September round-up

Visiting veterans in Orkney

Scottish Veterans Commissioner Susie Hamilton at the War Memorial at St Magnus Cathedral in OrkneyAt the beginning of the month I travelled up to Orkney to meet with members of the local veterans community and learn a bit more about the support and services available on the island. Speaking with members of the Kirkwall Legion and the Orkney Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club, I learned about some of the challenges in accessing support compared with built-up areas on the mainland.

I also attended a Firm Base meeting which involves local services and organisations coming together to give updates and share insight on local support for the veterans and forces communities.  

On my second day, I was invited to Balfour Hospital where I met with veterans now working for NHS Orkney. They shared their experiences of living more remotely and of taking up a career in the NHS after their Service.

I’m hugely thankful to all who gave their time to speak with me and show me around.

 

 

 

Lothians Veteran’s Centre

SVC Susie Hamilton outside Lothians Veterans CentreCloser to home, I met with veterans and their partners at Lothians Veterans Centre, as well as the dedicated staff and volunteers who keep this important support group going. I very much enjoyed meeting with everyone and it was great to witness how much peer-to-peer support there is within the veterans community.

 

 

 

 

 

My Annual Progress Report

I published my annual assessment of the Scottish Government’s progress in improving support and services for Scotland’s veterans and their families. The latest assessment identified notable successes across the areas of health and wellbeing, and employment, skills and learning. However, it also highlighted mental health and homelessness prevention as areas where further progress is required. Providing scrutiny and supportive challenge to policy makers and those providing services to veterans is an important aspect of my role, as it gives an independent and impactful picture of statutory support for veterans in Scotland, allowing us to celebrate successes and focus attention on areas where more effort is required.

You can read more about the key findings of the report here, or you can view the report in full here.

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Really encouraging to see high levels of attendance among employers and Service Leavers at the Career Transition Partnership Employment Fair today. It was also a great opportunity to hear an update on changes to the CTP delivery contract. 

It was a pleasure to meet Kat Barrett from Wincanton afterwards, to hear about innovations in employing veterans and ex-offenders.
Really encouraging to see high levels of attendance among employers and Service Leavers at the Career Transition Partnership Employment Fair today. It was also a great opportunity to hear an update on changes to the CTP delivery contract. It was a pleasure to meet Kat Barrett from Wincanton afterwards, to hear about innovations in employing veterans and ex-offenders.
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From celebrating #InternationalWomensDay and #CommonwealthDay to recognising the achievements of #veterans in the business world, learn more about my latest activity in my March round-up (link in bio 🔗).
From celebrating #InternationalWomensDay and #CommonwealthDay to recognising the achievements of #veterans in the business world, learn more about my latest activity in my March round-up (link in bio 🔗).
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Great to see this new breakfast club set up in Grantown in the Highlands by ex-soldier Mark Strachan has already attracted veterans from surrounding areas. Coming together to share experiences and support each other can have such a positive impact on wellbeing, especially for those in more rural communities.

The breakfast club is available on the third Friday of each month at the Pagoda in Grantown.
Great to see this new breakfast club set up in Grantown in the Highlands by ex-soldier Mark Strachan has already attracted veterans from surrounding areas. Coming together to share experiences and support each other can have such a positive impact on wellbeing, especially for those in more rural communities. The breakfast club is available on the third Friday of each month at the Pagoda in Grantown.
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Popped along to St John's Hospital where staff in the Armed Forces Network were sharing a 'NAAFI break'. 

Great to meet veterans in a wide range of NHS Scotland roles from Administration to Engineering and to hear more about their varied paths from the military to our NHS.

#VeteransSupport #VeteransScotland #NAAFIbreak
Popped along to St John's Hospital where staff in the Armed Forces Network were sharing a 'NAAFI break'. Great to meet veterans in a wide range of NHS Scotland roles from Administration to Engineering and to hear more about their varied paths from the military to our NHS. #VeteransSupport #VeteransScotland #NAAFIbreak
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