SNP MSPs welcome funding boost for veterans

SNP MSPs today (Tuesday) welcomed a financial boost for projects geared to supporting ex-servicemen and women will be helped back into civilian life.

Veterans Minister Keith Brown announced £80,000 of funding from the Scottish Veterans Fund, which will go to eleven projects across Scotland that support veterans. 

The support groups and organisations will provide assistance to Scotland’s ex-service personnel, their families and their dependents.

SNP MSP Jim Eadie recently laid a motion calling for greater support services for soldiers, sailors and airmen leaving the armed forces and trying to adapt to civilian life.

He said:

“It is very encouraging that The Scottish Veterans Fund allocations will provide a welcome boost to organisations that help our extraordinary veterans and their families return to some sort of normality in civilian life. 

“It is vitally important that projects like these across Scotland are funded as they play a crucial role in supporting our ex-service men and women with training and assistance.”

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, member of the cross party group on Armed Forces Veterans at the Scottish Parliament, added:

“Together, at national and local level, the SNP will be working hard to make Scotland’s communities fairer and more caring – providing the best possible assistance to the men and women who have served in the armed forces is a key part of that.”




Projects receiving support include:

£6,000 to Tayforth Veterans Project, Dundee A veterans drop in centre providing information and signposting to organisations offering welfare support, information and advice.

£6,000 to First Base Agency, Dumfries

Providing Psychotherapy, counselling, acupuncture services in conjunction with the local NHS.

£6,120 to Officers Association Scotland, Scotland wide To set up and run a pilot scheme offering enhanced support to clients finding it difficult to transit to civilian life and who need extra assistance in finding work.

£2,499 to Gardening Leave, Dundee

Equipment to set up a new facility, expanding Gardening Leave into Dundee.

£10,000 to Thistle Foundation, Edinburgh Providing lifestyle management courses.

£4,400 to Health in Mind, Edinburgh

Providing hardware to help those with combat related stress disorders to cope with their disability.

£10,000 to Health in Mind, Edinburgh

Providing training aids and support to children and families of those veterans affected by mental illness, to better understand the condition.

£9,891 to APEX, Scotland wide

Setting up and running a facility for veterans leaving custody within the Scottish Prison Service.

£9,359 to SSAFA Forces Help, Scotland wide A conference to bring together SSAFA Volunteers to advance their training and awareness of services available throughout Scotland.

£10,000 to Veterans Scotland

Housing Research to allow forward planning of housing requirements for Veterans, involving all stakeholders within Scotland and working with the Housing Hubs.

£5,732 to Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, Glasgow Training clients to assist in accessing the job market.

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