What is the Armed Forces Community Covenant?

Community covenants complement, at a local level, the armed forces covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces. The aim of the community covenant is to encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community and veterans.

Purpose of the Community Covenant

The overarching aims of the Covenant are:

  • Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces communities in their areas
  • Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of the issues affecting the Armed Forces Community
  • Recognise and honour the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community
  • Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life
  • Encourage the Armed Forces Community to help and support the wider community.

Beyond Youth CIC

Delivering therapeutic intervention to all those in need - Beyond Youth CIC provide a free short eight session course for veterans looking for an effective mix of emotional and life skills/employment support. The course combines therapeutic and practical support that helps the reintegration on an emotional and practical level so you can lead a positive and fulfilling life. To find out more, please contact 

Beyond Youth CIC welcome referrals from individuals and other agencies.