Online care and benefits advice for forces personnel
CURRENT and former members of the armed forces have been tapping into a new Swansea-based website.
It includes guides to what help is available and how to access it in areas from housing and health care to careers and benefits.
It was visited by more than 250 people in the first few weeks since its launch.
The website is part of Swansea Council's pledge to support the armed forces after signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant (AFCC) last month.
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Councillor June Burtonshaw, the council's armed forces champion, said: "We would urge any members of the armed forces who need our support to make use of the services on offer because we hope they really will make a difference.
"There are a wide range of services specifically designed for the armed forces community available from councils, government, Ministry of Defence, and voluntary and charitable organisations."
Phill Flower, community fund raiser South West Wales for the Royal British Legion, said: "The City of Swansea Branch and the Royal British Legion are very excited to be involved with the covenant. It presents an amalgamated approach by all of the armed forces charities, reserve forces and cadets associations, as well as the council and a large number of local organisations, to ensure that welfare and care of our armed forces personnel is a high priority within the community.
"The website, which is just one of the AFCC initiatives, is giving all the members of our armed forces a point of contact to seek help and guidance, which they fully deserve."
The website — www.swansea. gov.uk/afccovenant includes an armed forces service library to help people find organisations to advise on education, benefits, care support, careers, financial support and pensions.