Armed forces covenant

Amber Valley Borough Council has, with other councils in Derbyshire again signed the Armed Forces Covenant and Councillor Matthew Allwood is our Armed Forces Covenant 'Champion', making sure we achieve our commitment to serving personnel, veterans, and their families.

We are proud to commit to the Armed Forces Covenant for Derbyshire, recognising the efforts made by our Armed Forces Community:

  • those currently in service (including new recruits and reservists)
  • people of working age who have left the Armed Forces
  • those who have performed National Service
  • veterans beyond retirement age
  • cadet organisations
  • the dependents of these groups
  • Armed Forces Charities

We work with other local authorities, charities and services providers through the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership to develop the provision and promotion of local services for our Armed Forces Community, whether through improving our existing offer or creating new projects and ways of working.

The first point of contact for veterans seeking support is

Further information can be found by using the drop down menu below.

Some of the charities and organisations that support the armed forces are listed below. These charities can give advice and support to serving personnel, their families, and veterans. 

In 2014 the Prime Minister launched the defence employer recognition scheme, to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment towards the defence community.

There are three tiers of award – gold, silver and bronze – for employers who pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Amber Valley Borough Council have a bronze award for our commitment.

Full time serving armed forces personnel who are residents, or have their main family home within Amber Valley are entitled to free access at the following leisure centres in Amber Valley:

This access also extends to immediate family dependents of the serving armed forces' personnel (spouse and children, foster children, step-children under the age of 18). Download an application form.


The borough council supports employees who are serving members of the VRF (which consists of the Royal Naval Reserves, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Army Reserves, and the Reserve Air Force) including:

  • Enabling deployment of VRF designated as High Readiness Status
  • Additional 10 days leave for attendance at Summer Camp
  • Employment protection after mobilisation
  • Pension protection throughout deployment

For further details please consult the council’s head of human resources on 01773 841669.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841646 or email