Veterans Charities

There are so many organisations covering so many subjects that it is hard to summarise the range of support that Veterans charities can provide.  So if you are in need of any help or support, search this section and those in Veterans Organisations thoroughly, because there is a very good chance that you will find what you are looking for.

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Army Benevolent Fund- The Soldiers' Charity


Tel: 0131 310 5132 Email: scotland@soldierscharity.org

The Castle , Edinburgh EH1 2YT

We are The Soldiers' Charity. We give life time support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it's just doing their job. In return, we provide financial assistance when they are in real need.

http://www.soldierscharity.org/

British Ex-Service Wheelchair Sports Association

Richard Simmons - Secretary
Tel: 01670 363192 Email: secretarybewsa@aol.com

15 Third Avenue , Blyth, Northumberland NE24 2SA

BEWSA promotes welfare and rehabilitation of disabled ex-service men and women through participation in sport.  BEWSA also encourages its athletes to compete to the highest standards of competition and many  have competed in summer and winter paralympic games with many medals to their credit.

www.bewsa.org

British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association (BLESMA)

BLESMA HQ
Tel: 0208 5901124 Fax: 0208 599 2932 Email: headquarters@blesma.org

Frankland Moore House , 185- 187 High Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex RM6 6NA

BLESMA is the national charity for limbless serving and ex-service men and women and their dependants and widows.  It directly supports all our service men and women who lose limbs, the use of limbs or eyes or the sight of an eye in the service of our country. We provide rehabilitation - proving that there is life after amputation - and life long welfare support when old injuries come back to haunt.

/www.blesma.org

Combat Stress (Scotland)

24-Hour Helpline: 0800 138 1619
Tel: 01292 561352 Fax: 01292 561301 Email: outreachnorth@combatstress.org.uk

Hollybush House , Hollybush by Ayr, Ayrshire KA6 7EA

Combat Stress delivers dedicated treatment and support to Ex-Service men and women with conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders.  Our services are free of charge to the Veteran.

http://www.combatstress.org.uk/help-and-advice.php

Erskine (Cottages)

Enquiries - Housing
Tel: 0141 812 1100

Bishopton , Renfrewshire PA7 5PU

Cottages for veterans and their families have been a feature of the Erskine estate for many years. Over the past few years, we have undertaken an extensive £7 million rebuilding programme.  If you want to apply for cottage accommodation at Erskine, you must do this through Veterans Scotland. You’ll find more information on the Veterans Scotland website. If you want to apply for cottage accommodation at Erskine, you must do this through Veterans Scotland at: http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk/pillars/housing/.

First Base Agency (Dumfries)

Education Manager - Mark Frankland
Tel: 01387 279 680 Email: mark@first-base.org

6 Beccleuch Street , Dumfries DG2 8PX

The First Base Veterans project works on four distinct levels. Firstly, and most importantly, we will try to do all we can to assist local veterans. Although help can be many months in coming locally, it can be more quickly available in other areas of Scotland. We will try to make the necessary connections and we can arrange for one of our ex-service volunteers to drive a veteran to where the help is available. We will also look to ‘signpost’ clients to any other services that can be of assistance to them. Secondly, we will do what we can to support the families of veterans, most particularly those who are trying to deal with alcohol and drug related issues. We offer drug awareness training sessions to any organisation working with veterans who have developed a substance misuse problem. It is very hard to help someone who is misusing drugs unless you have a proper understanding about the effects the drugs are likely to have both on lifestyle and behaviour. Finally, we will try to help in any we can with the goal of Veterans Scotland to raise public awareness about the difficulties so many returning soldiers are facing, particularly in these dire economic times.

Forces Children's Trust


Tel: 01737 361077 Fax: 020 7193 2330 Email: dwise@forceschildrenstrust.org

Quaver Rest , 65 Shawley Way, Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5PD

www.forceschildrenstrust.org

Forces Pension Society

David Marsh - Pensions Secretary
Tel: 02078 209988 Email: davidm@forpen.co.UK-wide

68 South Lambeth Road , London SW8 1RL

The Forces Pension Society exists to ensure that serving and retired members of the Armed Forces, their widows, widowers, surviving partners, civil partners and dependants receive the pension to which they are entitled and which they deserve; and that any review of public sector pensions much have regard to the unique nature of military service.

www.forcespensionsociety.org

Glasgow's Helping Heroes


Tel: 0141 276 7199

15- 17 Duke Street , Glasgow G4 0UL

Glasgow's Helping Heroes provides a one point of contact 'Gateway Model' which aims to improve access to and co-ordination of advice and support for service personnel, veterans, their families and carers in Glasgow. We work with a range of organisations across health, housing, social care, employability, financial services and specialist armed forces agencies.

http://sites.google.com/site/glasgowshelpingheroes/home

Glen Art

Fiona MacDonald
Tel: (0)7980 631 110 Email: info@glenart.co.uk

2 SCHOOL LANE , MILTON OF CAMPSIE, GLASGOW G66 8DD

Glen Art and the BRAVEHOUND project supports veterans and their families with horticultural and artistic activities as well as an annual Festival of Remembrance.

The BRAVEHOUND project places dogs with veterans and provides training and support, training is also available for veterans who already own a dog.

www.glenart.co.uk  and www.bravehound.co.uk

www.glenart.co.uk

Gurkha Welfare Trust

- The Gurkha Welfare Trust
Tel: +44(0) 1722 323955 Fax: +44(0) 1722 343119 Email: staffassistant@gwt.org.uk

P.O. Box 2170 , 22 Queen Street, Salisbury SP2 2EX

The Trust supports 7,213 retired Gurkha soldiers and widows in Nepal who have no other form of income. Most are in their 80s and 90s and are totally reliant on the Trust for a secure and comfortable old age. The Trust also provides Community Aid projects in Gurkha villages.

Increasing numbers of Gurkhas are settling in the UK and the Trust is ready to respond. As the lead charity for Gurkha welfare, the Trust has a coordinating role for helping those in need in the UK and other service charities. However, the Trust's firm focus remains Nepal and the many retired Gurkha soldiers and widows who will spend their final days in the mountain villages.

 

http://www.gwt.org.uk/

Haig Homes


Tel: 0131 550 1595 Fax: 020 8685 5778

Alban Dobson House , Green Lane, Morden, Surrey SM4 5NS

Haig Homes is the leading UK-wide provider of rental housing for ex-Service people. Haig Homes has over 1,300 properties, including 75 in Scotland, situated on small well managed estates. The properties are a mix of family-sized houses, maisonettes and flats. The properties are for rental only. There are 65 homes in total on the Haig Homes estate in Edinburgh. The properties are all located in the same area and are in groups.

You can also enquire through the Veterans Scotland Housing Portal at: http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk/pillars/housing/

http://www.haighomes.org.UK-wide/about.gtm

HorseBack UK

Jock Hutchinson
Tel: 0133 988 0487 Email: jock@horseback.org.UK-wide

Ferrar , Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5LD

HorseBack UK-wide aims to provide a safe and secure environment to aid those serving, or who have served in the UK-wide armed forces, many of whom have suffered physical injury and/or acute stress. Combining western horsemanship, rural skills and adventure training, HourseBack UK-wide endeavours to integrate serving personnel and veterans into the rural community inspiring a meaningful and rewarding future.

www.horseback.org.uk/index.php

KOSB Association

J Ross - Edinburgh Secretary
Email: contact via web

The Byre , Broadshaw, Harburn, West Calder EH55 8RJ

www.kosb.co.uk/about.htm

Lady Haig's Poppy Factory


Tel: 0131 550 1573 Email: secretary@lhpfscotland.org.uk

9 Warriston Road , Edinburgh EH7 4HJ

http://www.ladyhaigspoppyfactory.org.uk/

Legion Scotland (Royal British Legion Scotland)

Kevin Gray MM - Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 0131 550 1583 Fax: 0131 557 5819

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HR

Legion Scotland exists to promote remembrance and comradeship and in partnership with other ex-Service charities provides welfare, benevolence and pension support to ex-Servicemen and women and their dependants throughout Scotland.

http://www.legionscotland.org.uk/

Mutual Support

Hilary Winstanley - Support Team Manager
Tel: 01476 861160 Email: support-team@mutual-support.org.uk

Mutual Support exists for serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces and Reserves, their dependants and carers affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Mutual Support, one of the MS Society's National Support Groups, is run by volunteers with direct experience of MS and the Armed Forces and provides services and activities based on what people affected by MS have said they want.

http://www.mutual-support.org.uk

National Deaf Children's Society

Chris Ratcliffe - Director
Tel: 0141 248 4457 Fax: 0141 248 2597 Email: ndcs.scotland@ndcs.org.uk

187-189 Central Chambers , 93 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6LD

Officers' Association Scotland

Mary-Clare Macfarlane - Head of Employment Services
Tel: 0131 550 1575 Email: mc.macfarlane@oascotland.org.UK-wide

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HQ

We aim to relieve distress among all ex-officers who were commissioned into the Regular, Reserve, Auxiliary, or Territorial Forces. We offer employers the best possible access to officers in the process of leaving the Services, and to ex-officers looking for employment.

http://www.oascotland.org.uk/

Poppyscotland

Gary Gray - Head of Charitable Services
Tel: 0131 550 1593 Email: g.gray@poppyscotland.org.uk

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh City EH7 4HR

Poppyscotland offers a wide range of welfare services including direct financial assistance, respite breaks, mobility support, advice through the Armed Service Advice Project and a wide-range of employability initiatives aimed at getting those most detached from the workplace back into work.

http://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/index.php/homepage/show/home/poppyscotland

Regular Forces Employment Association

Annette Berry - Regional Employment Advisor
Tel: 07852 287832 Email: aberry@theforcesemploymentcharity.org.uk

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HQ

The RFEA's simple aim, since 1885, has been to help those leaving the Armed Forces to find and to remain in employment throughout their working lives. Our Employment Consultants have the ability to 'connect-the-dots' between military skills and the job market and we have a unique understanding of what you are looking for.

www.rfea.org.uk

Riders Branch of Legion Scotland


Tel: 07884004890

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HR

The Riders Branch, The Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS, "The Legion of Scotland") formed on Saint Andrews Day, 30 November 2010, in Edinburgh at the Headquarters Royal British Legion Scotland, on Logie Green Road. The branch is categorised as a "National" Branch within the Constitution of The Royal British Legion Scotland and has members throughout Scotland and beyond although, our primary platform is Scotland in which we are pro-actively recruiting. Our secondary platform for membership is receiving approaches for membership worldwide. We are keen to enlist the support of motorcyclists who have a willingness to help The Legion of Scotland to promote remembrance & comradeship and in partnership with other ex-Service charities, in order to support our ex-Servicemen and women and their dependents throughout Scotland. Members are categorised as either ORDINARY , ASSOCIATE or AFFILIATE Members.

http://www.rblsr.org/index1.html

Royal Air Force Association

Mr Gair Brisbane - Director Scotland and Norther Ireland
Tel: 0131 225 5221 Email: Gair.Brisbane@rafa.org.uk

20 Queen Street , Edinburgh EH2 1JX

There are branches of the RAFRA throughout the UK - see website for details.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund


Tel: 0131 225 6421

20 Queen Street , Edinburgh EH2 1JX

Since our foundation in 1919, we have been there, through thick and thin, supporting the RAF family. We are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.

http://www.rafbf.org/

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Cdr Stephen Farrington QGM - Chief Executive
Tel: 02392 690112 Email: rnbt@rnbt.org.UK-wide

Castaway House , 311 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth PO2 8RN

The RNBT gives help, in cases of need, to serving and former Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks; they are known as Primary Beneficiaries. We also help their partners, children and some others connected with them. Our beneficiaries are known collectively as the RNBT Family.

http://www.rnbt.org.uk/

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