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Scottish Veterans Residences – Chief Executive (Edinburgh)
Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) is a Registered Scottish Charity established in 1910 and is Scotland’s oldest military charity. SVR supports ex-service men and women of all ages in residences in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. SVR’s operational arm is Scottish Veterans Housing Association which provides supported accommodation for homeless Veterans who have fallen on difficult times and also provides a small number of rented properties occupied by Veterans and their families.
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Poppyscotland – Welfare Services Coordinator (Inverness)
Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community. We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families. At times of crisis and need we offer them vital practical advice, assistance and funding. An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Welfare Support Officer to help progress the work of the Welfare Centre in Inverness.
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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – Executive Assistant (Scotland)
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is recruiting an exciting new role namely, Executive Assistant, Scotland. The Executive Assistant will be responsible for the day-to-day running of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s regional office in Edinburgh, providing dedicated administrative, accounting, fundraising support and database management to the Regional Director (RD).
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CABINET SECRETARY HELPS LAUNCH SPECIAL CENTENARY POPPY
Keith Brown MSP visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, in Edinburgh, earlier today to help launch a stunning new commemorative poppy, which will be distributed and worn during the 2018 Scottish Poppy Appeal.
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Volunteers needed to make Aberdeen Poppy Day a day to remember
It was a fun event that captured the imagination of the city in 2017, but organisers of this year’s Aberdeen Poppy Day are already hard at work behind the scenes to make it even bigger and better this time around. And to boost this worthwhile event further, they are sending out a plea in the hope of recruiting more volunteers.
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SCOTLAND’S STATE BAND COMES TO KILMARNOCK!
Scotland’s best-known military band, which is in the midst of its first-ever national tour, is all set to perform in Kilmarnock after receiving a warm welcome today from the Provost.
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Veterans to return to World War Two scene of Arctic Convoys
Three veterans in their nineties will travel to Wester Ross today to attend a special annual ceremony on Sunday to commemorate the Russian Arctic Convoys of the Second World War; an event that claimed 3,000 lives. The trio, who are making the trip thanks to the Unforgotten Forces project which supports older veterans and their families in Scotland, have become close friends and will also enjoy a three-night stay at a hotel in Gairloch as part of a new “Break Away” service. Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, which brought the Western Allies together to provide essential support and supplies to the Soviet forces.
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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.
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POPPYSCOTLAND OPEN DAY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
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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Informing Scotland - Angus & Tayside
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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Combat Stress 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.
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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.
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Far Far From Ypres
I am seeking supporters who would like to be involved in an exciting project which is taking place this autumn. Legion Scotland, in partnership with Poppyscotland and WW100 Scotland is supporting a 10 venue tour of Ian McCalman’s production Far Far From Ypres.
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Defence Secretary launches first ever Veterans Strategy and new cross-Government Veterans Unit
Veterans’ homelessness, loneliness, debt problems, and mental health issues will be tackled by the first ever Government Veterans Strategy, announced today by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson. The ground-breaking strategy has been commissioned by the Defence Secretary and today it will be confirmed that a new Veterans Unit with input from across Whitehall will be created. The Veterans Unit will champion the changing needs of the ex-service community and ensure action is taken to meet these.
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ANZACs and Gallipoli remembered at touching service
In a touching show of comradeship and remembrance today, representatives from all sides came together to attend the annual ANZAC and Gallipoli Day Service at the Scottish National War Memorial, at Edinburgh Castle, organised by Legion Scotland.
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Veterans' Health & Wellbeing - A Distinctive Scottish Approach
This report looks at the current provision of health and social care for veterans in Scotland. It provides an assessment of where things currently stand and what the future might hold, alongside findings and recommendations aimed at the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and their partners. Its ambition is two-fold: firstly, to see the mainstream and specialist provision for veterans protected and enhanced, especially for those with the most severe and life-changing conditions; and, secondly, to ensure veterans’ healthcare is a properly planned and embedded feature of the new health and social care landscape in Scotland.
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Unforgotten Forces
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.
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New research shows armed forces charities helping tens of thousands access education and employment
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) today (3 October) release the report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Education and Employment Provision, which reveals that a small number of charities provide a much-needed range of educational and employment services to 35,800 people in the Armed Forces Community.
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Veterans' Health & Wellbeing in Scotland - Are We Getting it Right?
A short 'think piece' by the Veterans Commissioner on key health issues for the veterans community. No recommendations contained but early conclusions on key issues.
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SSAFA – Our Pledge to our Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families 2017-2022
We are immensely proud that, in 2016 alone, we assisted more than 67,000 individuals in many different ways, but always to alleviate suffering and hardship. It is imperative that we balance the needs of our beneficiaries alongside a structured plan which ensures that the charity maintains financial sustainability in what is likely to be a challenging climate up to 2022 and beyond.
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FiMT and LGA release second edition of ‘Our Community – Our Covenant’ report
The second edition of the ‘Our Community – Our Covenant’ report was released today (26 June), commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) working in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA) to identify further ways to improve the local delivery of the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant.
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FiMT and DSC release “Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Mental Health Provision” report
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) today (20 June) release the report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Mental Health Provision which, for the first time, provides an account of the range and diversity of mental health support from UK Armed Forces charities.
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