We are proud to announce that Plymouth Community Homes has signed up to support our Armed Forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. This momentous occasion was marked by a signing event at Plumer House, hosted by Alex Orr, Warrant Officer 1st Class at the Royal Navy, representing the Army Covenant.
The Armed Forces Covenant represents our promise to actively uphold and champion the rights and well-being of both current and former members of the Armed Forces, as well as their families. This commitment reinforces inclusivity, support, and community building at PCH.
The signing took place in the presence of several former-military employees within our organisation, including our CEO, Jonathan Cowie (Army), Geoff Smith (Navy), Sue Rutland (Navy), Andy Miller (RAF), Ryan Winsor (Army), Max Mile (Army) and Mike Kewish (Navy). Their first-hand experience and knowledge added depth to our pledge, reinforcing our commitment to creating a workplace that values the contributions and challenges of veterans.
Alexander Orr, Armed Forces Covenant said: "It was an absolute pleasure to attend the AFC Signing, it was really pleasing to see many veterans from all three services in attendance and be able to chat with them. It’s so important that companies like Plymouth Community Homes highlight the advantages of employing veterans and releasing the Reservists to attend their training and committing to fair treatment of the Armed Forces Community through flexible working and employment opportunities."
Jonathan Cowie, CEO, Plymouth Community Homes said: "I was honoured to sign the Military Covenant on behalf of PCH this week, alongside former-forces colleagues from the Navy, Army & Airforce. I see the opportunity for PCH to support both those serving today and veterans in two fundamental ways.
Firstly, to help families who are posted or settle in Plymouth, navigate the housing options, and help signpost where to get help and support. Secondly to be an employer of choice for former forces, recognising their skills, expertise, work ethic and attitude and how this can add huge value to organisations like PCH. Having spent time in the Infantry, I recognise the contribution and growth opportunities for in a career after the armed forces. "
At Plymouth Community Homes, we understand the importance of creating an environment that actively works to provide opportunities and support for all our staff.
We are proud to be part of a community that values the service of our military personnel and recognises the huge impact they have had on our nation.
As we move forward, Plymouth Community Homes remains dedicated to building on this commitment, ensuring that our workplace remains a supportive and inclusive space for everyone, including those who have served in the Armed Forces.