The Accord Card, Aberdeen City Council's smartcard, not only provides concessionary Travel to anyone aged 60 and over and many disabled people, it also gives secondary school pupils access to Cashless Catering at all of Aberdeen City Council's secondary schools and can be used as your library membership card across all of the City's libraries.
Whether you are 18 and want to buy a drink at a pub or you are 15 and want to buy tickets at a cinema, you may find the Accord Card useful as Proof of Age without having to carry your passport or driving licence around. Sport Aberdeen members will appreciate the Accord Card as their Sport Aberdeen Membership card and many young people already make good use of the Young Scot information portal. Depending on your circumstances, you may also qualify for Access to Leisure. That could be anything from FREE swimming to DISCOUNTS on sporting and leisure activities to HALF PRICE childcare! Visit the Access to Leisure to find out more.
What's more, the Accord Card is FREE and Aberdeen City residents can also get up to 50% discount on many things from leisure, sport to audio visual lending at libraries across the City.
Moving up to Secondary School
As your child is moving up to secondary school s/he will need an Accord Card to pay for meals and snacks. The Accord Card, which works similar to a bank account, is used at all of the councils secondary schools and allows your child to pay for meals in the school canteen and at vending machines.
You shortly will receive a letter with information on how to apply for your child's Accord Card. Please do complete the Accord Card application for your child as soon as possible to ensure that the card is ready at your child's secondary school on induction day. I would like to apply for my Child's Primary 7 Accord Card now.
If you have any questions regarding the Accord Card please visit the FAQ's - Accord Card Application for Primary 7 Pupils section. If you are unable to complete the Accord Card application online please contact the Acoord office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03000 200293.
New Meal Ordering & Payment System at Coronation Court
The council has completed an extensive review of sheltered and very sheltered housing (The Very Sheltered Housing Review 2015) and one of the key findings of the review is the requirement for a fairer and more consistent approach to meal provision at all very sheltered housing.
MyChoice is a new meal order and payment system which delivers a fairer and more consistent approach to meal provision at all of the council's very sheltered housing developments. This new system replaces the current paper menu with an online system which allows tenants to pre-order and pay for their preferred menu choices. The system means that each tenant has a meal ordering 'account' which is linked to their Accord Card. Meals will be ordered in advance for the week ahead and tenants will use their Accord Card to access their 'account' and place their order. To find our more about MyChoice visit the MyChoice website.
We have created a MyChoice video that provides more information on how the new system works.
Free school meals for all Primary 1 to Primary 3 pupils
The Scottish Government has decided that from January 2015 all primary one to primary three pupils will have the option to take a free school meal every day. The information below intends to give parents/carers details on how Aberdeen City Council will provide free school meals to all primary one to primary three pupils at its primary schools.
How does my child receive free school meals?
Airyhall Primary School and Tullos Primary School
Since both schools already use the new Primary School Meal system, your child can simply chose a meal every day and no charge is made for it from your child's account. This will continue until the end of primary three. From primary four onwards you will need to ensure that your child's account is being topped up online. Any money remaining in your child's account at the end of December 2014 can remain in the account until your child is in primary four. If you would prefer a refund of the existing please email the Accord Office with your child's name and the 16 digit Kidz Card number. We will also remove balance alerts for your child's account ensuring that you will not receive any balance alerts until primary four.
All other Primary Schools
At all other primary schools in Aberdeen City, plastic cards will replace the current paper tickets for pupils in primary one to primary three. If your child would like to take a free school meal, s/he will be issued with a plastic card in the classroom and this card can be exchanged for a free school meal in the dining room.
If you have been left with surplus paper tickets at the end of December 2014, you can request a refund by writing to:
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 10, 2nd Floor South
With your letter will need to enclose the lunch tickets you would like a refund for as well as including the following information:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your child's name and the name of your child's school
- The number of tickets you wish to request a refund for
- Your bank account number and sort code (this is the approved method of processing refunds)
- An e-mail address for return remittance advice
Alternatively, you can keep the surplus tickets safe until the new Primary School Meal System is in place at your child's school. View the Primary School Meal System video for a short introduction to the new system. We will let you know when the new Primary School Meal System is coming to your child's school. Once the new Primary School Meal System is in place at your child's school we will credit the value of any remaining tickets to your child's school meal account. Alternatively, if you would like a refund please write to:
If you have any questions regarding free school meals for primary one to primary three pupils please contact the Facilities Team on 01224 522232.
Browse the Accord Shop
We have teamed up with Belmont Filmhouse bringing Aberdeen City residents a great new offer:
Show your Accord Card when you visit Belmont and get
2 Meals for £10
2-4-1 Cinema tickets
What's more you can now collect points on every Belmont visit and redeem them for FREE DVD hire at Aberdeen City libraries*.
* Subject to terms & Conditions, restrictions may apply. Visit Belmont Terms and Conditions for details.
For even more great savings why not get a Spree Book?
Valid until 1st October 2016, the Spree Book is packed with offers for Aberdeen's top restaurants, shops, cinemas, sports facilities and local attractions so if you look for something to do with the family over the holidays,. Spree Book is guaranteed to save your pocket a penny.
What's more Accord Card holders can get £5 off this years Spree book *.
* Subject to Terms & Conditions, restriction may apply.
PAY AS YOU GO DRIVING
Now with fantastic lower rates!
Co-wheels have simplified their tariffs and lowered their day rate.
Hourly rates will start from just £3.75 / hour, mileage rates will be slashed to 13 pence per mile.
What's more use your Accord Card as your membership card and you get FREE membership and 20 driving credit. Find out more at our Pay As You Go Driving website.
NOW AVAILABLE - Balance Alerts for your child's Accord Card!
Parents and carers can now receive balance alerts for their child's Accord Card via text and/or email, so you know when their Accord Card needs to be topped-up. Visit Sign Up For Balance Alerts website for more information.