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Get support for older veterans

There are a range of support options available to older veterans. If you are a veteran age 60 or older and are seeking support, or you wish to refer an older veteran for support, please have a look at the below list of our partner services below. 

You can contact these services directly with any queries.

Introducing Unforgotten Forces

A short animation for older members of the ex-service community that introduces Unforgotten Forces and the ways it can be of help.

Practical Support


Fares4Free can get you to and from vital appointments, groups, and clubs. Available Scotland-wide.

Call: 0141 266 6000
Fares4Free website contact form
Fare4Free on Facebook

Fighting with Pride

Fighting With Pride is the military LGBT+ charity. They have lived-experience support workers in Scotland and can help connect LGBT+ veterans, serving personnel and families to services that can help and support. FWP also has a community events programme in Scotland which includes short breaks.​

Highland Veterans Handyperson Service (ILM Highland)

The Highland Veterans Handyperson Service carries out small jobs and small repairs in and around the home, if you live Ross-shire, Sutherland, Inverness and Moray.  

Call: 01349 884774
ILM Highland on Facebook


Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to the Armed Forces community. Their Welfare Services can help in a number of ways, through financial support and mobility home adaptations, to advice and information services.

Call: 0131 550 1557
Poppyscotland website
Poppyscotland on Facebook 

RAF Association

The RAF Association offers a range of welfare support services for you and your family.

Call: 0800 018 2361
RAF Association website
RAF Association on Facebook 


SSAFA offers practical and financial support to veterans in need of physical or emotional care. It has branches and volunteer caseworkers across Scotland.

Call: 0141 488 8552 (within Scotland)Call 0800 260 6767 (outside Scotland)
SSAFA website

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Information and advice

Age Scotland helpline

Age Scotland offers information and advice on later life matters, and free advice guides for older veterans: by post and online.

Read Age Scotland advice guides for older veterans

Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP)

The Armed Services Advice Project provides access to free, independent, and confidential advice, information, and support for the Armed Forces community. The service is open to those currently serving, families and veterans and can be accessed through Scotland's Citizens' Advice helpline, with one-to-one support available across 11 regions.

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Health-related support

Blesma: the limbless veterans

Blesma offers life-long support to serving and ex-service men and women with limb-loss and loss of use of limbs, including widows and widowers.

Combat Stress

Support is available from Combat Stress regardless of a mental health diagnosis.  

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) can provide welfare and support within a NHS Hospital setting and within the community to veterans and their families if you live in Fife, Lothian, Borders, Lanarkshire or Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS areas.

Sight Scotland Veterans 

Sight Scotland Veterans can support you to adapt to sight loss, restoring your confidence and regaining independence. (Previously known as Scottish War Blinded)

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Social Opportunities and Support

Age Scotland

Through the Age Scotland helpline older veterans can enjoy individual telephone friendship, enjoy regular peer friendship as part of a weekly telephone Comradeship Circle, and find out about a wide range of social opportunities available to them nationwide.


Enjoy camaraderie and a range of activities at the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre in Renfrewshire.

Legion Scotland

Legion Scotland’s friendly volunteers can visit regularly and support you to re-connect with your community if you have lost touch.

Men's Sheds

Men’s Sheds offer a friendly, welcoming and healthy environment for men (aged 18 and over) to socialise, work on personal and/or Shed projects and take part in activities together with a purpose. Find your local Shed today:

RAF Association

RAF Association ‘Connections For Life’ is a bespoke volunteer-based friendship service for the RAF community. 


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Creative and wellbeing

Veterans Tribe Scotland

Veterans Tribe Scotland offers creative and wellbeing events and activities where veterans and their families can relax, have fun with creativity and build friendships.  These are suitable for all ages and abilities and delivered
face to face and online.

  • Call Gerry McGregor: 07817 979 48

Veterans Tribe Scotland website


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Not sure who to contact?

If you are unsure who to ask for help, message the Age Scotland helpline. Tell us about your situation, and we can put you in contact with the partner, or partners, who can best assist.

Unforgotten Forces leaflet

Our leaflet includes a directory of Unforgotten Forces services.

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