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World War One Commemorations in the Spotlight

At the next Overview and Scrutiny Co-ordinating and Call In Committee meeting on Tuesday (26 August), members and attending public will have the opportunity to learn more about the South Tyneside Armed Forces Forum and the programme of events they have to commemorate World War One.

South Tyneside Council supports the official Armed Services Community Covenant which pledges mutual support between the civilian and local armed forces communities.

The Covenant encourages respect for the Armed Forces Community and aims to provide easier access to public services, concessions and discounted private services.

South Tyneside's Armed Forces Forum, which was set up by the Council, works to make sure people in the forces community get the help and support they need. Supported by local regiments and the Ministry of Defence, the Forum also raises awareness of the services community and the sacrifices they make through various events and displays.

Earlier this month the South Tyneside community came together to pay tribute to those who served in the First World War as part of a national day of commemorations. Civic dignitaries, the Armed Forces community and members of the public gathered for a special service led by Rev Chris Fuller at St Hilda's Church in South Shields to mark 100 years since Britain entered the conflict.

At the meeting members will also receive a presentation on the activities that have been carried out since the Borough was awarded Pioneer status for an innovative project aimed at helping people to manage illness and long term conditions.

South Tyneside is one of only 14 areas across the country to awarded Pioneer status which sees areas use a new, integrated approach to early help, self-care and joined-up support services to improve the health, wellbeing and independence of the Borough's residents.

The meeting will be held at 10am on Tuesday, 26 August in the Committee Suite of South Shields Town Hall.

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