Contact UsVeterans Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Tel: 0131 550 1569
Fax: 0131 557 5819
The Support & Employment Group of Veterans Scotland seeks to provide funding and research support for all Veterans Scotland member organisations. It also covers areas of activity not falling clearly within the remits of the Housing, Health & Wellbeing and Membership groups. The membership of the Support & Employment Group comes in the main from those charities whose primary role is to enable other service-providing organisations.
Benevolence. Many organisations provide grants to veterans and their dependants to ease financial distress. Before such a grant can be awarded it is necessary for the person in need to meet with a caseworker who will consider what assistance is required. In Scotland, the bulk of caseworking is done by SSAFA Forces Help.
Advice. Many of the Support Group charities focus on the provision of advice on a wide range of issues affecting former Servicemen and women and their dependants. For example, veterans who have been injured in the course of duty may be eligible to receive a war pension. The Royal British Legion Scotland helps many ex-Service men and women with their war pension claims and also provides free representation at appeal cases. If you need advice on war pensions then you should call 0131 550 1565 and ask for the Pensions Advisory Service. Assistance is also provided to war widows and on compensation claims.
Support to other organisations. Many Support Group organisations provide grants to other charities delivering specific, hands-on support to Veterans in Scotland. These grants represent just some of the support grants made by a wide range of Support Pillar charities.
Supported Employment. In Scotland, there are currently two providers of supported employment for disabled ex-Service men and women. Recent research suggests that much more could be done to meet the need in this area and the Support Group charities are working hard to address this.
Veterans Supported Employment Group.
In response to research into the employment needs of disabled and vulnerable veterans commissioned by Poppyscotland in 2008, a Supported Employment Group comprising organisations working in this field was formed to take forward the recommendations of the research.
The recommendations, of which there were fifteen in total, covered a wide range of topics ranging from enhancing Employment Consultant support in Scotland, improving links with Jobcentre Plus, to raising awareness of supported employment initiatives among veterans. The group has made good progress in delivering a number of the recommendations.
Veterans Scotland is a member of this group
The group members are:
Combat Stress www.combatstress.org.uk
Glasgow’s Helping Heroes www.glasgowshelpingheroes.org.
Job Centre Plus www.gov.uk/browse/working/finding-job
Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory www.ladyhaigspoppyfactory.org.uk/
Lothian Veterans' Centre www.lothiansveteranscentre.org.uk
Officers Association Scotland www.oascotland.org.uk
Regular Forces Employment Association www.rfea.org.uk
Scottish Association for Mental Health www.samh.org.uk
Veterans Scotland www.veteransscotland.co.uk
The individual group members provide a wide range of services to veterans, an over view of which can be found on their respective websites.
Prison In Reach. Veterans Scotland is working with the Scottish Prison Service and other bodies to develop initiatives to work with veterans in prison to ease their passage back into the mainstream.
There isa wide range of support agencies available to both veterans and also those who look to assist them. Veterans Scotland have produced a small booklet which give information on some of the points of contact that you may find useful: