Our Committment to the Armed Forces

Erewash Borough Council has, with other councils in Derbyshire again signed the Armed Forces Covenant and Councillor John Sewell is our Armed Forces Covenant 'Champion', making sure we achieve our commitment 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 closed at the end of November 2016 and their historic standard and other artefacts were donated to the Erewash Museum as part of their War Room exhibition.

The council has accepted an invitation for the borough to be affiliated with 814 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) as part of its continued commitment to support the armed forces community.  Based at the Royal Navy Air Station at Culrose in Cornwall, 814 NAS is a front-line anti-submarine squadron operating Merlin Mk2 helicopters from frigates, destroyers and from the new aircraft carriers.

The squadron – known as the ‘Flying Tigers’ – primarily protects the naval fleet from surface and underwater threats but also supports maritime security operations and helps in search-and-rescue missions. In keeping with the squadron’s nickname, all its aircraft have the distinctive winged tiger’s head painted on the nose and some have tiger stripes.

Help and Support

Veterans UK is working hard to protect both their staff and veterans during the Covid 19 pandemic but are still very much open for business. Staff are having to work from home and there are some changes to their services. Their current priorities are:

  • Veterans UK is ensuring all of its half a million monthly pension and compensation scheme payments continue as expected into people's accounts.
  • Whilst their helpline can't currently take calls, an email enquiry service is being provided via remote working, answering veteran's questions on a daily basis and providing call-backs when needed. Callers can now listen to recorded service information on their helpline number 0808 1914 218.
  • All requests for welfare support are currently being met, the same day where at all possible.
  • All planned Veterans Welfare Service and Defence Transition Services contact with clients is being maintained (using alternatives to face to face visits).

Some casework, including requests for new claims, reviews, reassessments and appeals have been paused during the current situation due to staff being unable to attend the office in person. However, staff are working hard to ensure no-one's payments stop and those who need welfare and other support during this time continue to receive it.

For more information please visit the Veterans UK page of the UK Government website.

NHS England now offers a mental health service which has been specially tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge.

Big White Wall - A safe on-line community, free to members of the armed forces, veterans and families. 

Lifting the Lid on Transition

A Tri-service research project has produced a report on the issues for service families transitioning from military to civilian life.

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.

Service Pupil Premium

If you have a child in a state school, the school can claim £300 Service Pupil Premium, to support your child.  To claim the school must have details that the child meets the qualifying criteria at the point the school completes their 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.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

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.

Veterans' Gateway - just one point of contact could get you all the help you need from a group of armed forces organisations.

The Royal British Legion

The legion has branches in Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

Poppy Calls Maintenance Services

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.  Get 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 of Erewash Borough Council 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.

Other useful links: Help for Heroes

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 call 0115 9648334.

Own your Home - For information about owning your own home and the schemes that exisit to help you buy a home.

The Council can give you advise about housing and help prevent you from becoming homeless. If you need to talk to someone at the council about being homeless, contact us as soon as you can 0115 9072244 or email enquiries@erewash.gov.uk

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.

Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club, the second Sunday of each month at the Twitchel Inn, Long Eaton.

Derby University offers courses for those due to leave the armed forces.

Please contact equalities@erewash.gov.uk if there is any additional information that we can add to this page, that will be of use to members of the armed forces community, whether serving, a reservist, formerly serving member or a member of an armed service family.