Wiltshire has joined an app that is used to connect members of the Armed Forces community to provide support and advice in their area.
The Forces Connect app is designed to link users in four easy clicks to organisations offering help, support and services across a wide range of needs.
The app is free and aimed at all of the Armed Forces community – serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families – as well as a useful resource for frontline public services staff.
Initially commissioned by Forces Connect South East, an alliance of public services, the app has been made available to other local authorities that have received Ministry of Defence Covenant grant funding; and Wiltshire is the first of the south west’s partners to join. The remainder of the partners; Bristol City, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset will be joining over the coming months, allowing easier access to local support.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Military Civilian Integration, said: “The app contains a wealth of useful up-to-date information for the Armed Forces community and it should prove to be a valuable resource.
“We are regularly looking at new ways to ensure the Armed Forces are as integrated as possible in our county and have everything they need – and this app is another positive step.”
Cllr Chris Williams, Armed Forces Champion for Wiltshire Council, said: “This is another resource that through the sharing of ideas across these covenant funded projects, we are able to make this available to our military community in Wiltshire, and I know that our partners in the south west are working towards joining the app.
“Our Armed Forces community is an important part of our region where they make a significant and valuable contribution. Most live, work and thrive without need of extra assistance, however where they do need additional support, this mobile app will help them access organisations that can provide the help and advice they need in a quick and simple way.”