Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) is a charity established in 1910 in response to veterans sleeping rough in the streets of Edinburgh.
Our mission is to help as many ex-Service men and women in need as possible, for as long as that need is there.
SVR caters for ex-Service personnel of all ages who require a safe and secure environment in which to live. Younger veterans tend only to stay until they have established employment, found a house of their own and have adjusted to the changes in their circumstances. However, we do have a core who require long-term support due to the effects of old age or physical and mental health needs.
We operate three registered housing support services: Whitefoord House (pictured below) in Edinburgh (87 single en-suite rooms), Rosendael in Dundee (44 single en-suite rooms) and Bellrock Close in Glasgow (30 one-bedroom flats). The residences are very comfortably furnished and have a host of facilities such as gyms, lounges, gardens and games rooms.
The service includes a full housing support team, dedicated mental health support, physical and recreational activity programmes, employment support and help for veterans to move on to permanent accommodation where appropriate.
In 2016, 242 veterans were housed in our supported accommodation of which 63 moved on into their own tenancies or supported accommodation. Many of these were young veterans who had served in recent conflicts and found difficulty making a transition back to civilian life. With our help they are now in their own homes, many in employment or receiving the support they need to live as independent a life as possible.
Every donation helps us to support our veterans in very practical ways, such as providing welcome packs of toiletries in their room, a one-to-one session with a therapist or some new clothes for those who arrive with nothing.
Some of our bravest veterans are now battling with civilian life, please don't let them fight on alone.