Digital platforms boost support for Armed Forces in the south west

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A new website and film designed to provide support to the Army and training for those working with service personnel in communities, has been launched.

This year, as part of the South West Armed Forces Covenant Project, a website and film are being launched to raise awareness of the challenges facing service personnel and support those working with service personnel in communities.

Both the website and film have been produced by a regional partnership of local authorities including South Somerset, known as Forces Connect South West, which won £190,000 Government funding in 2016 and an extra £150,000 early in 2018 to fund initiatives.

The film, called Change Step, and website raise awareness of the covenant and provide information on services available.

The film illustrates some of the challenges faced by service personnel and their families during and after transition, and can be used as a training resource to help raise awareness in organisations or at an individual level.

The website provides regional information for the whole military community in the south west including accessing help through the Veterans and Families Service Directory.

In addition to access to the directory, the partnership will also be able to routinely update it with local organisations and agencies that support the military community.

Councillor Val Keitch, Leader of South Somerset District Council, said: “South Somerset benefits from its strong military presence with the likes of Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in the district which is home to many Armed Forces personnel and we want to give something back to recognise they are an important part of our community. These are excellent initiatives which will help ensure people have access to the support they need across the region.”

The Armed Forces Flag will be flying at Brympton Way in Yeovil from Monday 24 June in the run-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 29 June – a day for people to show their appreciation for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community.

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