Armed forces

Veterans image 1Moving 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. Argyll and Bute Council is committed to strengthening ties between those who serve or have served in the armed forces and the communities in which they work and live.

The council is also supporting the Ministry of Defence Firm Base initiative, which was set up to create stronger relationships between local authorities and the military services. A dedicated council contact has been appointed and a formal programme of meetings will be put in place.

An Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Barbara Morgan, has been appointed by the council and has made a commitment to support local service personnel and their families. This will ensure that the needs of current and former service personnel in Argyll and Bute will be met, for example in terms of future planning of council services like housing, education and care.

Read our brochure

Moving from military to civilian life or relocating from one area to another can be challenging for veterans or serving troops and their families. The information provided in Argyll and Bute Council’s ‘Welcoming our Armed Forces’ brochure offers practical advice, guidance and support.:

Welcoming our Armed Forces families

Our leaflet aims to provide information for Armed Forces families about schools, early learning and childcare provision in the area, such as advice on the transition to the Scottish Education system, a detailed explanation of how our 3 - 18 education system works and how to identify their catchment school. It also provides a guide on how parents can enrol their child, even when they are awaiting allocation of service family accommodation.

Introduction to Argyll and Bute

inverarayRelocating to Argyll and Bute could be one of the most rewarding moves you and your family will ever make. Living and working in Argyll and Bute offers the best of all worlds – a temperate Gulf-stream climate and a stimulating cultural community, set in beautiful landscape with easy access to central Scotland and beyond. An accessible and affordable range of transport options - ferry, rail, air and road – link island and mainland locations with both Scotland’s urban central belt and the remote and spectacular landscape of the Highlands.

Argyll and Bute Council covers a vast area on the west coast of Scotland, with 2,700 miles of coastline, 23 inhabited islands, and six towns. Physically, the area is stunning. Our wild and rugged countryside, mountains, lochs and coastline are home to a fascinating range of flora and fauna, provide inspiration for a lively artistic community, and offer unparalleled leisure opportunities. Our population of 89,590 live mainly in the six bustling local towns but also in friendly rural communities and on some of the best known of Scotland’s islands, each with its own unique culture and characteristics.

Sport and leisure facilities in the area include Aqualibrium in Campbeltown and the Riverside Swim and Health Centre in Dunoon. Oban’s Corran Halls and Dunoon’s Queen’s Hall play host to a range of local and national performers, and the region attracts visitors from across the globe to high profile sporting events such as the Tiree Wave Classic – a world famous windsurfing event.

One of the most family-friendly environments in Scotland, Argyll and Bute strives to offer the best possible start in life to young people. Local schools are consistently highly rated against national benchmarks - our primary schools consistently exceed national targets in reading, writing and mathematics. In national tests, Argyll and Bute is at the top end of Scottish attainment. Over 90% of the region’s secondary pupils gain at least five standard grades, around 20% are awarded three or more Highers, and a higher than average number of pupils from the region go onto higher education.

Find out about all schools in Argyll and Bute

The Community Covenant Partnership

Key local organisations have been brought together by the council in the Argyll and Bute Community Covenant Partnership to share knowledge, experience and expertise and to give active and positive support to the armed forces community.

Veterans image 2The partnership will consider local applications for funding under the Community Covenant Grant Scheme which was launched by the Ministry of Defence in August 2012 and offers a national fund of £30 million over four years.

Community groups, including charities, schools and volunteer groups, can submit applications for awards between £100 and £250,000. These grants can be used for a range of projects which meet the aims of the covenant – for example bringing together armed forces families with others in their communities, or exhibitions explaining what a local armed forces unit has been doing. Once an award is agreed, the Ministry of Defence will release the funds to the council, which will manage the finances.

Schools in the Helensburgh and Lomond area are already benefiting from the education element of the Covenant Grant fund, with additional support for teaching staff, family liaison and training opportunities. Over three financial years, local schools have received over £230,000 in extra support.

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Contact details

Councillor Maurice Corry
Armed Forces and Veterans Champion
Tel: 01436 658911
Mobile: 07593 987314
Email: Maurice.corry@argyll-bute.gov.uk