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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

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

Contact: David Gibson on 07708299399 then send a follow up email to:
info@fares4free.org
Fares4Free website
Fare4Free on Facebook

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
Email: handyperson@ilmhighland.co.uk
ILM Highland 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 

Poppyscotland

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
Email: gethelp@poppyscotland.org.uk
Poppyscotland website
Poppyscotland on Facebook 

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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.

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 a free national helpline, with one-to-one support available across 11 regions.

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Health-related support

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, Edinburgh, Borders, Lanarkshire and in the Vale of Leven area.

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.

Erskine

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.

Covid 19 Service update: The Community Support Service is currently operating remotely.  In extreme or emergency circumstances home visits to veterans can be made subject to Scottish Government guidelines. (05/05/2021)

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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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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