0131 550 1561 office@veteransscotland.org.uk

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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Age Scotland

Age Scotland Veterans’ Team: Doug Anthoney (Lead), Linda McNeill (Assistant), Pam McLennan (Comradeship Circles)

Tel 0333 323 2400 Email veteransproject@agescotland.org.uk

Age Scotland is the leading charity representing older people in Scotland and supporting their rights and interests.  If offers free advice guides for veterans on key later life topics, and can provide them with later life information and advice through the Age Scotland helpline 0800 12 44 222 / Helpline@agescotland.org.uk. It also offers socially isolated older veterans group telephone camaraderie through its Comradeship Circles service. Age Scotland is coordinating partner in Unforgotten Forces, a consortium of leading charities working together to boost the health and wellbeing of veterans in Scotland age 65 and older.



Army Benevolent Fund

Tel: 0131 310 5132

Contact Via website: Contact us – Army Benevolent Fund

The Castle , Edinburgh EH1 2YT

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.


ASDIC – Association of Service Drop-In Centres


The Association of Service Drop-In Centres better known as ASDIC, represent, advise and unite service Drop-In centres across the UK. ASDIC encourage collaboration and create opportunities for members to exchange ideas and overcome shared challenges, so together we can ensure veterans and their families receive the comradeship and support they need in their local community.


Telephone: 01622 278110

Email: admin@asdic.org.uk

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.


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

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.


Scotland Office:

Steve Burton

Email: bsosniroi@blesma.org

Phone: 0131 2262910 Mob: 07766258461

Combat Stress (Scotland)

24-Hour Helpline: 0800 138 1619
Tel: 01292 561300 Fax: 01292 561301 Email:  scotland@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.


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.


Erskine have a range of accommodation options available to Veterans from five Assisted Living flats and 44 cottages to four care home facilities. New to the portfolio is the Erskine Transitional Supported Accommodation (David Boyle Court), which supports Service leavers and Veterans whose life or transition plans had been disrupted.

We are offering accommodation in the David Boyle Court and wraparound support, so that Veterans have a mutual support base in which to reflect, reorientate and retrain before relocating to the region and employment of their choice – giving back to their community in the way we know they can.

This supported accommodation aims to provide a transition into long term housing and employment for service-leavers transferring from the military to civvy street, Veterans who have encountered difficulties shortly after leaving the military and Veterans who may be going through another transitional period of their post service life.

For transitioning Veterans living in the David Boyle Court, who need help to begin the next chapter of their lives, Erskine offers social, recreation and training facilities at the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre (ERMAC).  They will also be offered a bespoke personal employability package tailored to suit their needs to help them move onto full-time employment and long-term suitable accommodation.

David Boyle Court is within a Veterans Village setting supporting Veterans of all ages.

Find out more here

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 Employment Charity

The Forces Employment Charity provides life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, regardless of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.


Website: Forces Employment Charity

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