Armed Forces in Trafford

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Trafford Council has a proud history of working with the Armed Forces Community.  We have a dedicated Armed Forces Lead Officer: Sue Wright, and an Armed Forces Champion: Cllr. Mrs Judith Lloyd.

If you are a serving or ex-serving member of the military or a family member and require some help or information, please contact Sue or Councillor Lloyd:

Sue Wright
Armed Forces Lead Officer
Trafford Town Hall 
Talbot Road 
Stretford 
Manchester 
M32 0TH

Phone: 0161 912 1173

Mobile: 07980 965 635

Email: sue.wright@trafford.gov.uk

Councillor Mrs. Judith Ann Lloyd
Armed Forces Champion
Trafford Town Hall
Talbot Road
Stretford
Manchester
M32 0TH

Phone: 0161 865 8946

Mobile: 07545 921015

Email: judith.lloyd@trafford.gov.uk  

Trafford Council has an Armed Forces Covenant and is a Gold Award holder.  In order to help fulfil the pledges in the covenant Trafford has an active Armed Forces Partnership.

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The Trafford Armed Forces Covenant

The purpose of the Trafford Armed Forces Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces community working and residing in Trafford. It is also there to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces Community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel their families and the bereaved in Trafford.

It presents an opportunity to build upon existing good work on other initiatives such as being part of the Combined GM Covenant. Please visit and share the GM Facebook Site or Twitter  to see what is going on across the 10 local authorities in GM.  This includes activities and support for serving and ex serving armed forces members and their families.  A recent success of the Combined GM Covenant group is the production of a series of short films, the first was released in 2019 to coincide with Armed Forces week. You can view the film on You Tube

For the Armed Forces community, the Covenant encourages the integration of Service life into civilian life and encourages members of the Armed Forces community to help their local community in Trafford.  For more information please contact our Armed Forces Officer Sue Wright 0161 912 1852 during office hours, or email: sue.wright@trafford.gov.uk

How does it work?

Trafford has established a joint Steering Group called the Trafford Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, involving both civilian and military partners, in order to co-ordinate and direct support to the Armed Forces across Trafford (and Greater Manchester) . The membership includes:

  • Trafford Council
  • 207 Field Hospital
  • 103rd Regiment Royal Artillery & 42 Brigade
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Imperial War Museum North
  • Trafford Housing Trust
  • Defence Medical Welfare Service
  • Career Transition Partnership
  • Royal British Legion
  • Walking With The Wounded

This group will work towards developing support and a programme of work which includes; supporting reservists, working closely with the Health Service and other organisations and providing future support to wounded, injured and sick personnel, assisting with employment advice for those seeking employment in Trafford; and housing support for those veterans who present as homeless.

Trafford Council will oversee the long-term planning and decision making in the support services provided by the Council to the Armed Forces. It will also identify resource and deliver short term joint council/military projects in the local community and support initiatives such as the Armed Forces Week.

The Covenant will also support applicants with the process of applying to the Covenant Grant Scheme, when funding is available for specific projects.  The Grant scheme delivers financial support to projects, at the local level, which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live.

For further information on the Armed Forces Covenant, including help with services or information please contact the Armed Forces Officer in the Trafford Partnership Team on: partnershipsteam@trafford.gov.uk or sue.wright@trafford.gov.uk

Support organisations

We have listed some other organisations who can offer support:

Veterans Gateway

If you feel that you need assistance on an urgent matter such as mental health related issues/PTSD please contact - Veterans Gateway on 0808 802 1212 or text them on 81212. Send your details and they will call you back.  Visit their web site for other ways to get in touch.

Royal British Legion

They have a one-stop drop in centre in central Manchester. They offer wide ranging support as they operate services outside of working hours and they have expert and experienced advisors on hand to help you for any situation you find yourself in.

Military Veterans' Service for Greater Manchester and Lancashire

They provide mental health support to ex-service personnel for conditions including depression, alcohol and substance misuse, anger problems and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Some people who have served in the armed forces admit that they can experience emotional difficulties and find it hard to ask for help. This may be because of difficult experiences or simply adjusting to civilian life.

Their expert team is overseen by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and includes clinical psychologists, specialist psychological wellbeing practitioners, and case managers who all understand armed forces culture.

Some of their staff are veterans themselves or have family members in the forces. Veterans have told us this makes a big difference in giving them confidence to come forward with their issues.

Get help 

For more information, follow them on Twitter at @MVS_GM or @MVS_Lancs

Jobs for Ex Forces

Career Transition Partnerships (CTP)

The Career Transition Partnership is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.

The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

Remploy

Remploy is the UK’s leading disability specialist, with more than 70 years of experience delivering employment and skills support.   

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

  • The Royal British Legion website contains detailed information and allows you to find the help you need, when you need it, 24/7: British Legion website
  • Use the Live Chat service, available 8am-10pm, 7 days per week
  • Call the free helpline on 0808 802 8080, 8am to 8pm, 7 days per week

Pop In centre

The Pop In centre is at 59 Cross Street, Manchester M2 4JW with the area (and regional) office entrance (and postal address) just around the corner on Princess Street.

Open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

They offer wide ranging support as they operate services outside of working hours and they have expert and experienced advisors on hand to help you for any situation you find yourself in.

Walking With The Wounded (WWTW)

Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence.  The organisation has a local centre in Manchester.

Trafford Veterans

Trafford Veterans is a local community group who operate a number of activities throughout Trafford. They aim to reduce social isolation for veterans.

Their activities include

  • a breakfast club on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the John Alker Memorial Hall in Flixton.
  • a craft and model making club each week
  • an allotment in Sale.

If you would like further information, please contact Trafford Veterans directly via the Trafford Veterans website

Shark Forces

A dedicated arm of Sale Sharks Rugby Club they offer:

  • Peer support and social activities across Greater Manchester. 
  • A drop in session at the Veterans garage each Tuesday afternoon from 2pm.

For further information please see the Sale Sharks website

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant is designed to allow businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.

Who can sign a covenant?

Business, charities and other private sector organisations.

A corporate covenant can be adopted by a business or charitable organisation of any size, and from any industry, whether you are an employer of a member of the armed forces community or simply wish to acknowledge publicly your support for the armed forces.

Each organisation will be encouraged to offer support in a way most appropriate to their situation and capacity.

For example, a business or charity may wish to promote their organisation as armed forces friendly, through participation in Armed Forces Day, or through exclusive discounts to members of the armed forces community. Larger organisations may wish to actively seek to employ serving reservist personnel for the skills they possess, or strive to support the employment of ex-regular personnel and service spouses.

For further information on the Armed Forces Community Covenant or Corporate Covenant please contact partnershipsteam@trafford.gov.uk or sue.wright@trafford.gov.uk