November Round-Up

Remembrance

Scottish Veterans Commissioner Susie Hamilton visiting the Royal Scots ExhibitionNovember is always a busy month with loads going on to mark the Remembrance period. As well as events and activities taking place to raise funds in support of Scotland’s veterans community, there are many opportunities for meaningful reflection on the sacrifices made by members of our community. Remembrance is an important reminder to take a moment to thank all those who have served, and think of all those still living with the impact of conflict, including veterans, their loved ones and the bereaved.

I very much enjoyed a visit to the 'The Royal Scots', a Remembrance exhibition at Dalkeith Palace. It was beautifully curated and moving, thoughtfully highlighting the service and sacrifice of individual soldiers. It brought real meaning to the words we say every year: "We Will Remember Them".

 

 

 

 

 

General Practice Armed Forces and Veterans Recognition Scheme 

Veteran visiting a GPNovember also saw the launch of the General Practice Armed Forces and Veterans Recognition Scheme across Scotland, announced by Veterans Minister Graeme Dey. The move aims to benefit veterans and Armed Forces families by providing more tailored healthcare focused on the specific health challenges they may face following military service.

The national roll out of the scheme aligns with SVC recommendations and is a hugely welcome move. For most Service leavers, GPs are the gatekeepers to wider healthcare services, so an improved understanding of veterans’ needs is a pivotal step towards ensuring they can access appropriate health and wellbeing services in a timely manner.

You can read more about the Scheme here.

 

Scottish Veterans Commissioner Susie Hamilton at the OVA Conference in York meeting Robert Gordon University Researchers

Conferences

Attending the Office for Veterans' Affairs conference in York, I saw many insightful presentations and had a chance to meet Professor Zoe Morrison and Dr Moira Bailey from Robert Gordon University, who valuable research on Improving Access to Service Charities for Female Veterans. You can read the research here.

I also attended the Army in Scotland Firm Base Conference 2023, another great opportunity to gather insight and information about the latest work being undertaken to improve support and access to services for Scotland's Armed Forces, Service leavers, veterans and their families.

 

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

I had a very interesting meeting with Rob Bosshart of The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust to hear of their work supporting serving and veteran Naval personnel and families in Scotland.

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A showcase of artwork by #veterans is set to open at The Scottish Submarine Centre in Helensburgh. Inspired by experiences of war and life after service, the exhibition aims to highlight the positive impact of art on mental health and wellbeing.

Learn more at https://www.submarinecentre.org/
A showcase of artwork by #veterans is set to open at The Scottish Submarine Centre in Helensburgh. Inspired by experiences of war and life after service, the exhibition aims to highlight the positive impact of art on mental health and wellbeing. Learn more at https://www.submarinecentre.org/
15 hours ago
Delighted to be back at ACVC Hub in glasgow yesterday. It was inspiring to see veterans involved in such a wide range of arts and crafts, while enjoying camaraderie and fellowship.
Delighted to be back at ACVC Hub in glasgow yesterday. It was inspiring to see veterans involved in such a wide range of arts and crafts, while enjoying camaraderie and fellowship.
18 hours ago
A great visit to Community Veterans Support to hear about the activities and comradeship veterans can find here. I was delighted to meet some of the Veterans who get together and to get a better understanding of the support and services provided.
A great visit to Community Veterans Support to hear about the activities and comradeship veterans can find here. I was delighted to meet some of the Veterans who get together and to get a better understanding of the support and services provided.
1 day ago
It was a pleasure to visit Glasgow's Helping Heroes this morning, to learn more about the fantastic work they do to support the veteran community. I had the chance to meet some of the veterans they work with and to hear first hand about the positive impact they make.
It was a pleasure to visit Glasgow's Helping Heroes this morning, to learn more about the fantastic work they do to support the veteran community. I had the chance to meet some of the veterans they work with and to hear first hand about the positive impact they make.
1 day ago
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