15,000 Veterans helped thanks to Armed Forces Support Service


A support service launched by a group of charities has helped almost 15,000 members of the Armed Forces community despite being set up less than a decade ago.

The Armed Services Advice Project – or ‘ASAP’ for short – was launched in 2010 and is, in large part, funded by Poppyscotland. The charity works in partnership with the Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureau, which, through trained advisers, offers specialist guidance on a wide range of issues including benefits, debt, housing and employment. The service operates in 11 regions of the country – from Ayrshire to Aberdeen – and it is estimated that for every £1 of funding received, there is a client financial gain of £4.05.

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 A breakfast club for Armed Forces veterans is set to open in Dingwall thanks to the efforts of Poppyscotland and a local funeral director. The club will meet on the first Thursday of every month and will allow members of the Armed Forces community to meet up to enjoy a hot beverage and a bacon roll with fellow veterans.

 Frances Beveridge, who is Poppyscotland’s Regional Fundraiser for the North of Scotland, said: “Poppyscotland already has a great relationship with D Gunn Funeral Directors with them sponsoring our popular ‘Come Dancing’ event. We got talking about what else they could do for our charity and that discussion turned to the idea to start Breakfast Club in Dingwall.

 “A similar club has already proved to be very successful in Inverness, and the new one will provide the opportunity for former Service personnel to make new friends. We worked in partnership with Roy Harrison, from Legion Scotland, in order to get this project up and running and we hope this shows our commitment to our Armed Forces community to be behind them, always.”

 The Veterans Breakfast Club will be held at the Croft Restaurant in the town’s George Street (IV15 9SA) from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The cost will be £4.45 for a cuppa and bacon roll, and, for more information, please contact Frances on 07734 979 990.

 Jim Murray, the Funeral Manager at D Gunn Funeral Directors, added: “I have always admired the work of Poppyscotland and those who fundraise for them. Since I moved to the Highlands, I have grown stronger to this great cause, and I wanted to help our ex-Service personnel who have risked their lives protecting our country. My grandfather was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and I am so proud of him even though I never met him.

 “I know there will be ex-Service personnel out there who may have difficulties, which could include loneliness, and so the hope is that by setting up the Veterans Breakfast Club it will give them the opportunity to come along and talk to others that have served.”

 Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to the Armed Forces community. Money raised from the Scottish Poppy Appeal and Poppyscotland’s year-round fundraising enables them to deliver support to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland by providing tailored funding and assistance. The charity also funds services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, mobility and respite. For more information, please visit us at www.poppyscotland.org.uk.






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