Hidden in plain sight - Veteran Mike Jarvis vanishes in Plymouth

Veteran Mike Jarvis was painted at the Boston Tea Party Café in Plymouth as part of our #CountThemIn campaign, showing how the Armed Forces community is currently invisible on the UK Census.

Mike, from Plymouth, served in the Royal Navy for eight years. However, when Mike left the Royal Navy he became invisible to the Government, just like 6.5 million members of the Armed Forces community.

Despite an estimated 1 in 10 of the UK population being members of the Armed Forces community, there's very limited information about where they are or what their needs might be. Without information on those who are Serving, veterans and their families, it's hard to provide them the support they deserve.

Together we can change this

The Government’s official statistics body, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), along with their devolved equivalents, are already starting to plan what questions will be in the next UK census.

We have a chance to influence the questions they'll include.  Join our #CountThemIn campaign and write to your local MP and ask them to include questions about Service in the census.