Support in Mind Scotland is delighted to have been successful in securing a further two years Scottish Government funding worth more than £18,000 for its work with Veterans, based at our Edinburgh service, The Stafford Centre.

The Scottish Veterans Fund will provide the charity with an annual award of £9,123.11 for 2021-22 and 2022-23, to provide liaison support for veterans and to help work with the Veterans Community Cafe, also based at the Stafford Centre,

Our Veterans Liaison Officer Joe Sangster (right in picture above) has been in post since September, having previously been a volunteer, and he will continue to support veterans of the Armed Forces and 999 services with their mental health and accessing other support in the community.

Joe has been providing support remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic, including some veterans who work with our partners at Lothian Buses, and he is very much looking forward to returning to face-to-face work when restrictions are lifted.

Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund (SVF) has allocated over £1.5 million of funding to more than 170 projects, with support from Standard Life Aberdeen since 2017.

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.

For further information on our Veterans support, please contact Joe at: [email protected] or call or text 07597 581130

To read an impact report of the work of the Scottish Veterans Fund, visit the Scottish Government website HERE