Orkney Firm Base

An Orkney Firm Base partnership has existed since April 2011 and meets regularly to discuss relevant service areas such as employment, health and housing. Participants include representatives of the Council's housing, emergency planning, lifelong learning and human resources services, NHS Orkney, JobCentre Plus, Voluntary Action Orkney, Orkney Housing Association and the Royal British Legion, along with Armed Forces representatives.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. The Covenant was developed by the Orkney Firm Base. It is intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces, at the local level.

The Orkney Partnership signed up to the Orkney Armed Forces Community Covenant in October 2012.

Section four of the Covenant lists undertakings the Partnership is committed to. The contacts for further information are listed below.

Children, young people and their families

Contact Peter Diamond
Service OIC Education, Leisure & Housing
Email [email protected]

Health and wellbeing

Contact Suzanne Baird
Service NHS Orkney
Email [email protected]


Contact Frances Troup
Service OIC Education, Leisure & Housing
Email [email protected]
Contact Craig Spence
Service Orkney Housing Association Ltd
Email [email protected]

Employability and Armed Forces Champion

Contact Ruth Stuart
Service Jobcentre Plus
Email [email protected]

Joined-up services and Partnership Working

Contact Anna Whelan
Service OIC Policy & Community Planning
Email [email protected]

Other contact details for service veterans

Royal British Legion Scotland – Kirkwall Branch

Website www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/KIRKWALLRBL/
Contact Eddie Ross, Welfare Officer
Email [email protected]
Phone 01856 873297

Veterans Scotland

Website www.veteransscotland.co.uk/
Email [email protected]  
Phone 0131 550 1569

Veterans UK

Website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk
Helpline 0808 1914 218
Bereavement 0800 169 3458

Scottish Veterans welfare service

Phone 0141 224 2709
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