Support for Armed Forces

Lanarkshire Firm Base

Lanarkshire Firm Base

A special group supporting Armed Forces Veterans in Lanarkshire has held its latest planning meeting at Motherwell's Civic Centre.

Firm Base was established by the Ministry of Defence to develop the delivery of policy and funding to support the military community and veterans in Scotland. 

Following an approach by the Royal Regiment of Scotland requesting an Armed Forces Covenant be established, North and South Lanarkshire Council's developed the Lanarkshire Firm Base.

The organisation is the lead for delivering the key commitments as contained in both councils' Armed Forces Community Covenants. 

These Covenants support Veteran Communities and their families by encouraging activities that help to integrate them into local life, and to support those families in accessing local authority services.

The meeting was hosted by Veterans' Champions for both councils, Councillor David Cullen and Councillor Mark Horsham.

Armed Forces Champion for North Lanarkshire Councillor David Cullen said: "We are proud to see the objectives of Firm Base moving forward to help support forces personnel past, present and future in our area.

"We have an excellent relationship with the armed forces and veterans associations and the work of Firm Base will further strengthen those links and promote activities to support veterans and their families at a local level.

"The Lanarkshire Firm Base gives a clear indication of our commitment to increased integration between the community and the Armed Forces. It is excellent news for everyone serving in, and associated with the military in Lanarkshire."

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