Advice for people leaving the Armed Forces in Perth and Kinross
Moving from military to civilian life or re-locating from one area to another can be challenging for veterans or serving troops and their families. The information provided here is aimed at providing practical advice, guidance and support.
Veterans First guide
Our Veterans First guide, updated in June 2023, contains some useful information about living in Perth and Kinross and support and facilities available in the area including housing, health and care, education, employment, welfare advice, leisure and recreation as well as links to armed forces and veterans advice and support organisations.
Additional information and contacts
Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs
There is an Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club in the local area which meets upstairs at the Perth Ex-Service Club at 9.30 am on the first Saturday of each month. Clubs are open to anyone who has served or is currently serving in any of the Armed Forces. View the Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs website.
Fares 4 free
This is a charity that asks Taxi Drivers and companies to give free fares to help veterans and their families access essential services and combat Social Isolation. Contact them to find out who can provide this service in Perth and Kinross. View the Fares 4 Free website.
About the Armed Forces Covenant
Armed Forces Covenant - In December 2012, the Community Covenant Partnership was first signed by the Provost of Perth and Kinross to support those living in the local area who are either serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. This commitment was reaffirmed in September 2017 by Provost Melloy with the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant in the Council Headquarters in Perth.
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme honours employers with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for their level of support to the Armed Forces and Gold Award winners must demonstrate outstanding support for those who serve or have served. The Employers Recognition Scheme shows the commitment of an organisation by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and pledging its support to the Armed Forces Community - including Veterans, Reservists, Adult Cadet Force Volunteers and Armed Forces family members. Achieving Gold means an organisation has gone far beyond the basic principles. Many of our employees have served, are reservists or Cadet Force Volunteers and the skills they have brought with them have benefited the Council and our local population greatly - most evidently during the coronavirus pandemic.
Find out more about what the covenant means:
For further information contact Armed Forces and Veterans Champion Bailie Chris Ahern.