ARMED forces personnel in Gloucestershire, and their families, have had their profile raised with the signing of a community covenant.

Imjin Barracks in Innsworth hosted Gloucestershire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant Seminar on Tuesday, January 7which means they have joined an already extensive list of organisations committed to supporting the military in their region.

The covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community, including in-service and ex-service personnel, their families and widows or widowers in Gloucestershire.

Close to 150 participants attended the event, which included several different presentations focussed on the military’s presence in the Gloucestershire community, as well as an the opportunity to ask a panel of military representatives their questions about the area’s military.

Gloucestershire County Council Leader, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, was in attendance and said the council was proud to support the armed forces.

“We are very grateful for the sacrifices our servicemen and women. The military covenant is about making sure that they don’t lose out on the things we all take for granted as a result of that service,” he said.

“We believe it will make a big difference for service personnel and their families, who are a key part of our Gloucestershire community.”