Venue: Army Reserve Centre, Guildford Road, Farnham, GU9 9QB
Contact: Sarah Goodman
Welcome and Apologies
Peter Martin welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted the apologies as set out above. Col Patrick Crowley welcomed the Board to the Farnham Reserve Centre.
a) ATC (Pirbright) Pass Out Parade dates (attached)
b) Task Force Commander Toolkit
c) Veterans’ Mental Health and STP commissioning intentions (attached)
ATC – Pass Out Parade dates.
Dates were circulated and Board members invited. Peter Martin will attend and will circulate this date to the Board to see if others would like to join him. Action James Painter/ Sarah Goodman. The invitation could be extended to key businesses– Patrick Crowley could advise if required.
Task Force Commander Tool Kit
Peter Bruinvels promoted the work Surrey is doing at the national Armed Forces conference and has been asked by the MoD to draw up a template which could be rolled out nationally to develop a more consistent approach.
Peter Bruinvels has been appointed by Forces Connect South East to undertake elected councillor Armed Forces Champions training in Surrey, Kent. Hampshire and East and West Sussex.
Veterans Mental Health
Karen Simmonds updated the group regarding the new contract with TILS (Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service). They had been hard to contact and concerns had been raised about the size of the area covered. A key issue is finding out about and accessing the service, however, once in the system the support received by veterans has been good.
Locally, they have held sessions in some GP surgeries and also attended the SCMPB conference on 1 February 2018. Officers will meet with Dr Sue Ferrier from TILS to establish pathways and local hubs. Action Karen Simmonds / Amanda Barnes
Any challenges will be taken to next Health and Wellbeing Board. Peter Martin will add his support if required.
Sustainability Transformation Plan – Commissioning Intentions
The Board welcomed Surrey Heartlands including the Armed Forces community within their commissioning intentions. The Chairman asked for similar commissioning intentions within the other two STP areas that cover Surrey. Action: Karen Simmonds
Outcomes for Service Children in Surrey
Susie Campbell from the Vulnerable Learners Team at Surrey County Council updated the Board on outcomes at KS2 and KS4 for service children in Surrey.
Current figures show the children from armed forces families were below both the Surrey and national average at KS2, but at KS4 they seemed to be doing well. It was noted that one year’s data can only raise questions, especially as the two groups are different cohorts, but it does indicate a problem that needs to be looked into.
What is Surrey proposing?
Action – Susie Campbell to pull together a one page document of what Surrey is currently doing as well as carrying out a further analysis of data.
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11 Brigade Update
Apologies had been received from Col Simon Browne – the update was given on his behalf by Peter Bruinvels.
Col Browne has now been in post for 6 months. He commends the work on the Covenant in Surrey as some of the best nationally and believes the county is now outperforming the Army and it is his intention to redress the balance. Key areas of work for the Brigade include:
· 11 Brigade are currently on standby for UK operations and have personnel overseas in Jamaica, Oman, Uganda and Somalia.
· From the spring, Soldiers will be on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan as well as taking lead for Defence Engagement in East and South Africa.
· The Brigade will be supporting the Royal wedding in May.
· Significant Reservist presence in Surrey will be maintained and expanded further with 4PWRR.
· The Brigade are strongly supporting cadets.
· 11 Brigade will hold an engagement day in due course for all Task Force Commanders from across 11 Brigade region.
Steve Owen Hughes updated the Board on Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) newly developed links with Lt-Col Ben Baker from 4PWRR who is setting up in Redhill. They have been sharing resources and will also share some training as military and SFRS have complementary strengths. Both SFRS and 4PWRR are recruiting so they may combine forces here aswell.
Under the Local Resilience Forum, the JRLO (Joint Regional Liaison Officer) from the Army met with the Environment Agency and the Emergency Management Team to plan a joint exercise in October about flooding of the lower Thames.
The Lord-Lieutenant had recently presented the Elizabeth Cross to the grandson of a soldier shot in Cyprus. It was a very special day and the Army looked after the family extremely well. There will be another presented in Haslemere soon.
The Chairman asked for the Board’s best wishes to be given to those being deployed.
Surrey has had excellent success with bids to the Covenant Fund and has now received over £1,000,000 from the MoD since 2012. Recent successes include a south east regional bid for supporting veteran hubs totalling £147,000 and an outdoor play area for Peter Pan Pre School in Pirbright.
The way the Covenant Fund is administered is in the process of changing. From 1 April 2018 the fund will be administered by a Charitable Trust rather than the MoD.
It was noted that local CCFs could get funding from SERFCA and should be put in contact with Jenni Muddiman via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
Amanda Barnes provided an update on the work of Forces Connect South East. Action – circulate slides and training flyer to the Board (attached).
Training is now underway with the elearning module launched in Surrey and service champions courses scheduled throughout 2018. Peter Bruinvels will deliver the Armed Forces Champion training as well as providing a power point and script for service champions to help pass the message onto their front line colleagues.
There is a lot of interest from other areas about the work Surrey and FCSE are doing and as part of the bid, Surrey was given an additional £40,000 from the MoD to roll the approach out nationally.
Action: All - Please could board members help promote the e-learning (via Surrey Skills Academy). The aim is to have over 1000 people complete the course across the region by June 2019.
a) SCMPB Successes and Surrey Covenant Audit (attached)
b) Recognise and Remember
i. Fire Service Memorial
ii. WW1 100 Commemorations
iii. RAF 100
c) Community Integration
d) Task Force Commanders and Armed Forces Champions Event
SCMPB – Successes 2017/18
Board members were asked to send comments/addition on the successes document to email@example.com by early April, after which it would be sent to the design team and put on the website. Action: Sarah Goodman
Audit of Surrey County Council:
The Chairman thanked Paul Evans very much for his time and effort in producing an excellent and comprehensive audit looking at how Surrey County Council has implemented the aims of the Covenant since 2012. The recommendations contained within the document will be translated into an action plan. This audit support Surrey’s reaccreditation for Gold Employer Recognition status, which will now be reviewed by the MoD after 5 years (2021). The document will be added to the website. Action: Sarah Goodman
Recognise and Remember Task Group
Paul Evans reported on the successful meeting held on 9 March at Woking Borough Council, where the group said a sad goodbye to Barrie Higham from Surrey History Centre.
Surrey in the Great War and the War Memorial indexing project are both going well and will be completed by the end of the year. Action: Sarah to invite Surrey in the Great War to present at the next Board.
A key role for the group is compiling a calendar of events commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1. These are being posted on the Armed Forces Calendar (https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/advice-guidance-and-support/armed-forces/armed-forces-events) and are shared with the Lieutenancy. Action: All – to send known dates and events to firstname.lastname@example.org
It was reported that the RBL have stopped the Silent Soldier campaign, and in June they will launch a new ‘Thank you’ campaign which will feature a number of different silhouettes. Existing orders for Silent Soldiers will be honoured, but no new orders will be taken. The Board expressed their sadness about the end of the campaign and raised concern about how much has been committed by Surrey to this campaign already. Action: Paul Evans to feedback the Boards views to the RBL at meeting on 4 April. If it is not resolved the Lord-Lieutenant is happy to get involved.
A national RAF 100 Commemoration book is being produced and will include a two page article on Surrey. It is also anticipated that the commemoration event will help inspire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in young people. The SERFCA Armed Forces Briefing on 5 June will have theme of RAF 100.
Community Integration Task Group
Peter Bruinvels gave the update on behalf of Michael Cannon.
Michael Cannon will be attending the next Health and Wellbeing Board presenting an item about the health of the military – Debbie Hustings and Karen Simmonds will be linked in. On 19 April the Armed Forces Health Group, made up primarily of the Surrey CCGs will meet ... view the full minutes text for item 7.
The conference on 1 February 2018 was very well received and the paper was noted. The coverage of those attending from across Surrey was impressive as was the range of presentations. The next conference is likely to take place early 2019, possibly at Sandhurst. The date will be circulated to Board members when set. Action: Sarah Goodman/Peter Bruinvels
a) National Covenant Conference – 22 February 2018
b) SERFCA – Ash Manor School CCF (attached)
c) RLC and DMRC Headley Court relocation
d) Duke of Cornwall Awards
· SERFCA – Armed Forces briefing will be held on 5 June evening at Sandhurst at which Peter Martin will present. Board members will be invited.
· On Armed Forces Day in June there will be a freedom parade by 2PWRR in Guildford and an event on 10 November planned at G Live.
· Local authorities were not invited to the DRM conference – Patrick Crowley will take this back.
· The closure of Deepcut has been delayed for a year to 2019/20.
· Duke of Cornwall Awards - The Army Cadets have 25 young people going through the award scheme in Reigate, which teaches young people about community resilience.
Date of next meeting
10am on Thursday 11 October – venue TBC
10:00am – 12:00pm on Thursday 11 October 2018 - venue TBC