Date Published: 02 October 2018
Members of the Armed Forces community in Rutland and two neighbouring local authority areas are to get help and support from a new, dedicated council officer.
Michelle Woolman-Lane took up the brand new post of ‘Armed Forces Officer’ for Rutland, Harborough District and South Kesteven in August.
Her role is to support Armed Forces personnel, reservists, veterans, service families and bereaved families in each of the three areas – making sure that anyone with a connection to the Armed Forces, past or present, can access services like healthcare and education, as well as employment, training and housing.
“Our Armed Forces do an incredible job under really difficult circumstances. Not only do they face real danger, risking serious injury and even their lives, in the line of duty, they also sacrifice lots of basic freedoms that civilians can often take for granted. It’s hugely important that we do everything we can to support the Armed Forces and help them overcome any obstacles they may face as a result of military life – either while serving or afterwards. Families also play a vital role in supporting our Armed Forces, which is why I’m not just here to help service personnel. I feel very strongly that our Armed Forces Community, young and old, are an asset to where we live, contributing widely in many volunteer roles and enriching the diversity of our county.”
Michelle Woolman-Lane, Armed Forces Officer for Rutland, Harborough and South Kesteven
The appointment of a dedicated Armed Forces Officer is part of an ongoing commitment by Rutland County Council, Harborough District Council and South Kesteven District Council to support the Armed Forces Covenant.
“The Armed Forces Covenant is a commitment from the nation to make sure those who choose to serve or have served in the past, along with their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. With two active army bases, Rutland has a large number of servicemen and women who account for roughly 10 percent of our total population. Rutland’s Armed Forces Community as a whole is even larger than this. We have a very active and growing number of Reservists in the County, as well as significant number of veterans – old and young – who live here. The invaluable support that Michelle provides means that we can uphold the values of the Armed Forces Covenant and do right by our Armed Forces community.”
Councillor Richard Foster, an Armed Forces Champion for Rutland County Council
Contact the Armed Forces Officer for Rutland, Harborough and South Kesteven by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling: 01572 722 577. Photo: Michelle Woolman-Lane (left) with Rutland Reservist Nikki Ross and Armed Forces Champion Councillor Richard Foster.