Tameside Armed Services Community
Ashton under Lyne
Providing support and help to the Armed Forces Community in Tameside by relieving poverty, isolation and providing a focal point for communication to take place within Tameside Armed Services Community.
The objects of the Tameside Armed Services Community are to support members of the Armed Forces Family in Tameside under the guidance of the Armed Forces Covenant. “The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly”. We will seek to do this through: A real and virtual forum via meetings, social gatherings and community based activities, email and website (and other media as appropriate) where serving and ex services men and women and their wider families can communicate and contribute. By actively encouraging the participation of serving and former servicemen and women and Reservists in shaping the forum and covenant activities. To encourage the participants to create and deliver projects of their own within the community and in support of the covenant aims. The group is run by volunteers and a co-ordinator.
Specifically through the following aims and purposes:
• encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
• recognise and remember 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, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.
Many of our ex-service personnel and their families need a wide variety of support during the transition from military to civilian lives and our organisation seeks to provide that link and a support network to enable those families to integrate back into their communities, through initiatives such as the Breakfast Club, taking part in School activities, Community Projects and awareness raising of some of the challenges faced.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The main issues at present is identifying veterans as they are an unique community as they are not easily identified. By producing outreach material for initial documents to attract veterans in need of assistance; this has a two fold affect. It will identify the veterans in the area and help them integrate into their communities through volunteering and engagement. With the project running visits, free courses and community activities, especially with young people, these will help support the veteran by involving them in the communities they live in and develop a better understanding by young people of the ex-services community. The joint activities carried out so far have been very successful and is starting to build a legacy as embodied in the Armed Forces Covenant. There is an estimated 4,000 veterans living in the Tameside Area, currently we know of only 240, so far the work has not even touched the tip of the iceberg. Our target is to engage 500 in the next year with a corresponding interaction with the community at large, especially young people.
"A veteran served our country so we might live the life we do.
David Brown - TASC Coordinator"