Councillor John Fox is Peterborough’s armed forces champion. Councillor Fox served as a radio operator in the Royal Navy for 11 years, joining the service at the age of 15. He served at HMS Ganges, a training establishment, for a year and then at HMS Mercury to specialise in communications before joining the fleet.
One of his key roles is to be the point of contact for queries from ex-Forces personnel who need help and assistance. He will be able to signpost people to relevant support, or help unblock any problems that people have accessing services.
Cllr Fox will also chair a Partnership board, involving a number of organisations that support Forces personnel and veterans, which will help to bid for funds from the Armed Forces Community Covenant grant scheme. The Partnership will also review council policies to ensure they can meet the needs of ex-Forces personnel.
Armed Forces Community Covenant
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is an agreement between Peterborough City Council, The Civilian Community of Peterborough and The Armed Forces Community in Peterborough.
Support for ex-Service men and women
Combat Stress - Cares for ex-Service men and women with wounded minds. They offer confidential help and advice on any mental issue including confusion, anger and depression. You can contact the 24 hour helpline 0800 138 1619.
Supporters of Combat Stress - David and Catherine Saunders provide support for ex-service personnel and their families. You can meet them in person at Becket chapel (within Peterborough Cathedral) between 10am - 12pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Alternatively, telephone 07724832657 or visit the 'Peterboroughcombatstress' Facebook page.