We are thrilled to announce that the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant. Find out more here.
What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
The Armed Forces Covenant is described on the Ministry of Defence’s website as:
“a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.”
The covenant supports serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families. It is fulfilled by various groups, including the armed forces (navy, army, RAF), government, business, local government, and charities. These organisations fulfil the covenant’s objective by helping the armed forces community access the same government and commercial services as other citizens.
They help with:
- careers advice
- financial assistance
- discounted services
- other things to help the armed forces community.
The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre will honour this commitment and support the armed forces community in any way we can.
Why Brunswick Youth & Community Centre signed the Armed Forces Covenant
At Brunswick Youth and Community Centre we have always been proud of our roots and our links to the armed forces. The core ideals of respect and service are at the heart of the Brunswick and the work we do. They fit within our mission statement’s vision which is to deliver “a safer, stronger and more cohesive community, with opportunities for self-development and growth being accessible by all members of our community, to work to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Bootle and South Sefton.”
As a registered charity committed to making a difference in our community, fulfilling the Armed Forces Covenant is a natural extension of our work. For example, we already provide:
- education, training, and employment support within our community to jobseekers (in the OVH Job Club and MYA Talent Match)
- health and wellbeing support through healthwatch Sefton and our Active Brunswick programme
- community resilience programmes which welcome those within the armed services community, such as our veterans in Mama Margaret St. James Pensioners Club.
Members of the armed forces community are welcome to join us in these and our many other programmes.
Our Armed Forces Link
The Brunswick Youth & Community Centre has a unique history. It was conceived in a World War II Prisoner of War Camp called OFLAG 79 in Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany. There a group of British officers considered the boredom and deprivation of camp life. They realised that young people back home suffered similarly but, unlike the officers who anticipated being released at the end of the war, young people in post-war Britain were unlikely to escape their circumstances without help. The officers resolved that, on their release, they would encourage young people to adopt “the Brunswick Spirit”. This would help them fight limitations and restraints imposed by their social environment, learn respect for one another, and take the future into their own hands.
Among these determined British officers were Michael Marshall, Philip Evans and Harry Mounsey. Upon their release from Oflag 79 camp, these men fulfilled their promises and established the Brunswick Boys Club in Liverpool in 1948.
Over the years the Brunswick has changed in many ways, moving from south Liverpool to Bootle, becoming a hub for community activities, and changing its status from a Boys Club to a Youth and Community Centre to recognise the wider services and support it offers. None of this would have been possible without the vision and determination of the members of the armed forces who, back in February 1945, made the commitment to create the Brunswick Boys Club.
We owe them so much, and are honoured to give back through the Armed Forces Covenant. If you want to help us, please click on the link.