Scottish Veteran Charities merge operations

Scottish Veterans’ Residences (SVR) has merged with its operational arm, Scottish Veterans’ Housing Association (SVHA), to become a single charitable entity. The two organisations currently share their Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

The move follows unanimous agreement by The Boards of both organisations that bringing both charities together will promote improved governance, streamline administration and result in a stronger organisation that can better support homeless and vulnerable Veterans.

The newly structured organisation retains the name Scottish Veterans’ Residences and operate as a Registered Social Landlord with charitable status.

SVR and SVHA Chairman, George Lowder MBE said:

“SVR and SVHA share the same aims and objectives and, in many aspects, already work as a single organisation.  This merger will strengthen The Governing Body’s capabilities in responding to future changes in the operational environment, allowing greater agility and improved governance while maintaining SVR’s distinguished history as a charity that houses and supports homeless UK military veterans in Scotland.”

For further details, please contact Susie Hamilton on 07974 720669 or

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Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) is a charity established in 1910 in response to veterans sleeping rough in the streets of Edinburgh.  Through its operational arm, the Scottish Veterans Housing Association (SVHA), it provides supported housing for veterans of the UK Armed Forces who are in need.  Since first opening our doors SVR and SVHA have helped over 60,000 veterans who have served in conflicts that range from The Crimea to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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