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St Helens Armed Forces Covenant


St Helens Borough Council are proud to honour our local Armed Forces community through public events such as the Annual Armed Forces Day and the Service of Remembrance.

The council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012 and we work closely with our local regiments, Armed Forces charities, and health, housing, education and employment partners to ensure the Armed Forces community receive the support and recognition they are entitled to.

These pages have details of that support and links to related pages and documents which include information and guidance relevant to our local Armed Forces community - including local support groups and breakfast clubs for Service Leavers, Ex Forces, and Veterans.

From 22 November 2022, St Helens Borough Council undertakes Armed Forces Covenant Impact Assessments on decisions affecting relevant education, health, and housing functions under the Armed Forces Act 2021 Covenant Duty, to consider whether special provisions or tailored services should be put in place, in order to remove any disadvantages arising for the Armed Forces Community as result from the unique obligations and sacrifices made by Armed Forces Service People.

If you or a member of your family serve in the British Armed Forces, or if you are an Armed Forces Service Leaver, Reservist, Veteran, Widow or Widower, the following pages hold a summary of the support, special provisions, and tailored services available in St Helens Borough.





Armed Forces council leisure membership

St Helens Borough Council offers access to all council leisure services for Armed Forces personnel and former members of the Armed Forces. The memberships are all-inclusive, which enable members to access council-run gyms, pools, saunas, steam rooms and classes.

Armed Forces memberships can only be issued at a council leisure centre reception. You must take your Armed Forces ID as proof.

The entitlements are outlined below:

  • Armed Forces regulars, reserves and veterans - discounted Go Active bronze membership (anytime including weekends).
  • All serving personnel and veterans for seven days starting on National Armed Forces Day each year - FREE access to all council leisure centres, fitness suites and swimming pools.
  • Recipients of an Armed Forces pension and compensation (MOD) - FREE Go Active Membership (daytime including weekends).
  • All serving Regular Armed Forces personnel on leave - one month's FREE access to all council leisure centres, fitness suites and swimming pools.

Local Regular and Reserve Regiments

The The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment is the local infantry regiment in the North West. To find out more about a career with the Duke of Lancaster's, please watch their latest recruitment video

St Helens' Local Reserve Regiments

Find out more about our local British Army Reserve Regiment, 103 Regiment Royal Artillery.

Find out more about the Reserve Forces

The following YouTube video highlights the main roles of the soldiers within 103 Regiment Royal Artillery Reserve and the rigours they go through during their live fire training.

St Helens' Cadet Forces