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The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (SVGCA) houses disabled veterans in Scotland.  Operating as a private not for profit Scottish charitable landlord, the Charity, founded in 1915 with Royal Patronage since the beginning, houses the greatest number of disabled veterans in the United Kingdom. 

The properties are located throughout Scotland which are run locally by thirty seven volunteer district committees.  The committees (some 163 people) are administered from Edinburgh and the Charity is overseen by a Chief Executive, a Finance Manager and a Housing officer, directed by a board of non-Executive directors.

SVGCA works closely with Scottish Local Authorities, Legion Scotland and the Army Personnel Recovery Centre from where priority is given to those transitioning from the Armed Forces due to injury;  since 2012 the charity has provided housing for 104 such people.  In that same time the charity has raised a further seven million pounds and built an additional 29 houses in 2015.

Application for those eligible is made through a common housing register via



“I was one of the lucky ones. The blast killed two of the best Marines in 42 Commando and also killed our Afghan interpreter. Life since then has revolved around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and rehabilitation at Headley Court. A life-changing incident like that means I have to rethink everything. The first thing that goes is your independence and the great thing about being offered a house from the Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (Houses for Heroes) is that you immediately get your independence back. I now have a place that I can call my own. I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Lance Corporal John ‘JJ’ Chalmers (late Royal Marines Reserve)

On 12th April, 2017

Ann is presented with her BEM

1st March, 2017

New Cottages opened at Carnoustie

28th June, 2016

New Cottages opened at Inverness

2nd July, 2015

Her Majesty The Queen marks SVGCA Centenary