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Armed Forces and veterans

The Armed Forces Covenant

The The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant

In 2012, Essex made its own pledge to support the armed forces - one of the largest ever made by public, private and voluntary sectors.  The aims of the covenant include:

  • raising public awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • reducing any disadvantages suffered by armed forces personnel as a result of their service
  • recognising sacrifices made by the armed forces
  • encouraging activities which help to integrate the armed forces community with the wider community

Read The Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant (PDF, 263KB)

The Essex Civilian Military Partnership Board

The Essex Civilian Military Partnership Board offers strategic direction to local responses to the county's shared community covenant commitments.

The Board is made up of representatives from the armed forces, veterans' charities, Essex councils, and a range of public sector bodies.

Read the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: Armed Forces Chapter.

Support for armed forces and veterans

Veterans Gateway

The Veterans Gateway provides a single point of contact for veterans seeking advice and support on a wide range of matters, from healthcare and housing - to employment, finances, personal relationships and more.

It is made up of a consortium of organisations and armed forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.  It is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant.

To find information, advice and support, use their self help section.

Alternatively you can contact them by phone, text, email or live chat.

You can also find support nearest you on their interactive map.

Healthcare support

Government support

Schools information


We appreciate that Armed Forces families may need to change schools at short notice, so we provide help with this.

In the Colchester area (adjacent to the Garrison), there is a shared common catchment area for the most local schools. This means that Armed Forces families living nearby and applying for a place at any of those schools have priority for admission under the catchment area criterion. Where families are not yet resident in the area, but are able to evidence proof of posting, they will be treated as living within catchment for the schools. 

In Wimbish, near the Carver Barracks area (in addition to the Barracks area being within the catchment for the main local primary school), a level of priority is also given within the oversubscription criteria for the other local schools. This allows parents to access all the local schools and promotes parental preference for children from military families in the area.

For more information, visit the school admissions page. 


For information on school transport, please visit the school transport page

To find out your child's nearest school for transport purposes, email mentioning the child's name and address. 

Service Pupil Premiums

The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

Schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.

Go to GOV.UK to find out more about the Service Pupil Premium, eligibility, how to apply and what the money can be spent on.

Other useful links:

The Royal British Legion

SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity


Combat Stress

Help for Heroes

ABF The Soldiers' Charity - East Anglia

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