Armed Forces support

Runnymede Borough Council is proud to be a supporter of an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The Covenant in Runnymede was signed in November 2013 and is a voluntary statement of mutual support between our community and the Armed Forces locally.

The aim of the Community Covenant is to:

  • encourage communities to support the Armed Forces in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces,
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces,
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces into local life, and
  • encourage the Armed Forces to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.

Runnymede has received its bronze accreditation under the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme and is working towards silver accreditation.


For enquiries, please contact Councillor Tom Gracey, the Armed Forces Champion for the Borough, or Councillor Stephen Walsh, Deputy Armed Forces Champion.

More information for service members

2pm - 4pm - Fortnightly drop-in at the Gogmore Farm Park Youth and Community Hub will resume after the COVID 19 pandemic, date to be advised.

Information about jobs for former members of the Armed Forces or serving members' families is available on the Forces Families Jobs website.  Families and veterans are also needed as volunteers for the new Icon for pdf Tech to Connect [131.22KB] project to reach out to isolated veterans and residents to help them learn how to use an ipad. For general volunteering roles please see Volunteer Now - Voluntary Support North Surrey or telephone 01932 571122.

Find out about community support for Armed Forces members and their families. 

If you have problems registering with a GP practice locally contact NHS England's Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33

To find a dentist accepting NHS patients please go to the NHS Choices website Find a dentist - NHS ( or telephone 0300 330 1348

If you cannot find a dentist accepting NHS patients, you can call NHS England's Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 2233


Cllr Tom Gracey, the Runnymede Armed Forces Champion, members of the Armed Forces and Philip Hammond MP

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness Runnymede Borough Council may have a duty to support you to find alternate housing. Please see Homeless assistance - Runnymede Borough Council

Support for Armed Forces Carers and Young Armed Forces Carers:  Armed Forces carers | Action for Carers

Armed forces organisations providing general advice and access to support

Veterans' Gateway - The first point of contact for veterans seeking support, putting veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need - from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. Telephone 0808 802 1212 or text on 81212. You can also visit

SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, is a UK charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents. Anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force and their families, both regulars and reserves, is eligible for their help. For more information visit

The British Legion offer support for serving and ex service men and women. Please visit

Services for Families

Army Families Federation - for confidential advice, please telephone 01264 554004, 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, or email

Homestart Runnymede and Spelthorne have training to work with families from the Armed Forces with at least one child under 5 years old.

Runnymede Family Centre offer support for vulnerable families at the Hythe Community Primary School - Runnymede Family Centre. Please contact Debbi Keeley Runnymede Family Centre Manager as a new separate website for the Runnymede Family Centre is being provided shortly - email:  

Grants for Armed Forces projects in Surrey                   

Please email: for more information.  

Free app to support our armed forces community

Forces Connect is a free mobile app that signposts veterans, armed forces personnel, reservists and their families to support and advice in their local area.

The Forces Connect app is designed to link users to organisations offering help and support across a wide range of services.

The app is newly sponsored by The Shots Foundation (charity arm of Aldershot Town Football Club) who work with community groups and others to make a difference to local areas.

To download the app, search "Forces Connect" in Apple app store or Google Play store.