Support & Employment Organisations

The following organizations provide a wide variety of practical support to veterans.
 
ABF - The Soldiers' Charity
 
We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it's "just doing their job".  In return, we provide financial assistance when they are in real need.
 
 
RAF Benevolent Fund
 
We are the RAF's leading welfare charity providing practical, financial and - in some cases - emotional support to all members of the RAF family, from childhood through to old age. We help with issues from childcare and relationship difficulties to injury and disability, and from financial hardship and debt to illness and bereavement.
 
 
Royal Air Forces Association

Joe Stanfield – Area Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Address: 20 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX
Tel: (0131) 225 5221 Fax: (0131) 220 0643 

Email joe.stanfield@rafa.org.uk

RAF Personnel and their families dedicate their lives to their country.  We exist to ensure that their sacrifice does not end in suffering, poverty or loneliness. Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back onto his feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations or a WWII veteran needing support, the Royal Air Forces Association is here to help all serving and ex RAF personnel and their families, whenever they are in need.

 
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
 
The single focus of the RNRMC is to provide support to the entire Naval family.  We aim to help those who are in need or who are suffering hardship; assist with the education of their children; and boost the morale and wellbeing of serving personnel. 
 
 
 
Royal Naval Association
 
The Royal Naval Association granted it's Royal Charter in 1954 and is the principal Naval Association recognised by the Admiralty Board and is a Registered Charity.  Membership is open to all serving andex-service members of the Naval Forces including the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, Reserves and all ranks and specialisation's.  In addition, anyone who is in sympathy with  the objects of the Association may join as an Associate Member.
 
 
Combat Stress
 
On Monday 12 May 2014 Combat Stress marked a milestone anniversary: 95 years helping UK Veterans with psychological injuries rebuild their lives.
 
Each year, a small but significant number of Veterans leave the Armed Forces suffering from mental ill-health. It can cause depression, anxiety and, in some cases, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Founded after the First World War, our work is as vital today as it was in 1919. We have a caseload of over 5,400 Veterans, including 662 who have served in Afghanistan. 

 
 
Glasgow's Helping Heroes

Glasgow's Helping Heroes can access advice abd support on a wide range of issues including debt, employment, benefits, health and hosuing issues. The advice we give is impartial, completely confidential and best of all, absolutely free

How To Contact Us: 

5-17 Duke Street
Glasgow G4 0UL    Telephone Number 0141 276 7199

Lady Haigs Poppy Factory 
 
The Poppy Factory has a workforce of 40 ex-Servicemen, the large majority of whom are registered disabled, and while we are a commercial organisation, we are also a charity that provides dignity through work. Many of our workers have been with us for many years and there is a palpable feeling of the military about the place that provides a comfortable and secure atmosphere, for both visitors and workers alike. We work hard to ensure it remains primarily a happy and productive place. - See more at: 
Leigon Scotland 
 
Legion Scotland can provide help and advice on War Pensions and Tribunals.
 
 
Lothian Veterans' Centre
 
The LVC aims first and foremost, to create a welcoming & friendly environment, providing person-centred support for ex-service personnel and their families across Edinburgh and the Lothians
 
 
Officers Association Scotland
 
OA Scotland aims to relieve distress among all those who have at any time held a Sovereign's Commission with embodied service in HM Naval, Military, or Air Force, and among their wives, widows, husbands, widowers, children and dependants. This includes ex-Officers who were commissioned into the Reserve, Auxiliary, or Territorial Forces. Applicants must be resident in Scotland at the time of their initial application or have been members of a Scottish Regiment.
 
 
 
Poppyscotland
 
Poppyscotland supports veterans and their dependants by A) Providing direct financial assistance to individuals; B) Funding a pensions advice service for veterans; C) Providing grants and research to organizations that deliver specialist support to veterans.
 
 
Regular Forces Employment Association
  
The RFEA's simple aim, since 1885, has been to help those leaving the Armed Forces to find and to remain in employment throughout their working lives. This is done as part of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) for up to two years after discharge and thereafter is done on behalf of the Service Benevolence Funds. 
 
Royal Caledonian Education Trust

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is an education trust supporting the children of Scots who are serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces. The Trust was established in 1815 and is very proud that Her Majesty The Queen is our Patron.

For some children, repeatedly moving home, schools and communities, can lead to under achievement in school, particularly if families are experiencing financial difficulties, health problems and other issues at home.

SaluteMyJob

SaluteMyJob is a Social Enterprise providing consultancy, recruitment and assessment services to employers that are committed to supporting the Armed Forces and hiring ex-Service men and women. They help employers apply best practice, put structured ex-military programmes in place and to overcome barriers to successful recruitment of former Service men and women.

 

SaluteMyJob

 
Seafarers UK
 
Acts as an umbrella fundraiser and grant-maker for the whole UK maritime sector: RN, RM, MN and fishing.
 
 
 
 
SSAFA Forces Help
 
We help and support those who serve in our Armed Forces and those who have served even if it was only for a single day. We also care for the families of both.
 
  
SkillForce
We are a dynamic education charity that delivers inspiring programmes that increase the numbers of young people entering education, employment and training
 
 
SAMH

SAMH was founded in 1923 to provide support to the wide network of Local Associations for mental health. In those early days, the Local Associations represented the interests of people with learning difficulties, as well as those with mental health problems.

Today, SAMH provides community based services for over 3000 people across Scotland, offering support, training and recovery for those experiencing mental health problems, addictions, homelessness and other forms of social exclusion.

 
Civvy Street
 
Offer of help and advice on the Transition to Civilian Life
 
 
 
Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees (VA&PC)
 
We advise veterans and their families on their needs, issues and concerns.

VA&PC is an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.

Information, Advice and Guidance

If you are looking for information, advice or guidance on a range of subjects, click on the relevant link below for information on organisations that will be able to assist you further.

Welfare Bulletins

Shown below are recent Welfare Bulletins which cover a wide range subjucts incuding employment opptions.

Buletin No 55

Christmas Debt Bulletin