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Advice and Support for the Armed Forces

Advice and Support for the Armed Forces

Armed Forces parade in Alloa

As part of our Community Covenant, community planning partners in Clackmannanshire are committed to providing a range of support for current and former armed forces personnel and their families. This webpage is aimed at bringing together in one place useful information, advice and support services available, both locally within Clackmannanshire and nationally.

A list of useful contacts can be found below:

Local Help

Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS)

The Royal British Legion Scotland exists to promote remembrance & comradeship and in partnership with other ex-Service charities, to be responsible for the provision of welfare, benevolence and pension support of ex-Servicemen and women and their dependents throughout Scotland.

For more information on the local branch of the RBLS, RBLS Clackmannanshire and District, please contact John Murphy, Welfare and Pension Officer for the branch:

Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP)

ASAP has been created to be the focal point for the Armed Forces Community in Scotland for access to advice, information and support.

ASAP is provided by the Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau Service, a highly trusted network with decades of experience delivering a free, independent, confidential and impartial advice and information service to the general public.

For more information, please contact Ally Gemmell:

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

SSAFA provide practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and the families of both, every single day of the year.

For more information, please contact Colin Peebles:

Scottish Veterans Fund

A fund that helps a wide range of projects to support veterans is now open for applications.

Applications forms are available on the Veterans Scotland website and applications to the Scottish Veterans Fund should be sent to office@veteransscotland.org.uk by 2pm on Friday 20th January 2017.

Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. Service leavers of all ranks from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines can all benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities.

Full details can be found here:

Alloa JobcentrePlus

Mar Street,
Alloa,
FK10 1LX
Phone: 01259 294028
Twitter: @JCPAlloa

Scottish War Blinded's Clackmannanshire Outreach Service

Scottish War Blinded's Clackmannanshire Outreach Service provides free support to ex-servicemen and women who lost their sight during active service, as well as those who have developed visual impairments in later life. Our local support worker works together with members to help them stay independent and maintain and improve their quality of life after sight loss.

The Linburn Centre in West Lothian welcomes veterans for a range of social activities, vision rehabilitation, independent living skills training, and groups frequently go on adventurous activities. The centre is a friendly welcoming environment that has been specially designed for people of all ages who have lost some or all of their sight. Veterans from the Clackmannanshire area can access free transport to and from the centre.

For more information please contact

Clackmannanshire Works

Clackmannanshire Works services aim to promote a healthy labour market in Clackmannanshire.

We aim to support business to grow and develop and individuals to build the skills and attributes that they might need to get a job or start their own business.

For more information please contact

National Organisations

  • Help For Heroes supports veterans and serving personnel who have been wounded or injured, or have become sick, as a result of serving their country. Additionally their families and dependents receive support from the Charity as they care for their loved one, and adapt to the new challenges that they face.
  • Poppyscotland is the leading Scottish charity offering practical support to ex-Service people, their families and dependents in need.
  • Combat stress provides a dedicated service for Veterans whose mental health condition is often complex and long term.
  • The Ministry of Defence offer a wide range of information.
  • The Money Advice Service offer free, unbiased and independent advice.
  • Veterans UK administers the Armed Forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service and provides welfare support for veterans.
  • Veterans Bereavement Support Service was created by those who have served in the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy for those who serve and have served and to ensure that they have full access to a specialist bereavement support network at the time of need for their family and friends.

Health

  • Helena Buckley, NHS Forth Valley, Helena is the local contact for veterans, reservists and their families and can provide information regarding their entitlement and access to NHS Services.
  • NHS Choices provides information on the NHS, conditions and treatments and Health Services near you.
  • Check symptoms, find general health information and more through NHS Direct.
  • NHS Scotland, Help and Advice leaflet detailing NHS entitlement for ex-service personnel in Scotland.

Housing

As part of our Housing Allocation policy Clackmannanshire Council recognises that ex-service personnel and their families can face particular housing challenges as they leave the Armed Forces. In line with the Scottish Government's commitment to ex-services people, and in accordance with the Armed Forces Community Covenant, Clackmannanshire Council will ensure that ex-service personnel returning to this area are not disadvantaged.

Feedback & Comments

This page is provided as a portal for information about advice and support available to serving and retired Armed Forces personnel both locally and nationally, if you feel we have omitted any useful information then please don't hesitate to let us know by using the Contact Us form.