Developing Training Packages and Awareness Raising Materials

This area of work is designed to help provide an overview of issues relating to the Armed Forces Community for employees, increase internal awareness, ensure that recipients are easier able to identify members of the Armed Forces Community or are better able to ‘ask the question’, and ensure that staff know what to do if they do come into contact with a member of the Armed Forces Community. Training packages are aimed at different levels of staff as well as different areas of council policy including housing, health and employment.

The repository was designed so that future work on the Armed Forces Covenant would develop rather than duplicate anything that has been created previously. This section will therefore provide materials that can be used in your local authority with some minor tweaks.

Resource type 1 – E-Learning

An e-learning resources designed to train frontline staff about the Armed Forces Covenant.

Resource type 2 – Factsheet

A leaflet that, with little adaptation, sets out how the Armed Forces Covenant can be delivered and supported by businesses

A leaflet that with little adaption, provides information on recognition, understanding and communication of the Armed Forces Community.

This document aims to address the key areas of council policy that may be affected by the Armed Forces Covenant, and provide information and ideas on how these policies may be adapted to include the differing needs of the Armed Forces community. Covers health, housing, education, and HR & Employment.

A document providing detail around three bespoke training packages have been produced to embed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) message across all levels of staff, emphasising the importance of asking “Have you ever served?”

Materials in this section will have information highly specific to the authority that produced it. Some work will be needed to adapt the material to tailor it to local need but much of the information may still be useful to all authorities.

Resource type 1 – E – Learning

An e-Learning resource for frontline staff adapted from Warwickshire’s e-learning.

Resource type 1 – Training Package

A comprehensive training resource designed for frontline staff that covers the issues affecting the Armed Forces Community nationwide.

This follows on from the previous training package and provides deeper understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.

A simple training resource designed for frontline staff that covers the fundamental issues affecting the Armed Forces Community nationwide.

A short document detailing the major issues faced by the Armed Forces Community.

A 52 page presentation created in partnership with the Royal British Legion that provides training specific to housing issues faced by the Armed Forces Community.

A training package designed for Elected member Armed Forces Champions. Created by the Peter Bruinvels Association in conjunction Forces Connect South East and Surrey County Council.

A training package designed for frontline staff. Created by the Peter Bruinvels Association in conjunction Forces Connect South East and Surrey County Council.

A training package designed for Armed Forces Service Champions adapted from Sussex Armed Forces Network training.

A comprehensive online training resource designed for anyone supporting Armed Forces Service Leavers transitioning into civilian employment and to enable organisations to establish formal mentoring schemes.

A short document detailing the Armed Forces mental health first aid training in Hull City. Provides target groups and course objectives and aims. The training could be delivered for other areas.

An 18-slide PowerPoint presentation with useful information about what the  Veterans Community Network is delivering.

A comprehensive presentation providing information about the Armed Forces Covenant, Community and specific information around veterans health.

Resource type 3 – Factsheet

A leaflet that  follows on from the ‘Dorset Recognition Factsheets 1’ that provides information on recognition, understanding and communication of the Armed Forces Community with particular focus on what is being done in Dorset.

A leaflet that  follows on from the Dorset Recognition Factsheets 2 provides information on recognition, understanding and communication of the Armed Forces Community with particular focus on the demographic within Dorset.

Other resources

A 20-minute film detailing information about the Armed Forces Covenant and the Armed Forces Community.

An example news issue that contains short news stories about activity in Lancashire as well as contact information for local Armed Forces Champions.

This section will focus on work that has been done that is judged to have been selected on clarity and accessibility  in this area of work. This will provide examples to inspire new ideas for Local Authorities as well as providing benchmark examples of specific practices.

A set of replicable resources that provide both basic and advanced training for frontline staff.

A set of training resources that can be adapted in other areas. The training is largely specific to Armed Forces champions and frontline staff.

A set of leaflets that provides an example of information that can be useful in any authority, as well as examples of how these can be produced to contain information specific to the context of a specific area.

This repository has been designed to be a useful library of resources for any local area to be able to use. There is understanding that not all Local Authorities are as advanced in their armed forces work as many of the SDP grantees.

This section is dedicated to helping Local Authorities build the groundwork in understanding the local Armed Forces environment.

A set of replicable resources that provide both basic and advanced training for frontline staff.

A set of training resources that can be adapted in other areas. The training is largely specific to Armed Forces Champions and frontline staff.

A set of leaflets that provides an example of information that can be useful in any authority, as well as examples of how these can be produced to contain information specific to the context of a specific area.