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We recognise the value which serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to the city, and have committed to the Armed Forces Covenant which will strengthen the work and partnership the Council has with the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces Covenant:

Silver_ERS_logo_2017_Armed Forces Covenant

Aberdeen City Council is a silver award recipient in line with its work and commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.  As part of this commitment, we are dedicated to a number of internal and external activities. 

For employees, we have a number of support tools in place if you are a veteran, are a reservist or cadet force adult volunteer or if you’re a military spouse / partner / family member / close one.

Some of these are outlined below.

Employing Reservists Guidance for Managers and Employees:

We have a guidance document that anyone can access which outlines support provisions available to reservists, including 15 days’ paid leave to attend training and events.  It also covers what managers and employees should do in situations where a reservist is mobilised as well as what to do upon returning to work.

Employing Reservists Guidance

Armed Forces Network:

We have an internal network for our employees who are veterans, reservists, cadet force adult volunteers, military spouses / partners, or otherwise connected to the armed forces.  This is a network of employees who can offer support to each other and others in the organisation as well as get involved in proactive activity which supports Aberdeen City Council’s work on the Armed Forces Covenant.  Should you wish to get involved, please email:  armedforces@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Bespoke Email Address and Contact:

Do you have any questions about provisions available to you?  Do you need some advice, guidance or information?  If so, please contact armedforces@aberdeencity.gov.uk and the Talent Team will be able to respond directly or try and find you an answer.

This service is available to all employees who are veterans, reservists, cadet force adult volunteers, military spouses / partners / family / close ones as well as their managers.

We also encourage those who are deployed, as well as military spouses / partners / family / close ones, to keep in touch with us at that email address with regular updates and with any information that may be important for us to ensure appropriate support is put in place for you.


The Council provides a free, confidential, 24-hour counselling service ‘Time for Talking‘, 365 days a year.  This service provides:

  • A helpline for general advice and guidance;
  • Psychological guidance and emotional support when things are getting you down; and
  • Individual counselling, either face to face or over the phone.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can also be offered to employees if required

This service is available to all employees and members of their immediate family, living at the home address and over 16 years of age.


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