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Scottish Veterans Fund

Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund (SVF) has allocated over £1.7 million of funding to more than 180 projects.

The fund is aimed at supporting those projects that will help armed forces veterans and their families to overcome any disadvantage experienced as a result of service. This is achieved through the provision of advice and support in areas ranging from employability and housing support to befriending and wellbeing, as well as those projects supporting veterans and their families to achieve a successful transition to civilian life.

In 2017 the Scottish Government welcomed Standard Life Aberdeen as a partner in the Fund. We have committed our support to the fund until 2022 to 2023.

An Impact Report on the Scottish Veterans Fund and the projects supported by it was published in 2019.

In November 2020 we published some questions and answers relating to the Scottish Veterans Fund.

The organisations that have been successful in the 2021 to 2022 bidding round are:

Scottish Veterans Residences

Invite veterans from Tayside, Angus and Fife who are isolated to join residents at Rosendael, a housing support service, for meals or coffee morning and, take part in activities as well as meet with a registered support worker to discuss their needs.

£15,000

Fighting with Pride

The Journey Home Project (JHP)  will raise awareness  of LGBT+ issues with relevant organisations in Scotland encouraging the development of services to support LGBT+ veterans who can be signposted to them. 

£15,000

RAF Benevolent Fund

Tackling isolation amongst RAF veterans in Scotland through check and call chats, telephone friendship groups and listening and counselling services.

£14,974

Standeasy Productions

Collaborative work between veterans, high school pupils and drama practitioners to explore mental health issues which commonly arise in senior school settings. The veterans will devise a series of short scenarios based on the mental health issues discussed.

£3,078

Mindfulness Scotland

A two year project providing remote access stress reduction courses to Veterans facing mental health challenges to provide access to higher numbers of veterans and those unable to attend in person due to health or COVID issues. 

£6,690

Erskine

Employ a new member of staff at activity centre to provide a wide range of financial advice to members on topics such as welfare, debt management, veteran specific benefits, pension and energy advice.

£12,850

Support in Mind Scotland

Extend project introduced last year with the Veterans Liaison Officer recruited to provide support to veterans with mental health issues, through 1-on-1 and group support. 

£9,123.11

Fares 4 Free

Expand on current provision of taxi services to provide veterans, their carers and families with essential travel as well as delivering support directly to vulnerable veterans in form of well-being checks and providing essential provisions..

£15,000

Salute My Job

Hire a full time coordinator in Scotland to establish a reskilling project for Veterans to enable them to find jobs in cyber security. 

£15,000

Royal Marines Association

Hire transition support officer to aid vulnerable personnel/veterans to support transition or help veterans with complex needs back into employment. 

£11,590

Thistle Foundation

Support veterans  affected by long term conditions to improve confidence, resilience and integration into civilian life.  £14,774

The Scottish Veterans Fund is administered by Veterans Scotland. Contact details are as follows for further information on the Scottish Veterans Fund scheme:

Email: office@veteransscotland.org.uk

Telephone: 0131 550 1569

Veterans Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Edinburgh
EH7 4HR 

or

Email: VAFPU@gov.scot