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.
Before the event, Cllr Ronie Proctor MBE, Provost for Angus Council, reconfirmed the councils commitment to the Armed Forces Community by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant with the General Officer Scotland, Maj Ren Bob Bruce CBE DSO.
The event saw presentations and follow-up discussions on the topics of:
The Armed Forces in Scotland - Maj Gen Bob Bruce CBE DSO
Meeting the needs of the Armed Forces Covenant - Jim Wilson, Veterans Scotland;
Housing - John Morrow, Service Lead (Housing) Angus Council;
Employment & Education, Shaun Cauvin, Veterans Scotland & Alistair Ferrier, Armed Forces Champion, SDS;
Health and Wellbeing;
John Morrow, Service Lead (Housing) Angus Council, outlined the Local Authorities approach to the important issue of Housing and informed everyone that by moving information online, they are able to re allocate valuable resources to provide more 1 to 1 support through their Access Centres. This is a great example of a Local Authority providing a better level of Service, not only to the Armed Forces Community, but the Community as a whole.
In his closing remarks, Cllr Proctor reminded everyone that, whilst the day had been a huge success, the important thing was to build on the connections made and continue to work together to improve all services across Angus for the whole Armed Forces Community, Serving, Families and Veterans.
Veterans Scotland are already working to organise similar events in Aberdeen, Highland, Argyll and Bute and the Western Islands in 2018. POC is Shaun Cauvin, Support Officer at Veterans Scotland.