Current and former Armed Forces members in Northamptonshire are being urged to help shape services by taking part in an online survey.
The survey by Healthwatch Northamptonshire aims to help the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership address issues such as the return to civilian life and mental health problems, and draw up the first ever map of the size and scale of the Armed Forces community in Northamptonshire.
This community includes regular serving personnel, volunteers, reservists, ex-forces members and family members of past and present servicemen.
Vikki Barr Armed Forces Covenant Officer said:
"Local data on Armed Forces members is not currently known, making it hard to create targeted local services.
"All too often, the transition into civilian life can be challenging, with many veterans suffering from poor mental health and unemployment. This survey will be invaluable in informing the design of support services in Northamptonshire."
Complete the Healthwatch survey
Notes to Editors
Healthwatch Northamptonshire is the independent champion for health and social care in the county.
The Armed Forces Covenant Partnership is a voluntary agreement by signed by 19 organisations including:
- Northamptonshire County Council
- Kettering Borough Council
- Corby Borough Council
- Borough Council of Wellingborough
- East Northamptonshire Council
- The University of Northampton
- Nene CCG
- Job Centre Plus
They aim to ensure that those who serve, or have served in the armed forces, and their families have access to strengthened public services and support in Northamptonshire.
For further information please contact Healthwatch Northamptonshire.
Telephone: 0300 002 0010 or 07951 419331