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Commitment to Veterans

Commitment to Veterans

We are committed to supporting Veterans across the Borough. Many Veterans face challenging times after leaving the Armed Forces and we want to ensure that all Veterans receive the support and care they deserve.

Working closely with the Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland, Danny Kinahan and The Northern Ireland Veterans Support Office, the Council have put together this dedicated website page which includes signposting to available support services, from Health and Wellbeing to Financial support. We hope this support page will help all Veterans living in our Borough.

View the Veterans Commissioner 'Supporting Northern Ireland Veterans in 2024' document.

View the NIVSO 'Veterans' Newsletter'
Edition 9: January 2024

View the Journal of The Somme Association: Battle Lines Issue 24

Veterans' Champion Strategy and Action Plan 2023-2027


The Armed Forces Covenant

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has reaffirmed its dedication to the welfare of service personnel by officially signing the Armed Forces Covenant on 12 April 2024. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise, by the nation, that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society in which they have served. 


Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant

Upcoming Events

Armed Forces Day 2024

Join us for a day of family fun as we show our support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community.

View Armed Forces Day 2024

New Veterans' Breakfast Club

A new breakfast club has been set up at the Ulster Transport Bowling Club, Jordanstown.

View New Veterans' Breakfast Club

Veterans' Roadshow

Veterans' Roadshow

Over 100 veterans attended a special 'one stop' roadshow at Mossley Mill, aimed at highlighting the multiple support services available to all veterans in Northern Ireland. 

Over 20 charities and organisations were on hand, offering practical advice on the many different services available to veterans, from sports to gardening and housing to health.

The roadshow, spearheaded by the Council's Veterans' Champion, Councillor Allison Bennington with the support of NIVOS (Northern Ireland Veterans' Support Office), marks the start of a number of events in the pipeline to support our veterans. 

More details on the Veterans' Roadshow

Support Groups

Veterans Commissioner

Veterans Commissioner

In August 2020, Danny Kinahan was appointed as the first Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland, to act as an independent point of contact to support and enhance outcomes for veterans in Northern Ireland.
Danny Kinahan is a former Army Officer, who served as Ulster Unionist Party MP for South Antrim from 7 May 2015 - 3 May 2017. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for six years prior to serving as an MP. He is also the coordinator and co-creator of the Westminster Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Group and is Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim.

Please find letter from Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland, Danny Kinahan to all Veterans living in Northern Ireland.

Contact Details:
T: 028 905 27734
E: info@nivco.co.uk

Veterans Champion

Veterans Champion

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has a designated Veterans Champion, Councillor Alison Bennington who is available to help with any issues regarding Veterans and will consult with the Northern Ireland Veterans Committee to provide advice and assistance.

Contact Details
E: Alison.Bennington@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk
T: 07741 241011

UDR Memorial

A UDR Memorial has been unveiled in a special service of dedication at Ballyclare War Memorial Park. 

The service, led by Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim , Mr Edward Montgomery MBE, DL and former Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Jim Montgomery, paid tribute to The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1970-1992.