Support for our Armed Forces Community

Information about the support and services available for the Doncaster Armed Forces Community.

 Who makes up the Armed Forces Community?

The Armed Forces Community includes:

  • Regular, Reserve and Retired (veterans) that are serving or have served in the armed forces (Army, Navy, RAF).
  • Polish free forces who served in WW2.
  • Merchant Navy who have served in support of British military operations (Suez, Falklands).

What support am I entitled to?

We are committed to supporting Doncaster's military service personnel and veterans as an MOD Employer Recognition Gold Award employer, through Executive Mayor Ros Jones' pledge and through our Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Mark Houlbrook.

As a member of Doncaster's Armed Forces Community, you and your immediate family are entitled to the following through the Armed Forces Covenant:

  • Not being at a disadvantage when trying to access public services such as health care, housing, employment, education and welfare.
  • Special consideration where appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured and the bereaved

If you are a member of the armed forces community and are seeking support for yourself or you know of a veteran in need of support, there are a number of ways to find the help that you need. In the first instance, please refer to the Your Life Doncaster or the Veterans Gateway webpages for access to local and national support, charities, services and social groups available to the Armed Forces community in Doncaster.

 If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, then please fill out an enquiry form and someone will be in touch to assist you

 What are Doncaster Council doing to support the Armed Forces Community?

Doncaster Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2011, and later re-signed in 2015 as well as being Employers Recognition Scheme Gold Award Holders (2021).

We have an Armed Forces and Veterans Steering Group that monthly, which brings together key organisations to identify key issues across partnerships affecting the Armed Forces Community and work together to ensure that these are challenged and changed. We also work together to develop good practice in implementing the Armed Forces Covenant across Doncaster. The meeting is chaired by a private chair and the group work on an annual action plan which is aligned to the National Veteran's Strategy. Each year we create an annual report which provides a summary of the key pieces of work we have achieved in the last year

 Who's involved?

We have an Elected Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Mark Houlbrook . In this role, he raises awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant and promotes the interests of the Armed Forces Community across Doncaster.

In 2016 and again in July 2021, Doncaster Council were awarded the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for our commitment as an employer to the Armed Forces Community. We have a specific Reserve Forces Policy which supports employees to fulfil their Reservist duties; one way this is achieved is entitling reservist employees to an additional 15 days paid leave each year to fulfil their reservist commitments.

Regional Work

In 2017 Doncaster Council, together with the other South Yorkshire local authorities were successful in a bid to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund trust to strengthen the delivery of the Covenant across South Yorkshire. This project included the delivery of 24 Military Human training sessions in each Local Authority area across a 2 year period. Over 300 members of front line staff from across Doncaster completed the training.  You can read the one year report. A research project was lead and delivered by Sheffield Hallam University to map the size and needs of the Armed Forces Community across South Yorkshire. Pleases view the results of the survey

Doncaster Council were also successful in a second bid with other local authorities in the Hull/Humber region to include; Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council. The project focused on developing internal and external communications of the Armed Forces Covenant, the delivery of Military Human and Mental Health First Aid training across the region and hosting an annual Armed Forces regional conference.

Homeless Veterans Innovation Fund 

The Veterans Innovation fund is used to provide individual innovative support to help either sustain housing tenancy, prevent homelessness or to support a homeless Veteran back into housing provision. The Veterans Innovation Fund will be available through 2021 to facilitate the purchase of items to support sustainability in housing. 

If you are a veteran who is in temporary accommodation, is homeless or at risk of homelessness and require one off assistance with the purchase of items we can help!

Apply now

 Get in touch

You can also get in touch with us using the following email address:



Twitter: @WBDoncaster 

Last updated: 28 June 2022 15:19:07