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Poppyscotland is to host an open day at its Ayrshire Welfare Centre, with the aim of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, and to promote the mental health support services which are available to the Armed Forces Community in the area. 

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Housing Options Scotland


Thanks to grant funding from all 3 branches of the armed forces, Housing Options Scotland (HOS) has again been working with 51 Brigade’s Transition Officer over the last year to deliver information and advice events across the length and breadth of the country.  At these events personnel and their families who are leaving the armed forces and settling in Scotland can find out about civilian housing options and the Scottish housing market.

HOS have a successful track record of providing these events to all 3 services in Scotland tailoring them to reflect local housing issues and highlighting incentive schemes such as Forces Help to Buy and current Scottish Government initiatives too.  These events are not aimed specifically at those in transition, they are aimed at families or individuals who want to start planning now for their future accommodation needs, primarily home ownership.  However, it is a recognised aim of the Scottish Government to encourage veterans and their families to settle in their local communities when they leave the forces and they make a valuable contribution to civilian society.

More on this story is available here.

Many thanks to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF – The Soldiers Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund for ensuring HOS can continue to work with the serving armed forces community in Scotland.

Team DMWS did it the Great Glen Way

A DMWS Welfare Officer, Emma Gration put her best paddle forward to take in some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery to complete the Great Glen Canoe Trail, raising funds for charity.

Emma Gration’s challenge was to canoe the Great Glen Canoe trail which is from Fort William to Inverness (60 miles), from the 3rd – 8th May 2018. Emma, accompanied by her partner Henrik and friends Rachael and Gordon Kennedy trained hard for a number of weeks. Not even the daily rain and the Highlands’ notorious midges deterred the foursome who spent two nights under canvas.

Emma said: “I work for DMWS as a welfare officer, and as it’s the charity's 75th anniversary. This year my lovely friends challenged me to do something new to raise funds to help support our Scottish aged veterans further.”

“For someone who has never been in a canoe before this was quite a challenge for me personally. Being a veteran myself, I know how valuable the support we provide is, and this really spurred me on.” 

More on this story is available here.

Loch Ness Marathon Festival

We're looking for 100 people to take part in the Loch Ness Marathon Festival as part of our team! It doesn't matter the distance - whether you fancy taking on the 5k, 10k, marathon or the Wee Nessie (for under 5's) what matters is that you are part of our team and are helping to raise as much as we can to support our Armed Forces community. 

Team Centurion Poppy will be aiming to raise £1,918 as part of Poppyscotland's Poppy Pledge - a year long campaign to raise £1,918 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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Pupils provide a boost for Dalkeith-based veterans’ group


“Lothians Veterans Centre has been awarded grants from the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Scotland thanks to pupils from two high schools.
Pupils from Firhill High School in Edinburgh and Dalkeith High School in Midlothian won £3,000 each by giving a successful presentation to classmates about the Dalkeith-based charity. The money will go to setting up a hardship and day trip fund for unemployed veterans’ in which can access Centre.

A link to the full news story is available here

Combat Stress
Hollybush House Summer Fete 

Hollybush House, our Treatment Centre in Ayrshire, Scotland, will be hosting its annual fundraising summer fete on Saturday 2nd June from 12-3pm. Last year, it raised nearly £9,000 helping us to continue to support veterans from every service and every conflict. Internationally renowned Scottish artist and creator of the McCoo, Steven Brown, will be opening the event and be present throughout the day. The event is also strongly supported by the Hillbillies MCC who provide a 150+ strong ride out from Ayr – their arrival around 1pm is not to be missed! Live music and lots of entertainment will be provided, along with our barbecue, raffle, tombola and cream teas for all visitors. Come along to find out more about the important work we do in your local community.


Further information about this event and the services that Combat Stress deliver is available on their website Link Here

Armed Forces Advice Project (ASAP) now in Ayrshire!

Following a successful bid to Libor, the Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) is now live in Ayrshire.  Based in Kilmarnock (a short walk from Poppyscotland's office) the advisers will cover the whole of Ayrshire.  This brings the number of regions where ASAP has a physical presence to 11, with other areas supported through the National telephone helpline. 
ASAP provides specialist guidance to the Armed Forces community through trained advisers on a wide range of issues including benefits, debts, housing, and work-related or relationship problems.  For more information and to find your local adviser click here.

Informing Scotland Events

Local Informing Scotland events are in the planning stages for Highland, Argyll & Bute and the Western Isles.

The National event has been planned for Edinburgh City Chambers on 01 October 2018.

Additional Locations and dates will be publish once confirmed.  If you wish to find out more about these events please contact the Veterans Scotland Support Officer.


Email: VS Support Officer

Informing Scotland Event - Angus

On Friday the 27th April 2018, the latest Veterans Scotland - Informing Scotland Gathering took place in the Webster Theatre, Arbroath.

Informing Scotland has been funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), a £35 million funding scheme run by the FiMT using an endowment awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The event in Arbroath offered an opportunity to bring together the Armed Forces and Veterans Champions from the Local Authority, DWP, NHS, Skills Development Scotland as well as Veterans organisations from across Angus and Tayside.

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Angus Council renews commitment to Military Covenant:

At the recent Veterans Scotland Informing Scotland event in Angus, members of the Armed Forces joined Angus Council in re-signing the Military Covenant.

Armed Forces and Veterans Champions gathered at the Webster Theatre in Arbroath where Angus Provost Councillor Ronnie Proctor MBE, himself a veteran of the Black Watch, signed the agreement for the council. Also in attendance was Major General Bob Bruce CBE DSO, who signed the agreement for the Armed Forces.


28 May 18 - Scottish American Memorial Day

17 Jun 18 - Founder's Day
30 Jun 18 - Edinburgh Armed Forces Day

09 Nov 18 – Concert of Remembrance, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh
11 Nov 18 – Remembrance Sunday and Armistice 100

Further information is also available on the Legion Scotland website here


Additional Events of Interest

10 May 18 -    CTP Employment Fair
30 Jun 18 -     Armed Forces Day


Veterans Scotland Exec Meetings:

22 May 18 - New Haig House
25 Jul 18 -   New Haig House
14 Nov 18 - Exec & AGM - The Royal Scots Club

Unforgotten Forces is a consortium of organisations, which includes Poppyscotland, has been awarded £4 million from the Aged Veterans Fund to undertake a three-year programme of support for older veterans over the age of 65 and their families in Scotland.

Unforgotten Forces Newsletter No.1 Spring 2018

Erskine Reid Macewan Activities Centre

A link to the Erskine Reid Macewan May 2018 Newsletter is available here

Blesma Monthly Highlights

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity News


A link to the latest RNRMC News is available here

Armed Forces Covenant

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand 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 they serve with their lives.

Further information is available here

Updated – Service leavers guide

The service leavers guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.

The guide contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement, reserve liability and support from charitable organisations.

Follow this link for the Service Leavers’ Guide page

Follow this link for the updated Service Leavers’ Guide.

A link to previous issues of the Veterans Scotland Newsletter is available here



Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a partnership between SSAFA and Glasgow City Council, which has been in place since 2010.

The team helps the local Armed Forces community access personalised support for housing issues, help with employment and training, dealing with debt or rent arrears, and assistance relating to health problems.
They can offer anything from an informal chat, through to a full assessment of issues and referral, if appropriate, to specialist services.

Through the partnership with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow’s Helping Heroes has recently moved to a new office, complete with furniture and storage. The Pearce Institute, a Grade 1 listed building and well-known landmark in Govan, is a much bigger and brighter space for clients to visit the team. Its location, opposite Govan underground and bus station, makes the office easy to get to by public transport or car.

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes work closely with the Glasgow Branch and they each frequently cross-refer, so that the client gets the best possible service from the most appropriate source.

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes
Pearce Institute
840-860 Govan Road
Glasgow G51 3UU
Drop-in centre open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Telephone: 0141 276 7199
Email: glasgow’
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