Venue: The Army Reserve Centre, Guildford Road, Farnham GU9 9QB
Contact: Sarah Goodman
Welcome and brief by CO of 4PWRR
Lt Col Steven Garmory welcomed all to the Army Reserve Centre Farnham and gave an overview of the history and current work of 4PWRR.
Welcome and Apologies
Helyn Clack (Chair) welcomed all and invited those who hadn’t previously attended to introduce themselves. Apologies were noted as above.
Action not on the agenda:
· Annual report has been printed as well as being published on the website https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/community/armed-forces/surrey-civillian-military-partnership-board/surrey-armed-forces-covenant-report-2020-to-2021
Minutes of previous meeting were agreed.
Surrey Armed Forces Covenant Report
Printed copies of the report have been produced and circulated. The report has been well received and proved very useful for engaging with partners. The report is also published on the Surrey County Council website
Officers have started work on the 2022-23 report. Action All: Please share information and images which could be included in the 2022-23 report. A draft will be produced ahead of the conference in March 2023.
11 Security Force Assistance Brigade Update
Strategic Update – Col John Baynham
A verbal update was given to the board outlining changes and focus of 11 Brigade. They continue to be extremely busy and recent operations have included:
Irish Guards are now back in 11 Brigade following public duties with London District and will continue their role as a Task Force Commander for Surrey.
A reminder to all that the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund has money available under the following programmes:
Closing date: 14 Nov 2022
Grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration
Closing date: 14 Nov 2022
Up to £100,000 over up to 3 years.
It was noted that councillors are well placed to inform projects or charities in their local area who may be eligible to apply for funds. Sarah Goodman is happy to discuss any potential bids and provide support.
Action All: Spread the word about this funding opportunity.
Events to note:
Action: Louise Punter to link in with Richard Moore and support with further education contacts where helpful.
TASK FORCE COMMANDER UPDATE:
ATC Pirbright - Lt Col Shamus Kelly
Debbie Goldsmith provided a verbal update on behalf of Col Shamus regarding ATC Pirbright:
Events to note:
ATC Pirbright will again host the launch of the poppy appeal in Surrey. All members of the board have been invited.
Annual event will be hosted again in Granby Hall.
Remembrance – main focus for ATC Pirbright will be events at Brookwood Cemetery and supporting Guildford, Woking and Knaphill.
Pass Off Parades
Members of the Board were invited to attend a pass of parade at Pirbright. Action: ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Verbal update given by Col Patrick Crowley, with a brief preliminary introduction to SERFCA for those new to the board - SERFCA supports reserves and cadets and connects defence with the community, working closely with 11 Brigade.
Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.Surrey is well represented but it would be great to be able to make further awards.
A number of borough council in Surrey are keen to gain silver and Col Patrick confirmed that the next round should now be open to applications.
· Armed Forces Week
· Veteran Hubs (attached)
Verbal update given by Brig Paul Evans.
Armed Forces Week 2022
A number of events were held across the county. The event at Guildford Cathedral was very well attended.
Recognise and Remember Task Group
Productive meeting held on 16 Sept 2022, focusing on two main areas:
Discussed what events were happening including looking at some of the challenges including guidance around road closures. The Board discussed the difficulty when recommendations from the local Safety Advisory Groups did not recommend road closures when locally it was anticipated that Remembrance Events are likely to be particularly well attended this year. There was a call for Surrey Police to be more positive and pro-active with guidance in this area.
Action: Chair to contact Police Commissioner and SCC Emergency Planning team to discuss.
A number of veterans hubs in Surrey are struggling for want of a small amount of funding. Two possibilities raised:
Action: Brig Paul Evans to share details with the board of those hubs which might need funding support.
Action: Set up a task and finish group to work out how hubs and attendance could be improved.
· Forces Connect Awareness Training/new Covenant Duty:
o Surrey Leaders and Surrey Chief Executives
o Front line staff and Service Champions
o Armed Forces Champions and Covenant Leads
o Elearning induction
o Surrey Commissioning Board
A verbal update given by Canon Peter Bruinvels
Work is ongoing to support the new legislation in Surrey in a number of ways:
Forces Connect Armed Forces Awareness Training / new Covenant Duty
Training sessions continue online and in person.
Action: Share Peter’s training slides
Surrey Leaders and Surrey Chief Executives
An update was provided by Canon Peter Bruinvels at their meeting. There was a noted enthusiasm for ERS scheme.
Surrey Commissioning Board
Attended a Surrey Commissioning Board meeting to see how new duty can be included in commissioning processes going forwards.
There are currently only 11 Veteran Friendly GPS in Surrey and work is ongoing with partners from Surrey Heartlands to increase this number whilst ensuring it is a meaningful exercise. The paper circulated with the agenda set out the actions currently in place to support this workstream which includes presentations at forthcoming meetings with GPs. It was noted that an item has also been requested at a future meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Action: Board members were asked to promote this initiative as appropriate including asking their local surgery if they are Veteran Friendly.
· Attainment (attached)
· Early Years
Serving personnel across the United Kingdom will be entitled to free wraparound childcare from September. The Wraparound Childcare (WAC) scheme will provide up to 20 hours per week of free childcare before and after school during term time for eligible military parents with children aged 4 to 11 years. Military families to benefit from £3,000 of childcare support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
An update was provided which covered the following:
· Recent results have shown big improvements at KS1 and KS2 for service children however at Early Years service children are still achieving less well than their civilian peers.
· To help address this some eligible settings are being encouraged to apply for a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for additional interventions.
· Officers are looking at best practice for use of Service Pupil premium in schools and eligibility around reservists.
Action: Lord Lieutenant please share paper with DLs to support their early years work.
· Work experience – SCC
· Promoting opportunities to spouses based at ATC (Pirbright)
· Military pathway into Police – skills mapping vs Police degree and use of learning credits
As part of the Armed Forces Covenant, DWP is improving the way current and former members of the armed forces and their families access Jobcentre Plus services. This includes having an armed forces champion in every Jobcentre Plus District who ensures that we provide support that meets the needs of the armed forces community.
This publication explains the role of the armed forces champion and the improvements to the way members of the armed forces and their families access our services.
· Work Experience – SCC are exploring work experience options for both service leavers and service children.
· Woking Borough Council are looking to see how best to promote local job opportunities to spouses based at Pirbright.
· Military Pathway into the Police – Tom Budd to raise internally and with colleagues nationally how ex-service skills could be mapped against the Police degree to provide a positive pathways into the Police.
· Continuing to work closely with Job Centre Plus in Surrey and they have some good opportunities for armed forces community. The Armed Forces Champion of DWP is now part of the Recognise and Remember Task Group.
· 2023 Conference – provisional date 15 March 2023 at Army Training Centre (Pirbright)
Agreed date for Surrey Armed Forces Covenant Conference – Wednesday 15 March 2023 at ATC Pirbright
Date of next meeting
10am-12pm on Thursday 20 April 2023
10am – Thursday 20 April 2023. Venue TBC