Armed Forces Community Covenant
The East Ayrshire Armed Forces Community Covenant was a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community.
It was intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligations between the nation, the government, and the Armed Forces at a local level.
There is now a statutory duty (the “Covenant Duty”) to have due regard to the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, when exercising certain statutory functions in the fields of education, healthcare, and housing. This is in relation to Service personnel, their families, and veterans – particularly where they have been injured or bereaved. The Covenant Duty came into effect on 22 November 2022.
We continue to recognise what our Armed Forces have done and continue to do for us on a daily basis.
You can access the guidance by downloading the Statutory Guidance on the Armed Forces Covenant Duty (PDF 967Kb)
Veterans First Point Ayrshire
Veterans First Point Ayrshire provides an integrated support network for veterans and their families. This support is vital when finding the means to settle into a new home, work and social environment following military service. The aim of the support is to help veterans and their families overcome the various challenges.
For further information call 01294 310400 or email Clinical_veteransfirstpoint@aapct.scot.nhs.uk
Poppyscotland provides bespoke and holistic support for current and former members of the Armed Forces, as well as their families. This includes advice, financial support, local support, employment support, mobility assistance, housing advice, and mental health support.
Help is just a phone call away – contact Poppyscotland on 0131 550 1557 or email GetHelp@poppyscotland.org.uk
Royal British Legion Scotland
Royal British Legion Scotland is open to the ex-Service community and their dependents, as well as those still serving. Legion Scotland offer support visits through their Veterans Community Support Volunteers, as well as free services and advocacy to veterans and those currently in the Armed Forces for pensions and entitlements.
Contact the Royal British Legion Scotland.
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association (SSAFA) supports regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force, as well as their families. SSAFA focuses on providing direct support to those in need of physical or emotional care.
SSAFA has an online live chat service, and can also be contacted on 0141 488 8552 or email ScottishRegional.Office@ssafa.org.uk
Links to further support
There are a huge number of Veterans Organisations, Regimental Associations, and local branches of the Royal British Legion, all of which have informative websites, as do the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. We have pulled together links to each of these, making it easy to access the information you need: