Armed Forces Covenant Community Conference 2022

On May 18th, the Armed Forces Covenant Community Conference 2022 was held in Manchester. Colleagues from Stoll’s veteran housing charity, Beverley Russell, Richard Gammage and Nick Coverdale attended and presented the No Homeless Veterans campaign to organisations gathered from all over the country.

Joint Heads of the Armed Forces Covenant Team at the Ministry of Defence, Jenna Clare and Bryony Hamilton, welcomed hundreds of organisations and discussed the importance of the Covenant, its future, and the vital role that local authorities and other bodies play in delivering the Covenant locally. Many guest-speakers were invited to present including Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Council who discussed the work of Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s promise to those who serve or have served in the armed forces, including their families, are treated fairly. This support spans many areas in one’s life including having a home and financial assistance.

Richard Gammage, Chief Executive at Stoll and himself a veteran commented: ‘Our nation’s veterans are an integral part of our society, and they deserve the utmost recognition, fairness and our respect. The Armed Forces Covenant is key in setting out how they should be treated, and Armed Forces Covenant Community Conference was a great opportunity to meet with other organisations supporting veterans. We welcomed the opportunity to meet face to face with them, to share insights on the needs of our veterans and to encourage further improvements in how we house and help the most vulnerable.’

We look forward to attending the next Armed Forces Covenant Conference and if you wish to support, please get involved in the many ways via their website.