Our Committment to the Armed Forces
Erewash Borough Council has signed up to the community covenant and Councillor John Sewell is our Armed Forces Covenant 'Champion', making sure we achieve our committment to serving personnel, veterans and their families.
The links between the Sherwood Foresters, now part of the Mercian Regiment were celebrated by giving the regiment the Freedom of the Borough in 2008. The Ilkeston branch of the Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Association closes at the end of November 2016 and their historic standard and other historic records are to be donated to the Erewash Museum as part of their War Room exhibition.
NHS support for veterans and service personnel approaching discharge.
NHS England has launched a brand new mental health service which has been specially tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge.
The newly commissioned service, known officially as the NHS transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) veterans’ mental health service, will act as a front door to a range of mental health services across the health and care system for 17,500 people over the next three years.
Different levels of specialist treatment, support and healthcare experts will be available and on hand – ensuring those who proudly serve and put their lives on the line for their country, get the care they deserve, as quickly as possible – all of the time.
Available across England, service personnel approaching discharge and veterans will be able to either self-refer or request referral via their GP or mental health provider or through a military charity like Combat Stress, the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and SSAFA. An initial face to face assessment will be offered within a fortnight and where appropriate, a clinical appointment two weeks later.
The Forces Help to Buy Scheme
Service personnel can get help with buying a home. The Forces Help to Buy scheme has been extended to 2018.
HM Forces Railcard - Find out if you are eligible .
Erewash Borough Council Leisure discount
Active Service members are eligible for a discount card that typically halves the cost of using Leisure facilities.
Service Pupil Premium
If you have a child in a state school, the school can claim £300 Service Pupil Premium, to support your child. This premium is for children of currently serving service personnel, for those who have had a service parent who has died in service and also those who have left including through injury for up to a maximum of six years. To claim the school must have details that the child meets the qualifying criteria at the point the school completes the school census in January.
Job Centre Plus - Armed Forces Champion
The Department for Work & Pension has an armed forces champion in every Jobcentre Plus district who ensures that they provide support that meets the needs of the armed forces community. Ask the member of staff who you are dealing with to speak to the Armed Forces Champion.
For information about the grants scheme linked to the Armed Forces Covenant click here. This £10million per year programme helps fund projects that support members of our armed forces community, whether serving personnel, reservists, verterans, family members or the bereaved.
Poppy Calls Maintenance Services
The Royal British Legion helps people of all ages and backgrounds. To be eligible for help, you must have served in the forces for at least 7 days, or be the dependant of someone who has served.
The Poppy Calls service aims to help give veterans and members of the ex-service community the freedom to stay independent in their own homes. Poppy Calls offers help with those awkward jobs around the house, such as minor repairs, or fitting of essential devices such as smoke detectors and community care alarms. A legion ‘handyman’ or ‘fitter’ is on call in several areas across the county to provide necessary assistance and practical advice. For more information about the service call 0800 032 0306.
Members have voted to support the Royal British Legion's "Count them in" campaign. This campaign seeks to add questions to the 2021 Census to improve our knowledge of our armed forces community.
SSAFA - have a branch in Derbyshire , call 01773 828 116 or call the Helpline on 0800 731 4880.
Help for Heroes - http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Looking for somewhere to live? Please note that the council no longer owns any homes that you can rent.
EMH Homes - provider of houses for rent and shared ownership in the East Midlands, including over 5,000 homes in the borough.
Home Options - information about homes for rent from councils and housing associations in Derbyshire. Erewash Borough Council is part of the Derbyshire Home-options Partnership. The shared allocation policy can be seen here. Go to page 31 of the policy to see what additional preferences are available to groups who have an armed forces connection, where they have an urgent housing need. The policy also explains what is meant by "Local Connection", which is often one of the criteria applied to an application for housing in a district.
Red Rose Housing - a Nottingham based charity. If you have served in the UK Armed Forces and are homeless, or you fear you could become homeless in the near future, and you are in need of support follow the link or call them on 0115 9648334.
Own your Home - For information about owning your own home and the schemes that exisit to help you buy a home.
Forces in the Community - A Beeston based charity, with a drop in centre. They state that they are "committed to supporting ex-service personnel and their families to reach their full potential. The charity delivers tailored employment guidance, housing advice, mental health support and provides a supportive environment in which to develop."
Combat Stress - The Veterans' Mental Health Charity.
Direct Help & Advice - An organisation that provides specialist housing and debt advice and have offices in Ilkeston.