Third Sector Organisation Supporting Veterans

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire has complied the following list of third sector organisation that provide support to veterans. If you know of any other organisations that should be included please email office@vaslan.org.uk

Other Military Web Sites

ABF The Soldiers Charity Scotland

  • www.soldierscharity.org
  • Support for soldiers, veterans and family
  • Provide grants, funding and practical support (includes funding to other organisations who support soldiers)
  • Tel: 0131 310 5132 based at Edinburgh Castle
  • Fund emergency flights; respite breaks; specialised equipment
  • Education and training support for medically discharged
  • Elderly care support
  • Housing Support
  • Mobility grants
  • Mental health support
  • Employment support

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Aden Veterans Association

  • www.adenveterans.org.uk
  • Mr Michael Hesketh - Central Scotland Branch
  • Tel: 0178 681 8068 Email: Michaelhesketh@ymail.com
  • The Aden Veterans Association extends a warm welcome to all Servicemen and Servicewomen, their partners and their children. If you or your close family served with the Armed Forces, the support agencies, or one of the many civilian organisations who operated within Aden or The Protectorate you are eligible to become a member.

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Army Families Federation

  • www.aff.org.uk
  • Independent voice of army families and works to improve the quality of life for army families around the world
  • Offers confidential advice and sign-posting
  • Works at local levels with families and local command
  • Main areas of support include: Housing; Health and additional needs; Education; Childcare; Army Reserves; Deployment; Money Matters; Employment and Training; Family Life
  • Contact can be made through website

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Army of Angels 

  • www.armyofangels.org.uk
  • Charity that provides direct and indirect support to serving and veterans in the British Armed Forces who have been injured mentally or physically while serving in conflicts, including veterans of the wars in Europe, the Far East, Falklands, Gulf.  They also support families and co-dependants.
  • Grants assistance for: Household necessities, home alterations, rehabilitation equipment, respite breaks, research grants.

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Army Widows Association

  • www.armywidows.org.uk
  • Christine Gemmell – Chairwomen
  • Tel: 01264 381991 Email: info@armywidows.org.UK-wide
  • C/o AIASC - PS4 HQLF/IDL , 428 Ramillies Building, Marlborough Lines, Moxton Road, Andover SP11
  • The Army Widows Association was formed by widows in 2004. Our aim is to offer comfort, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of service men and women and help them resolve some of the difficulties they may face after the death of their spouse.

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Blind Veterans UK

  • www.blindveterans.org.uk
  • Provide vision impaired veterans with person-centred services and tailored support to discover life beyond sight loss
  • Relearn vital life skills by providing them with the tools for independent living
  • New learning, training and recreational activities
  • Long term nursing, residential and respite care
  • Hotline Tel: 0800 389 7979
  • Application process which can be made by health professionals or family, carers.

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British Forces Resettlement Services

  • www.bfrss.org.uk
  • Tel: 0116 254 5477
  • Social Enterprise created to help Armed forces community with transition to civilian life
  • Open to service leavers; reserve forces, veterans, civilian MOD employees as well as partners and families (no time limit)
  • On-line search facility for job vacancies throughout UK
  • On-line search facility for events calendar to meet with perspective employers
  • On-line search facility for training opportunities
  • Also has on-line resources for building your CV; interview techniques etc and other useful support advice on housing, disability etc.

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British Limbless Ex-Service Mens Association - BLESMA (Limbless Vets)

  • www.blesma.org
  • National charity that support limbless veterans for the duration of their lives offering financial and emotional support
  • Free Membership application available online
  • Blesma support officers provide help, advice and emotional support to veterans and their families.  Can also aid by speaking to Agencies/Local Authorities on Members behalf and help complete paperwork
  • Steve Bunton is Support Officer for Scotland.  Tel: 0131 2262910 Mob: 07766258461 Email BSONorth@blesma.org
  • Blesma Home (Blackpool) provides accommodation alongside 24 hr nursing and residential care.  Can provide Members with permanent, convalescence or respite care either unaccompanied or accompanied by partners.
  • Prosthetics – offers advice and support to members who have either been fitted with a prosthetic or awaiting fitting
  • Blesma has a legacy of campaigning for improved rights for military personnel
  • Activities – cater for every level and ability (examples: cycling, fishing, glamping, golf, horse riding, photography, sailing, scuba diving)
  • Advice – experts in war pension and armed forces compensation scheme, as well as a range of benefits and allowances.  Will aid Members/Widows at War Pension tribunals and hearings.
  • Grants – provide financial assistance for adaptions to home and garden, mobility aids.  Grants also available for redecoration to home/garden.

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Burma Star Association

  • www.burmastar.org.uk
  • PE Crawley Esq Tel: 02078 234 273 Email: burmastar@btconnect.com
  • 34 Grosvenor Gardens , London SW1W 0DH
  • The Association's aim is to relieve need, hardship or distress among men and women who served in HM and Allied Forces or the Nursing Services in the Burma Campaign of the 1939-45 war or are otherwise entitled to be holders of the Burma Star or Pacific Star with Burma Clasp and for their widows, widowers or dependents.

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Citzens Advice Armed Services Advice Project

  • www.asapadvice.og.uk
  • Tel: 0808 800 1007 (9-5 Mon-Fri)
  • Email ASAP@citizensadviceirect.org.uk
  • Support people who are serving in the armed forces (regular or reserve); Veterans (including those called for National Service) and dependants; Merchant Navy
  • Support information on benefits – entitlements; applications and appeals against decisions
  • Debt and money advice including budgeting, debt management, income maximisation and improving your financial situation
  • Housing support whether you rent, live in service accommodation, are an owner occupier or are homeless
  • Work related problems – terms and conditions, dismissal, sickness absence, intimidation, unfair dismissal and redundancy
  • Consumer issues – help with everything from broken kettles to difficulties with gas and electricity
  • Relationships – issues relating to separation, children, bereavement and other family matters
  • Service related matters including referrals to appropriate organisations
  • Veterans Employability and Transition Support  - Employability Officer: Michele Gray (Motherwell and Wishaw CAB 32-33 Civic Square, Motherwell (Tel 01698 259305; Mobile 0776988 575;
  • Email Michele.Gray@motherwellcab.casonline.org.uk

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Civvy Street

  • www.civvystreet.org
  • Royal British Legion’s programme for service personnel transitioning to civilian life (includes regulars and reserves)
  • Tel: 0800 169 4073
  • Employers/Service Providers Dedicated Tel: 0845 680 0838
  • Provides support and mentoring for all those recently leaving or about to leave the forces who are looking for employment opportunities and a chance to redeploy the skills learned while serving.
  • Registration process available online
  • Free and impartial careers, resettling and funding advice
  • Information on education, retraining and job opportunities as well as practical advice on finance, housing and pensions
  • Resettlement provision for foreign and commonwealth service leavers
  • Mentoring – online pilot mentoring programme to connect with mentors in the property and construction industry
  • Funding information for low skilled and unemployed Legion beneficiaries to achieve a sustainable employment outcome
  • Employers can post vacancies free

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Combat Stress

  • www.combatstress.org.uk
  • UK’s leading mental health charity supporting ex-service personnel and families, volunteer and reservists
  • Free treatment and support centres
  • 24 hour helpline for currently serving, veterans, families Tel: 0800 138 169 Email: helpline@combatstress.org.uk
  • Helpline for anyone having trouble sleeping, suffering flashbacks, depressed, anxious or feel something is not right
  • Community and outreach support (person-centred approach) to the care of veterans with mental ill-health.
  • Regional Welfare officers – Robert Lappin covers Scotland West
  • Intensive treatment centres at 3 short-stay residential treatment centres (Hollybush House, Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey).  Can also include well-being and rehabilitation programme which includes employment mentoring, life skills workshop, social activities in the community
  • Pilot scheme for Veterans with mental ill-health and also require support with substance misuse (Glasgow 0141 531 9254; Forth Valley 0125 927 2112)

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Dougie Dalzell MC Trust

  • www.dougiedalzellmemorialtrust.co.uk
  • Supports active and retired servicemen/women and their families through a variety of grants and the provision of facilities, equipment and services for rehabilitation training and education
  • Also supports ‘Soldiers in Mind’ which provide mental health support services for military personnel and their families
  • Provide grants for education and other beneficial activities for dependents
  • Provide grants to other charities who assist members of the armed forces and their dependents

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Glasgow Helping Heros

  • www.glasgowhelpingheroes.org
  • Set up by Glasgow City Council to provide a gateway support to service personnel, veterans, their families and carers
  • 15-17 Duke Street, Glasgow Tel: 0141 276 7199
  • Johanna McGhee - Peer Support Worker tel: 07880094013 Email: johanna.mcghee@glasgow.gov.uk
  • Provides information/support on: Housing, Homelessness, Employability, Benefits, Debt, Mental Health supports, Addictions, Physical health, disabilities, literacy support, grants
  • Newsletters
  • Glasgow Veterans United – course runs over 16 weeks to aid veterans with their wellbeing and lifestyle choices.  Course is for those struggling with their mental health, addictions and social isolation

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Erskine

  • www.erskine.org.uk
  • Offers ex-servicemen and women all over Scotland nursing, dementia and respite care and support (homes in Bishopton, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and bursary scheme places in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee and Perth).
  • 339 beds across 4 homes
  • Provide both respite and full-time care
  • Email: enquiries@erskine.org.uk
  • Phone 0141 812 1100

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Gurkha Welfare Trust

  • www.gwt.org.uk
  • Provide financial, medical and development aid to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities
  • Welfare pension awarded to impoverished Gurkha veterans and widows
  • Residential homes
  • Medical programme offering free healthcare and funded treatment.  Mobile teams visit housebound
  • Disability support grants for disabled children of Gurkha soldiers
  • Emergency hardship grants
  • Support in UK and Nepal

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First Base Agency (Dumfries)

  • Education Manager - Mark Frankland
  • Tel: 01387 279 680 Email: mark@first-base.org
  • 6 Beccleuch Street , Dumfries DG2 8PX
  • The First Base Veterans project works on four distinct levels. Firstly, and most importantly, we will try to do all we can to assist local veterans. Although help can be many months in coming locally, it can be more quickly available in other areas of Scotland. We will try to make the necessary connections and we can arrange for one of our ex-service volunteers to drive a veteran to where the help is available. We will also look to ‘signpost’ clients to any other services that can be of assistance to them. Secondly, we will do what we can to support the families of veterans, most particularly those who are trying to deal with alcohol and drug related issues. We offer drug awareness training sessions to any organisation working with veterans who have developed a substance misuse problem. It is very hard to help someone who is misusing drugs unless you have a proper understanding about the effects the drugs are likely to have both on lifestyle and behaviour. Finally, we will try to help in any we can with the goal of Veterans Scotland to raise public awareness about the difficulties so many returning soldiers are facing, particularly in these dire economic times.

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Forces Online

  • www.forcesonline.org.uk
  • Forces Online (Used to be Forces United) is an online directory of Social Media Groups and Pages as well as Web Sites that have a British combined military theme. It started out as an informal site back in December 2013 which was combined with a Facebook group and page as well as some links to other Social Media resources. (which can be found up near the top menu). Online Veterans Support Network consisting of a page for every County in the United Kingdom Countries, which will eventual be broken down into Towns and Cities.
  • Closed social media Facebook Group where people who have a military connection or are supporters of our Armed Forces can apply to join and engage in chat with our current members, as well as a Facebook Page. The web site does has a membership system where they encourage Group, Page and Web Site administrators to join so that they can list there organisation with for FREE.
  • Generally many Social Media Groups have web sites and other social media links within the organization and the idea behind the service is to list the services an organisation has to offer all in one place, which will be posted on a Blog Post which is connected to a Directory listing which is usually submitter by a user.
  • The Web Sliders are random which means everyone gets an equal share of the listings. Once your organisation has been listed you can change images through our admin process and also keep your own Blog page and Directory up to date. All of this service is FREE to British Military Organizations.

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Glen Art

  • www.glenart.co.uk
  • Fiona MacDonald
  • Tel: (0)7980 631 110 Email: info@glenart.co.uk
  • 2 SCHOOL LANE , MILTON OF CAMPSIE, GLASGOW G66 8DD
  • Glen Art and the BRAVEHOUND project supports veterans and their families with horticultural and artistic activities as well as an annual Festival of Remembrance.

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BRAVEHOUND

  • www.bravehound.co.uk
  • Project places dogs with veterans and provides training and support, training is also available for veterans who already own a dog.

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Haig Housing

  • www.haighousing.org.uk
  • Offers a wide range of housing assistance and options ranging from general needs rental housing for ex-services personnel and families through to specially adapted housing for severely wounded and disabled which includes options other than rental
  • To be considered applicants must have a British armed forces connection and be in housing need (assessed using a points system)
  • Housing in Edinburgh/Glasgow
  • Online application process

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Help for Heroes

  • www.helpforheroes.org.uk
  • Supports serving and reservist personnel and veterans who have suffered injuries or illness as a result of their service.  Also supports close family and dependents.
  • Sports recovery – organised over 350 events on over 50 sports enabling sick, wounded, injured service personnel and veterans to get involved with sport.  Have 3 pathways within sports recovery which covers recreational; an employment education and training and performance which support military athletes aspiring to represent their country,
  • Psychological support
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Career recovery
  • Welfare
  • Recovery centres aim to inspire those who have been wounded injured or become sick while serving in the military to enable them to lead, active, independent and fulfilling lives
  • Individual support – includes financial support for those with life-changing injuries or their families (can include adaptions; sports recovery equipment and activities; white/brown goods; vocational and employment opportunities; respite breaks
  • Hidden wounds – provides free and confidential support to ex service personnel and their families, and to families of those still servicing who are living with anxiety, stress, anger or who wish to change their drinking habits

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Horseback UK

  • www.horseback.org.uk
  • Scottish Charity that supports wounded service personnel and veterans in their recovery by introducing them to horses.  While working with the horses they can regain their confidence and dignity.
  • Location: Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
  • Veterans also support the project and assist in the delivery of the courses.
  • Eligibility – serving men and women and veterans with a physical or operational stress injury through active service
  • Referrals from Personal recovery officers, NHS, Combat Stress or recognised military association
  • Funding for the courses can  be provided by several military charities (ie Help for Heroes)
  • 3 x week long residential courses

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Help 4 Homeless Veterans

  • www.help4homelessveterans.org.uk
  • Source and provide accommodation to ex service personnel who are living rough or in unsatisfactory accommodation.
  • Provide access to organisations who can also support them with employment, further training and wider opportunities.

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Houses for Heroes Scotland

  • www.housesforheroes.org.uk
  • To provide and maintain reasonably priced rented housing for disabled veterans in Scotland who have served in the forces and who while service or after service have been partially or totally disabled or discharged through ill-health.
  • 683 houses across Scotland (most in Central belt)
  • Work closely with Veterans Scotland

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Kartforce

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League of Remembrance

  • Tel: 020 7829 7818 Fax: 020 7829 7818
  • 55 Great Ormond Street , London WC1N 3HZ
  • To provide companionship, financial assistance and support to dependants and retired members of the armed forces and retired nurses.

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Legion Scotland

  • www.legionscotland.org.uk
  • The Royal British Legion Scotland is Scotland’s largest ex-service membership organisation with a branch network across the country.  It promotes comradeship and remembrance as well as wellbeing, benevolence and pension support
  • Specialist disablement pensions service
  • Range of grants to support ex service personnel and family
  • Email contact via website
  • Phone 0131 550 1583
  • Stephen Elliot Head of Events and Liaison tel: 07904 817917 Email: s.elliot@legionscotland.org.uk

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National Ex-POW Association

  • www.prisonerofwar.org.uk
  • Mr Les Allan - President & Honorary General Secretary
  • Tel: 01753 818308
  • 99 Parlaunt Road , Langley SL3 8BE
  • The National Ex-POW Association promotes the welfare of those who during service with United Kingdom or Allied Forces were made Prisoner of War and renews that spirit of comrade-ship known only between Prisoners of War. Membership of the Association is available to former prisoners of all wars, their relatives and other interested parties. Membership details are available from our President & Honorary General Secretary.

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National Gulf Veterans and Families Association

  • www.ngvfa.org.uk
  • Maria Rusling - General Manager
  • Tel: 0845 257 4853 Email: info@ngvfa.org.UK-wide
  • Building E, Office 8, Chamberlain Business Centre, Chamberlain Road, Hull HU8 8HL
  • The NGVFA is an independent charity supporting those affected by Gulf War 1 and Gulf War 2 (Iraq), the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and all future desert conflicts. Those affected who are supported by the NGVFA include:
  • Veterans (whether ill or not)
  • Service personnel who were vaccinated but were non-deployed
  • Armed forces personnel who are still serving
  • Family members
  • Widows / widowers
  • Civilians contracted to the armed forces.

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National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association

  • www.nmbva.co.uk
  • Lt Col Tex Pemberton OBE – Chairman; Tel: 01428 651784
  • Email: texpemberton@googlemail.com
  • Watersmeer , Fernden Lane, Haslemere GU27 3LA
  • The Association is part of a worldwide network. Membership is open to all who served in Her Majesty`s Forces, the Commonwealth Forces, the Royal Federation of Malaya Police, the Civil Service, Saint John Ambulance and Auxiliary Forces during the Second World War, The Malayan Emergency and the Borneo, Indonesian Confrontation and thereafter.

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Normandy Veterans Association

  • G Batts
  • Tel: 01622 726854 Email: gbatts@btinternet.com
  • 1 Chervilles , Maidstone ME16 9JE
  • The aims of the Normandy Veterans Association are to: encourage the 1944's spirit of comradeship irrespective of rank or social position; promote contacts between former comrades via branch meetings, reunions etc; organise visits; give practical assistance to members and their dependents who are in need; and inform the younger generation of the times and past deeds of their forebears for the benefit of their country.

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Officers Association Scotland

  • www.oascotland.org.uk
  • Mary-Clare Macfarlane - Head of Employment Services
  • Tel: 0131 550 1575 Email: mc.macfarlane@oascotland.org.UK-wide
  • New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HQ
  • We aim to relieve distress among all ex-officers who were commissioned into the Regular, Reserve, Auxiliary, or Territorial Forces. We offer employers the best possible access to officers in the process of leaving the Services, and to ex-officers looking for employment.

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Poppy Scotland

  • www.poppyscotland.org.uk
  • Tailored support/funding (in conjunction with SSAFA)
  • Employment support grants (£2K to undertake vocational training)
  • Lifeworks (5 day course fully funded) works in partnership with Ex-Military Careers.com and operates across UK (Scottish course in Stirling)
  • Respite/Breaks – Holiday park (mobile home/food vouchers); Adventure for serving/ex-military children)
  • Advice (ASAP; Civvy Street; Pensions; Military Matters)
  • Mobility Aids – fund aids and adaptions
  • Housing
  • Mental Health support
  • Grant funding to organisations who support veterans (up to £10K)
  • Inverness Welfare Centre (mental health advice/support)

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PTSD Resolution

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RAF Association

  • www.rafa.or.uk
  • Membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF family (includes all serving and ex-serving personnel and their dependants)
  • Welfare advice and support (person-centred; war pension; compensation; money advice; support and friendship visits
  • Storybook Wings – provides recording equipment for serving personnel to record stories that can be made into CD’s and sent to children while parent on deployment.  To take part Tel 01780 783 645 or email storybookwings@rafa.org.uk
  • Welfare breaks available in 3 locations in England for short welfare breaks
  • RAF Assoc branches across UK
  • Membership charge

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RAF Benevolent Fund

  • www.rafbf.org
  • Support serving and veterans of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children (under 18).  Also support reservists; those who completed their National Service; Widows and widowers.
  • To qualify for general support you must have less than £16K in savings or if you require care home top-up assistance less than £23,250.  Application available on-line.
  • Serving personnel can get: support to transition to civilian life; support if injured, illness or death; welfare breaks for children
  • Financial support including benefit advice
  • Accommodation and moving – depending on circumstances support with deposits, bonds; first rent; removal costs; costs for essential furniture/white goods; essential property repairs
  • Affordable Warmth Scheme – fund the installation/upgrade of central heating including replacing boilers
  • Care Home Fees including advice and advocacy relating to care
  • Employment/training support
  • Help to live independently or with a disability including housing adaptions; equipment to help at home; mobility equipment; domiciliary or residential care
  • Mental Health - Work in partnership with Anxiety UK. Dedicated helpline and email; therapy provision; self-help materials.  Tel: 0844 334 1500 Email: rafsupport@anxiety.org.uk also individual support service for vulnerable, isolated or bereaved
  • Advice and advocacy on benefits/welfare Tel: 0800 169 2942 Email advice@rafbf.org.uk
  • Welfare breaks (nationwide)
  • External grants programme (currently on-hold).

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RAF Ex-POW Association

  • www.rafinfo.org.uk
  • John K. Banfield - Secretary
  • Flat 1 , Lincoln Lodge, 21 Downs Court Road, Beckenham BR3 6LW
  • Objects of the RAF Ex-POW Association are to provide a means of association for men who served in any branch of the Allied Air Forces who became prisoners of war; to help financially or in other ways these men, their wives, widows, descendants or relations either for the relief of poverty or for educational purposes; and to promote, maintain, improve and advance education, particularly music education (see activities), and to encourage the arts.

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RAF Families Federation

  • www.raf-ff.org.uk
  • Provides RAF personnel (Regular or Reserve) and their families with support and assistance
  • Capture evidence using regular surveys
  • Signposting service
  • Weekly online bulletin and Monthly Magazine
  • Allows service personnel to report issues or concerns via direct link
  • Tel 01780 781650

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Regular Forces Employment Association

  • www.rfea.org.uk
  • Keith White - Employment Consultant
  • Tel: 0131 557 1747
  • New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HQ
  • Support veterans, service leavers still serving, wounded, injured or sick, early service leavers find employment
  • Register for employment services online
  • Tel: 0121 236 0058
  • Support veterans who no longer qualify for CTP resettlement program with employment advice, guidance, access to online job search tool; job boards across UK; employment forums and outreach support; referrals to other organisations
  • CTP Future Horizons supports early leavers transition back into civilian life with appropriate training, courses, apprenticeships or finding suitable employment.  Also practical support on accommodation, debt issues or health concerns
  • Service leavers get support/advice around career choices, researching employment market; job matching; training; help develop CV and interview techniques
  • CTP Assist support to wounded, injured or sick offers a wide range of employment support opportunities (familiarisation visits, education, training, apprenticeships, work placements, coaching, mentoring, job offers)
  • Employers can register to promote and advertise their vacancies free of charge

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Royal Fleet Auxiliary Associatio (Scottish and Newcastle)

  • www.rfa-association.org
  • Mr John Roddis - Branch Chairman
  • Tel: 01786 821 379 Email: sandn@rfa-association.org
  • 3- 4 Station House , Bellingham, Near Hexham NE48 2DG
  • The objectives of the RFA Association includes fostering esprit de corps and preserving the traditions of the Service and perpetuating its deeds; perpetuating the memory of those members of the Service who have died in the service of their country; and relieving members or former members of the Service or their dependants who are in need, hardship or distress

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Royal ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA

  • www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk
  • Sara Addelsee - In- Pensioner Admissions Officer
  • Tel: 02078 815244 Email: saraaddelsee@chelsea-pensioners.org.UK-wide
  • Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR
  • There are few institutions in the United Kingdom with an unbroken three centuries of service and none of them is so close to the heart of the nation as "The Men in Scarlet", the Chelsea Pensioners, and their home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Founded in 1682 by King Charles II, the Royal Hospital still serves its original purpose and intends to continue to further its role well into the 21st Century and will be here for today's young soldiers on the front line when they retire.

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Royal Navy and Royal Marines Widows Association

  • www.rnrmwidowsassociation.org
  • Tel: 02392 654374 Email: rnrmwidowsassociation@hotmail.com
  • Castaway House , 311 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 8RN
  • The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Widows' Association was formed in 2008 by a group of volunteers most of whom are widowed. They felt that there was a need for an organisation which could represent and support widows and widowers and recognised partners of service personnel serving in today's Royal Navy and Royal Marines

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Royal Navy and Royal Marine Charity

  • www.rnrmc.org.uk
  • Principle charity of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines who fundraise to provide support to serving and veterans and dependants by giving large grants to other charities either military or naval or charities who support military or naval activities.

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Royal Navy Benevolent Trust (RNBT)

  • www.rnbt.org.uk
  • Supports veterans, or those serving as Royal Navy ratings, Royal Marines and other ranks, their wives, husbands and children.
  • Support available on: financial; medical; respite; house repairs; food; funerals; clothing; furniture; mortgage; household goods; education; rent; energy’/fuel; removals; employment/training; council tax/rates; telephone
  • Care home for elderly and disabled
  • Most referrals come from ssafa
  • Email: rnbt@rnbt.og.uk
  • Tel: 02392 690112

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SSAFA

  • www.ssafa.org.uk
  • Helpline 0800 731 4880
  • Lanarkshire branch Tel: 01555 777 662; Email lanarkshire@ssafa.org.uk
  • Support regulars and reserves in the British Army; Royal Navy; Royal Air Force and their families including anyone who has completed National Service.
  • Welfare advice and support to veterans and serving (includes help with: Housing; Debt; Mobility; Buying household goods; Mentoring; Mental Health; Transition to Civilian life; Bereavement support; Homelessness; Offenders and Ex-offenders; Residential Housing)
  • Health and social care to serving personnel
  • Support groups for families who are bereaved or supporting injured, sick or wounded
  • Mentoring service for those wounded, sick or injured returning to civilian life
  • Military Wives Choir that brings Forces women together through singing
  • Support for families with additional needs and disabilities including short breaks for children and a forum for parents
  • Adoption Service help military families who would like to adopt but face challenges with relocation
  • Housing including Norton Homes which offer free accommodation for families of service personnel receiving long term medical care; Short-term accommodation for women and children experiencing relationship breakdown; Care-homes; and housing for Veterans with disabilities
  • Volunteer network across the UK

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Scottish Veterans Residences

  • www.svronline.org
  • Registered charity established in 1910 in reaction to sight of veterans sleeping rough in Edinburgh
  • Linked to Scottish Veterans House Association (SVHA) which provides high quality supported accommodation for veterans who are homeless and in need
  • House ex-servicemen and women of all ages in Edinburgh; Dundee and Glasgow
  • Whitefoord House (Edinburgh) has 82 fully furnished ensuite rooms
  • Rosendael (Dundee) has fully furnished ensuite rooms
  • Bellrock Close (Glasgow) provides housing and transitional support for Armed Forces Veterans and ex merchant mariners.  Innovative service with support on health and wellbeing; education and training; employability and future housing needs.  Comprises 30 one bedroom flats adjacent to specialised support facility.
  • Referrals are welcomed from agencies supporting veterans as well as self-referrals
  • Enquiries about accommodation email frank@svronline.org or call 0141 766 2580
  • Also on-site are 21 one/two bedroom flats available as permanent homes for affordable rent
  • Tel: 0131 558 8808 Email: info@svronline.org
  • 53 Canongate , Edinburgh EH8 8BS
  • You can also enquire through the Veterans Scotland Housing Portal at: http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk/pillars/housing/

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Scottish Veterans Garden City Association

  •  Peter Minshall - Chief Executive
  • Tel: 0131 557 1188 Email: mail@svgca.org.uk
  • New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4QH
  • We are a Scottish-based Charity providing and maintaining rented housing for permanently disabled ex-Armed Forces, Merchant Navy, Police and Fire Service Personnel - and we have been doing so for more than 95 years.
  • You can also enquire through the Veterans Scotland Housing Portal at: http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk/pillars/housing/

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Scottish War Blinded

  • www.royalblind.org/scottish-war-blinded
  • Free support to all veterans who lost sight either during or after service
  • Free membership application online
  • Provides rehabilitation support; grants for equipment to assist with independent living; funded respite care; home modifications; sports, recreation and social activities
  • Outreach service : Tel 0131 229 1456
  • Rosie McLaughlin - Outreach manager 01324 590888
  • Outreach Support Worker for Lanarkshire: John Gouldby Tel: 0845 372 7436 Mobile 0773 688 2551
  • Linburn Centre located in Wilkieston, West Lothian Tel 0131 333 1369 provides wide range of activities; vision rehabilitation; independent living skills; outings
  • Hawkhead Centre, Paisley, Renfrewshire scheduled to open mid 2017

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Submariners Association Scottish Branch

  • www.scottishsubmariners.szq.net
  • Jim Rae Esq – Secretary
  • Tel: 01561 377 540 Email: e.rae-j@tiscali.co.UK-wide
  • 2 Dunbar Holdings , Scotston, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire AB30 1ND
  • The Submariners Association aims to promote and support the RN Submarine Service and its heritage. It fosters the friendships and comradeship peculiar to all submariners so that they may continue to share the experiences and association, and to keep alive that pride in the Submarine Branch, formed during their service in H.M. Submarines. The Scottish Branch meets monthly in The RSAS Club, Feus Road, Perth.

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Suez Veterans Association

  • www.suezveteransassociation.org.uk
  • George Robertson - Secretary, The Scotland Group
  • Tel: 01382 775589 Email: geo.dor@tiscali.co.UK-wide
  • Membership to the Suez Veterans Association is open to all those who served in the Suez Canal Zone with the British Armed Forces, the Nursing Services and Civilian Support Staff. All members receive four SVA Newsletters per year. The UK-wide is divided into SVA Regional Areas, each with a Representative and area meetings are held frequently.

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Talking 2 Minds

  • www.talking2minds.co.uk
  • Fiona Gordon Smart
  • Tel: 0791 712 6708 Email: info@talking2minds.co.UK-wide
  • 55 Princes Gate , Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PN
  • Talking2Minds a charity with a unique approach with the sole purpose of helping those suffering from PTSD or other stress related illnesses. We allow people to explore what makes them the person they are no matter how different that is from who they once were. We use our unique approach to address the unwanted and negative responses that form a part of their current lifestyle and give back their freedom to make informed choices in their lives.

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The Felix Fund

  • www.felixfund.org.uk
  • Felix Fund has been in existence since April 2011 when it was established to meet the then urgent needs of British bomb disposal personnel and their families. This small and unique trade within the British Army has very specific requirements which could not be adequately met by general service charities.
  • The aim of Felix Fund is to provide welfare support and financial assistance to these trades within the British military and their families, particularly following their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Mental health support
  • Totally self-funding, through donations, grants and volunteer fundraising events and activities.

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The not Forgotten Assocation

  • www.nfassociation.org
  • Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh - Chief Executive
  • Tel: 02077 302 400 Email: info@nfassociation.org
  • 4th Floor , 2 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1 0DH
  • The Not Forgotten Association is able to give wounded serving and ex-service men and women with disabilities or illness some of the "extras" which most of us take for granted, something to look forward to. We ensure they are not forgotten by providing a variety of entertainment and activities which bring a little happiness and joy into their lives.

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The Thistle Foundation

  • www.thistle.org.uk
  • Pat Mackinnon Tel: 0131 656 9933
  • Niddrie Mains Road , Edinburgh EH16 4 EA
  • Working in partnership with agencies such as Veterans First Point and Combat Stress, we run highly commended Lifestyle Management for Veterans courses in a range of locations across Scotland. Providing support to veterans of all ages, our courses are currently held at our Edinburgh headquarters. We hope to expand the reach of these courses across Scotland. This course was a Highly Commended Finalist at the 2010 Military Civilian Health Partnership Awards, in both categories entered - 'Mental Health Award' and 'Care of Veterans Award

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The Ripple Pond

  • www.theripplepond.org
  • Facilitates regular, free, peer-led self-help support meetings for the family members of physically and emotionally injured service personnel and veterans in the UK.
  • Currently not in Scotland but would like this to be set-up

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The White Ensign Association

  • www.whiteensign.co.uk
  • LT Cdr Michael Howell - Area representative for Scotland
  • Tel: 02079 408 131 Email: mike.howell@whiteensign.co.UK-wide
  • HMS Belfast , Tooley Street, London WE1 2JH
  • The White Ensign Association's mission is to inform and provide guidance to all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, their Reserves and also to their dependants on finance and personal administration, and employment and resettlement on an unbiased, confidential and free basis.

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The Veterans Charity

  • www.veteranscharity.org.uk
  • Provide fast direct welfare support to veterans facing hardship and distress.
  • Support for essential items including food, clothing, household goods, furniture and mobile phones
  • Receive referrals from other organisations and military charities

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The Veterans Foundation

  • www.veteransfoundation.org.uk
  • Supports veterans charities with financial support that covers: Homelessness; Employment; Welfare and medical support; increase confidence and social integration; reduce dependence on drugs/alcohol and support charitable activities that may be needed
  • Veterans Lottery
  • Small grants up to £20K

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Veterans First Point (Edinburgh)

  • www.veteransfirstpoint.org.uk
  • Lucy Abraham
  • Tel: 0131 220 920 Email: lucy.abraham@nhslothian.scot.nhs.UK-wide
  • Floor K , Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DR
  • Veterans First Point (V1P) has been developed by veterans for veterans and is staffed by veterans. Funded by the Scottish Government, NHS Lothian and the Ministry of Defence, it aims to provide a one-stop shop for veterans and their families living in Lothian.

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Veterans First Point (South Lanarkshire)

  • www.veteransfirstpoint.org.uk
  • Provide advice and signposting to specialist organisations
  • Provide access to evidence based psychological treatments
  • Service includes specialist clinical staff; veteran peer support workers and connections to spcialist support within the community
  • Veterans First Point Lanarkshire; Houldsworth Centre, Kenilworth Avenue, Wishae, ML2 7LP
  • Email: lanarkshirev1p@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk
  • Telephone: 0300 3033051
  • Veterans Access Points:
    • Tuesdays 12pm to 3pm LAMH Charity Shop, 17-19 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML£ 6EE
    • Fridays 11am - 2pm Houldsworth Centre Library, Kenilworth Avenue, Wishaw ML2 7LP
  • Families (over 16) and partners can also access the service
  • Self referal and Veterans access points in North and South Lanarkshire
  • Private appointments can be booked by telephone or email

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Venture Trust

  • www.venturetrust.org.uk
  • The Positive Futures is a programme run by Venture Trust charity and funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). It provides support to ex-Service men and women from across Scotland who are struggling with the transition to civilian life, lacking in focus, motivation or direction. Centred around a 5-day wilderness journey, the scheme utilises outdoor activity as a learning environment for personal development, and a catalyst for change, allowing participants to use skills acquired within the military and redeploy them into a civilian environment.
  • The programme helps participants to negotiate barriers, gain some control of the situations in which they might find themselves, and to work towards achieving their personal goals. These could be finding a home, rebuilding broken relationships; working towards living a healthy, safe and stable life; retraining or applying for a job; or utilising their skills through volunteering.

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Veterans Assist Scotland

  • www.veterans-assist.org
  • Website with list of resources for veterans
  • Information on various grants available (aged veterans, covenant fund)
  • Information on education (schools); employment; finance; health and wellbeing; housing; pensions, veterans organisations and charities; support organisations with contact details.

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Veterans Scotland

  • www.veteransscotland.co.uk
  • Enhances the welfare of the veterans community in Scotland by acting as the prime vehicle for joint working between member charities; disseminating information and coordination of joint approaches to UK; Scottish Government; Local Authorities and other organisations who support veterans
  • Resources for organisations who support veterans
  • Links to Aged Veterans Fund which supports funding to projects that support non-core health; wellbeing and social care needs for older veterans (born before 1950)
  • Information on Covenant Fund including priorities and which funds are open
  • Link to Armed Forces Covenant website
  • Information, advice and guidance on employment, finance, housing, health and comradeship
  • Housing link includes seeing what properties are available in Scotland
  • Jim Wilson (General Secretary) Tel 0131 550 1569
  • Email: gensec@veteranscotland.org.uk

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Veteran Welfare Service

  • Tel: 0808 1914 2 18  WVS Kentigern House , MP600, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX
  • The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Veterans and beneficiaries of pensions (War and Service) and compensation schemes, and all their dependants. It also focuses upon providing support that will enable the seamless transition from Service to Civilian life, assist bereaved families or respond to key life events that present welfare needs.
  • It gives support and advice in the areas of: War Disablement pension, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, DWP Benefits, Housing, Employment Health and Bereavement.
  • It achieves this by adopting a single central coordinating role that facilitates access to all appropriate services. The VWS provides a caseworker approach that offers professional help and guidance through either telephone contact or a dedicated visiting service. Under the Veterans UK the VWS works in collaborative partnership with the tri-Service, ex-Service charities, statutory and non-statutory bodies, local community service providers and Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee's to deliver a quality welfare service that promotes independence, maintains dignity and provides continuous support through life.
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/veterans-welfare-service

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Veterans with Dogs

  • www.veteranswithdogs.org.uk
  • Charity training dogs to increase independence and improve quality of like for veterans with mental health issues.
  • Programme commitment required
  • Match process with veteran and dog
  • Self-referral

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X-Forces

  • www.x-forces.com
  • Social enterprise which supports ex-forces and their families to start-up businesses across the UK with start-up loans, mentoring and support

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Walking with the Wounded

  • www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk
  • Established in 2010 provides veterans independence through employment
  • Offers assistance through programme to vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining new long term careers outside service.
  • Provides support to homeless veterans and veterans in the criminal justice system
  • Home Straight programme provides wounded, injured and sick veterans who are homeless and in temporary accommodation support/training to get sustainable employment
  • Head Start Programme to address veterans suffering with mental injuries and sits along current provision of NHS
  • Project Nova – early intervention programme to identify veterans caught up in low level anti-social and criminal behaviour by supporting them into society and long term employment

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War Widows Association of Great Britian (WWA)

  • www.warwidowsassociation.org.uk
  • Pressure group who exists to improve the conditions of widows and widowers in receipt of a war pension and their dependents in UK
  • Supports those who have suffered a bereavement as a result of WW2 and all conflicts since including Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Also support those who have lost their partner and in peacetime when the death was attributable to their service life
  • Email: info@warwidowsassociation.org.uk
  • Tel: 0845 2412 189

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Womens Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust

  • www.wrnsbt.org.uk
  • Tel: 02392725141 Email: generalsecretary@wrnsbt.org.uk
  • Castaway House , 311 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth , Hants. PO2 8RN
  • The Charity was established in 1942 to help in cases of hardship among the thousands of women who served in the Women's Royal Naval Service. A member is anyone who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service and transferred to the Royal Navy before 1 November 1993, or anyone who has served in the WRNS since 3 September 1939. This amounts to 143,000 women and there are currently 50,000 members. The Trust assists approximately 350 former Wrens and their families each year and in 2013 spent over £300,000 on annual and one off grants. Over the last seven decades it has helped more than 12,000 women. All Trustees are former Wrens including our current Service and Royal Navy and Royal Marines representatives.

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Other Military Web Sites

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Forces War Records

  • www.forces-war-records.co.uk
  • Subscription to Forces War records costs just £8.95 for four weeks access. This gives you full unlimited access to everything
  • Types of records held: World War One; World War Two; Crimean War Databases; Boer War; African Wars; Indian Mutiny; Napoleonic Wars (including Waterloo and Trafalgar); Medal Rolls; Individual Battle Data; Other Wars Casualties Lists; Prisoner of War Records; Royal Marines; Fighter & Bomber Command Losses; Fleet Air Arm; RFC/RAF List; RN Losses; Shot at Dawn Database

Legasee

  •  www.legasee.org.uk
  • Documents the views of inviduals who have served
  • Legasee is an independent charity. Funding comes entirely through private donations and the creation of innovative educational projects, often created in partnership with other charitable organisations.
  • Future generations can learn about military history through the personal recollections of the men and women who witnessed it first-hand.

Remembering Scotland at War

  • www.rememberingscotland@war.org.uk
  • Online museum with Social Networking
  • Remembering Scotland At War is a pioneering online museum with a social networking area particularly aimed at 'capturing memories'. It has been developed by Museums Galleries Scotland to showcase and encourage personal accounts from civilians, younger and older veterans, and currently serving military of how conflict has affected them.

Scottish Military Research

  • www.scottishmilitaryresearch.co.uk
  • The Scottish Military Research Group is an association and charity open to anyone with an interest in Scottish Military history and genealogy.  Useful for research and knowledge.  Resources are pooled and members help one and other with research and queries.  All of Scotland's military history is covered from Picts to Afghanistan and not just the two World Wars

The National Memorial Arboretum

  • www.thenma.org.uk
  • Situated in Staffordshire on the edge of the National Forest, the Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre of Remembrance. Our maturing woodland landscape is home to over 320 memorials.  The Arboretum is home to over 300 thought-provoking memorials, each with a story to be discovered.  Open daily throughout the year from 9am – 5pm
  • The memorials are diverse in nature, rich in symbolism and collectively represent a broad population of society from military associations, charitable organisations, emergency services, fraternity groups and individuals.
  • Each year new memorials are added so there's always something new to see.

War Memorials Trust

  • www.warmemorials.org
  • War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK.  They provide advice and information to anyone as well as running grant schemes for the repair and conservation of war memorials. The website provides a range of resources to help you discover more about war memorials and their preservation.

Commonwealth War Graves

  • www.cwgc.org
  • Commemorates the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.
  • The cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.
  • The Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

Scottish War Memorials Project