Derby County Community Trust are delighted to announce that we have received Silver Recognition Status from the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant for our commitment to providing opportunities for serving personnel and veterans.

After signing the Covenant pledge in 2017, we have strengthened the support we provide in the local area for veterans by developing specific strands of our Forever Active programme through partnership work with the Royal British Legion, and more recently have began working with more current service men and women, and younger veterans.

Every year we celebrate our partnership at the annual Derby County Remembrance fixture, where local cadets, serving personnel and veterans comes together to honour those who have lost their lives serving in the forces.

This year we extended our event outreach to include the inaugural Valiant Games in partnership with Help for Heroes, where members of the military and their families could take part in a wide range of sports suitable for all.

We are also opening a new Team Talk hub based in the Derby’s Royal British Legion centre, working with Combat Stress to ensure support is provided for the mental health of those who have served too.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community, said, “Derby County Community Trust are thrilled to be recognised for the Silver Award, as we strengthen our offer for serving and ex-military personnel through forging new partnerships across Derby and Derbyshire.

“We have taken on new ventures this year to extend our support, including the Valiant Games which we hope to become an annual sporting fixture for veterans and serving military personnel to attend, with the long term aim of ensuring sustainable opportunities for all.”

For any more information on our offer for those who are serving or have served in the armed forces, please contact [email protected].

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