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Veterans' Project

Our aim is that veterans in Scotland aged 65 and older enjoy better health and well-being.

If you are over age 65, live in Scotland, and have served in the armed forces, then the Age Scotland Veterans' Project is for you. It doesn’t matter how long ago, or for how long, you served: you may have had a military career, a short period of national service, been a reservist, or even supported a military operation with the merchant navy. 

What we offer

> Information and advice

The Age Scotland Helpline is well-established as a friendly and trusted source of information and advice for older people.  Through the Veterans' Project we're developing its advice provision for older veterans and their families. The Helpline is now a gateway to a range of veterans’ support organisations and projects we're working in partnership with: if we can’t assist, we’ll make sure someone else does.  We're also developing our library of information guides so that it better meets the needs of older veterans and their families.

"The Age Scotland Helpline is excellent; everyone is so good.  I hear the way they speak to people kindly, cheer them up and do their best to solve their problems."       Richard, veteran and Helpline volunteer.

 

> Local opportunities and support

Older people's clubs and groups enable older veterans to share interests, try and enjoy new activities, meet friendly people, and to get advice or help for challenges in their lives. We're working with Age Scotland member groups locally to ensure that they are more aware of older veterans' needs and entitlements, and better connected to veterans' clubs and services.  If you are an older veteran we can inform you about clubs and groups within your council area; and, if you like, our friendly Community Connecting volunteers will keep in touch with you for a few weeks with regular calls and encouragement. 

Download our leaflet for clubs, groups and services seeking to include and support older veterans

> Taking action

We will take action to influence public policy and decision-making where we identify changes that will benefit older veterans.   

How to contact the project

If you are a veteran age 65 and older, or an older veteran’s family member, looking for information or advice or support

•    Call the Age Scotland Helpline: 0800 12 44 222
•    Contact us through our online enquiry form

Please also use the above details if you are referring an older veteran or a veteran's dependant for support.

 

To be added to our mailing list and recevie information including our newsletter by post, and for organisational support and training enquiries:
•    Call 0333 323 2400
•    Email veteransproject@agescotland.org.uk


Follow the project on Twitter @AgeScotVeteransProject

Why the project is needed

Around one in ten people in Scotland belong to the ex-service community, which is made-up of armed forces veterans and their dependents. Many are older: in Scotland the average age of adults within the ex-Service community is 67 years, compared to age 49 years for the general adult population. Studies have found that older veterans can feel isolated, and that they often lack information about support and advice that’s available to them.    

Our team

Veterans’ Project Lead Officer – Doug Anthoney
As well as co-ordinating the project Doug is responsible for support and training activities across south and central Scotland. Previously he was training officer with Age Scotland’s Early Stage Dementia project.

Direct line: 0131 668 8012 / Email: Doug.Anthoney@agescotland.org.uk

Community Development Officer – Steve Henderson
Steve joins Age Scotland from Dementia Friendly Helmsdale. He is responsible for support and training activities across the north of Scotland.

Email: Steve.Henderson@agescotland.org.uk

Veterans’ Rights officer - Jo Wakeley
Jo was previously an Age Scotland Helpline adviser. Her focus is now exclusively on improving the information and advice veterans can access from Age Scotland.

Email: Joanne.Wakeley@agescotland.org.uk
 
Veterans’ Policy Issues – Adam Stachura
Adam is Age Scotland’s Head of Policy and Communications. Under the project a portion of his time is dedicated to taking-forward policy influencing activities to benefit of older veterans.   

Direct line: 0131 668 8050 / Email: Adam.Stachura@agescotland.org.uk

Veterans’ Project Assistant - Laura Delahunt
Laura is the first point of contact for project general enquiries.

Contact Laura: 0333 32 32 400 / EmailLaura.Delahunt@agescotland.org.uk


Our Partners

Unforgotten Forces is a partnership of 15 leading organisations including Age Scotland which will deliver a range of new services and enhancements for older veterans living in Scotland. These services will cover areas such as advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings.

Action for Hearing Loss Scotland
Armed Services Advice Project – Citizens’ Advice Bureaux
Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)
Erskine
Fares4Free
ILM Highland
Legion Scotland
Luminate
Music in Hospitals Scotland
Poppyscotland
Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)
Scottish Older People’s Assembly
Scottish War Blinded
University of West of Scotland

You can find out more about the contribution these partners are making to Unforgotten Forces at the Poppyscotland website.

Project Funding

The Unforgotten Forces consortium has been awarded £4 million of funding from the Aged Veterans Fund, an HM Treasury grant-giving body which distributes funding from LIBOR banking fines. The money will be used over next three years from July 2017 to improve the coordination of existing provision and introduce new services aimed at supporting aged veterans.

Support for groups and organisations

Looking to enhance what your group or service can do for older veterans?

We have teamed up with Age Scotland's Early Stage Dementia team to offer free training days to groups and organisations to boost your confidence and capability for working with and supporting older veterans.

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