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 - Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans of the UK Armed Forces, providing free specialist evidence based clinical treatment and support to ex-servicemen and women as well as members of the Reserve Forces across the UK with mental health conditions. We have more than 6,000 veterans registered with us.
We treat conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. We provide a range of free services including short-stay clinical treatment, a specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, Occupational Therapy, Community support which includes Occupational Therapy Workshops and CPN psycho education workshops as well as a free 24-hour Helpline. We have three treatment centres within the UK where we deliver our treatment programmes: Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey.
On average it takes 12 years after leaving the Armed Forces for veterans to contact Combat Stress for help, by which time their condition is often highly complex.
Supporters of Combat Stress - David and Catherine Saunders provide support for ex-service personnel and their families. From February 2017 Supporters of Combat Stress Peterborough coffee mornings will be at Knights Chamber at Peterborough Cathedral on the first Tuesday of every month between 10am - 12pm. Alternatively, telephone 07724832657 or visit the Facebook page.
RAF Families Federation - The RAF Families Federation is funded by the RAF but sits outside the Chain of Command as an independent organisation. We represent all RAF personnel, be they Regular, Reserve, single, married or in a partnership, together with their families. We provide a voice for the issues and concerns they have about life in the RAF, so that we can help advise and influence relevant policies and regulations. We have direct access to senior RAF and MOD staffs as well as the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and government Ministers.
RAF Wittering – Community Support team (Support for RAF Serving Personnel and their families).
Mark Davis MBE is the Community Development Officer and is the strategic link between the local community and co-ordinating youth and community provision for service personnel and their families. Mark is also the Armed Forces Covenant Champion for RAF Wittering.
To contact Mark you can telephone 01780 417722/ 07771976039 or email WIT-SptCDW@mod.uk.