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12/03/14 00:01

£216k to support and commemorate

Funding announced to support Scotland’s veterans charities and for commemoration of WW1

The First Minister will tonight (Tuesday 11 March, 2014) announce £216,000 to assist Scotland’s veteran charities and to help community museums commemorate World War 1 at an event honouring the work of the Erskine charity in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle.

The Scottish Veterans Fund will see 16 projects benefit from £116,000. These projects are specifically designed to help and support veterans across Scotland. The projects range from respite breaks for veterans and their families to horticultural therapy and access to sport. This means that, since 2008, the Scottish Government has provided grant funding of almost £600,000 to ex-Service charities from the Fund.

Museums Galleries Scotland will receive £100,000 to create a new fund that supports museums and artists in delivering projects that commemorate the First World War, and communicate its legacy for a new generation

Ahead of meeting Erskine residents, Mr Salmond said:

“I am delighted to welcome residents and staff of Erskine to Edinburgh castle in honour the exceptional work done in serving and looking after our veterans. There are an estimated 400,000 ex-service men and women living in Scotland who all have very specific needs and we must do all that we can to cater for them.

“Our courageous veterans deserve our support and assistance in return for their selfless service to the nation. Therefore, I am delighted to announce further funding to the Scottish Veterans Fund of more than £116,000 which will help veterans and their families across Scotland.”

The First Minister added:

“Scotland, in common with so many other nations, suffered an appalling loss of life in the Great War, and its effects on Scottish life were profound and long-lasting. It is essential that we continue to commemorate all those who gave their lives.

“I am also able to announce £100,000 to support the creation of a new investment stream for museums, galleries and artists which will enable our cultural institutions to play a key role in respect of the WWI centenary.

“This is an opportunity to reflect on the war’s global and domestic impact, and its lasting social and civic legacy. The work of our museums and galleries is central to commemorating the significance of war, and its impact on Scotland.”

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“Scotland’s museums and galleries play a vital role in engaging communities with our past, and creating innovative and sustainable spaces for local residents and visitors. This funding will help support new ways of commemorating the First World War, and the lasting impact it has had on Scotland’s people and cultural landscape.

“We envision museums across the country working with local artists and their communities to mark the centenary. We want to encourage children and young people to learn about the war and its resonance to contemporary life in Scotland, and create a lasting legacy for new generations.”

Jim Wilson from Veterans Scotland said:

“Veterans Scotland is very pleased with the announcement of the allocation of £116,000 from the Scottish Veterans Fund which will go a significant way to improving the situation of veterans across Scotland. It will be used to support those people and organisations that are helping veterans and will improve the communications and support by these groups.

"Whilst the majority of veterans make a successful transition to civilian life, the small number that do not will benefit from this funding and the support it will deliver.”

Scottish Veteran Fund recipients are:

  • SSAFA – Scotland wide
    Training Conference for at least 130 volunteers from across Scotland. Last year SSAFA supported 4,813 Scottish Veterans and their families and helped them access over £2.7m in grants and benefit entitlement.
  • The Highlanders Museum – Fort George, Inverness
    Development of museum website, its military archive and facilities for ancestral research. Enhance online education provision with a mix of English and Gaelic targeting both Primary and Secondary school age children building on existing engagement.
  • Lady Haig Poppy Factory - Edinburgh
    Mobile Museum to support the existing school visit programme which caters for two schools per day in the run up to Remembrance Sunday and benefits approximately 1,600 Primary 7 children each year.
  • Scottish Disability Sport – Scotland wide
    Promoting and enabling sport by developing a bespoke project targeting veterans with a disability and engaging them through sport. The project will be launched at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow and will tie into the ambition for a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The plan includes the aspiration to involve current and former military athletes to help inspire and guide participants.
  • Gardening Leave – Dundee, Erskine and Ayr
    Various projects spread over the organisations three Scottish sites. ERSKINE: Improvements to planting, eating facilities and repair to a growing area. AYR: Provision of raised beds to allow better access and participation. DUNDEE: Provision of kitchen and food preparation facilities to allow cooking and healthy eating classes.
  • Veterans First Point - Edinburgh
    Enabling meetings and workshop activities to allow social networking.
  • Poppy Scotland – Research will be Scotland wide
    Veterans Employment Research to identify changes to veteran’s employment since the previous study in 2008. In particular the project will examine employment provision for disabled veterans as well as identifying gaps in the mainstream jobs market.
  • Poppy Scotland – Scotland wide
    Criminal Justice System (CJS) Conference to raise awareness and good practice on how to support veterans in the CJS.
  • Woodhill Primary School - Bishopbriggs
    Museum Visits to learn about citizenship, the sacrifices made by those in our Armed Forces and how the Home Front supported the war effort.
  • RBLS – Scotland wide
    Delivery of Comradeship Events across Scotland designed to both raise the profile of RBLS and focus on learning, keeping active, giving back and remaining connected. RBLS intend to build on the 29 events delivered in 2013/14 attended by 1200 veterans.
  • RBLS – Scotland wide
    Provision of support for a Scotland wide network of Regional Well Being Co-ordinators, Brach Befrienders and Local Wellbeing Workers who will develop links with a wide range of organisations such as DWP, LA’s, NHS, the Criminal Justice System and relevant 3rd sector organisations.
  • Glasgow Caledonian University - Glasgow
    Employment training for Early Service Leavers, working in partnership with Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, Glasgow City Council and others. The University intends to deliver a 12 week college based training course focusing on core employment skills.
  • Veterans Scotland – Scotland wide
    Roadshow delivery across the country to promote a better understanding of veterans’ needs, enable better communication, debunk myths surrounding service leavers and improve prospects for employment.
  • Mark Wright Project - Dalkeith
    Provision of IT equipment and website redesign to allow better and improved access to job search and web based advice and information.
  • SWS RnR – Dumfries
    Respite Breaks for veterans from across Scotland. We intend to provide activity holidays for Scottish veterans and their families.
  • Veterans Scotland
    Development and upgrade of Veterans Assist website to ensure user friendliness, relevance of information and accessibility. A particular focus will be on the development of areas dealing specifically with employment, housing, health and transition.

Notes to editors

The Scottish Veterans Fund was set up in 2008 with the purpose of assisting groups and organisations providing support services to Scotland’s ex-Service personnel.

The Fund is administered on behalf of the Scottish Government by Veterans Scotland, the umbrella organisation for the Veterans community in Scotland.