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Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant partnership produces innovative e-learning

May 2, 2019

Warwickshire County Council, on behalf of the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, has launched an innovative e-learning  resource for those who are leaving, or have recently left, the Armed Forces and their families.

This training programme helps in the process of adjusting to life outside of the Armed Forces.  It addresses issues that are commonly experienced within the transition and adjustment process such as acquiring accommodation, employment, health as well as personal and family adjustment.  It also raises awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant and the support that exists for veterans and their families.

The free resource has been funded by Warwickshire County Council and the MoD Covenant Fund.

These modules were created by the Armed Forces Covenant Team within the Council, in collaboration with ex-serving personnel, Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations and organisations within the local partnership.

Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said:

“I am very pleased to welcome this new resource focused on Service Leavers and Veterans.  We know that the period of transition and adjustment to civilian life can be difficult for some individuals and families and this e-learning will aid them in settling back into civilian life.  One excellent feature is the ‘Three Top Tips’ being shared from veterans of all 3 services as well as spouses who have made the transition.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader of Warwickshire County Council said “I am delighted that the Covenant Team at the Council have developed these fabulous resources for those who are leaving the Services or who have recently left.  These resources will also help families supporting Service leavers and veterans.  This work is part of the local partnership’s contribution to supporting the Armed Forces and their families and delivering on the Covenant promise to reduce disadvantage for the Armed Forces community.”

Anna Wright, Chief Executive of the Naval Families Federation, said “I am delighted to lend my support to this fifth, and final, Armed Forces Covenant e-learning module, which has been developed by the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Covenant Partnership. We have been thrilled to see how successful these modules have been in not only raising awareness of the issues faced by serving personnel and their families, but also providing advice about how the Covenant can help to overcome them.

“This final module really strikes a chord as it coincides with the research that we and the other Families Federations have recently published, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust, which puts the spotlight on how families transition out of the Armed Forces. I am sure that the module will help the individual and whole family make a successful move back to civilian life”

The e-learning is available at https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/learning/adjusting-to-life-outside-the-armed-forces/#/   From here individuals will be able to work through different aspects of the module such as housing, employment, adjusting to civilian life.

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