Our support for the Armed Forces

We recognise the value which serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to the city, and have committed to the Armed Forces Covenant which will strengthen the work and partnership the Council has with the Armed Forces.

Aberdeen is an Armed Forces friendly city that recognises the service of all British Armed Forces personnel and those of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett is Aberdeen’s Armed Forces Champion.

In September 2018, Councillors agreed to donate £10,000 to the Poppy Scotland Appeal to support their work in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is based on the premise that those who serve or have served, and their families deserve respect, support and fair treatment.

The Armed Forces Covenant includes these key commitments:

  • We will offer up to 1% of our 2,000 new Council houses to those leaving the armed forces, and adapt up to a further 0.5% for those injured in service.
  • We will support the employment of veterans and work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service leavers.
  • We will support the employment of Service spouses and partners, and provide advice services to support cadet forces to prepare for future employment.
  • We will support our employees who are members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
  • We will offer support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools and we will engage with local schools and communities to promote the role and benefits of cadet forces and Reserve Armed Forces.
  • We will work with other organisations across the city to promote sporting opportunities for the armed forces.
  • We will arrange for colleagues from SAAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, to use a council office one day a week to improve access to support for veterans.
  • We will ensure that Armed Forces Personnel are not disadvantaged when it comes to gaining a place at a school for their children.
  • We will take part in Armed Forces Day.

We are setting up a working group to ensure we meet these commitments. We will update this page with more information about the working group when it is available.

Veterans Voice

The Disabled Person’s Housing Service is a local charity offering housing advice, information and advocacy to disabled people, their families and carers.

Their Veterans Voice service aims to support disabled veterans of the armed forces, Police, Fire and Rescue Service and Merchant Navy source and secure suitable accommodation.  Their dedicated service can assist veterans and their families access suitable housing and other support services.

Find out more about the Disabled Person’s Housing Service.

Contact details

For more information or to raise any issues please contact:

Derek McGowan
Chief Officer
Early Intervention and Community Empowerment
Business Hub 11
Level 2 West
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB


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