We recognise that third sector organisations play a vital role in supporting the armed forces community in Scotland – both for veterans and their families – despite the impact of the pandemic. However, the pandemic has had a financial impact on many of these organisations, both by reducing the opportunity for fundraising and by increasing the demand for services.
To help address this, we launched the Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund (AFTSRF), administered by the Corra Foundation. The fund provides direct financial relief to third sector organisations that provide support to the armed forces community in Scotland. Applications opened in June 2021 and successful applications were provided funding in October. Grants totalling £730,693 were provided to 19 organisations.
First round of beneficiaries – successful organisations
The organisations that were successful in applying for the Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund are:
Community Veteran's Support
Community Veteran's Support is a charity annually supporting around 200 armed forces veterans in and around Glasgow. They assist with the transition from military to civilian life and run a drop in/support centre with a wide range of services.
Erskine Hospital is an established charity supporting over 1,000 armed forces veterans in Scotland with four care homes, other housing options, an activity centre and various support programmes.
Lothian Veterans Centre
Lothian Veterans Centre is a charity providing a range of services to around 175 ex-service personnel and their families each year. Support includes housing and benefits advice, employability services and emotional support/social inclusion activities.
4th Helensburgh Scouts
4th Helensburgh Scouts is a charity providing scouting activities to 72 young people and their families, many of whom work at the Faslane Naval base.
On Course Foundation
On Course Foundation is a charity offering confidence building golf events to service personnel transitioning to civilian life. Their programme in Scotland has around 75 beneficiaries annually.
Scottish Veterans Residences
Scottish Veterans Residences is a charity providing housing support to over 200 members of the armed forces community who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness.
Royal Caledonian Education Trust
The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is a charity working to support the education and training of children of armed forces personnel who have a strong connection to Scotland.
RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity – supports the armed forces community through employment skills related programmes. In the past year, they reached 470 beneficiaries in Scotland.
Stand Easy is a Scottish charity annually supporting around 75 serving and veteran members of the armed forces community who are suffering with PTSD. They use theatre skills to improve communication and confidence.
Royal Air Forces Association
Royal Air Forces Association is a charity supporting members across the United Kingdom. They received £32,581 to cover core costs of seven of their Scottish branches.
St John and Red Cross
St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service is a UK charity supporting members of the armed forces community when they are in need of accessing health services. Their 'in the round' support helps beneficiaries to more successful outcomes and they support over 200 beneficiaries in Scotland annually.
RBLS Knightswood Branch is a charity providing a British Legion club for the armed forces community. Their facilities are used by around 150 people annually.
Royal British Legion Industries
Royal British Legion Industries is a charity supporting employability and other work with veterans around the UK. This application is for support to their Scottish social enterprise, Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company.
Poppyscotland is a charity supporting the armed forces community by providing tailored support and funding through their welfare services programme.
HorseBack UK is a charity offering a six-month therapeutic programme to the armed forces community, including three one-week long residential courses on horsemanship and rural skills. They work with over 200 beneficiaries annually.
The Venture Trust is a Scottish charity that works with around 75 members of the armed forces community annually, supporting them in the transition to civilian life.
Fares4Free is a charity supporting over 200 veterans and their families by providing transportation that enables them to access essential services. They also provide support such as food parcels, shopping support and communication aids.
Royal British Legion Scotland
The Royal British Legion Scotland is a SCIO providing support to the armed forces community through a variety of programmes for individual members as well as supporting a national network of clubs.
British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association (BLESMA)
The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association is a charity supporting limbless/injured veterans and their families.
Second round of beneficiaries – successful organisations
The second round of the Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund was administered by Veterans Scotland. Applications opened in January 2022 and successful applications were provided funding in February. Grants totalling £180,000 were provided to eight organisations.
The organisations that were successful in applying for the second round of the Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund are:
Outpost Charity is charity which provides relief from suffering and hardship for men or women who are or have at any time served. They do this by providing necessities such as food, clothing and white goods for those in financial hardship. As well as this they offer a Veterans Camp which is a free, five-day, all-inclusive activity retreat in the highlands which helps improve mental health and wellbeing, physical health and social circumstance.
Veterans Community Lanarkshire (SCIO)
Veterans Community (Lanarkshire) SCIO is a charity that supports the veterans community (ex-Armed Forces Veterans and their families) within the Lanarkshire Area. Thier aim is to provide support and guidance to the whole veterans community. They operate a veterans community hub in Craigneuk and also a drop-in cafe, on a Friday, in the Kings Church in Motherwell.
Housing Options Scotland
Housing Options Scotland are a charity which helps disabled people, older adults and members of the Armed Forces community to find the right home in the right place. They have almost 25 years of experience supporting thousands of people, across all 32 local authorities of Scotlan who are looking to rent, buy or adapt a home. They provide practical support, information, and advice which is free and tailored to individual circumstances.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity which supports 60,000 people across 63 countries, including both soldiers and their families, past and present. They award grants to individuals and families, and fund leading organisations and offer support in six key areas: independent living, elderly care, education and employability, mental fitness, families and housing.
Walking With The Wounded (WWTW)
Walking With The Wounded ‘WWTW’ deliver employment, mental health, care co-ordination and volunteering programmes in collaboration with the NHS to get those who served, and their families, whether mentally, socially or physically wounded, back on their feet and making a positive contribution once more. They work in four areas: employment, mental health, care co-ordination and volunteering.
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund ‘RAFBF’ provides lifelong support to serving and ex-serving RAF personnel and their families. They will consider any request for assistance, however big or small, providing a tailor-made approach to each individual situation. From mobility aids and confidential counselling to financial grants, they offer a range of support tailored to the individual's needs.
SSAFA supports both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They help the armed forces community in a number of ways, though their focus is on providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care in areas such as addiction, relationship breakdown, debt, homelessness, post-traumatic stress, depression and disability.
Who Dares Cares
Who Dares Cares is a charity which helps support individuals and their families from all walks of life who are suffering from PTSD. They provide weekend retreat facilities and PTSD awareness sessions as well as buddy sessions, providing a confidential place for individuals to talk to volunteers.
- First published
- 4 February 2022
- Last updated
- 6 April 2022
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