The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association
The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (SVGCA), founded in Edinburgh in 1915 is the lead charity housing disabled ex-service personnel in Scotland and provides the greatest number of houses for disabled veterans in the United Kingdom.
They act as the builders and landlords of reasonably priced homes for veterans suffering from permanent mental or physical disabilities. They have 624 houses in 75 locations throughout Scotland. Most are in the Central Belt, with 196 in the Edinburgh area.
The Association’s principal objective is to provide accommodation for selected persons who have served in Her Majesty’s Forces or in the British Merchant Navy or in a British Police Force or a Local Authority’s Fire Brigade established in accordance with the Fire Services Act 1947 and who, while serving, or after completion of service, have been partially or totally disabled or have been discharged through ill-health. They have housed 94 severely wounded soldiers from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts in the past three years.
During their centenary year in 2015 they were honoured by a visit from their Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. The Queen visited a new development in Edinburgh during which Her Majesty met SVGCA disabled veteran tenants from all over Scotland.
Her Majesty’s visit heralded one hundred years of Royal Patronage for SVGCA, an historical lineage the Charity recognises with great pride.
The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association use the appeal name Houses for Heroes Scotland.
For more information visit: www.housesforheroes.org.uk