Armed Forces community support
Find out what's available for the Armed Forces community.
We've signed a Community Covenant with the Armed Forces and Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire to build on the good relations between the Armed Forces Community and its partner organisations.
The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support that recognises and remembers the sacrifices made by members of the community, including those currently serving as well as their families.
Working with our partners we'll improve the service delivery experience to these groups in our area by raising awareness and understanding of the issues affecting service personnel and improve local access to a range of supporting agencies.
The main objectives are to:
- ensure that service personnel are known to their health provider and can access specialist advice services through NHS Scotland
- improve overall health and wellbeing and offer guidance on specific health concerns including advice with mental and physical recovery
- coordinate access to council services such as housing, mental health and addictions services
- signpost the Veterans Welfare Service, Ministry of Defence 'Supporting Services Through Life' for help or advice on pay, pensions, compensation and Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) benefit assistance
- signpost to ex-service organisations, volunteering services and treatment and support to those suffering from mental ill-health as a result of their service career
- access employability services and our employability team through Work EastRen
We also coordinate annual Armed Forces remembrance events across the authority and in partnership with the United Services Club, Barrhead and the British Legion, including a flag raising ceremony and armed forces day celebrations.