Funding allocations for local projects helping Scottish war veterans into civilian life

Veterans Minister, Keith Brown, is announcing today (Tuesday 24th April) the distribution of funding support to local projects designed to help Scottish war veterans make the difficult transition back to civilian life.

While visiting the Thistle Foundation in Edinburgh, Keith Brown is meeting two veterans who have completed Thistle’s Lifestyle Management Course for Veterans and will announce the allocations for organisations across Scotland from the 2012-13 Scottish Veterans Fund.

This fund was set up to support groups and organisations providing assistance to Scotland’s 400,000 ex-Service personnel, their families and their dependents.

The Thistle Foundation, a long-established Scottish charity and voluntary organisation which supports people with disabilities and health conditions to lead full lives, is based in Craigmillar.

The Lifestyle Management Course for Veterans provides support, coaching and skills to make the transition from military life.

The projects

The eleven projects to receive support from the fund are:

  • £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 – for 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 – for setting up and running a facility for veterans leaving custody within the Scottish Prison Service.
  • £9,359 to SSAFA Forces Help, Scotland wide – for a conference to bring together SSAFA Volunteers to advance their training and awareness of services available throughout Scotland.
  • £10,000 to Veterans Scotland – for 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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