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Scottish Veterans Fund

Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund (SVF) has allocated over £1.4 million of funding to more than 150 projects. 

The purpose of the fund is to support veterans and their families to achieve a successful transition to civilian life and is aimed especially at projects that are attempting to deliver a new or innovative approach to veterans’ issues.

In 2017 we partnered with Standard Life Aberdeen to commit £600,000 over three years to supporting veterans organisations in Scotland through the SVF.

In 2019-2020 we will jointly grant £100,000 to seven new projects across Scotland to combat loneliness and social isolation, support improved employment outcomes and provide wider support:

Organisation Project Award

Scottish Veterans Residences

Combat loneliness and isolation of veterans via art groups. Raise awareness of veterans’ issues amongst the general public by exhibiting veterans’ work.

£14,400

Erskine

To employ a Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) for three years, to work with the existing ANP, to efficiently assess, diagnose and prescribe to patients.

£15,000

MacRobert Arts Centre

An annual programme of accessible drama workshops for veterans and their families, designed to increase socialisation, provide enjoyable, regular, and creative activity.

£8,579

Poppyscotland

To enhance the provision of first aid support and ensuring adequate signposting for veterans experiencing mental ill health.

£7,064

Glen Art

To raise awareness of veterans’ issues with schoolchildren and wider public through participation of veterans and schoolchildren in the Gardening Scotland Show.

£15,000

RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity

Funding to continue a Regional Support Advisor role to assist veterans facing additional barriers to employment.

 

£14,713

Royal British Legion Industries

To create a Mentor Training and Employment programme that will combat loneliness and isolation to ensure a successful transition to civilian life.

£25,600

Six projects which continue from last year will also be given £100,000 in 2019-2020:

Organisation Project Award

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes

Glasgow’s Veterans United – a programme of fitness training, life coaching, health and nutritional education.

£5,000

Fares 4 Free

Free transport befriending service  - to employ an additional part time role of Operations Coordinator

£15,000

Support in Mind

To employ a part-time veterans liaison officer to run and develop the Veterans Community Café

£14,483

Royal British Legion Industries

Employment of Head of welfare. HR, Welfare and project monitoring costs

£28,194

Veterans Employability and Training Services

To employ a veterans support consultant

£14,400

RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity

Employment adviser to assist veterans move to civilian life.

£22,567

The Scottish Veterans Fund is administered by Veterans Scotland.