Supporting the Armed Forces

A career in the Armed Forces can significantly affect your daily life as well as the lives of your family members. As a result, we recognise that the Armed Forces community is in need of considerable support. In 2011, we signed the Hertfordshire Community Covenant to demonstrate our commitment to providing our Armed Forces affiliated residents with guidance and support when it is required.

First World War Centenary 2018

The community of Dacorum marked the centenary of the end of the First World War with a range of commemorative events. Find out more on our news page.

Dacorum Armed Forces Day 2018

Armed Forces Day 2018 - dog displayOn 30 June 2018 we held a special Armed Forces Day event to mark the centenary of the First World War and the 10th year of the Armed Forces Day campaign. Thousands of people visited Gadebridge Park to participate in the celebrations.

The Portsmouth Action Field Gun Cadet Team performed two flat runs during the day, and there was also a wonderful performance from the Rockwood Dog Display Team. The event also featured the Revelations Majorettes, and music from The Royal Yeomanry Band, RAF Halton's Military Wives Choir and the ‘Rockabellas’. There were also fairground rides, inflatables, refreshment/community stalls, adventure equipment and much more for the community to enjoy.

Sir Mike Penning MP, Cllr Neil Harden, Cllr Terry Douris, Lord HoweMinister of State in the House of Lords, Rt Hon the Earl Howe PC, said: "Armed Forces Day is a valuable opportunity for the UK to come together to thank our Armed Forces, both past and present, for the work they do to keep us safe at home and abroad."

"I was delighted to be able to join the community of Dacorum as they showed their support for our Servicemen and women and I thank the organisers for putting on such a spectacular event.

Photo caption: From far left, Sir Mike Penning MP, Cllr Neil Harden, Cllr Terry Douris, Rt Hon the Earl Howe PC.

Dacorum Armed Forces Day 2017

The White Helmets display team performing in Gadebridge ParkMore than 2,000 people visited Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead on 1 July 2017 for our special Armed Forces Day celebration, organised in association with the Ministry of Defence. The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team, The White Helmets, were the star attraction, performing one of their final ever shows.

Armed Forces Day is an annual campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.

Housing support

  • We are committed to providing places to live for members of the Armed Forces community that want to settle locally. As long as an application for housing is made within five years of discharge, past and present Armed Forces personnel with no prior connection to the borough will qualify for our Active Register. If an application is made after five years, the case will be assessed by the housing panel. This also applies to spouses and civil partners leaving service family accommodation following the death of their spouse or partner.
  • Additional priority on the register will also be given to Armed Forces personnel and their families if they have urgent housing need. If this is the case, they will receive additional points.

Further information can be found in our File type PDF Housing Allocations Policy (PDF 1MB).

Hertfordshire Heroes

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The Hertfordshire Community Covenant is a commitment from public and private organisations to support the active and retired Armed Forces community living and working in Hertfordshire. This includes raising the profile of the Armed Forces in Hertfordshire and celebrating and honouring the commitment and sacrifices they have made.

Bronze award

We've been given a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme for our pledge to provide support to the Armed Forces community. As signatories of the Hertfordshire Community Covenant, we've promised to ensure that serving personnel, as well as service families, veterans, cadets and reservists, do not face disadvantage and are treated respectfully.



Local organisations

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is an Armed Forces charity with branches all over the country that meet to provide support and care to servicemen and women and to honour the bravery of the forces. There is a branch in Hemel Hempstead that meets every third Tuesday of the month and one for Berkhamsted and Tring that meets every second Tuesday of the month.


For young people looking for fun and adventure with a military theme, there are two Army Cadet Force detachments in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.

Relate Dacorum, Watford and Three Rivers

Relate is a registered charity that provides relationship support in the UK. The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has selected it to provide relationship support for RAF personnel, their partners and families.

Armed Forces and veterans' breakfast clubs

The Watford and Hemel Military Veterans Breakfast Club is a group of current and previous service members that meet every second Sunday of the month to socialise over breakfast. After leaving the Armed Forces, service personnel can feel very isolated due to the considerable difference between civilian life and the life that they have grown used to. The club aims to unite these people and provide them with support, as well as the opportunity to mix with like-minded people.

Anyone with a link to the Armed Forces is welcome to join - this includes the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the British Army. For more information, please email Emlyn Parry at

The Hemel Hempstead Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meets at the Full House, Hemel Hempstead, at 9.30am on every third Sunday of the month.


Founded in 1883, Armed Forces charity SSAFA offers practical, emotional and financial support for serving personnel, veterans and their families. Also eligible for assistance are reservists and anyone who has completed national service.

All SSAFA caseworkers are trained volunteers who visit families in their homes. If you are in need of assistance, you can contact the Dacorum Division, which is one of five SSAFA divisions in Hertfordshire.

The SSAFA is also always looking for new volunteers (you do not have to have served in the Armed Forces to volunteer). Please get in touch using the contact details below:

Telephone: 01923 606220 Email:

Useful links

Support services

  • Combat Stress and PTSD Resolution are both charities committed to providing support to those in the Armed Forces community suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or anxiety.

Armed Forces discounts

  • Arriva, Centrebus, Metroline and Uno buses all offer discounted services within Hertfordshire as part of the Proud to Support scheme. Further details can be found on the Hertfordshire Heroes website.
  • Rewards For Forces has a selection of online and in-store discounts for members of the Armed Forces and their partners. Registration is free of charge.
  • The Defence Discount Service is the official Ministry of Defence discount service. It offers a membership card that Armed Forces personnel can use online or take into selected high street shops/restaurants to get a discount.