IT WAS anchors aweigh aboard HMS Victory in Portsmouth this month as Woking Borough Council was presented with the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award.
The accolade recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the military by aligning their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
Accepting the honour on behalf of the local authority was Council Leader John Kingsbury, who said: “The council is delighted to receive the award in recognition of our support for Reservist employees.
“It is important we recognise the contribution that members of the Armed Forces make to the defence of this great nation through their service.”
Army Reservist and council employee Simon Taylor, who attended the presentation with Cllr Kingsbury, added: “I’ve been in the Reserves for 11 years. In that time I have achieved things that I probably would never have done outside the Army.
“I have travelled the world, made many life-long friends and experienced incredible things. Without the support of the council, and the support in place for other Reservist and ex-military personnel, I would never have fulfilled my potential and positively given back to the community.”
In November 2012, Woking Borough Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant, designed to strengthen relationships and commitment between the Armed Forces and the communities in which they live and work.
Since then, the council has adapted its housing and employment policies, while investing in community integration projects such as the Beech Grove play area and the renovation of the Muslim Burial Ground in Maybury.
last Tuesday (12 July 2016)