Support for Veterans

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner is not an ombudsman, therefore does not have the power to investigate individual cases or provide direct support.

However, if you are a member of the veterans community seeking information, advice or support, the following services can help.

 

Veterans Gateway

Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Veterans Gateway acts as a first point of contact, working to connect you with the most suitable support services as early as possible. You can contact Veterans Gateway using one of the methods listed here.

 

Veterans Assist

Veterans Assist – as part of Veterans Scotland – offers a useful website designed to signpost Armed Forces personnel and their families to a range of services best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need from across Scotland.

For more information or to contact Veterans Assist, visit here.

 

Unforgotten Forces

If you are a veteran over the age of 60 and are seeking support, or you wish to refer an older veteran for support, Unforgotten Forces is a consortium of 17 organisations led by Age Scotland to deliver services in a range of areas.

You can get more information about the partners and getting in touch here.

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I attended the Legion Scotland Annual Conference in Dumfries last week - a  very informative event and I was honoured to be invited to provide an update on my work as SVC. 

It was a pleasure to meet veterans from the length and breadth of Scotland and see them sharing comradeship and supporting each other.
I attended the Legion Scotland Annual Conference in Dumfries last week - a very informative event and I was honoured to be invited to provide an update on my work as SVC. It was a pleasure to meet veterans from the length and breadth of Scotland and see them sharing comradeship and supporting each other.
2 days ago
It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, which aims to tackle stigma and encourages people to understand and prioritise mental health. 

While anyone can face challenges with their mental health, self-stigma levels are higher among veterans. To help address this, @seemescotland's The Guard campaign features the real stories and experiences of veterans who have struggled with their mental health to encourage other veterans to seek help more quickly. 

You can learn more about the campaign here: https://www.seemescotland.org/priority-groups/veterans

If you need urgent help, you can find out about available support here: https://www.seemescotland.org/urgent-help
It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, which aims to tackle stigma and encourages people to understand and prioritise mental health. While anyone can face challenges with their mental health, self-stigma levels are higher among veterans. To help address this, @seemescotland's The Guard campaign features the real stories and experiences of veterans who have struggled with their mental health to encourage other veterans to seek help more quickly. You can learn more about the campaign here: https://www.seemescotland.org/priority-groups/veterans If you need urgent help, you can find out about available support here: https://www.seemescotland.org/urgent-help
5 days ago
I visited the award-winning Veterans Garden in Dumfries today, a warm, welcoming place where veterans can relax and be themselves, make friends, and access support if they need it. As well as growing flowers and veg, there are chickens, a woodwork shop and a new beehive. I really enjoyed meeting some of the veterans and community members (and their dogs!) over a cup of tea and hearing how much this group means to them.
I visited the award-winning Veterans Garden in Dumfries today, a warm, welcoming place where veterans can relax and be themselves, make friends, and access support if they need it. As well as growing flowers and veg, there are chickens, a woodwork shop and a new beehive. I really enjoyed meeting some of the veterans and community members (and their dogs!) over a cup of tea and hearing how much this group means to them.
6 days ago
From attending the @ctppartnerprogramme Employment Fair and marking the fifth anniversary of Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company, to meeting with the Female Veterans Transformation Programme about ensuring the voices of women veterans in Scotland are heard, April was another busy month. 

Read more in my monthly news round-up - Link in bio 🔗
From attending the @ctppartnerprogramme Employment Fair and marking the fifth anniversary of Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company, to meeting with the Female Veterans Transformation Programme about ensuring the voices of women veterans in Scotland are heard, April was another busy month. Read more in my monthly news round-up - Link in bio 🔗
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