A partnership that brings together military and public services to forge good relations and maximise the economic and social benefits of Wiltshire’s military presence has been shortlisted for a national award.
The Military Civilian Integration Partnership was the first of its kind when it began in 2006. Nine years later, with a string of successes to its name, it has been shortlisted for the prestigious LGC Awards in the Partnership of the Year category.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council chairs the MCI Partnership Board which meets regularly with army, health and voluntary groups.
She said: “We’re proud of our close ties with the military in this county and the economic and social benefits their presence brings. This partnership has played an important part in cementing this relationship and I believe it will continue to go from strength to strength and will be particularly important as additional service personnel make their home in Wiltshire as part of The Army Basing Programme.”
Since 2006 the MCI partnership has had a number of successes including: • Securing £1.4 million of Growth Deal Funds to pilot a military up-skilling programme • Promoting community covenant grants to local communities with 36 successful projects securing a total of £925,000. The scheme is now called The Covenant Fund • Creating Wiltshire’s Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan which confirms support from the broader community and the wide range of organisations delivering services across all sectors to service veterans and their families • Securing grants from the European LEADER funding for local communities including the £1.3 million business enterprise facility in Castledown • Ensuring military and public services work together to help improve master planning and the planning application process to benefit both the military and civilian population • Military assistance in providing a cycle path in Ludgershall (due to be completed in early 2016) • An annual Living and Working in Wiltshire Fair for military and industry / education providers to help military leavers and their families find employment and other opportunities to assist successful transition to civilian life.